Author: Jay Wile
Discovering Design with Chemistry is a high-school, college-prep chemistry course by Dr. Jay Wile. Designed for homeschooled students to use independently, this course features at-home experiments, a simple format, and thorough text that provides extensive coverage of chemistry from a Christian, creation-based perspective.
This course includes sixteen chapters that together cover topics such as the classification of matter, atomic structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, molecular geometry, physical change, chemical change, stoichiometry, solutions, ideal gases, acid/base chemistry, reduction/oxidation reactions, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, and chemical equilibrium. Concepts are woven together with their mathematical applications to help students learn to think like chemists.
In the Discovering Design with Chemistry textbook, each of the sixteen chapters contains the main text with important information and definitions to be memorized highlighted. "Comprehension Check" questions and examples are included throughout, and each chapter ends with a review, which is to be completed before taking the chapter test (included in the test book). Each chapter has at least one experiment; forty-six experiments are included in total, and students will average three experiments every two weeks.
Access to a course website is included with this kit; this website includes videos that show how to work the kinds of problems found in the chapter, videos of experiments that illustrate topics but might be too difficult to actually conduct at home, and more detailed discussions of various topics.
The Answer Key & Tests Book includes answers to the chapter reviews in the student text, chapter tests & test answers, and two semester final exams and answers. The answers to the comprehension check questions are in the student text.
This course can be completed in one year at the pace of one chapter every two weeks, working approximately 45 minutes-1 hour per day. For those who'd like a more structured approach, an optional 36-week schedule with weekly assignment checkboxes is provided.
Prerequisite: Algebra 1. Grades 9-12.
Twenty-seven experiments can be completed without the kit supplies.