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Middle School Chemistry
- Instructor Dr. David Purvis
- Code CHM31
- Student Ages 11-14
THIS IS A ONE-SEMESTER COURSE.
In many ways, the study of chemistry and the atomic world is the foundation for understanding modern science. This course will start by covering atoms, molecules, elements, and chemical bonds and extend through the periodic table and the characteristics of metals and nonmetals. This knowledge provides the setting for learning about chemical and physical changes, as well as chemical reactions and equations.
Solution chemistry allows students to gain experience in practical chemistry and offers interesting reactions for students to observe. Students will investigate the way substances react and how energy is important in the dynamics of matter and its states. Along the way, they will be exposed to the scientific method, scientific measurement techniques using the metric system, and inquiry-based science. The live classes will include interesting demonstrations.
Live Classes: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Student Expectations: Students will be expected to complete activities, readings, and experiments.
Student Support: The instructor is available via email.
Materials/Supplies: Students will need a notebook for assignments, activities, observations, and experiment results. Occasionally they will need certain easily-obtainable materials, available at local stores. For full participation, they will also need to purchase a few materials separately, including a few plastic pipets, pH paper, a couple of 100/50-ml graduated cylinders, and a small alcohol thermometer. A triple beam balance would be nice but is not required. In addition, in order to complete assignments, students will need to purchase a printable middle school chemistry workbook packet, available here. The instructor will post a complete list of these and any additional materials necessary for the course on the class web page.