Chemistry for Middle Schoolers

Term Spring 2021
Code CHEM21
Ages 11-14
Instructor Dr. David Purvis
Price $475

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This is the second half of a two-semester course that began in Fall 2020.

The study of chemistry and the atomic world is in many ways the foundation to understanding modern science. This course will cover atoms, molecules, and chemical bonds and will extend through the periodic table and the characteristics of metals and nonmetals. This content 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, 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 12th to May 11th. Students unable to attend a live class will be able to access a recording of the class.

Assignments: Students will be expected to complete activities, readings, or experiments.

Student Support: The instructor is available by email.

Feedback/Assessment: Feedback will be provided on assignments.

Materials/Supplies: Students will need a notebook for assignments, activities, observations, and experiment results. Occasionally students will need certain easily-obtainable materials. There are also a few materials that need to be purchased separately, including such items as plastic pipets, pH paper, and a couple of 100/50 ml graduated cylinders. A triple beam balance would be nice but is not required. Students also need to purchase a printable MS chemistry workbook packet from

Prerequisites: None

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