Discovering Design with Chemistry is a high school chemistry course designed for students who have completed Algebra I. This independent-study, college-preparatory course covers fundamental aspects of chemistry 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. Weaving together concepts and their mathematical applications, the course teaches students how to think as a chemist so they can analyze the major changes that occur in matter.
The course contains 46 separate experiments that illustrate various concepts being explored. Many are quantitative in nature, including measuring the wavelength of microwaves, determining the number of water molecules in a hydrated compound, calculating percent yield, measuring the concentration of a hydrogen peroxide solution, determining the concentration of acetic acid in vinegar, measuring the specific heat of a metal, and determining the change in enthalpy for a chemical reaction. Others are qualitative, such as performing flame tests, examining the interference of light waves, comparing metals to nonmetals, exploring Boyle’s Law, doing litmus tests, and electroplating.
Throughout the course, the student is shown how chemistry reveals the amazing design that exists all around us. From the details of atomic structure to the makeup of the very air that we breathe, chemistry shows us the marvelous handiwork of God.
This product is a set consisting of both the textbook and the answer key and tests booklet containing everything the parent/teacher needs to know for the subject.
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"...if you are looking for a chemistry course that will prepare your student to upper level studies I believe that this book will be perfect for your child. It will challenge him/her to the point of being completely prepare for the future if he/she wish to go into science. I have no doubt that the quality of the text and the experiments included in this book will be preparing your child more than any other books out there. Without hesitation I recommend Discovering Design with Chemistry for any high school student. This course will indeed prepare them for college/university!"
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"I like it better than the Apologia book. The experiments are definitely a step up from the ones in Apologia's Chemistry book..."
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The way in which this book is written makes it very easy for the students to understand and learn the material. It is more conversational rather than just dry facts and equations that can sometimes be challenging to digest mentally. The author of this book is gifted with a teaching style that makes his books easy to follow and comprehend.