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Advanced Chemistry

Grades 11 - 12
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Course Schedule
Class Follows Upper Annual Schedule
Dates: 2024-08-15 to 2025-05-15
Cost
Tuition: $400 / Annual
Supplies: $0
Expectations and Homework
Assignments to be handed in include the completion of the review questions and practice problems at the end of each chapter, as well as any lab reports that are required. Most of the labs we do will require a lab report, but some labs are really demonstrations that do not require a report. Any lab that requires making measurements and/or doing calculations will require a report and will be designated as such in the class. At the beginning of the year an outline to be used for the reports will be given to the students. I also encourage the students to do the “on your own” problems in each chapter, but since the answers are given in the book I do not require these to be handed in. I use a grading scale in which 90-100 is an A, 80-89 is a B, 70-79 is a C, 60-69 is a D, and below this is F. In addition to homework described above, there will be a test given on each chapter. Since we meet only 1.5 hrs per week, these tests are given to the student to take home and are to be monitored by a parent and to be handed in the following week. The student’s grade is made up 60% from the test, 20% from the homework, and 20% from the lab reports. Since the answer key is readily available from the publisher, I encourage parents to limit access to the answer key to the student. Cheating or plagiarism will result in an automatic F. The tests I use for each chapter are different than the tests that come in the answer key. I expect the students to come to class having read the assigned pages in the book and be prepared to conduct the lab required. I encourage students to ask questions, and I am eager to answer any questions they may have. I expect students to be courteous to one another. I expect that the students will want to learn and will strive to understand the concepts. Above all, I expect the students to have fun while learning.
Prerequisites
Algebra, Chemistry, Physics
Class Supplies Needed
As explained above: the Advanced Chemistry lab kit, Scientific calculator, note paper, pencils, etc.
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About the Course
Advanced Chemistry

The required text is Advanced Chemistry in Creation, 2nd Edition, by Jay Wile, published by Apologia.  The Advanced Chemistry in Creation, 2nd Edition, lab kit that goes along with this text is also required to be purchased by the student.  This is available from Apologia for $76.00 or Christian Book for $74.89.  This kit is necessary as it has the chemicals needed for the various labs in the text.


In addition to the first 14 chapters in the Advanced Chemistry in Creation text, we will also use two chapters in the college text of Chemistry, 10th Edition, by Raymond Chang, published by McGraw Hill.  I will loan the text to the student for these two chapters.  The chapters cover some descriptive chemistry and are Chapter 21 Nonmetallic Elements and Their Compounds and Chapter 22 Transition Metals Chemistry and Coordination Compounds.


This college preparatory course will review the material of the first year of chemistry and include many new concepts and advanced material.  Several labs will be conducted to illustrate the various concepts.


 


There are a number of objectives:



  1. To provide an overview of the major conceptual developments in historic and contemporary chemistry.

  2. To development an understanding of the scientific processes and theories in chemistry.

  3. To instill a certain appreciation for the science of chemistry as a quest to know and understand God’s creation.

  4. To develop the ability to think in a critical manner using both concrete and abstract examples from chemistry.


I reserve the right to make changes to the schedule and to change assignments as needed.  As we have had to go virtual in the past, we may have to use Zoom at times for the class meeting.  Also, If the student is going to be absent, I will gladly arrange for that student to attend by Zoom if he/she is able.  Just let me know enough ahead of time to set up the meeting.


 


 

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About Morris
Morris

Dr. Lewellyn received a BA in Chemistry from the University of Indianapolis and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Vanderbilt University. After a three year postdoc at Northwestern University, he has spent 39 years in industrial research at American Cyanamid Company and Cytec Industries. Positions ranged from Research Chemist to Research Fellow with 15 years as a manager of various research groups (1994-2009). This was mostly in the area of developing chemical products used in the processing of ores in the mining industry, along with one year in paper chemicals and about 2 years in water treating. Major areas of expertise include the development of new reagents for the mining industry, process development, and scale up of processes for manufacturing. He is inventor on about 18 patents and has published more than 15 scientific articles.

He and his wife Carol homeschooled their two children through high school, where Dr. Lewellyn taught the science courses. He has been involved in church finance in which he served as a church treasurer for about 15 years. He also served on the board and was treasurer for The Nehemiah Commission (Bridgeport, CT), a local ministry for at-risk children. After retirement, he and his wife recently moved to Jeffersonville to be near their son and his family.

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