Looking for a challenging high school level Chemistry curriculum written with a Christian Worldview?
May I suggest Discovering Design with Chemistry by Nuclear Chemist, Dr. Jay Wile.
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Dr. Wile has authored many of the Apologia Science books. He now has his own elementary science series which studies science chronologically instead of topically. His latest endeavor is a spruced up Chemistry curriculum for high schoolers who have already had Algebra I.
Discovering Design with Chemistry Review
In Discovering Design with Chemistry, the student is give a solid introduction to basic concepts and applications of Chemistry, the whys of Chemistry as it relates to other subjects, plus how Chemistry helps us to understand God’s creation in a meaningful way.
Discovering Design with Chemistry Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Measuring Up
Chapter 2: What’s the Matter
Chapter 3: Making Sense of Atoms and Elements
Chapter 4: The Modern View of Atoms and Their Chemistry
Chapter 5: Covalent Compounds and Their Molecular Geometry
Chapter 6: Physical and Chemical Change
Chapter 7: Stoichiometry
Chapter 8: Still More on Stoichiometry
Chapter 9: Chemists Have Solutions
Chapter 10: It’s a Gas
Chapter 11: Some Pretty Basic (and Acidic) Chemicals
Chapter 12: Reduction and Oxidation
Chapter 13: The Heat is On
Chapter 14: Thermodynamics
Chapter 15: Kinetics
Chapter 16: Chemical Equilibrium
Within each of the 16 chapters there are ample topical reading with examples. Special information and/or equations are highlighted for the purpose of memorization.
Comprehension questions are sprinkled throughout the chapter to be answered as the student progresses through the material. At the end of the chapter, there is a review section.
Once the review is completed and the student is confident about the material, then the test can be administered.
Most students cover this course in one year of schooling using it one of two ways. Either cover each chapter in about 2 weeks, working 45 minutes – 1 hour each day or use the premade schedule located in the book which outlines a daily routine.
Discovering Design with Chemistry Labs
There are 46 experiments throughout this course. With at least 1 lab a chapter, the student will do an average of 3 experiments per week.
A supply list is included or a reasonably priced kit from Berean Publishing can be purchased. Should you choose to pull items together on your own, a very handy substitutions list is also provided in the book.
Dr. Wile is fully committed to science and educational success. On his website, there are extra resources, videos and extra practice problems that accompany the course. Plus, you can always email Dr. Wile through the website if you get stuck.
Experiment 2.3: Oh What a Difference Some Oxygen Makes
Note: We did not have all the necessary equipment. Upon improvising, we still got the desired result. However, it would have been more dramatic with the right equipment.
Adding yeast to water, stir until dissolved
Next, add Hydrogen Peroxide. Now, watch!
The bubbles begin to grow!
Light one end of a toothpick, and blow out the flame so that a burning ember remains
Gently place the burning ember into one of the bubbles and note reaction. What happens to the ember? Why?
Our experience with Discovering Design with Chemistry
My 10th grader set out to try Dr. Wile’s curriculum. Within the first module, he covered measurement, significant figures, converting units, scientific notation, area and volume, mass, density and more!
The experiments were easy enough to do in the home with the appropriate write ups to follow.
My son would have continued with the course, however, decided to complete his science work via dual enrollment instead.