Course: IntroChemistry: The Chemical History of the Candle

V IntroChemistry: The Chemical History of the Candle • Offering for 2017 • Grade 8 or above • [Summer course] • Science Sequence
* Primary Instructor
Christe McMenomy
* Sections
[Enrolled students will be notified if teacher schedules change between course posting at the time enrollment opens and the scheduled start of classes. Please see Tuition and Fees for refund policy.]
Section 1 Instructor: Christe McMenomy
Classes meet from June 12, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Tuesday 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET
Enrollment Policy: Full Summer Term
Tuition: $150.00

* Website
Please review more extensive materials at the teacher's IntroChemistry: The Chemical History of the Candle website.
* Description
This eight week course will use the lectures Michael Faraday delivered in 1861 as a starting point to discuss scientific methods and experimentation, chemical composition of wax, combustion reactions, forces and energy, and the history of the human scientific endeavor. Faraday is still regarded as one of the greatest experimental scientists of all time, and his lectures are filled with his excitement over the wonders of natural phenomena, as well as detailed observations on the behavior of elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon, and practical demonstrations of experimental observational methods.

All students will have the opportunity to perform adaptations of Faraday's experiments to develop proper experimental techniques (with an emphasis on lab safety) then submit their lab reports for teacher and peer review, and discuss their experiences in online class sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for junior high and early high school students to prepare for high school level science courses.

Advanced students can use this course to jump-start their lab work for the AP Chemistry 2017-2018 academic year course by covering lab techniques, data manipulation methods, and critical concepts. Those students planning on taking AP Chemistry will be given more challenging assignments and experiment options which can be used to fulfill Scholars Online Chemistry AP course requirements to help develop an appreciation for the fundamental principles underlying modern chemistry. However, these students should be prepared to commit up to eight hours a week in reading, homework, and lab work.

* Meetings
This course meets once a week for discussion and review of assigned homework.
* Homework
Students will perform experiments based on one of Faraday's lectures each week and post short lab reports for discussion. Students will also have short assignments designed to establish familiarity with basic chemistry concepts of atoms, molecules, moles, and reaction mechanics. Advanced students may substitute AP Chemistry lab exercises, but these will require significantly more time commitment. See the teacher's website for more information.
* Prerequisites
Curiousity and a lively sense of humor.
* Recommended background
None.
* Instructor's Notes
This course is especially appropriate for students planning on taking Chemistry in the 2016-2017 academic year.

There will be no class meeting on June 28, 2016.

V Textbooks and Materials
* The Chemical History of the Candle (Edition: 1)
Michael Faraday
This text is required.
ISBN: 0877972095
Publisher's website: The Chemical History of the Candle
Best sources: Scholars Online Bookstore
Other information: Several editions of this book are available, including a downloadable PDF version. See the teacher's website for further details. Any version is acceptable.


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