Chemistry (offered in 2018-19)

  • A full introductory chemistry course covering a variety of topics is studied in a safe and positive learning environment
  • Critical thinking and independent study skills are nurtured and developed
  • General prerequisite is Algebra I; strongly recommend co-requisite or completion of Algebra II for maximum success
  • Assessment Test and Parent Questionnaire are required

This high school tutorial will explore the fundamentals of chemistry. Topics we will learn together include atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, chemical reactions and equilibrium, and thermochemistry. A student’s completion of the assigned reading on time will be an asset to his or her understanding of the subject matter.

In addition to in-class and at-home activities, students will have the privilege of doing a lab experiment quarterly at Gordon College. The labs will investigate particular topics covered in the tutorial and will also serve to develop lab skills. In conjunction with these experiments, students will prepare for college science by learning and/or honing their skill of writing formal lab reports.

An assessment test of basic math skills and a parent questionnaire are required before students may enter this course (both available online). 

Texts and Other Materials

Exploring Creation with Chemistry, Second Edition (Apologia).

  • Textbook – ISBN #1932012265

Additional materials:

  • Lab notebook with 4x4 or 5x5 quad-ruled “grid” paper; often called a “Composition Book”
  • Optional item for auditory learners or those with dyslexia or difficulties learning by reading alone: Mp3 Audio CD of the course
  • Scientific calculator. Recommended model is Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator; Casio models are not preferred.
  • A 3- or 5-subject spiral-bound notebook, preferably with a pocket inside the cover or a separate pocket portfolio

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