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Course Description

Summer 2021 • Grade 8 and above • Science Sequence

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.

Course Website: The Chemical History of the Candle

Sections and Teachers

Section 1:

Instructor: Christe McMenomy

Starts: June 14, 2021
Ends: August 13, 2021

Tuesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET

Tuition: $225.00


Curiousity and a lively sense of humor.

Recommended background


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

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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