Please take this prerequisite seriously. Every year we have one or two students enroll who have not really mastered basic algebra, and they struggle with Chemistry. For instance, could your student do the following problem:
Given Q = mcT
What is T?
Another problem we have, is that there are usually one or two students who need to learn how to use their calculators. Have your student read this article, and then ask them to do the following with their calculator:
Answer: 6.0534 x 10-19
If you feel that your student may need tutoring with the algebra in Chemistry, we provide this on an as needed basis on alternate weeks to the chemistry lab class at $25 an hour.
Classes meet 15 times, every two weeks from the beginning of Fall to the end of Spring, with breaks in Winter and Spring.
This is a laboratory course based on Apologia Curriculum. The class covers all the laboratory work required. We also review the main concepts of each module with the class. Students complete their studies by reading and taking tests at home. The home school is responsible for taking and grading the module tests. We are available to help students with specific questions before and after lessons, and via email.
Apologia's textbooks are divided into 16 modules. Each module is designed to take two weeks to complete. We have 15 lab classes through the year. In each case the schedule will explain how we will cover 16 modules in 15 lab classes. (See above links for lab and reading schedules.)
Our Suppliers List details a number of vendors for the required book.
Each student should have completed the first module before coming to the first lab class. We suggest doing everything except the final test before class. We suggest taking the final module test after the lab class.
Your student will do all the experiments in class, except perhaps for some take home experiments that cannot be done in class. We provide the materials and equipment for the experiments.
Students will be guided through the experiments, and shown how to write up their lab reports. The lab reports are turned in for grading at the following lesson. For more detailed information on lab reports, click here
We will grade the students' lab reports. The final grade for the course should be based on 35% lab grade + 65% module test results. Your home school is responsible for taking and grading the module tests, and for awarding the final grade. For more on grading click here.
All students should bring the following to class, in addition to their textbook:
- A notebook with perforated pages.
- Pen and pencil
- A scientific calculator (a graphing calculator is not necessary - just a simple scientific calculator with exponents and square root functions)