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Honors Chemistry

Term: Yearlong 2019–20, September 3–May 22
Target Grade Levels: Grades 10–12
Schedule: 3x / week, 60–75 min.
Price: $695.00

Course Section
Section 1:
 M/W/F 12:30 p.m. ET with Dr. Morton

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To help ensure students enroll in the correct course levels, Scholé Academy requires most students to complete placement evaluations. Placement evaluations are only provided to students after the corresponding course registration has been completed. The following students will be required to submit placement evaluations: 
  • students who are new to Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the previous course level at Scholé Academy
  • students who have not completed the designated prerequisites
  • students who need to demonstrate skills and proficiency necessary for course success 
First, read the available course descriptions, noting prerequisites, target grades, and course objectives. If you think your student is prepared for the course, go ahead and register. After registration, a placement assessment may be provided to students, depending on the course and the student’s previous enrollment with Scholé Academy. Parents are encouraged to connect with the Assistant to the Principal and/or with the course instructor to make the best enrollment decision for their student. 
 
Registration is not finalized until the student’s placement assessment has been returned by the course instructor with placement confirmation.
 
There is a $75 deposit built into the cost of each course. 
  • If a placement evaluation has not been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted a full refund, including the full $75 deposit.
  • If a placement evaluation has been administered, withdrawals requested before May 1 are granted part of their $75 refund: $35 will be paid to the instructor for the placement evaluation, and the remaining $40 of the original deposit will be refunded.
After May 1, withdrawals are granted a full course refund, less the $75 deposit. Students may withdraw from a course through the second week of classes. After the second week of classes, no refund is given.

Preparedness: Honors Chemistry is for juniors and seniors who have taken, or are concurrently taking, Algebra II. The course utilizes mathematical skills such as algebraic manipulations of equations, ratios and proportions, unit conversions and significant figures. Toward the end of the course we will do pH calculations using logarithms and power functions.

Content: The course text, General Chemistry by John D. Mays, 2nd Ed., contains twelve modules covering topics in measurement, atoms and substances, atomic structure, periodic law, chemical bonding, molecular theory and metallic bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, kinetic theory and states of matter, gas laws, solutions, acids and bases, and redox chemistry.

Mastery: In order to prepare students for college level chemistry, this course uses a mastery approach. This is achieved by covering fewer concepts at a deeper level. Our goal is to have a solid, working comprehension of these concepts and to apply the mathematical calculations accompanying them. Mastering these concepts now will create a tremendous foundation upon which higher level concepts can build in college. Regular review of important “standard problems” throughout the year will keep concepts relevant and fresh. Students will be expected to keep up with the daily work load of reading the text, taking notes, attending class, and completing the practice problems. This will get easier as good skills and habits are developed. 

Integration: This course approaches science holistically, integrating history, mathematics, English language, faith, and the epistemology of science. During class we will contemplate and discuss these topics and outside of class students will write about them. We will consider the  existence of scientific findings which may contradict biblical statements and explore meaningful, productive responses to them. We will discuss bias and how it affects science.

Laboratory: A good scientist must understand well-designed experimentation, the proper interpretation of results, and precise communication of his/her findings. The robust, high quality laboratory component for Honors General Chemistry consists of seven full experiments using laboratory-grade materials. The laboratory text Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home by Christina Swan and John D. Mays, accompanies the text closely. Guidelines for lab report writing will follow The Student Lab Report Handbook by John D. Mays. Supplies can be found at Home Science Tools under the name “Economy Lab Kit for use with Novare General Chemistry”. 

NOTE: Parents will be expected to be present during laboratory exercises to ensure the safety of their student and the following of proper procedure. Together they will pre-read the exercise and set up supplies prior to class time. Procedures will be followed during scheduled class time. Questions can be asked to the instructor during the exercise.

Grading: The grade will be based on several components: homework completion, participation in class, quizzes, tests, essay, and six written laboratory reports.

Office Hours: The instructor will be available outside of regularly scheduled class time for questions and help in a Zoom room. (The exact time will be determined before the start of the course.)

Placement: This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra II or are concurrently taking Algebra II. 

High School Credit: This course is equivalent to one high school credit in laboratory science.

Syllabus: View course syllabus here.

*Required Materials:

  • General Chemistry by John D. Mays, 2nd Edition, Novare Science and Math, Austin, 2016.

  • Solutions manual for General Chemistry, John D. Mays.

  • Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home by Christina Swan and John D. Mays

  • The Student Lab Report handbook, 2nd Ed. By John D. mays

  • Economy Lab Kit for use with Novare General Chemistry, Home Science Tools
  • Household Items for Lab: Sand (sand box sand or other coarse sand), aluminum foil, soda can, ethyl or isopropyl alcohol (>90% ) (16oz), baking soda, long-tipped butane lighter, distilled water, straight pin, three types of antacids (more info to come).
  • Digital tablet (see technical requirements)

  • Scientific calculator

  • Spiral notebook or loose-leaf

  • 3-ring binder

  • Index cards

  • Graph Ruled Composition book for lab exercises

*Required materials are not included in the purchase of the course.

Kathryn Morton has a BA in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University and a DVM from the University of Illinois. Upon graduation from veterinary school, she moved to Pennsylvania to work as a clinical research veterinarian on a large dairy farm. From there she transitioned to a busy, small animal practice doing medicine and surgery. When the call of homeschooling touched her heart, she left private practice to focus on her husband and six children. She has been teaching math and science courses to the homeschooled students in her local community for 13 years and she heads a robotics club at her town’s public library. She is a lifetime learner and enjoys teaching students about the beauty of the creation and helping them grasp complex topics. kmorton@scholeacademy.com

Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit zoom.us/download.
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.

 

Red checkmarkDigital Tablet: Using a digital tablet in class allows students to more fully engage the course content by working out math problems on the digital whiteboard. We recommend using a Wacom Intuos tablet like this one, though similar products may be used.

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