For many students, Chemistry is the most challenging required high school science — this course overcomes that hurdle for motivated students even if they are not strong in science. This college-prep chemistry course provides a qualitative and quantitative study of scientific measurement, matter, atomic theory, the periodic table, bonding, gas laws, and chemical reactions. The study of energy, electrons, and stoichiometry (including the mole concept) lays a broad foundation for chemical applications, and prepares the student to analyze chemical equations and predict reaction dynamics. Specific topics related to chemical reactions include solutions, thermochemistry, reaction rates with equilibrium, acid-base chemistry, and oxidation-reduction reactions. Course resources include comprehensive class notes, videos, and other tutorial materials. There is special emphasis on math instruction for solving Chemistry problems. The laboratory component includes virtual lab experiments and physical, hands-on labs performed at home using common household chemicals. This lab science course also includes step-by-step training, supported and reinforced by articulate instructions and model documents, for writing good lab reports.
Note: Many good students struggle with Chemistry, particularly the math-related aspects of it. If your TPS Chemistry student would benefit from more instruction, more time to ask questions, and more opportunity to go over trouble-areas with a teacher, please consider adding Chemistry Problem Solving to your TPS Chemistry course. Chemistry Problem Solving is an additional low-cost seminar course for Q&A, review, or even re-teaching of difficult concepts. Content objectives, homework, labs, and tests are also primary topics of discussion. The Chemistry Problem Solving class enhances study skills, nurtures critical thinking, and provides extra practice in problem solving.
Note: Students seeking a more advanced approach to general Chemistry should consider TPS Chemistry (Pre-AP Honors), which features additional topics, more in-depth study of advanced topics, and more application of mathematics.