Chemistry Lab

Did you hear?  Oxygen and Potassium went out on a date.  It went OK.

Later, Oxygen and Magnesium went out together.  OMg!

Oxygen then tried to ask Nitrogen out... She said NO. 

Becky Kee

757-517-3284 (h) or 757-266-6694 (c)

Fee - $20/student for the year, covers supply costsText - Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry 3rd Ed

Web Resource Alternative - Khan Academy Chemistry Topics - If you don't have the text, you can search for the topic listed in the course schedule and watch the relevant videos to prepare for the labs. 

Chemistry can be a lot of fun once you start discovering what it's all about! Here are some resources I've enjoyed that relate to some of the topics we're looking at in chem lab:

General Chemistry Resources

This is a complete basic chemistry course online provided for free by the Annenberg Foundation.  There are 13 half-hour videos, an online text, interactive tools, and a unit guide for the teacher (parent) that includes discussion questions, labs, and teaching tips.  

Another alternative to purchasing a curriculum is to use Steve Lower's site "Chem 1":

It is extraordinarily thorough, with gobs of links to all sorts of informative, instructional or just plain fun web resources for students taking their first chemistry course.  If you decide not to purchase a text, you can follow along in our class by looking up the topic on Mr. Lower's website and going through his tutorials.  By the end of the year, if you complete a tutorial on each topic, you will have taken an entire chemistry course. 

Khan Academy Classes -

You can sign in and take an AP Chemistry or Organic Chemistry class online for free, no purchase of any textbook required. The lessons include video lectures and self tests to check comprehension.

Science with Tyler DeWitt - A Free YouTube Chemistry Tutor

This guy is slower paced and has great topical videos that introduce chemistry to the beginner.

Crash Course in Chemistry -

A fun overview at lightening speed.  (Parents may want to preview these videos first as they include popular culture references and are not from a Christian perspective.)

This amazing system uses a ridiculous story full of word associations to help you memorize all the elements of the periodic table in order, and their atomic numbers. The first 20 are free, and the rest of the course costs $20.  

(Parents may want to preview these videos first as they include popular culture references and are not from a Christian perspective.)

NOVA Hunting the Elements

This 2 hour PBS special is a fun look at the periodic table for the whole family!

Lab Schedule

Sept 12th     1.1, 1.2, 1.3

Module 1, Measurements, Unit Conversions, Scientific Method

Sept 19st     2.1, 2.2, This little light of mine

Module 2, Atoms, Compounds, Mixtures, Conservation of Mass, Ionic vs Covalent

Sept 26th     3.1, 3.2

Module 3 Atomic Structure, Electric Charge, Waves vs Particles

Oct 3rd     3D models - Food Allergies?

Module 4 - Molecular Structure, Lewis Structures, Molecular Geometry

Oct 17th     5.1, 5.2, My cup runneth over

Module 5 - Polyatomic Ions, Polarity

Oct 24th 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

Module 6 - Changes in state

Nov 7th          Show and Tell

Properties of the Elements

Nov 14th    7.1

Mole song, Counting Atoms,

Module 7 - The Mole Video - Hunting the Elements

Dec 5th         8.1,

Module 8 - Stoichiometry 

Dec 12th     Colorful Wrap-up

Make-up Day

Jan 23rd    9.1, 9.2

Module 9 - Acids and Bases

Jan 30th     10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4

Module 10 - Solutions

Feb 6th     11.1, 11.2 (repeat)

Module 11 - Gases

Feb 13th   12.1, 12.2

Module 12 - Energy, Heat, Temperature

Feb 27th   Make up Day

Thermodynamic Dessert

Carbon Snake

Mar 6th     13.1

Module 13 - Thermodynamics

Mar 20th     14.1, 14.2

Module 14 - Kinetics

Mar 27th     Fun Demo

(Makeup Day)

Apr 3rd     15.1, 15.2,

Module 15 - Equilibrium

Apr 10th     16.1, 16.2

Module 16 - Red-ox Reactions

Apr 18th     Fun Demo

(Makeup Day)

Chemistry Resources by Topic

Module 1 - Measurement, Units, and the Scientific Method

Notes from the Text 

Module 2 - Atoms and Molecules

Notes from the Text

Module 3 - Atomic Structure

Notes from the Text

The Concord Consortium's Online Crookes Tube

Orbital Energy Diagram and Electron Configuration Tool

Module 4 - Molecular Structure

Notes from the Text

Crash Course Video on Bonding Models and Lewis Structures

Khan Academy Tutorial on The Periodic Table, Electron Shells, and Orbitals

Module 5 - Polyatomic Ions and Molecular Geometry

Notes from the Text

Module 6 - Changes in Matter and Chemical Reactions

Notes from the Text (Google Slides format)

Module 6

Is Sand a Solid or a Liquid?

Module 7 - Descrbibing Chemical Reactions

Notes from the Text

The Mole Song (YouTube link)

Unit Conversion Checker

Module 8 - Stoichiometry

Notes from the Text

Module 9 - Acid-Base Chemistry

Notes from the Text

Module 10 - Chemistry of Solutions

Notes from the Text

Module 11 - The Gas Phase

Notes from the Text

Boyle's Law demonstration video

Calculate Charles Law

Crash Course Chemistry:  The Ideal Gas Law

Module 12 - Energy, Heat and Temperature

Notes from the Text

Module 13 - Thermodynamics

Notes from the Text

Module 14 - Kinetics

Notes from the Text

Experiment 14.2 Demonstration:

Module 15 - Chemical Equilibrium

Notes from the Text

Module 16 - Reduction-Oxidation Reactions

Notes from the Text