10th-12th grade

Jolynn McQuary

Prerequisites:  In order to be able to understand the math concepts associated with this class, the student needs to have completed Algebra I and have a good working knowledge of calculator use.

Time:  Thursday, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Teacher: Jolynn McQuary

Contact Info: mcquary5@att.net

Curriculum: Apologia - Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition)  by Dr. Jay L. Wile
Provided by the teacher: Syllabus, “Helpful Hint” sheets with various modules, and lab materials
Purchased by parents: Textbook, Scientific Calculator - TI-30 or up, Binder with dividers, and additional school supplies (paper, map pencils, pencils, ruler, and paper).  Solutions Manual is advised but NOT REQUIRED.

Tuition:  $550/year or $55.00 per month (July - April) Payable by check, or cash
Supply Fee: $60 - The first month’s tuition is due with Registration.  The supply fee is due with August registration.
Drop fee: If student drops before September 30th, two additional months tuition will be required.  If student drops after September 30th, the full year’s tuition is required.

Class minimum:  6 students - must be met by August 1 for the class to make.
Class maximum: 20

This course is designed to be a first-year high school Chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in Chemistry which will prepare the student for a college-level course. The text is Exploring Creation with Chemistry - 2nd edition by Apologia. The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, acids and bases, redox reactions, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws and equilibrium. Students who take and understand this course will be very well-prepared for a university chemistry course. Students will participate in lecture-response format which will focus heavily on the math concepts associated with chemistry. They will engage in an application of chemistry to daily life through weekly investigations and properly prepared lab reports.  In addition, students will be encouraged to reference videos to gain a better understanding of the concepts.  Students should be prepared to work 4-6 hours per week on reading and working through the various problems.  Tutorial sessions (1 hour - $5 group - $20 individual) will be offered by the instructor several times per semester.

A scientific or graphing calculator is recommended (TI-30 or up) and students should be very competent in using the calculator. Students will attend class once per week for 1 hr. 45 min. to turn in homework, review concepts, take periodic quizzes, and complete laboratory investigations which reinforce concepts introduced that week. Students will complete lab reports in a notebook following a RUBRIC used for assessment. In order to better assess student progress during the semester, Extra Practice Problems will be checked/reviewed in class and students will take “in-class” quizzes covering the concepts for that module. No Module (chapter) Tests will be completed at home. Instead, “in-class” Quarterly Tests will be given twice per semester. Detailed Syllabus will be sent via e-mail and students are expected to print these and refer to them weekly. Students/parents are expected to check e-mails for weekly updates and use the on-line grading program for grade updates. Students are encouraged to form study groups to review the material.