Chemistry 101 DVD
This course is for your visual learners who need high school credit in Chemistry. Wes Olson, the host of Biology 101, will take you on a journey through the history of chemistry along with what the study of chemistry is all about. This course is divided into nineteen 20-45 minute segments and examines the world of chemistry, the periodic table, important characters in the field of chemistry, the essentials of chemistry such as neutrons, isotopes, ions, compounds, molecules, and balancing chemical equations, an explanation of the elements – non-metals, poor metals, transition metals, rare earth & radioactive metals, and the future of chemistry. This is a 4 DVD set that has a running time of 10 hours, 55 minutes along with PDF files for the guidebook, accreditation booklet, and an extended periodic table.
To get started with this program, you will want to print off the PDF files for the guidebook, periodic table and accreditation schedule, or take them somewhere to have them printed (the guidebook is over 120 pages). Students will be starting a chemistry notebook for this program in which they will write their research and reports. You will want to read ahead in the guidebook so you can gather and prepare needed items for the next lesson, mini-labs, and reports. The guidebook also allows the student to review information covered in the lessons along with quizzes and discussions questions. Mini-labs are demonstrated in the lessons and are performed with items from around your house or are easily accessible. I think the labs are much better and meatier than those found in Biology 101 and would do a much better job of meeting the high school credit. ~ Donna
My high school chemistry teacher was in the middle of his first lecture of the school year. He mumbled while his chalk scribbled symbols on the blackboard. I raised my hand, approached his desk, and politely handed in my textbook. I walked down the hall and into the guidance office where I calmly signed up for 4 more English electives. “You can’t do that,” the counselor cried.
“I can,” I said. So English it was. If Wes Olson was my chemistry teacher, the outcome of my life may have been different. Hmm . . . Doctor Andreola . . . has a nice ring to it.
Mr. Olson packs so much interest and vitality into this DVD course you won’t believe its Chemistry! In fact, he makes some bold claims right from the start:
- It can be fun to study even if you don’t know the complicated math.
- You will become good friends with the periodic table; understand what it means, how to read it, and how to explain it to somebody else.
How does he pull this off? He begins with compelling dramas of the men behind the science. Students may be surprised to discover that many of the fathers of modern chemistry were also men with devout faith in God. So who were they? What did they discover? Why was it important? His narrative is seasoned with light humor, colorful visuals, locations, and recreations of original experiments. Students are drawn into a private world that once only yielded up its secrets to a privileged few.
What follows are clear and approachable introductions to the Periodic Table, quantum mechanics, neutrons, compounds and molecules, balancing equations, the elements and more. It concludes with a glimpse into the future of chemistry.
Being a homeschool dad himself, Mr. Olson respects his viewer’s intelligence. He concentrates on the quality of the material, without resorting to goony slapstick or monotonous repetition. He moves right along holding viewers’ attention, sometimes with experiments to drive the message home.
Students can view the 4 DVD’s as a supplementary or introductory elective, or opt for the full Course Accreditation Program for an entire year’s worth of science credits. Simply print out the program outline and the 34 page illustrated student Guidebook, and follow the assignments.
When your students start dinner discussions on Quantum Mechanics or the short comings of the inventor of Soda water …don’t blame me.
Recommended for age 15 and up, but younger students may “catch” much. Also see my review for Wes Olson’s very lively Biology 101.
We really appreciated this Biology course. My son has Aspergers and is not good at Science. Labs were not even an option, but with the additional accreditation booklet, I chose what was important and workable for him. Multiple-learning styles are good for learning disabilities. So watching the DVD, reading the guidebook, writing short essays, and doing other hands-on activities provided the variety that was needed. The DVD segments were well done and Mr. Olson kept our attention. This is an excellent course and can be used alone with the resources provided or as a supplement to other curriculums.