Course: Chemistry for High School
In this full year course, the student is introduced to the history of the many discoveries made about the nature of matter over the last 3 centuries, as well as to the fascinating world of modern chemistry and laboratory experiments.
Chemistry is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. Chemistry is sometimes called the "central science" because it connects other sciences to one another, such as biology, physics, geology, and environmental science. A carefuly study of chemistry should enlarge the student's mind with deep questions: What is the nature of matter? Is matter finally just pure electricity? Is matter continuous (a continual connection betwen the parts), or discreet (little individual "balls" called atoms)? Why do leaves change color? Why are plants green? The list is endless. Is all matter finally just electrical charges?
This course consists of two modules.
-- The first (about 6 weeks long) is a short but very important historical study of the most important discoveries and breakthroughs which ultimately led to the formation of the "Periodic Table" of elements, which many of us have seen. A very large team of men through the centuries have each contributed, more or less, to what has been handed to us "on a silver platter".
-- The second module is the formal study of modern chemistry (about 30 weeks long) using a good quality textbook.
This is a modular course. Please click on any of the links below to see details for the subcourses.