Fast-Paced High School Chemistry
- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- Science and Engineering
This course covers material normally included in a year-long introductory course in high school chemistry, which is usually a prerequisite for AP® or IB Chemistry. It explores physical and chemical properties, the periodic table, the atom and atomic theory, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, solutions, thermodynamics, acids and bases, kinetics, equilibrium, and some organic chemistry. After learning these concepts, you and your classmates will work in the lab to determine the percent composition of a compound; compare theoretical and percent yield in a chemical reaction; measure the molar mass of a gaseous compound; explore factors that affect the rate of a reaction; and conduct acid-base titrations. Lab time constitutes at least 20 hours of the course. This course is intended for students who have completed grade 8 or above. If you’ve just completed grade 7, you should take CTY’s Introduction to the Biomedical Sciences before taking this course. If you haven’t yet completed Algebra 1, consider reviewing systems of equations, solving and graphing linear equations, functions, exponents, quadratic expressions and equations, and interval notations before the course begins.
Typical Class Size: 18-20
- Identify and describe the physical and chemical properties of matter
- Apply the scientific method and describe the common measurements in chemistry
- Examine the development of the atomic theory
- Describe the structure of an atom, and distinguish between atoms, molecules, and ions
- Explore how molecules interact through chemical reactions while conserving mass and energy
- Use the periodic table to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms
- Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties
- Apply scientific principles and evidence to explain the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs
- Explain how bond formation, shape, polarity, and inter-molecular forces influence the properties and behavior of materials
- Investigate the properties of water, solubility, solutions, and concentration and its effects of changing the temperature or concentration of a reaction
- Characterize and distinguish transition metals and the representative elements
- Articulate the elements found in organic compounds, describe how polymers are formed with bonds and folded into different protein structures
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
|Required Level||Advanced CTY-Level||Not required|
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Course PrerequisitesFast-Paced High School Chemistry requires:
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Prentice Hall Chemistry, Anthony Wilbraham, Dennis Staley
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In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.