Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. A basic understanding of this science is central to all science—Biology, Physics, Earth science, Ecology, and others. We also use and depend on chemistry in our everyday lives.
In this year-long high school chemistry course, students will explore the fundamentals of chemistry including atomic structure, states of matter, the organization (and beauty) of the periodic table, ionic and covalent bonding, chemical nomenclature, the mole concept, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, the behavior of gases, and acids and bases. This is an exciting science, particularly given the rapidly changing world we find ourselves in.
Chemistry will be taught using a variety of methods including live, interactive classes, videos, hands-on activities and games, online simulations, and labs. Whenever possible, students will understand how the topics we study apply to and inform our everyday life.
Students should be prepared to complete weekly homework assignments (including hands-on and virtual labs) designed to aid them in understanding and practicing chemistry concepts.
Because the course material will be taught using the instructor’s resources, no textbook purchase is required for this class. For students who learn best by reading, optional reading passages will be provided from the free, online CK-12 Chemistry Textbook.
Student comprehension and progress will be evaluated through class participation, weekly homework assignments, and periodic exams.
Full Year Course – 1 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one credit hour which may be awarded by your homeschool upon completion of the course. If you would like help determining your students’ credits or creating a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.
An updated supply list can be found here to allow students enough time to purchase materials. Many of these supplies will be items that are easy to find in your home or at a grocery store.