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.
Course Website: The Chemical History of the Candle
Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Starts: June 16, 2020
Ends: August 11, 2020
Tuesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
PrerequisitesCuriousity and a lively sense of humor.
Teacher's notes:Both introductory and advanced students will profit from doing hands-on experiments at a more relaxed summer pace.
Textbooks and Materials
This textbook is required:The Chemical History of the Candle [Edition 1], Authors: Michael Faraday
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.