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Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I
Course Format: Individually paced
Course Length: Typically 6 months
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Course Code: HCH
This course is designed to help students understand the world around them by studying matter and the changes it undergoes. The course covers topics typically included in a high school chemistry course and prepares students to take AP Chemistry. The units include: Introduction to Chemistry; Atoms, Molecules, and Ions; Stoichiometry; Atomic Structure and Bonding; Gases, Liquids, and Solids; Properties of Solutions; Energy: Thermochemistry; Acids and Bases; and Organic Chemistry. Students use scientific inquiry to develop an understanding of complex chemical concepts via text, interactive web-based videos, problem-solving and applications. Laboratory activities are done at home using lab procedures included in the required lab kit. The lab component teaches students how to apply the concepts learned in the course to experimental situations. Knowledge is assessed through homework, practice problems, laboratory reports, discussion forums, simulations, and a comprehensive final exam. This course does not have any synchronous class meetings, but students may schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor to answer questions or concerns.
Videos from YouTube or other web providers may be present in this course. Video recommendations or links provided at end of videos are generated by the video host provider and are not CTY recommendations.
A proctor is required for this course if the student’s goal is to obtain a grade. Please review Proctor Requirements for more details.
Textbook: Chemistry 9th Edition, by Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl
An e-book option is available under ISBN-13: 978-1133611097.
Lab kit to be ordered directly from the vendor, Quality Science Labs.
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course requires that the student use a web browser with the Adobe Flash plugin. Note that many tablets and handhelds (particularly the iPad) do not support Flash and cannot view the lessons.
Zoom online virtual classroom
This course uses an online virtual classroom which can be used for instructor-student communication if the student has any questions about the course or curriculum. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client and also tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Students will need a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed to watch any recorded meetings. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both available for free download.
Students must use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill PDFs in this course. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.
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