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Summer 2022 • 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

We 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 perform several of Faraday's experiments (adapted for safety and easy home performance) so they can develop proper experimental techniques. Then we will write up our results and discuss them. 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 13, 2022
Ends: August 19, 2022

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 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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