Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of Algebra I
Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.
Course Length: 30 weeks
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work at least 2 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Course Code: HCHY
Honors Chemistry introduces topics typically covered in a high school chemistry course and is designed to prepare students for Advanced Placement Chemistry. Students learn complex concepts using a dynamic online environment that includes graphics, animations, video, and audio-narration. Students review and apply new knowledge through interactive activities. They use methods of scientific inquiry to learn via interactive web-based lectures and applications. Unit tests and the feedback provided, help students prepare for the comprehensive midterm and final exams. The laboratory component includes both hands-on experiments using common household materials and virtual lab exercises.
Students work with expert science educators. The course is designed to correlate to state and national standards.
The format and structure of this 30-week session based course is designed for students to gain experience as independent, self-motivated learners, under the guidance of a CTY Online instructor. Their knowledge is reinforced and assessed through simulations, labs, quizzes, exams, video review assignments, and problem-solving exercises.
To ensure that all work is completed by the session end date, and to help students pace themselves, a course calendar outlines the due dates for submitting all assignments due each week. Students are required to adhere to this schedule of due dates.
In this course, participation in forums and synchronous online virtual classrooms are required as part of the final grade. Discussion forums are located within the course where students will be required to respond to a given prompt and then comment on at least two responses by other students in the course. Online sessions, led by a CTY instructor, are held in Adobe Connect which allows for video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction.
Materials are required for the Honors Chemistry lab assignments:
Modern Atomic Theory
Adding Electrons to Atoms
Building the Periodic Table
Historical Steps Behind the Periodic Table
The Modern Periodic Table
Naming the Elements
The Periodic Table
A Review of Orbital Diagrams
Properties of Covalent Bonds
The Octet Rule
Common Molecular Shapes and Bond Angles
VSEPR Theory and Lone Pairs
Sigma and Pi Bonds
Intermolecular forces: London Dispersion, Dipole Interactions, and Hydrogen Bonding
Intermolecular Forces Affect the Three States of Matter
Acids and Bases Defined
Acids & Bases & the Environment
Lab 2: Acid-Base Titration
Types of Reactions
Determining Chemical Formulas
Balancing chemical equations
Rates of Reactions
Factors Affecting Reaction Rates
Lab 3: Chemical Change
Types of Solutions
How Solutions Form
Factors That Affect the Dissolving Rate
Determining Molar Mass
Le Chatelier's Principle
Factors That Affect Solubility
Dissolution and Precipitation of Ionic Compounds
Factors Affecting Ionic Compound Solubility
Precipitation Reactions of Ionic Compounds
Rules of Solubility
Separating Substances from Mixtures
Key Characteristics of Each State A. Gases
Attractive Forces and Energy
The States of Matter
Changes of State
Physical Properties of Gases
Kinetic Molecular Theory
Lab 5: Gas Volume – Pressure; Absolute Zero
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.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
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"It was a very good course; it covered an amazing amount of subject matter in a short amount of time very effectively. I learned a huge amount of chemistry while taking this course."
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