How to Use This Course
Joey Hajda, a homeschool parent of ten and 25-year teacher in public schools, community college, and homeschool, presents Friendly Chemistry to educate and share the enthusiasm for science that he and his wife share. Their Friendly Chemistry curriculum, as shared with your students through SchoolhouseTeachers.com, will build a solid foundation for more advanced chemistry classes, if your student continues their study of chemistry, and allows your student to earn the equivalent of one-half credit on a high school science course, while presenting chemistry in a way that is not hard or intimidating. There are 12 lessons in this course, containing teaching tips, a section of text, a group of activities, laboratory experiences, videos, and worksheet pages. Each lesson also has a test included. Your student will study the elements, atoms, electrons, and ions. They will be introduced to determining charges on ions and to quantum mechanics. Answer keys for worksheets and tests are included on one download listed at the end of the lessons. Students who complete the 12-week study may earn 0.5 science credit. As always, please check your own state’s academic requirements.
Welcome to your Friendly Chemistry course! We’re very glad you’ve chosen to use Friendly Chemistry to help your child learn basic chemistry. Traditionally, chemistry courses are thought to be “hard” and intimidating. We think you’ll find that learning chemistry with this guide to be just the opposite.
Our goal in this course is to provide a means of building a solid foundation of knowledge about chemistry. Should your students or children choose to continue their study, you can be confident that they’ll have the “basics” to meet the challenges of an advanced chemistry course.
Let’s begin with an overview of the course. The course is divided into 12 lessons. Within each lesson there is a section of text followed by group activities, laboratory experiences, and worksheet-type practice pages. Each lesson culminates in a lesson test.
In addition, there are video segments corresponding to each lesson. We suggest you view each video as you follow along with the text portion of each lesson.
Text-based lessons; weekly videos related to the topic; practice pages, quizzes, and tests (answer keys provided).
Lesson 1 – Meet Chemistry
Lesson 2 – Moving in a Little Closer
Lesson 3 – Electron Arrangement
Lesson 4 – Applying Quantum Mechanics
Lesson 5 – Orbital Notation
Lesson 6 – Electronic Configuration Notation
Lesson 7 – Electron Dot Notation
Lesson 8 – Relating Electron Arrangement to Reactivity
Lesson 9 – Ionization Energy
Lesson 10 – Atom Size
Lesson 11 – Ion Formation
Lesson 12 – Determining Charges on Ions and ANSWER KEY (L. 1-12)
For a printable course outline, click here.
This course counts as a science credit. Students who complete the 12-week study may earn 0.5 academic credit.