This is the absolute best Chemistry course designed for kids who not only want to learn what chemistry is by doing it themselves, but also have greater ambitions and need to know this chemistry stuff so they can get paid in the real world to mix up rocket engine chemicals, design chemical factories, develop new kinds of substances in a lab and so much more.
This course will not only prepare you for the real world in chemistry, it will also give you more than a solid foundation when you hit the college level. You can save time and money by finishing part of your college degree right alongside your high school work by testing out of classes using this chemistry course.
You don’t have to be a genius in order to do this – anyone that works through this course step by step can do it, and I am here to help you every step of the way. If you're in middle school or high school and have never done chemistry before, you can also do this course! No previous chemistry experience required.
Chemistry does contain some math. Now before you panic or roll your eyes, note that you don’t need a high level of math in order to complete this course. I am going to walk you through every step of the way, and it’s best if you learn the math right alongside the science so that you can really understand why you’re learning that math stuff in the first place.
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Basically chemistry is studying matter, like baking soda, and watching what happens when you add vinegar to it. Did it change color? Did it heat up? Did it make bubbles or form crystals? What happened? Watching and explaining are all a part of chemistry. Let's get started!
Step 1: Get organized.You'll need a three-ring binder, a pencil, and a printer, because this course has a lot of chemistry experiments, many of which have downloadable worksheets and data sheets that you can print out. I recommend building your science notebook incrementally as you go along, using a three hole punch on the worksheets you print out and complete and sticking it in a binder. You can also print out the individual homework sets that accompany each section, complete those and also stick them in the binder. Snap photos of yourself doing the experiments and paste them in, and you'll have one amazing science notebook journal at the end of the year!
If you'd like to keep a more rigorous science journal, you'll want to check out my complete How to Keep Scientific Journal instructions. These are the ones I had my college students prepare with every lab they performed.
Step 2: Download the shopping list for the course.Science isn't really science without equipment to perform your experiments, and chemistry is full of them! But that doesn't mean it has to be expensive or extensive. The first pages contain items ordered online, and the rest are items you have around your house or you can pick up from stores in town. If you prefer, here's the same list in the original Excel file format here.
If you purchased the materials from Unit 15 (the Chemistry Kit & Glassware set), you'll need to also purchase the Lab Hardware and several additional chemicals including (from www.hometrianingtools.com) potassium hexacyanoferrate, calcium hydroxide, ammonium iron sulfate, litmus powder, sulfur, iron filings, magnesium strips, copper and zinc sheets, carbon electrodes, potassium permanganate, potassium bromide, activated charcoal, sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, silver nitrate, hydrogen peroxide (from a drug store), and denatured alcohol (from a hardware store).
I also recommend getting a good reference textbook, something you can refer to as you go along and work out some of the example problems and go further into depth reading if you need to. You can use any high school or introductory level college chemistry textbook you want. Here's one that I use in the some of the videos I created for you in the course:
"Chemistry", by Zumdahl, Steven and Susan Zumdahl.
This unit on Chemistry is chocked full of demonstrations and experiments for two big reasons. First, they’re fun. But more importantly, the reason we do experiments in chemistry is to hone your observational skills. Chemistry experiments really speak for themselves, much better than I can ever put into words or show you on a video. And I’m going to hit you with a lot of these chemistry demonstrations to help you develop your observing techniques. If you don't have access to a chemical or can't do a particular experiment, just watch me do it on video so you're clear about what's really going on.
We’re going to be using real chemicals, some of which are corrosive, hazardous, and most are toxic. This course is NOT for small children or households with loose pets. As you gather your equipment for this section, please keep ALL chemicals out of reach and sealed until you need them. We’ll show you how to safely store, mix, and clean up your chemicals. You can order all your chemicals from the same supplier (links provided in the material list). We’ll be using this set of chemistry equipment and chemicals for the entire course. Make sure you have goggles and gloves for all experiments, and protect your table (put it near a window for good ventilation) with a thick plastic tablecloth.
Step 3: Watch videos below in order.You can jump around within this course, however it's important to watch the first couple of videos in order before you launch into the course. There's over 200 videos, about half of which are instructional content-type of videos, and the rest are chemistry experiment videos. They are both interspersed together so you get to do experiments as you learn about the concepts and academics at the same time.
There are specific scientific skills you will learn by completing this chemistry course: you'll not only work independently designing and conducting your experiments (alongside guidance from myself), but you will also discover how to scientifically investigate your questions and hone your observation skills to figure out your own answers.
In this course, you can expect to model what's going on in the real world down on paper through scientific modeling to more efficiently solve real-world problems, like slowing down pollution rates and figuring out if grandma got ripped off when she purchased her "pure" silver set. These solving methods will require using the math skills you already have, and I'll show you how to put those skills to good use.
You'll also learn how to design experiments so you can measure and take data, make sense of your data and turn it into not only results to a problem, but make solutions and recommendations based on scientific evidence through the experiments they set up themselves.
Are you ready to get started on your journey in Chemistry? Let's go!