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Course: Honors Chemistry

V Honors Chemistry • 2019 listing - for reference only • Grade 11 or above • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
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Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from September 3, 2019 to June 8, 2020
Monday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET • Wednesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Session Only
Tuition: $550.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's Honors Chemistry website.
* Description
Honors Chemistry builds on concepts of matter and chemical reactions acquired in junior high or basic chemistry by introducing more advanced methods of chemical analysis and more detailed models of atomic structure, electron configurations, and chemical bonds. Using these tools, we explore aspects of acid-base and precipitation reactions, simple solution preparation, chemical equilibria, and energy. We then look at the factors affection reaction rates, especially for reactions in solutions and electric cells. Additional topics may include environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and the characteristics of chemical families, depending on student interest.

REQUIRED LAB WORK: Students must complete three safety checkout labs, then design, plan, and carry out eight labs for course credit.

This course may be combined with the AP Chemistry Option, which has its own requirements. Successful completion of BOTH Honors Chemistry and the AP Option option are required for AP Chemistry credit.

This course is taught using the Scholars Online Chat software, which allows the teacher to embed graphics, mathematical equations, and movies in the chat session, with complete logging available for the entire year. Audio software is not used to allow students with limited internet access to participate fully, and to encourage precise thinking and writing skills.

* Meetings
This course meets 2 times per week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students are expected to read 15-20 of text each week, with close study of examples and graphical presentations, supplemented by short videos from the textbook publisher's site; work through web-based animations and exercises; complete a set of 5-10 math-based homework problems for each bi-weekly session and post at least one solution with explanations from each set, and take quizzes on each chapter in preparation for the semester examinations. Students must either prepare for, or complete and report on one lab every two weeks.
* Prerequisites
Students should have completed a first year algebra and a year geometry course or their equivalent, and be taking a second year algebra course. They must be able to factor algebraic expressions and be able to solve the quadratic equation. Use of scientific notation and logarithmic expressions will be covered during the course. See the Teacher's website for more details.
* Recommended background
A junior high school level course in physical science is highly recommended. Students without a basic chemistry course should also have completed either ScholarsOnline Natural Science Year II, Biology, or Astronomy, or their equivalent.
* Instructor's Notes
Attendance at two weekly sessions is required for all students. These sessions will cover textbook materials and homework assignments; some sessions will also include lab preparation and review.
V Textbooks and Materials
* Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity - Hardcover (Edition: 9)
John C. Kotz, Paul M. GTreichel, John Townsend, David Treichel
This text is required.
ISBN: 1133949649
Publisher's website: Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity - Hardcover
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: The hardcover, softcover, and eBook versions of the ninth edition include all materials required for the course. This edition has been out for several years and should be widely available used. Because the HYDRID edition does not include homework problems and does require additional fees for OWL access, we do not recommend it for this course. No OWL access will be required for the Core Chemistry course or the AP Option.

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