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Course Options:

Honors College Prep:   This course is designed to serve as a foundation for the study of sciences in college. This course is math oriented.  An ( A+ in algebra I ) or ( C+ in algebra II ) is a minimum requirement.

Standard High School Chemistry:  Designed for the non-science major.   The more difficult math has been eliminated.  A passing grade of algebra II is suggested.  

Course Description:    

Video recordings, interactive web games, collaborative projects, real world applications, and assessments all aid the student in ultimately demonstrating a mastery of foundational chemistry. A chemistry lab kit has been correlated to lesson topics providing at least 100 experiments that may be performed. Curriculum follows the Standard Course of Study for the states of NC, SC, OH, GA, NY +.    Your student will be college ready.

                  Type of Course:     

On-line technology-rich course, administered through Canvas. 

Canvas is the learning management software system used for the course.


                  Course Requirements:     

Basic computer skills, Access to internet, Adobe Flash Player, Computer printer.  Most recent version of Chrome preferred.    DO NOT use Internet Explorer or Safari....some features in the programing will not work.  


If you are following a normal high school guideline you should  have already completed an earth science, physical science, and biology but these are not required.    Math Requirements:  For Honors Chemistry a minimum of A+ in Algebra I.   You will not have had logarithms yet but it is taught in the curriculum.   For Standard Chemistry a passing grade in Algebra II is required.

                  Length of Course:     

First option:  TEACHER GUIDED : 9 month school year subscription.  Mrs. Esselman is in constant contact with student and reporting to parents.  No work for parents. 

"highest completion rate"


Second option:  SELF GUIDED : 9 month school year subscription. 

" most popular"

A student may study at their own pace, fast or slow.   However the course is posted the last week of August and is locked the last week of May.    These dates are controlled by the University of Texas and not by LearnChemistryBetter.   Ninety five percent of our students start the first week of September and finish sometime the second week of May.  

                  Course design/layout:    

This course is divided into 15 modules.   One advantage of an on-line class is the ability to work at your own pace.  Five or ten minute tutorials on ‘you tube’ or ‘other internet sites’ are good for review but not nearly adequate for initial learning.  Learnchemistrybetter is designed to teach from scratch, assuming you know nothing about chemistry.  The 15 module topics are:  Atomic Structure, Quantum Mechanics, Periodic Table, Formulas, Bonding, Reactions, Equilibrium & LeChatelier, Molar Mass, Stoichiometry, % Empirical and Molecular Formulas, Gas Laws, Solutions, Acids & Bases, Thermal Chemistry, Nuclear Chemistry

                  Email policy:     

You may expect a 24 hour reply turn around except for weekends; following weekends all emails will be answered by Monday at midnight.     Please do not send chemistry questions to the company email.   Chemistry questions should be posted on the learning community board for each lesson.   To email me privately for personal concerns you may use the private email provided inside the course or you may contact me through the company email.

                  Curriculum Standards:

The learner will acquire processing skills for problem solving activities.

The learner will devise hypotheses and explanations to make sense of collected evidence.

The learner will mathematically calculate real world data from case studies.

The learner will through known laws be able to explain why chemical events happen.

                  Essential Learning Goals

  1. The learner will look at the periodic table and determine electron location, shape of orbitals, spin and properties of atoms and ions.

  2. When mixing two chemicals the learner can predict the reaction and products.

  3. The learner will calculate masses, moles, volumes, temperature, and pressures of gases.

  4. The learner will compare and contrast bonding in compounds and predict its chemical and physical properties.

  5. When given the amount of one chemical the learner can calculate molecules, moles, grams and volume for all of the chemicals in a chemical equation.

  6. The learner can read and interpret phase diagrams, potential energy graphs, heating/cooling curves and perform calculations of thermal chemistry.

  7. The learner can calculate the pH, pOH, hydrogen ion concentration, hydroxide ion concentration of an acid or base.

  8. The learner will explain the factors affecting rate of reaction and chemical equilibrium.

  9. The learner will interpret and infer quantitative and qualitative properties of solutions.



                  Assessment/Grading: A+

To demonstrate or document learner achievement several opportunities will be utilized such as homework, tests, quizzes, media presentations, and participation in discussions.   These are done per unit base.   The year is divided into two semesters using the following calculation

First semester:

9 Test                       = 60% 

25 Homeworks        = 40%    

Second semester

7 Test                       = 60%

25 Homeworks        = 40%                                                                                     

Final Grade = cumulative grade 80% +  Final Exam grade 20%     


You will receive documented proof of all homeworks, tests plus certificate of course completion in mail.  


                  How to succeed in this class:

  1. Print the teacher made notes to go along with the video lesson and then add additional notes.

  2. Print and complete homework.

  3. Routinely check assignment board to be sure you have completed all assignments.

  4. Utilize the extra resource links.

  5. Make friends with a fellow classmate and establish a learning community.

  6. Spending an average of 10 hours per week in chemistry study should ensure success  


 Canvas monitors all clicking off tests to go to other websites during a test.  Excessive

(five or more) click offs will be deemed cheating.   Two warnings will be given.   There after a student may finish the course, however, LearnChemistryBetter will not mail printed documentation of grades or issue a certificate of completion. 


                  Attendance Policy/Participation Requirements:

Students are expected to actively and regularly read and contribute to the forums.   You are responsible for picking up emails and messages in CANVAS as well as recognizing due dates for assignments.  It is often helpful to connect with your classmates and discuss issues and procedures with them.