Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra I
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.
This course has synchronous virtual class meetings and students may also schedule one-on-one virtual meetings directly with the instructor and teaching assistant. The instructor will schedule meeting dates/times at the start of the course after polling student availability. Meetings will be recorded for students who are unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts. 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 Zoom which allows for video, voice, text, screen sharing, and whiteboard interaction.
Virtual classrooms, and student activities in the classroom, may be recorded and added to the course as an ongoing asset for all class students to review. 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.
A lab kit must be ordered directly from Quality Science Labs.
The Chemistry 9th Edition, by Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl e-book is accessible inside the online classroom; no purchase is necessary unless you prefer a hard copy of the book for reference.
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.
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.
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