As a prerequisite for Chemistry 63, you should have completed Chemistry 61 and have a good foundation in mathematics. The more math background you have, the better you will understand chemistry. Chemistry uses mathematics extensively as a tool. I require my high school chemistry students to have completed Algebra I as a minimum, and, if this is the extent of their math background, they should have received at least a B. It is recommended that you be taking Algebra II (intermediate algebra) or have completed it. You will do as many algebra and math calculations in this class as you would in an algebra class. There are some math concepts that I will assume you have learned in your algebra class. During this course, I will teach you the correct application of these mathematical concepts to chemistry.
The main purpose of this course is to help you become proficient in core principles of chemistry. I hope that this course will help you get the most out of building your scientific thinking foundation.
Here are some of the main things you will learn to do:
Note: This CD comes with your course materials. It contains Virtual ChemLab (Brian Woodfield, Creative Works, 2003). You will need to install this program onto your computer.
If you have access to a good high school chemistry book, you will benefit from reading another view of the concepts you will learn in this course. A text will have diagrams, pictures, and ancillary materials that will help you gain a more complete understanding of the chemical principles taught in this course. A text will provide historical information about chemistry, applications of chemical principles to everyday life, and information about careers in chemistry. You can pass this course and have a strong background in chemistry without a text, but reading a text will enrich your learning experience.
Here is a list of excellent high school chemistry texts. Again, you are NOT required to have a text, but if you would like one, then you should choose from this list.
You may also want to print the inorganic chemical nomenclature chart (chart of polyatomic ions) and the solubility rules to use throughout this course. These materials are located in the Course Resources folder.
Within each lesson, you will have the opportunity to complete a few “you try it” and self-check questions. These questions are designed to prepare you for your quizzes and your final exam. These questions test your understanding of the material. If you miss several of these questions, make sure you go back and review the course material before continuing to the next lesson. These quizzes are for your benefit so you can target your review. They do not count toward your grade.
All quizzes will be computer-graded assignments containing questions about what you have learned. Make sure that you have carefully read the discussion material and utilize the “you try it” problem-solving segments before each assignment, as these assignments will ask you to apply what you have learned in each lesson. These assignments consist of questions that will test your understanding of the concepts learned in each lesson. These assignments count toward your final grade.
You’ll complete a review quiz at the midcourse point, and at the end of the course. Like the unit quizzes, review quizzes consist of questions that will test your understanding of the concepts learned in the course. Because these assignments cover concepts from several different lessons, they are much longer than the unit quizzes.
To prepare for these assignments, review all of the self-check and unit quiz questions, and make sure you review the readings from each lesson. These assignments do count toward your final grade.
The final exam consists of 100 questions that cover all of the concepts taught in the course. The unit quizzes and review quizzes will help you prepare for the exam. Prepare for the exam carefully.
Below is a chart showing how much each assignment is worth.
|Assignment||Percentage of Final Grade|
|Unit 1 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 2 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 3 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 4 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 5 Quiz||6%|
|Review Quiz 1||10%|
|Unit 6 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 7 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 8 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 9 Quiz||6%|
|Unit 10 Quiz||6%|
|Review Quiz 2||6%|
Your final grade will be the combined percentage of your assignments and final exam according to this scale:
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