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High School Chemistry Classes

Class Available at PCLC

Class Available at EIE

General Chemistry at PCLC (see below for EIE)

High School level 10th – 12th – two-semester course
Pre-requisite: completion of Algebra 1
Cost of class: $500 per semester
*See Locations and Schedules for possible additional Student Fees that may be added to your classes and possibly payable with charter funds.

Note: Lab supplies will be provided when students are In-Person for class. For online students, a supply list will be provided so they may do the experiments with us. The cost of lab supplies should also be covered by charter school funds if purchased through an approved vendor.

Classes will include such topics as:

  •  Structure of the atom
  • Elements of the periodic table
  • Chemical bonding
  • Molecular structure and reactivity
  • Mole concepts and Stoichiometry
  • Gases, solutions, and acids & bases
  • Reaction rates and chemical equilibrium
  • Redox reactions and electrochemistry
  • Introduction to biochemistry and organic chemistry

There will be a significant emphasis on laboratory practice, with weekly labs and/or demonstrations, along with computation for quantitative analysis. Weekly homework assignments from the textbook, lab notebooks, and handouts will be completed by the students at home each week. Tests will be sent home with the student to be administered by their parent and returned to class the following week.

Textbook required:

World of Chemistry (2007)
​Holt/McDougal Littel by Steven S. Zumdahl (Author), Susan A. Zumdahl (Author)

General Chemistry at EIE

High School level 10th – 12th – two-semester course
Pre- or Co-requisite: Algebra 1
Cost of class: $500 per semester

Note: Lab supplies will be provided when students are In-Person for class.

General Chemistry

General Chemistry is a first-year introductory A-G level class that explores chemical phenomena. Through lectures, class discussions, small group activities, homework, labs, and class lab challenges, students will explore chemical concepts as they apply to the world around them. Emphasis will be on disciplinary core concepts, both qualitative and quantitative laboratory inquiry, mathematical modeling of key concepts, and the process of scientific inquiry. Topics include but are not limited to: modeling the atom (nuclear & subatomic), understanding properties of mater at the bulk scale, chemical bonding, understanding and modeling chemical reactions, moles, stoichiometry, properties of solutions and concentration/dilution, thermodynamics, reaction rate, dynamic equilibria, acid/base, reduction/oxidation (redox) and gases. We focus a lot in this class on the chemical effects of human activity on the environment and using chemistry to offer viable solutions.   This class culminates in an engineering applications unit on bioplastics and their effects on the environment. Class meets weekly for 2 hours and includes keeping a scientific journal. 

Pre or Co-requisite: Algebra 1

Textbook required:

Preferred:     Chemistry: Matter and Change
ISBN 007874637X
Publisher: Glencoe Science 2012
or newer

Acceptable alternative: World of Chemistry 3rd Edition, 2012  
ISBN-10: 1133109659
Authors:  Steven S. Zumdahl , Susan L. Zumdahl , Donald J. Decoste 
Publisher: McDougal Littell

(2007 edition acceptable if approved by charter)

Honors Chemistry at EIE

High School level 10th – 12th – two-semester course
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra 1 with a C or better.
Cost of class: $500 per semester

Note: Lab supplies will be provided when students are In-Person for class.

Honors Chemistry is a more challenging A-G level class that explores chemical phenomena with an emphasis on preparing the student for future study in STEM classes and SAT II subject material. Through lectures, class discussions, small group activities, homework, labs, and class lab challenges, students will explore chemical concepts as they apply to the world around them. Emphasis will be on disciplinary core concepts, both qualitative and quantitative laboratory inquiry, mathematical modeling of key concepts, and the process of scientific inquiry. Topics include but are not limited to: modeling the atom (nuclear & subatomic), understanding properties of mater at the bulk scale, chemical bonding, understanding and modeling chemical reactions, molecular & empirical formulas, % composition, moles, stoichiometry, properties of solutions and concentration/dilution, thermodynamics, reaction rate, dynamic equilibria, acid/base, reduction/oxidation (redox) and gas laws. We focus a lot in this class on the chemical effects of human activity on the environment and using chemistry to offer viable solutions.   This class culminates in an engineering applications unit on bioplastics and their effects on the environment. Class meets weekly for 2.75 hrs hours and includes keeping a scientific journal. Honors students are required to do research lab reports on their experimental work that include mathematical analysis, graphs & charts as well as well-reasoned conclusions supported by their experimental data.  Honors students are held to a higher standard, including the use of appropriate significant figures at all times, and error analysis in all labs that are quantitative.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Algebra I with a C or better. 

Textbook required:
Chemistry: Matter and Change
ISBN 007874637X
Publisher: Glencoe Science, 2012  – or newer

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