Apologia Chemistry is an introductory course to the study of matter and its interaction with matter and energy. This course provides students with exposure to the knowledge and laboratory skills related to chemistry, and includes the wonderful history surrounding the many discoveries that have contributed to the science of chemistry. Course content includes a review of the scientific method; preparation of written lab reports; measurement of matter; metric conversions and dimensional analysis; classification of matter; atomic structure; the Periodic Table; chemical compounds; types of chemical reactions; chemical equations; the mole concept; stoichiometry; molecular geometry; solutions; gasses and gas laws; acids and bases; energy and thermodynamics; kinetics; redox reactions; and equilibrium. Whew!
Homework will average 3 - 5 hours per week. Chemistry Apologia meets the Chemistry requirement for the VSA Associate and Standard Level diploma only. This course prepares students who are less interested in a STEM-oriented program beyond high school, and more interested in becoming critical thinkers who engage in the sciences as well as other subjects to become strong and well-reasoned decision-makers in life.
The following are required or recommended but not included: