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High School Chemistry - Semester 1 (General)

This course (16 weeks) will cover the first semester of general high school chemistry. Students will learn chemistry with real-world applications in a fun, exciting way.
Ashley McLaurin, BS Biology
522 total reviews for this teacher
New class
50 minutes
per class
Twice per week
over 16 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Available Times


Sun, Jan 8, 2023

Jan 8 – May 7, 2023 (16 weeks)
Su, Tu
5:00 – 5:50 PM

Wed, Jan 18, 2023

Jan 18 – May 12, 2023 (16 weeks)
We, Fr
8:00 – 8:50 AM
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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
As stated by the NGSS:
⭐HS-PS1-1: Use the periodic table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms.
⭐HS-PS1-2: Construct and revise an explanation for the outcome of a simple chemical reaction based on the outermost electron states of atoms, trends in the periodic table, and knowledge of the patterns of chemical properties.
⭐HS-PS1-4: Develop a model to illustrate that the release or absorption of energy from a chemical reaction system depends upon the changes in total bond energy.
⭐HS-PS1-5: Apply scientific principles and evidence to provide an explanation about the effects of changing the temperature or concentration of the reacting particles on the rate at which a reaction occurs.
⭐HS-PS1-6: Refine the design of a chemical system by specifying a change in conditions that would produce increased amounts of products at equilibrium.
⭐HS-PS1-7: Use mathematical representations to support the claim that atoms, and therefore mass, are conserved during a chemical reaction.
Assigned Weekly - Practice Problems. Sometimes Videos and Articles will be assigned. 

Homework is optional but strongly encouraged. Keys will be provided after the homework due date. 

**If parents want a grade for this course, a copy of the completed work needs to be submitted through the classroom to the teacher directly using the teacher communication tab. 
 1 file available upon enrollment
The teacher provided note sheets, supplemental video links, and articles that students will need will be provided the Sunday before class each week.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
At the end of each unit, there will be a unit test. Students can complete the test independently on their schedule.
1 hour 40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
**Any lab activities conducted at home are under the student and family's responsibility since there is no lab portion to this class.** 

While we discuss specific substances and the chemistry behind them, stringent laboratory safety guidelines need to be followed, which is impossible in this environment. 
I try to keep the cost of materials to a minimum since we have so much available online, but these are a few excellent ones I plan to utilize. 

Free Resources
Free Flexbook -
The Free High School Science Text. I will send specific pages as a pdf. 

YouTube Channels
Melissa Maribel
Crash Course Chemistry

Reference (optional)
Everything You Need to Ace Chemistry in One Big Fat Notebook (Big Fat Notebooks)
The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary of Chemistry 


Ashley McLaurin, BS Biology
Lives in the United States
Experienced Science Educator
522 total reviews
594 completed classes

About Me

Hi, and thank you for stopping to look into my courses! 

I am excited to share that this is my 11th year of teaching! I live in Indiana with my husband, son, and dog. I hold a bachelor's degree in biology, a Texas teaching certificate, and an... 
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