Chemistry

Mentor/Teacher: Leslie Porter

Main Focus:  Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry is a college-prep course that provides a detailed introduction to the methods and concepts of general chemistry

Course Length:  Two Semesters, 32 weeks

Type of Class:  Group Class through HEART Academy

Questions:  Email Leslie Porter leslie@porterconsulting.net

Recommendation/Prerequisites:  In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to be able to do basic Algebra and have a willingness to learn how to apply themselves in the classroom experience and lab.

When: Friday, 1:45-3:00

Class Fee payable to Leslie Porter:  $75/month per person

Lab Fee payable to Leslie Porter: $50.00

Chemistry Course Description Chemistry is a class designed to involve you in the activities of science. In order to be able to understand this text, the student needs to be able to do basic Algebra.

In this class you will:

  • Learn the principles and vocabulary of Chemistry
  • Design and carry out experiments
  • Adapt the Scientific Method to interpret the findings of your experiments
  • Record, organize, and make interpretations of your findings
  • Recognize God’s hand in the uniqueness of the Chemistry

This course is designed to be a first-year high school chemistry course and gives the student a rigorous foundation in chemistry, in order to prepare him or her for a college-level course. The students will develop an understanding of the role that chemistry plays in their everyday lives.  It is our goal to enable students to be successful in this college-prep chemistry course.

Course Content  for This Course:  The course covers significant figures, units, classification, the mole concept, stoichiometry, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, acids and bases, solutions, atomic structure, Lewis structures, molecular geometry, the gas laws, and equilibrium.

Curriculum: 

  • Exploring Creation with Chemistry Textbook (Third Edition) by Kristy Ploude
  • Exploring Creation with Chemistry Student Notebook by Vicky Dincher.

The texts are available from Christian Book Distributor:  www.christianbook.com at a discount

Website:  www.apologia.com

Course Requirements

  • A willingness to learn how to apply a Christian World View in Chemistry.
  • This subject will require 1 hour a day workload, 5 days a week, 120 hours for the year.
  • Participation in Laboratory experiments

Students should always bring the following to every class:

  • Textbook
  • Student notebook
  • Pencil
  • Calculator

 Assessment Criteria:Parent involvement in discussion and evaluation of students’ work is a priority.  I will be available to parents as needed, to answer questions, or simply be sounding boards for discussion.  I want to do everything I can to assist you in this endeavor.

A teacher-created evaluation will be provided for every student, which may be used as a record of accomplishment for students planning to attend college, and as an aid to help parents ascertain grades for your report cards.  All evaluations include the tests, homework, and labs completed, a description of topics covered, and an overall percentage of the work completed for the semester.  I will assign an overall percentage rather than an actual letter grade. The basis for this assessment will be the following items:

Tests: I will be passing out the tests in class as I have decided it is best to not use the tests in the Solutions Manual, but to use another test.   Parents can decide if they want their student(s) to take the tests open or closed book.  I have allowed my children to take it as an open book test.  If your child is going to be taking college Chemistry, you might want to have them take it as a closed book test. Parents are responsible for proctoring their student’s tests.  We have had instances of cheating in the past, so parents need to be aware that this can happen.  It is important for students to show their work for problems that require calculations.  This enables us to be able to give partial credit for work done. I will grade the tests, so the parents aren’t required to do this.

Homework: Completeness (not necessarily correctness) of review questions, practice problems, and OYO questions.  I will keep a record of completed work but won’t grade the homework.  The answers to the OYO questions are at the end of each module. It is best if the student checks their work because they will learn best by knowing right away what they have missed and what concepts they need to work on. WORK MUST BE SHOWN TO RECEIVE CREDIT!!

Labs:

  • Effort, enthusiasm, and performance during the lab experiments
  • Neatness and thoroughness of lab write-ups in lab notebook
  • The labs cannot be made up due to equipment considerations.

Students will also be evaluated on preparation, participation and attitude in class.

 NOTE:

Assignments:

We will hand out the assignment sheet weekly.

Please read the assignment sheet at the beginning of every week and use it as a working guide.  Once you have read the assignment sheet, please store it in your binder for future reference.

I will collect all work for the Module the Friday that the test for that Module is turned in.

All work should be done neatly and reflect the student’s best efforts.

Illegible work will be returned to the student to be redone.

Testing Policy: 

I will be handing out a test at the end of each Module to be taken at home.

Classroom Expectations

Attendance and punctuality (very important).  Please be in class on time, ready to start, and prepared for the day’s material.

Participation in discussion.  We will review the chapter in class to prepare for the test.

Participation in lab and turning in lab reports.

Completing assignments in a timely manner as it can be very difficult to catch back up once you fall behind.

My commitment as your Mentor-Teacher is to provide instruction and encouragement to you, supervise laboratory experiments during class time, review the chapter material in class before the tests, and evaluate the student’s work.  I will be available to help you develop skills in scientific observation and analysis, and in understanding the complex concepts we will be learning.  Please feel free to come to me with questions or email me during the week, so that this can be a team effort in learning together!

I expect to have fun during class time yet be safe at the same time.  Below are some of the guidelines and expectations during class time.

WILLING HEART & MIND – a willing heart & mind to learn will prepare you for a lifetime of learning.

LISTEN ACTIVELY – you can’t learn anything without listening to others.

OBEY SAFETY RULES FOR LABS

COME PREPARED – have materials with you with your assignments finished.

Most importantly, if you behave in a way that we feel is disrupting the learning experience of others; I will discuss it with you and your parent in a private meeting outside of class.

Chemistry Workload

  • On Your Own Questions – Students must do ALL questions.
  • Experiments – Selected experiments from each chapter will done will be done on Fridays with a short review of the module.
  • Review Questions and Practice Problems – should be done at the end of each module.  These should be used to study for the upcoming test.
  • Extra Practice Problems – very helpful to gain understanding if you are struggling with problems in the module.  May be turned in for extra credit.
  • Tests – will be done at home.  I will grade them and hand them back the following week.

Before the First Class:

  • Read pages 1-18 and do On Your Own (OYO) 1.1-1.11
  • Go to http://www.apologia.com/bookextras, and print out the errata (printing errors) for your printing of the textbook. Pencil them into your text in the appropriate places.

Contacting the Teacher

Leslie Porter at leslie@porterconsulting.net