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Summer 2019 • Grade 8 and above • Science Sequence

For reference only; see current year course listing for course availability and details.

The Chemical History of the Candle

This eight week course will use the lectures Michael Faraday delivered in 1861 as a starting point to discuss scientific methods and experimentation, chemical composition of wax, combustion reactions, forces and energy, and the history of the human scientific endeavor. Faraday is still regarded as one of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, and his lectures are filled with his excitement over the wonders of natural phenomena, as well as detailed observations on the behavior of elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, and practical demonstrations of experimental observational methods.

All students will have the opportunity to perform adaptations of Faraday's experiments to develop proper experimental techniques (with an emphasis on lab safety) then submit their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for junior high and early high school students to prepare for high school level science courses.

Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Chemistry 2018-2019 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking Honors or AP Chemistry will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online Chemistry Honors/AP course requirements to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern chemistry. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.

Course Website: The Chemical History of the Candle

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Christe McMenomy

Starts: June 11, 2019
Ends: August 6, 2019

Tuesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET

Tuition: $225.00


Curiousity and a lively sense of humor.

Recommended background


Teacher's notes:

This course is especially appropriate for students planning on taking Chemistry in the coming academic year.

There will be no class meeting the week of July 4.

Textbooks and Materials

This item is required:

The Chemical History of the Candle [Edition or Version: 1], Authors: Michael Faraday

ISBN: 0877972095

Publisher's website: The Chemical History of the Candle

Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore

Other information: Several editions of this book are available, including a downloadable PDF version. See the teacher's website for further details. Any version is acceptable.

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