Honors Chemistry
Tutor: Laura Kirkwold
Email: laura.kirkwold@chatclasses.com
Length:Full Year Class Period: Wednesday, period 1

DescriptionThis 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. It covers the entire Apologia Chemistry book and is excellent preparation for the student that is planning to take chemistry in college or pursue a science major. 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, and equilibrium). 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.

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 four graduated and working young adults. She has been teaching at CHAT since 2007.

Cost:  $220, $230, or $240 (depending on registration date)  + a $70 lab fee which will be collected as part of the first semester registration
: Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Algebra 1 and Physical 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, ($36) by Gary M. Wilemon PhD & Durrell C. Dobbins PhD  http://beginningspublishing.com/version2/shop.htm (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  (The lab fee is included in the first semester price for the class (above).)