Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home
In contexts without a lab facility, conducting effective chemistry experiments is one of the greatest challenges. Homeschooling families may resort to "easy experiments using household items. The result can quickly become little more than a magic show. Students mix ingredients and watch the effects, but are not taught real chemistry. The chemicals, procedures, and equipment often bear little or no resemblance to what a real chemist would use, and they do not prepare students for the rigors of their college science courses.
Novare Science & Math has the goal of helping home educators conduct excellent science education. In the chemistry lab, this means bringing students into the real chemist experience. It requires effort, skill, and patience learning and observing universal safety procedures, use of correct terminology, use of apparatus, skills of measurement, recording, documentation, cleanup and waste disposal. The best educated students will also take some time to learn the background of an experiment, how to analyze results, and how to write a quality lab report.
This book has low-cost alternatives to expensive equipment and recommendations for procuring small quantities of chemicals. Of course, some expenditure on basic equipment is required, but for all 20 experiments the cost is less than $200.
Each experiment includes Learning Objectives, Lab Skills Focus, Materials and Apparatus List, safety issues, Background, Procedure, as well as any special waste disposal matters. Pages are perforated so that students can remove the Short Form Report Sheets for each experiment. The book is intended for each student to have their own copy.
- 1.Measurement of Physical Properties
- 2.Separation of Components in a Mixture
- 3.Flame Texts and Metal Cation Identification
- 4.Determining the Empirical Formula of a Copper Chloride Hydrate
- 5.Activity Series
- 6.Limiting Reactant and Percent Yield
- 7.Intermolecular Forces
- 9.Mole Amount of Gas
- 10.Metathesis Reactions
- 11.Acid-Base Titration
- 12.Effectiveness of Antacids
- 13.Calorimetry and Hess' Law
- 14.Rate Law Determination for the Acid-Catalyzed Iodination of Acetone
- 15.Titration Curves and Ka
- 16.Determination of the Percentage of Iron in Iron SupplementsRedox Titration
- 17.Electrochemical Series
- 18.Synthesis of Aspirin
- 19.Calorimetry of Organic Compounds
Intended for use at the 11th grade level, this mastery-based chemistry course from Novare Science & Math takes a bit of a different approach from other chemistry courses. He promotes a physics-first approach and suggests Introductory Physics (also by Novare) be taken in 9th grade, biology in 10th, followed by this course in 11th. The author suggests taking this course concurrently with Algebra 2.
By following the author's suggestion of physics-first, the student can more easily work through General Chemistry and have a greater understanding of the concepts. Novare employs a mastery approach - students should learn, master, and retain what they learn. Curricula that uses this approach covers fewer topics and covers them more deeply. This text also integrates learning by combining skills in science, math, science history, and English language usage. Written from a Biblical worldview, the text seeks to help students see God in the world. The author holds to the view that the world is billions of years old and believes there is evidence for such. That being said, he doesn't address that topic in this text.
Chapters include: What is Chemistry All About, Measurements, Atoms & Substances, Atomic Structure, Periodic Law, Chemical Bonding, Molecular Theory and Metallic Bonding, Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry, Kinetic Theory and States of Matter, Gas Laws, Solution Chemistry, Acids and Bases, and Redox Chemistry. Answers to selected exercises are found in the back of the text along with some helpful information in the appendices. It is very important to read the teacher and student information found in the preface of the text - this is where you will get a thorough explanation of the philosophy of the author and the best way to use the text. Every chapter begins with stated objectives, presents the information into smaller chunks that are offered in numbered sections, and rounds out the chapter with study questions. The author believes in questions that require complete sentences as a response, so you won't find any true/false, matching, or multiple choice questions. The 400-page text is smaller than some (7"x 10”) so the print is smaller, and there are colored illustrations throughout.
There are also digital downloadable files available as a separate purchase directly from Classical Academic Press. Previously sold as a "Resource CD," these files include PDF format quizzes, exams, term exams (2), and answer keys for all. There is also “Recommendations for Teaching General Chemistry,” most of which is taken from the preface in the text.
Typically, you need a lab component with chemistry courses. There is nothing written into the text for labs, but the author recommends Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home for those who are homeschooling. This book has low-cost alternatives to expensive equipment and recommendations for procuring small quantities of chemicals. The Solutions Manual contains fully worked solutions for the computational problems found in the text. Novare courses are used by Memoria Press for their academic rigor and are a good choice for students who need challenging science courses and college prep. ~ Donna
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