Discovering Design with Chemistry Set

Discovering Design with Chemistry Set


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Grades: 10-12

Product Description:

Begins with a foundation built on atoms and molecules, before teaching a logical sequential presentation of topics. 180 hours of instruction, 38 of which involve hands-on experiments. Algebra 1 is a prerequisite.

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Recorded Classes are available for this subject. The classes are taught by Dr. Wile. There are two recordings per chapter of the textbook.

Discovering Design with Chemistry is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra I. 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.

This product is a set consisting of both the textbook and the answer key and tests booklet containing everything the parent/teacher needs to know for the subject.

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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Tutorial class is using this book
User on Aug 19, 2023
Required for Chemistry class at our co-op.
Jennifer P on Jul 29, 2023
Tutorial class is using this book
User on Aug 19, 2023
Homeschool Coop required
Tinasha W on Aug 5, 2023
Required for Chemistry class at our co-op.
Jennifer P on Jul 29, 2023
Required curriculum for co-op class
Maren P on Jul 27, 2023
Recommended by our science co-op for my 10th grader.
Lynn T on Jul 3, 2023
We are using this curriculum in our homeschool co-op in Costa Rica.
Melanie N on May 10, 2023
Recommended by my co-op
LORI S on Mar 6, 2023
It is the best option available to us for chemistry. Dr. Jay Wile is qualified and fair.
Jessica on Aug 12, 2022
Being used for High School co-op class
Nichole L on Jul 30, 2022
for independent study course
Jamie F on Jul 27, 2022
Dr. Wile, the author, is a gem. We love these texts.
Jeffrey on Jul 23, 2022
Wile is solid
Sherry E on Jul 15, 2022
Dr. Wile has done a good job at rewriting a homeschool-focused chemistry text starting from an atomic level. Easy to use and understand.
User on Jul 13, 2022
Dr. Wile and their company worked hard to teach youth science and help them be prepared for College- It is time for another son to be prepared!
WENDY H on May 26, 2022
This was required for a Berean Builders online course.
Kevin A on May 22, 2022
For a co-op class
Melissa E on Apr 6, 2022
Excited to try this with my rising 10th grader.
Megan H on Mar 30, 2022
School required it
Barbara K on Sep 2, 2021
This was the book requested by his teacher.
Catherine K on Aug 9, 2021
Nickie R on Aug 9, 2021
homeschool coop
carrie l on Aug 4, 2021
I spent hours trying to choose a Chemistry curriculum and chose this one after much research.
User on May 31, 2021
Co-op textbook requirement. Tried and true for many homeschool students...
Yolanda on Apr 2, 2021
Required for our co-op, college credit chemistry class.
Kelley R on Aug 13, 2020
I've heard positive comments about Wyle's new textbooks.
Megan G on Aug 5, 2020
We appreciate the science books by Jay Wile.
User on Aug 3, 2020
After reading reviews, I chose this for my 10th grade son this year.
Audrey I on Jul 30, 2020
Stacie H on Jul 16, 2020
Researching a quality chemistry curriculum for my rising 11th grade student who would like to major in Chemistry in college brought me to this curriculum. It came recommended after several reviewers stated the author was not thrilled with the curriculum he writes for another publisher (the publisher I was intending to use). Hoping this will be a great curriculum for my student this year as I really want her to have a strong high school chemistry base before heading to college.
Meredith S on Jul 8, 2020
Our co-op has used this book for a few years and loves it. We are looking forward to a great year of learning.
Angie P on Jul 6, 2020
Co-op class required - better price than competitors.
Marana M on Jun 24, 2020
Found a borrowed set to be excellent, so I purchased my own set.
Joellen M on Jun 16, 2020
The format of the reading seemed very peaceful compared to other textbooks I considered. It seems Dr. Wile has a great reputation of being an effective science teacher! I also like that I will get the option to download tests rather than copy from a book.
Jenni R on Apr 21, 2020
I trust Dr. Jay Wile to provide excellent curriculum.
Lenore A on Apr 18, 2020
required for a class
Veronica K on Mar 20, 2020
Using it for a co-op class!
User on Aug 14, 2019
Researching the choices, I came to the conclusion that this was the best option, academically rigorous yet student-friendly!
Renita G on Aug 13, 2019
Because of good reviews
User on Aug 13, 2019
Our co-op extended science program is using this book for Chemisty.
Nicole M on Aug 5, 2019
It appeared to be well written, straightforward, and easily understood.
Judith K on Aug 4, 2019
required for co-op class.
kelly a on Aug 2, 2019
It was recommended by the leaders at our co-op for the upcoming school year.
Melissa M on Jul 29, 2019
User on Jul 4, 2019
Planning to use Dr. Wile's latest high school chemistry text to take advantage of the many years he has been writing high school science texts for Christians.
Sheri T on Jun 11, 2019
This is a trusted author with a captivating style of conversational teaching. It will be used in a co-op class.
Helen S on Jun 5, 2019
Good reviews and like the conversational tone of the text
Sumer M on Nov 8, 2018
Dr. Wile's science curricula are excellent!
Susan L on Sep 11, 2018
Chemistry teacher suggested it.
Cynthia H on Sep 9, 2018
Required for co-op
Megan L on Aug 27, 2018
Curriculum requirements
Carolyn M on Aug 26, 2018
Homeschool Coop required
Tinasha W on Aug 5, 2023
Required curriculum for co-op class
Maren P on Jul 27, 2023
Is this the third edition?
Steph on Aug 19, 2022
BEST ANSWER: This is the 1st edition!
what's the difference between Discovering Design w Chemistry and Exploring Creation w Chemistry?
A shopper on Jun 5, 2020
Discovering Design with Chemistry Set
Discovering Design with Chemistry Set
Exploring Creation with Chemistry Textbook 3rd Edition (softcover)
Exploring Creation with Chemistry Textbook 3rd Edition (softcover)
BEST ANSWER: I like the layout of Discovering Design better. There is not a lot to of difference though. They are both college prep. You can get videos with both, the the videos for Discovering Designs are better, in my opinion.
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
Discovering Design with Chemistry Set
Discovering Design with Chemistry Set
Discovering Design with Chemistry
Discovering Design with Chemistry
Discovering Design with Chemistry Lab Kit
Discovering Design with Chemistry Lab Kit
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!
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love Dr Wile and his chemistry. Easy to understand and study alone or in a group.
August 27, 2020
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Clarity to high school chemistry
Dr. Wile explains everything very thoroughly and the textbook is written so it is easy to understand. The audio version is perfect for accommodating audio learners. We tried another curriculum but it was too confusing. Dr. Wile brings clarity to high school chemistry.
March 11, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great HS Chemistry course
This is a classic Dr. Jay L. Wile science textbook like all other Apologia text. It is an excellent chemistry course for high school in the same tradition as the first 2 editions of Apologia Chemistry. For some reason Apologia chose different authors for their 3rd edition of their Chemistry book.
August 22, 2018
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great book!
I have several Chemistry books, including 2nd and 3rd edition Apologia books, and although I love Apologia and have used almost all of their Science books, for Chemistry I find this one to be much clearer and easier to use and understand.
July 23, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A rigorous and exciting option for Chemistry
I teach Chemistry in a homeschool co-op. After years of using something else, I switched to Discovering Design with Chemistry. I LOVED it and my students were challenged yet their interest was held throughout. I will definitely be using this again and again.
April 26, 2018
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Dr. Wile Chemistry revised
This is our 3rd attempt at Chemistry! We bought Apologia's second edition but it seemed a little dated. Then we found out there was a 3rd Apologia edition, but not written by Dr. Wile. We bought it but given all the controversy surrounding which printing had been corrected, I lost confidence in it. Much to my son's chagrin I opted to go back to Dr. Wile in this version and it was just what we were looking for: the same conversational style and thorough explanations. My son is now in Module 3. I asked him if he was glad we switched and he said he was!
October 13, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Greatly improved!
I liked the high school Apologia in the past but we had issues with the inconsistency of calculating the problems when it came to significant digits. At times, we waited days for a clarification on a calculation, which was frustrating.

I believe I spoke with Dr. Wile's new partner who was very confident in the organization of the material and the final product. He assured me that questions would be answered quickly, and he was true to his word.

The new program, Discovering Design with Chemistry, also comes with printable questions as well as video links without having to purchase a supplemental DVD! (Thankfully, there is no Red Wagon element to this program.) In my opinion, DDC is streamlined and efficient. Although we are only in module 3, it appears to be almost "perfected."

I would definitely recommend this product!
October 15, 2016
over 7 years ago

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