Discovering Design with Chemistry

Discovering Design with Chemistry

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Item #: 060710
ISBN: 9780996278461
Grades: 10-12

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Unless you are using this course with someone else and they have the Answer Key and Tests manual you may want to order the set not just the textbook

Discovering Design with Chemistry is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra 1. This independent-study, college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.

The course contains 46 separate experiments that illustrate various concepts being explored. Many are quantitative in nature, including measuring the wavelength of microwaves, determining the number of water molecules in a hydrated compound, calculating percent yield, measuring the concentration of a hydrogen peroxide solution, determining the concentration of acetic acid in vinegar, measuring the specific heat of a metal, and determining the change in enthalpy for a chemical reaction. Others are qualitative, such as performing flame tests, examining the interference of light waves, comparing metals to nonmetals, exploring Boyle’s Law, doing litmus tests, and electroplating.

Throughout the course, the student is shown how chemistry reveals the amazing design that exists all around us. From the details of atomic structure to the makeup of the very air that we breathe, chemistry shows us the marvelous handiwork of God.

Category Description for Discovering Design with Chemistry:

Discovering Design with Chemistry by Dr. Jay Wile offers a very solid, college-prep chemistry education. Dr. Wile employs the "atoms first" approach to his chemistry presentation in this text, which is different from Exploring Creation with Chemistry 2nd Ed. (also authored by Dr. Wile). This approach presents foundational information about atoms and molecules, and then builds upon that information for a logical sequential presentation of topics.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the front cover is the similarity in format to other text books written by Dr. Wile. More reading and fewer pictures, assuming that you need to know everything about this subject and there is no teacher present. This text is homeschool- and user-friendly in so many ways; everything is easily accessible and all information is at your fingertips. The Periodic Table is printed inside the front cover, along with a list of the elements ordered by their chemical symbols in alphabetic order. An introduction explains why chemistry is an important subject not just as a high school course, but life application.

There are 16 chapters and each includes reading and experiments. Within each chapter are statements and equations printed in pink boxes and definitions centered in the text; these need to be memorized by the student. Comprehension Check questions are found within the reading. These are offered periodically to see if the reader understands the information that was just presented; solutions are found near the end of each chapter. A chapter review rounds out the chapter information. This section reviews all of the information found in that chapter. If you were comparing this text to the 2nd edition of Exploring Creation with Chemistry, you would find that it discusses spectroscopy more and environmental issues less. Main concepts remain the same as what you might typically find in a high school, college-prep chemistry course. All of this is presented from a creation perspective and gives credit to our Creator.

In the front of the book Dr. Wile explains how to use the course in one academic year. If you want something more structured, a 36-week lesson plan is included in Appendix B. The lessons are laid out week-by-week and day-by-day with boxes to check off as you complete them you have permission to copy this for marking purposes.

There are 46 experiments within the text, and you will do about 3 of them every 2 weeks. Dr. Wile also explains how to keep a record of your experiments. A lab kit is available for this course, but if you don't want to purchase the kit, there are still 27 experiments you can do using just household items. Appendix C offers guidance on how to do experiments without the kit and adjustments you will need to make. In the informational pages at the front of the book, you will find a list of the kit contents and additional items needed, listed by chapter.

A website accompanies this course that includes free resources video samples of mathematical examples, videos of some experiments that illustrate textual concepts (but are not offered in the text), further discussion of some of the course topics, and extra practice problems. The web address is found in the front of the text, just before the table of contents. If students get stuck on a problem or concept, a different website is available where Dr. Wile has made himself available for additional help. A glossary is included at the back of the text and some helpful tables are printed inside the back cover.

The Answer Key & Tests offers suggestions for grading and test implementation. Solutions are offered for all chapter reviews, chapter tests, and semester exams. There is one test to be taken at the end of each chapter and a final exam for each semester.

The Discovering Design with Chemistry Lab Kit comes from Nature's Workshop and is specific to this course. The kit contains safety goggles, funnel, two 50-mL graduated cylinders, two medicine droppers, mass scale (accurate to 0.1 g), 250-mL beaker, 100-mL beaker, four test tubes, watch glass, filter paper, litmus paper, alcohol burner, thermometer, stirring rod, sodium hydroxide, strontium chloride, and cupric sulfate.

Kathleen Wile narrates the complete text on the Discovering Design with Chemistry Audio Book USB flash drive (8G). This is just chapter content (including examples), and not the comprehension questions or experiments. Your auditory learners will love this and the articulate and clear recording. Play it anywhere you have a USB port - on your computer, in your car or other listening devices which have a USB format. You can download the audio files to your computer and MP3 player or iPod from your computer. I tried this in my car, and it was so easy to just plug and play. This makes listening on the go much more convenient. This flash drive format also eliminates the problem for those who have no disc drive on their computer or MP3-compatible CD player. This is a great companion to the text!

(Publisher description) This laboratory-based high school chemistry course is the first chemistry course a college boundstudent should take. It gives the student an introduction to the basic laws and theories of modern chemistry and the skills used to analyze a wide range of chemical processes. The student is taught the concepts of measurement, significant figures, density, the classification of matter,Daltons atomic theory, Bohrs atomic theory, the quantum-mechanical model of the atom, the nature of light, spectroscopy, particle/wave duality, electron configurations, the periodic table, ionic compounds, polar covalent compounds, nonpolar covalent compounds, physical change, chemicalchange, balancing chemical equations, stoichiometry, the nature of solutions, concentration, freezing point depression, boiling point elevation, the ideal gas laws, acids, bases, neutralization, titration, pH,reduction, oxidation, Galvanic cells, electroplating, corrosion, energy, heat, calorimetry, the thermodynamics of chemical reactions, kinetics, and chemical equilibria.

The course consists of 180 hours of instruction, 38 of which involve hands-on experiments.The experiments include determining density, separating a mixture, measuring the wavelength of microwaves, flame tests, light interference, determining the amount of sodium bicarbonate in an Alka-Seltzer tablet, percent yield, freezing point depression, acid/base titration, building a Galvanic cell, electroplating, calorimetry, and Le Chateliers principle. While the concepts that allow a student to think chemically are emphasized, the quantitative nature of the subject is not minimized. As a result, the student needs to have completed Algebra 1 before beginning this course.

Category Description for Discovering Design by Dr. Jay Wile:

Believing college preparatory, lab rich science should be a part of every homeschool student’s experience, Dr. Wile provides everything necessary for success. With his conversational approach, there is more reading and fewer pictures compared to other curricula. Rather than intimidating, this beautiful approach assumes there is no teacher present and gives students all they need to know about a subject in a clearly explained, user-friendly format.

The Hardcover Textbook offers textual reading, comprehension and review questions, lab instructions and answers to the comprehension questions. The softcover Answer Key & Tests Book includes reproducible tests and answers to the tests and chapter reviews. It also includes grading and testing tips. USB Audiobooks are chapter readings without comprehension questions or experiments. Set includes Textbook and Answer Key/Test Book. Optional Lab Kits or Student Workbooks are available.


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The school required it.
Ludivina A on Aug 24, 2021
Required for a distance learning course.
Michael B on Aug 15, 2020
The school required it.
Ludivina A on Aug 24, 2021
Teacher suggestion
Chrissie S on Aug 6, 2021
Required for a distance learning course.
Michael B on Aug 15, 2020
Required text for homeschool co-op.
Mary C on Aug 13, 2020
Teachers at co-op are now requiring this text because they like how it is organized and easy to use.
Cherie S on Aug 3, 2020
We are huge fans of all Dr. Jay Wile's science books and plan to continue using them from elementary through high school with all of our children.
User on May 7, 2020
Mike S on Aug 29, 2019
We needed this book for co-op.
Katie C on Aug 5, 2019
Required curriculum for high school class.
Cynthia E on Aug 4, 2019
We are huge fans of the 2nd edition biology that was written by dr. wile. The way Dr. Wile teaches really reaches the children so I am confident that this purchase will be helpful in fulfilling my childs chemistry credit.
misty q on Jul 16, 2019
I chose this because it is well-regarded, used by a respected web-course provider as their curriculum, and it looks completely doable at home, especially with the video option provided by Dr. Wile.
Hope H on Apr 28, 2019
A friend used this curriculum last year and was very happy with it.
Emi S on Mar 27, 2019
Daughter's Home High School Chemistry
Wallace B on Aug 31, 2018
needed for a class
Lisa S on Aug 15, 2018
The NEW and IMPROVED Chemistry Text by Dr Jay Wile!
Teri B on Jul 31, 2018
Positive reviews
Holly D on Jul 26, 2018
This is the book my child will need for her home school co-op chemistry class.
Lynne S on Jul 9, 2018
Needed for tutorial class.
Shawn H on Apr 30, 2018
Teaching Chemistry
Shelly L on Dec 23, 2017
class requirement
Barbara H on Oct 4, 2017
lower price and shipping fees
Maribel C on Sep 6, 2017
Our coop teacher chose this curriculum.
Gloria O on Aug 16, 2017
for a class
Heather S on Aug 15, 2017
Required by online school
Jeane C on Aug 11, 2017
I needed to see the book to make a decision on whether I would use it or not.
Sandra W on Jun 14, 2017
I like the author.
Tracy B on May 3, 2017
For my son
Nick B on Oct 10, 2016
required for co-op class
Debra R on Sep 4, 2016
We are looking forward to the latest greatest from Dr. Wile as we have appreciated his text books in the past.
User on Sep 2, 2016
best price and free shipping, can't beat that!!
michelle s on Aug 30, 2016
I liked the way it was written. The way the chapters were Organized.
Lacinda D on Aug 30, 2016
Free shipping and no tax. A friend recommended this website. thank you!
maria i on Aug 23, 2016
co-op chose this cirriclum...can't wait to view it.
Marcy L on Aug 17, 2016
Our coop is using this book. This was the best price I found and it was over $50 so there was no shipping.
Wendy H on Aug 8, 2016
our coop teacher chose it
Judy F on Aug 2, 2016
for a class
Julie N on Jul 27, 2016
best price found in searching for books
Staci J on Jul 25, 2016
required for textbook for class
Karen P on Jul 21, 2016
We love Dr. Wile's style of writing, he makes difficult subjects easy to understand!
Beth F on Jul 6, 2016
We are using this book in our homeschool co-op. Our chemistry teacher evaluated several options and liked this one the best.
Margie F on Jun 24, 2016
Needed text for HS Chemistry for homeschooling.
David M on Oct 14, 2015
Coop science class chose this text because of several years of using J Wile texts and liking them! The experiments look more interesting and explanations better than old Exploring Creation with Chemistry.
Annette C on Sep 24, 2015
Teacher suggestion
Chrissie S on Aug 6, 2021
Required text for homeschool co-op.
Mary C on Aug 13, 2020
Two Questions, one, this comes up as the most popular High School Chemistry curriculum, how is that determined? And second, does it come from a Creation Biblical perspective?
Connie on Feb 26, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Most popular is likely highest number purchased? Dr. Jay Wile is well-known for the original Apologia series (through 2nd ed, I believe), and his specialty area is in Chemistry, so it is widely used in the homeschool community. That said, we have had mixed experiences with it, and needed to add a chemistry major in the family to our studies in order to work our way through the curriculum. As to your second question, yes, it is from a Creation Biblical perspective. If you research the author, you'll see get a better feel for his background. He is also known for his work in the Berean Builders homeschool curriculum, if you want to cross-reference resources.
Does this course come with any type of companion such as notebook journal or lab manual that students write in?
Rebecca D on Jan 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No, it's just a textbook and answer key. My students type up their lab reports. The website has a lot of helpful videos and extra practice problems.
how many credits is this course worth?
A shopper on Apr 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A full year of high school chemistry. Two credits in our state, Indiana. Some states do 1/2 credit per semester. In that case it would be one full credit.
My son just started Algebra1. Can he do this while he is learning Algebra1, or he should finish Algebra1 before he starts this book?
A shopper on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hello, this book, in my experience, requires a thorough knowledge of Algebraic concepts.
I would recommend at least one completed year of Algebra before beginning this book.
My daughter had completed Algebra 1 & 2 and was in Geometry at the time of taking this course, and still she thought it was tough!
Hope this helps!
Does each student need his/her own lab kit for this course, or would it work for two students to share?
A shopper on May 30, 2016
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BEST ANSWER: Three of my children completed this chemistry course together. We had three separate text books as each read at different times given their different schedules. However, they shared one lab kit as they did their labs together. This proved a great learning time together!
Will you have these at the Masshope conference this month?
A shopper on Apr 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we will start the convention with a supply.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Thorough Text and do able experiments
I taught Chemistry at a co-op with this text and all my students were able to understand the concepts and perform well on the exams. The combination of comprehension questions with answers in the book and review questions with answers in the answer/test book is great for letting the student really test themselves before taking the test. The test questions are well written and reflect the material covered in the text and the review questions.
October 17, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Outstanding curriculum
We are preparing to include chemistry in the line-up of classes for both daughters next year and I am in the process of studying the student material in depth. The textbook and concept-related questions as well as the review questions are extremely well explained, illustrated and discussed. I have used the answer key/test book previously and have found it to be excellent. I find the notes regarding the points that must be included in a question for full credit very helpful, and particularly like the many pertinent and brief videos available on the website. I am definitely looking forward to this class and am certain that my students will learn a lot. Dr. Wile's "Discovering Chemistry" is among the very best homeschool material I have found in years.
July 6, 2019
Rated 5 out of 5
Who doesn't just love Dr. Wile's science curriculum
Dr. Wile wrote yet another fantastic chemistry curriculum. Included is a pass key to more online video's and extra practice problems and their worked out solutions. For a high school chemistry class you can't go wrong here.
November 11, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Clear for students, easy for parents
We've been using Discovering Design with Chemistry this school year. Both my son and I find the book to be clearly written. Dr. Wile makes the concepts easy to understand--or as easy as chemistry can get. I know Dr. Wile has a webpage for extra help, but with the practice problems, comprehension questions, and chapter review we haven't needed it yet. You will need this webpage to mark the errata he found in this edition.
The Answer Key and Tests book is very beneficial to me as a mom. (It's necessary--unless you're in a co-op and the teacher is doing all of the grading.) It starts with information of how to record lab work, assessing your student, and calculating his final grade. All of the Chapter Review questions and Test questions are solved step-by-step. I especially appreciate the test answers since I am not a chemistry expert. Dr. Wile lists how many points each problem is worth, and breaks down those points in the solution. That makes it easier to know how much partial credit I can award if the answer wasn't exact.
Once you buy the book, you download the notebook, print what you need at home, and organize it anyway you want.
February 26, 2017

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