Tutor: Laura Kirkwold
Length:Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 2 or Thursday, period 2 (choose one)

Description:  This is a high school level Chemistry course which follows Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry text and the Spectrum Lab by Beginnings Publishing House, and has a large emphasis in lab work. Upon completion of this course, the student will have all of the high school and much of the introductory college chemistry requirements behind them. The amount of math included involves equations, scientific notation, and significant figures. This course will cover the following topics: properties of matter, separation of mixtures, analysis of the Periodic Table, molecular bonds and shapes, naming compounds, calculating empirical formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, states of matter, changes of state, simple solutions, concentrations, and applied chemistry (water chemistry, acids and bases, pH, equilibrium, environmental chemistry, and organic and biochemistry). The labs will include single and double displacement reactions, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, a biochemical enzyme-detection system, thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum chemistry, chemical equilibrium, and separations chemistry. The curriculum is organized to do approximately 1/2 a module and one lab per week, with tests every 2 weeks. Students will be expected to keep up and do all bookwork and tests at home on their own, grade their own homework, and come to class prepared to do the labs. Class time will include lecture, labs, and addressing student questions.

Note: Students wishing to take the Chemistry CLEP test upon completion of Chemistry would benefit from signing up for the Chemistry CLEP Test Prep class. (Offered again in 2017-18)

Tutor: Laura Kirkwold has a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences. After graduation she worked in the research lab at the University of Minnesota Dental School. She has one graduated and working young adult, 2 students in college, and one student in high school. She has been teaching at CHAT since 2007.

Level: Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 and Jr. High Science
Homework: 2-5 hours per week
Text: (To be purchased by parents for each student) Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd edition (MUST be 2nd edition, not the recently released 3rd edition), by Dr. Jay Wile, Apologia (ISBN #978-1-932012-26-2), and The Spectrum Chemistry Home Laboratory Book, ($26) by Gary M. Wilemon PhD & Durrell C. Dobbins PhD (Some of these books may be available used. Check the CHAT Used Textbook site and other online sites.)  If you have a difficult time finding a textbook, check with Mrs. Kirkwold.  She has a few copies for rent.

chemistry text

Lab Book




Apologia Chemistry


Suppliesscientific calculator and notebook and $75 lab fee (The first semester lab fee covers the lab supplies for the year.  The 2nd semester supply fee will be at most $5.)