Online Homeschool High School Chemistry Course

Welcome to our online homeschool high school chemistry course named First Semester Chemistry.

Online Homeschool High School Chemistry Course

Welcome to our online homeschool high school chemistry course named First Semester Chemistry.

"As a homeschool family, we thought that chemistry would be an impossible topic. Not the case. My daughter enjoyed the class, and learned way more than her regular school friends anyhow." -- Ann T.

Overview of Online Homeschool High School Chemistry Course

First Semester Chemistry covers the topics found in the first half of a normal high school chemistry textbook. It’s the continuation course following Intro to Chemistry.

You’ll learn about science by using analogies that relate to concepts you already know well. You’ll be able to explain the world scientifically using Plain English, and you’ll be designing experiments and organizing scientific data. Most of the math, technical jargon, and complicated chemicals have been removed from the topics so you can truly master the chemistry concepts. 

There’s a written assignment, with complete video solutions, for each lesson so that the ideas sink in. You’ll get up to speed with chemistry fast and develop the skills needed to have fun succeeding in future chemistry and science courses.

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Course Data

Live Classes with Instructor: This online homeschool high school chemistry course is a live, group class that meets regularly on Zoom with Dr. Scott, the course instructor.

Videos Included: The video textbook has 230 videos (31 hours total) including complete chemistry lessons, detailed worksheet solutions, several experiments, and instructions for reporting laboratory data.

Materials Included:  The course has 45 printable pdf files including worksheets, answer keys, and class notes.

Time commitment: Learners typically spend 3-5 hours per week, which includes combined live in-class time and out-of-class time.

Course duration: Semester length (half school year) or summer session.

Instructor Support Included: Dr. Scott teaches the live class personally. He is available for questions and evaluates worksheets by email. There are grades and a certificate of completion at the end. 

Who It's For

– Homeschoolers looking for science credit.
– Anybody who has completed Intro to Chemistry.
– High school students that already know the periodic table.
– Younger learners with an advanced interest in science.
– College students struggling with General Chemistry I.
– Adults looking for a science education.
– Teachers seeking a fresh perspective on chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

Learners completing First Semester Chemistry will be able to:

  1. Master bonding for ionic compounds and molecules.
  2. Explain chemical properties using chemical structure.
  3. Explain water, air, solvents, soap, salts, minerals, fuels, and food molecules.
  4. Calculate how chemical reactions will proceed.
  5. Master the basics of acid-base chemistry.
  6. Understand solutions and the states of matter.
  7. Design experiments.
  8. Record data and analyze data for experiments.
  9. Improve organizational skills.
  10. Approach advanced chemistry concepts confidently.

Online Homeschool High School Chemistry Course Topics

Lesson 1: Binary Ionic Compounds, Emission Spectra

We’ll learn about ions and binary ionic compounds, using the octet rule. We will learn about EM waves and line emission spectra for elements.

Lesson 2: Absorbance, Polyatomic Ions

We’ll learn about polyatomic ions and general ionic compounds We will learn about absorbance for EM waves.

Lesson 3: Electronegativity, Lewis Structures

We will learn the theory behind covalent bonding and it’s connection to Pauling electronegativity. It’s probably the most important concept in all of chemistry!

Lesson 4: Polarity, Resonance

We will learn about polarity and resonance for molecules.

Lesson 5: 3D geometry (VSEPR) with Balloons Lab Demo

We’ll apply valence shell electron pair repulsion theory (VSEPR) to determine molecule shapes. There’s a hands-on experiment to make the shapes using balloons. It’s Dr. Scott’s personal favorite experiment.

Lesson 6: Dissolution, Homogeneity, States of Matter with Salt-Sand Separation Lab Demo

We learn about solution chemistry and the states of matter. There’s an experiment to separate salt and sand using changes of state.

Lesson 7: Intermolecular Forces (IMFs) with Mixing Liquids Experiment

We learn the theory of strong and weak attractions between molecules, known as intermolecular forces (IMFs). There’s an experiment to mix liquids to evaluate the principle of Like Dissolves Like.

Lesson 8: Water, Hydrogen Bonding, Boiling Points with Freezing Water Experiment

We learn some advanced IMF theory, including hydrogen bonding and the expansion of freezing water. There’s an experiment to measure freezing water expansion.

Lesson 9: Three Experiments and Lab Reports

We discuss lab reports and Dr. Scott provides help for recording data from and designing experiments.

Lesson 10: Balancing Chemical Reactions

We learn to balance chemical reactions for combustion, neutralization, and other types of reactions.

Lesson 11: Mole Ratios, Biochemistry with Soap IMFs Lab Demo

We look at large, biochemical molecules including soap and fats. There’s a hands on activity to see and feel how soap works.

Lesson 12: Limiting Reactants, ICE Tables

We learn to make limiting reactant calculations and use an ICE table to predict the outcome of chemical reactions.

Lesson 13: Lab Reports

We continue to work on 2-3 lab reports and experiments as a final course project.

Lesson 14: Molarity, Neutralization Reactions, pH, Gas Producing Reactions

We learn about concentration, called Molarity or capital-M in chemistry. We focus on neutralization reactions, including carbonate and gas releasing bases. We have a brief conceptual introduction to pH.

Lesson 15: pH Indicator & Kitchen Titration Experiments

The final topic and experiment is titration. We have a simple version you can set up easily and safely in your kitchen (optional). We will discuss and make indicator solution.

Course Sequence

First Semester Chemistry follows Intro to Chemistry in the chemistry course series.

After completing this course, you’ll be ready for our advanced chemistry courses including Second Semester Chemistry and our unique, high school level, multi-part Organic Chemistry courses.

Meet Your Instructor

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Hi, I’m Dr. Scott, the course instructor and author of the digital textbook that you get with the course.

I’m a former college chemistry professor that knows how to make learning science fun and easy. I spent waaay too many years watching students fail “hard” college science courses because they didn’t get the fundamentals.

My courses will show you how to learn science, and I guarantee they’ll prepare you for future science classes. The easy way.