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Academic Year 2020-2021 • Grade 11 and above • Science Sequence


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 nine labs (total 12 labs) for course 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.

Course Website: Chemistry

Sections and Teachers

Section dates, meeting times, and tuition are still being determined.


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.

Teacher'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.

Textbooks and Materials

This textbook is required:

Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity - Hardcover [Edition 9], Authors: John C. Kotz, Paul M. GTreichel, John Townsend, David Treichel

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 and at significantly less cost than the current edition 10. Please be sure to purchase the 9th edition as the materials are not the same within editions. You do not need to purchase OWL access to the publisher's site; all materials for the course will be available from Scholars Online's secure Moodle site.

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Classes start August 31, 2020. Enroll by August 20 to attend orientation to avoid late enrollment fees.

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