Chemlife 101: High School Chemistry

Building a solid foundation in high school chemistry

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Course Description: Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. A basic understanding of chemistry is central to all sciences—biology, physics, Earth science, ecology, and others. It is also central to our everyday lives. Chemlife 101 is a self-paced, survey high school chemistry class that provides everything students need to be able work independently through basic high school chemistry. Course materials provided include: lecture videos, lecture notes, homework assignments (provided as additional practice), and online test. No textbook is necessary for this course, however students may use any textbook of their choice as a reference. The following units will be covered in this course.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: Scientific Method and Measurement

Unit 2: Atomic Theory

Unit 3: Nuclear Chemistry

Unit 4: Electrons and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

Unit 5: The Periodic Table and Periodicity

Unit 6: Ionic Bonding and Nomenclature

Unit 7: Covalent Bonding and Nomenclature

Unit 8: Chemical Reactions

Unit 9: Stoichiometry

Unit 10: Solutions

Unit 11: Thermochemistry

Unit 12: Acids and Bases

Unit 13: Gas Laws

Course Objectives: At the conclusion of this course students will:

  • The student will be able to describe what chemistry is and its scope
  • The student will be able to identify and apply the scientific process
  • The student will be able to identify and use appropriate units of measurement and the sources and implications of uncertainty in measurements
  • The student will be able to convert between units
  • The student will be able to classify different types of matter
  • The student will be able to demonstrate the ability to explain how matter may be identified, classified, and changed
  • The student will be able to summarize and apply the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy
  • The student will be able to trace the historical development of the atomic theory and model
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to determine the composition of any atom, ion, or isotope
  • The student will be able to analyze the fundamentals of radioactivity
  • The student will be able to explain electron organization around the nucleus
  • The student will explain the source and common use of atomic spectra
  • The student will be able to describe the origin and organization of the Modern Periodic Table as well as explain periodicity
  • The student will be able to distinguish between polar covalent, nonpolar covalent, and ionic bonds
  • The student will be able to differentiate between metallic, ionic, and covalent solids
  • The student will be able to recognize various shapes that molecules can exhibit
  • The student will be able to compose a proper formula for a compound
  • The student will be able to describe and name ionic compounds (binary or tertiary) and covalent compounds (binary)
  • The student will be able to write and balance simple chemical equations
  • The student will be able to classify chemical reactions and predict the products
  • The student will be able to explain and do calculations with the mole
  • The student will be able to calculate percent composition of a compound
  • The student will be able to determine the empirical and molecular formula of a compound
  • The student will be able to explain the quantitative relationship that exists between the reactants and products in a chemical reaction
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to describe a limiting reactant
  • The student will be able to calculate percent yield
  • The student will be able to describe the behavior of gases and relate gas behavior to its properties
  • The student will be able to identify the volume, temperature, pressure, and amount of a gas
  • The student will be able to describe the characteristics of a solution
  • The student will be able to describe the relationships among the four quantities of gases and perform calculations based on those relationships
  • The student will demonstrate will be able to describe the characteristics solutions and describe the factors affecting solubility
  • The student will be able to calculate the molarity of a solution and describe its colligative properties
  • The student will be able to describe the energy changes occurring during a chemical reaction
  • The student will be able to explain chemical equilibrium
  • The student will be able to describe and name acids and bases and describe and use the pH scale
  • The student will be able to compare the characteristics of strong and weak acids and bases
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to describe acid-base reactions
  • The student will be able to explain how the concept of neutralization applies to titrations


Your Instructor


Kendra Price
Kendra Price

Kendra Price is a former certified Science 8-12 public school teacher turned homeschool mom of four. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in mathematics. She has nearly five years of experience teaching high school chemistry in both the public school and the online, homeschool setting. She has previously worked as a chemist in research, the government, and the private sector. Kendra enjoys blogging, spending time with her family and two dogs, and creating educational materials for homeschoolers.


Course Curriculum


  Unit 10 Stoichiometry
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  Unit 11 Solutions
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  Unit 12 Acids and Bases
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
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