Chemistry (offered in 2018-19)
- A full high school chemistry course (introductory level) 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. Together we will learn about atomic structure, the periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, chemical reactions and equilibrium, as well as thermochemistry. A student’s completion of the assigned reading on time will be an asset to his or her understanding of the subject matter. (Please note: while this is an "introductory high-school level" chemistry class, the tutor can/will recommend students for honors-level expectations within the class. For more information, please contact the tutor directly after at least one month of classes have been completed.)
In addition to in-class and at-home activities, students will have the privilege of doing a three-hour lab component, once per trimester, 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 be accepted into this course (both available online; see links below).
Texts and Other Materials
TBD by Becca Beaman; announced by summer 2018.
- 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