This is a Christ-centered, college-preparatory, high school chemistry course taught in a 33-week, school-year-block schedule. This course utilizes the Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition, textbook by Dr. Jay L. Wile and its accompanying Solutions Manual. There are 16 modules to complete; hence, the student will finish one module every two weeks. It is a college-preparatory course; hence, it requires a lot of commitment to be successful.
This course is a first-year high school course that gives students a rigorous foundation in chemistry, preparing them for college-level work. The class covers the following topics: nomenclature, significant figures, units, classification, molar calculations, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, gas laws, and equilibrium.
The course contains thirty-one experiments which can all be performed at home with household chemicals. Four formal lab reports will be required. This course is supported through a partnership with Apologia Ministries and requires the recently released second edition of Apologia's Chemistry text (the first edition will not be compatible with the class). Prerequisite: Student must have completed first-year Algebra to enroll in this course.
Students must complete 20 – 30 pages of reading per module, one parent-graded set of module study guide questions, all required module experiment activities (to be recorded in a parent-checked and instructor-recorded paper and ink laboratory report notebook), and an online instructor-graded module test at the end of each module. There will also be an online instructor-graded semester exam at the end of each semester and a quarterly (two per semester) formal lab report submission required.
Semester grades for the course will be determined by the number of required labs completed and grade obtained on the two quarterly formal lab report submissions (25% of total grade), online module test scores (50%), and online comprehensive semester exam standing (25%). There will be online 1st and 2nd semester grade cards produced. Students will meet with the instructor once per week for 90 minutes in an interactive video conference using web conferencing software.
Cost of the course is approximately $400 ($13 per 90 minute session): computer, Internet, textbooks, and lab equipment costs are not included. There is no refund of tuition should a student miss a class or should the corporate Internet system fail. Mr. Rosenoff will record his classes and make these available encase of Internet failure or for individual absence make up: an example recording is linked to the course main page.
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