High School Chemistry with Labs

 

Teacher:  Feisal Khoushab
Ages 14+

Cost:   $627 - Includes Class and Lab Manual but no hands-on component

Cost:   $727 - Includes Class and Lab Manual with SHARED kit - for siblings

Cost:   $827 - Includes Class, Lab Manual and Individual Kit for in class or at home use.  Normally our kits can be shared between two students, but we are offering this option in case we are not allowed to be onsite for this class.    Students that have kits at home from their charter schools can determine if their labs line up with these labs, and use their own kits.

Homework:   Yes!  Students will need to read  the textbook (which can be purchased as an e-book).   

Study groups are encouraged.   Students will be given a study guide each week 

Textbook:  Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (2nd US Edition) by Nivaldo Tro

This is a 16 week course.

Course Description:

Chemistry is the study of the components of matter and how these components behave and interact with one another. In this course we will be introducing you to some of the most important ground rules in general chemistry. Participants will explore the science of chemistry through covering  major topic like matter/energy, atoms/moles, periodic table, ionic and covalent compounds, chemical equations and composition, different states of matter, chemical equilibrium, acid/base reactions, oxidation/reduction reactions and reaction rates. In addition this class is designed to introduce students to electrochemistry and sources of charge, stoichiometry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and biological chemistry.

 

The laboratory work is matched to the lesson plans from student reading and class discussioins.   Students will be taught how to deal with laboratory equipment, the use of scientific methods in lab work, data collecting and  analysis, the use of different chemical processes (titration, boiling, evaporating), and documenting their findings from their labs.

 

We welcome back Feisal Khoushab to teach this class again at HuckleBerry!   This is 16 week course that will include all of the high school chemistry concepts in a 3 hour class.   The class is basically broken into two parts; homework review and discussion, deeper learning and collaboratory practice of skills & weekly quizzes in the first half of class.   Students can work with Feisal individually or in groups to master concepts.   We'll take a short break about an hour and a half through class, and then use the remaining time for laboratory work.   

 

This is a “flipped” class, meaning that students will need to read the textbook prior to the class, and come to class prepared for discussion.      Class time will be devoted to deeper learning on each topic, unit quiz, collaborative work on gaining chemisry skills and laboratory work.  

 

This class provides the opportunity to gain a-g credit through completing homework assignments, in class labs (With QSL Lab Kits approved by the UC Universities as a-g rigor), and our end of trimester projects.

 

Our Lab Experiments include are expanded from the standard set of experiments and include the following.  We will be covering more than one lab in each class:

1. Scientific Method

2. Paper Chromatography

3. Collecting Data

4. Atomic Orbital Models

5. Modeling Carbonate Reactions

6. Electrical Conductivity

7. Hybridization of Orbitals

8. Decomposition

9. Double Replacement Reaction

10. Analysis of Hydrates

11. Mole Ratios

12. Boyle’s Law

13. Charles’s Law

14. Melting Points

15. Freezing Point Depression

16. Enthalpy of Ice

17. Reversible Reactions

18. Reaction Rates, Concentration

19. Reaction Rates, Temperature

20. Solubility Product Constant

21. pH and pH Indicators

22. Titration

23. Molar Mass by Titration

24. Buffers

25. Oxidation-Reduction

26. Galvanic Cells

27. Organic Chemistry Models

28. Hydrocarbon Models

29. Polymer Models

30. Cross-linking of a Polymer

31. Nuclear Decay Simulation

 

 

About Our Instructor:

Feisal taught HS Chemistry at HuckleBerry in 2015 and works exceedingly well with our community.   His desire is to ensure that all students enjoy the sciences and hope to pursue it in their careers.  His collaborative nature with our students made him a favorite of many of our high schoolers.   He is part of the American Chemical Society, The American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the European Peptide Society.  He has taught at Celerity School, and has taught Biology, Chemistry, Math, Computer Science & Physics.  He is currently teaching full time high school and middle school science, computer science and robotics classes.  His degrees include:

AD Natural Resources & Management

BS Biological Sciences

MS Biotechnology

AD Computer Science & Programming