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  • Item #: 012710
    ISBN: 9780890512951
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    An introductory history of chemistry, this extremely readable text covers discoveries and developments from ancient to present times. Major emphasis is placed on the contributions of individual scientists (such as Cavendish, Mendeleev, Boyle, and Rutherford) and how they made their discoveries. The focus is not on balancing chemical equations or learning the number of electrons in specific elements. 16 chapters cover: ancient metals (iron, lead, tin), money metals (gold, silver, copper), the search for gold, gases in the air, the use of currents to separate elements, the first periodic table, using a spectroscope to identify elements, cathode ray tubes and alpha particle experiments, compounds by electric attraction, water and its unique properties, carbon and its compounds, organic chemistry, nitrogen and its compounds, silicon and its compounds, modern metals, and chemistry in today's world.

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    ISBN: 9781936114740
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    This science kit is designed to introduce early science and chemistry concepts to very young kids through fun and engaging activities. Eight suggested activities are given in the experiment book, including investigations on solubility of different powders, pH, how the temperature of water affects solubility, evaporation of salt water to make dissolved salt "reappear," investigating gelatin and color, and microscopic investigations. Included in the kit are gelatin, baking soda, citric acid, a Petri dish, measuring spoon, blank and prepared slide, pH testing strips, small capped containers, small magnifier, pipette, two plastic cups, and a simple but decent small plastic microscope. A nice thing about this kit is that a lot all the materials are safe, the investigations don't require a lot of time, and older kids can even do them with younger ones. And of course, the materials are commonly-used and easily "refillable" if they get hooked. - Jess

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  • Item #: 021553
    ISBN: 9780764141287
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    Chemistry is one of those difficult areas for the homeschooled student to compete effectively with their public school peers if Mom or Dad don't have much background except what they may (or may not!) have picked up in high school or college years ago. I think it's helpful to have a resource on hand that can provide a simple, direct explanations and examples of chemical problems, so they can look these things up when struggling through a textbook chemistry program. That's why I like these "Easy Way" books. They're large (this one at nearly 450 pages), they contain logically organized, and easy-to-find information to explain concepts, and then include a wealth of end-of-chapter review questions to offer the student more practice. They're designed to help the student struggling in a particular area, and they really break down concepts and examples, and provide the tools to challenge themselves to push ahead in that area. Chemistry contains 16 information-packed chapters on topics such as chemistry basics, atomic structure, bonding, chemical formulas, gases, chemical calculations and moles, phase changes, chemical reactions and their rates, chemical equilibrium, acids/bases/salts, oxidation/reduction, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, nucleonics, and more. Throughout the chapters, chemical equations are worked out to illustrate the concept, and many more are found at the end-of-chapter review, primarily in multiple choice form. At the end of the book are five practice tests as well as answers with explanations and a worksheet to analyze your performance. These will help pinpoint areas that you need to work on as well as areas you already understand. Following these are a collection of reference charts and tables, a periodic table, and a glossary. From someone who's had four semesters of college-level chemistry, it's apparent that this book covers a lot of bases, and the student who takes the time to use this tool and takes the time to understand the concepts will not only find high school chemistry a breeze, but they'll have a much firmer grasp on college chemistry as well. Formerly titled Chemistry the Easy Way. - Jess

  • Item #: 032392
    ISBN: 9780982537725
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    I think it takes a rare person to try to present basic chemistry at a level that an upper-elementary or middle-school student can understand, but ORGANIC chemistry? Normally, you only really scratch the surface of organic chemistry in high school, and if you go into a science-related field in college, then you're really hit with it. So, before I even cracked the cover, I was very impressed with Ellen McHenry's follow-up to her first chemistry program, The Elements. And parents, even if you never took organic chemistry, it's not as complicated as it sounds, and I'll bet you'll be drawn in as you learn along with the kids! It sounds advanced and frightening, but organic chemistry is really just an intersection of chemistry and biology, and learning the chemistry and formation of things like fats, proteins and carbohydrates can be fascinating. When you understand how molecules and substances act in your body, it can put a whole new aspect on the boring old chemistry you thought you knew!

    Eleven chapters cover a broad range of organic chemistry topics, including carbon; alkane hydrocarbons; "-enes" and "-ynes" (including alkenes, alkynes, benzene, etc.); functional groups and their combinations (carboxylic acids, adehydes, esters, and esters); plastics, rubber and silicones; carbohydrates; fats; proteins; carbon oxides and the carbon cycle. Sounds intimidating, I know, but her low-stress, straight-forward approach to these topics makes them understandable to just about anybody. The overall layout is similar to that of The Elements, with each chapter containing informational text interspersed with helpful diagrams and the ever-present, cute thumbprint guys, who have a comment for just about everything. At the end of each chapter you'll find a page of comprehension questions, which review the material covered in the chapter, and a list of research questions on topics which are related, but not covered in depth in the chapter. These are questions that the student will have to research on-line or in reference books. Thankfully for you, answers to both types of questions are found in the answer key. The student pages may be copied for your own use, which is great if you are planning on using the program with multiple children, and would also be a great tool for students making their own chemistry notebook. An appendix includes more hands-on activities for each chapter, and any reproducibles that are required for those activities. While some activities involve building molecules from different manipulatives, others are more "outside the box" and involve having a "burning contest" using different flammable objects, taking a virtual tour of a coal mine, making marbled paper (using alkanes!), dying eggs (to study the effects of acetic acid), sorting plastic using chemical analysis, and much more! I can't help thinking that college chemistry could have been so much more fun if we would have been able to do activities like this instead of drawing molecule after molecule! If you enjoyed The Elements, or have completed another basic chemistry program and would love to take your study of chemistry further, I definitely recommend continuing with this. If you would like to use this with children a bit older or younger than the recommended age range, the author has provided some advice on adjusting the material to fit those needs as well. On a final note, I want to add that even children that don't ordinarily enjoy chemistry, or found basic chemistry so-so, may be absolutely fascinated by organic chemistry. 164 pages, paperback. The CD which was formerly included with this course has been replaced by downloadable files on the publisher's website, which are referenced in select activities throughout the book. - Jess

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    ISBN: 9781936114696
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  • Item #: 001176
    ISBN: 9781937032197
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    Have you been longing for a high school science course written like the Life of Fred math curriculum? Story format? Tongue in cheek humor? Cute little sidebar comments and rabbit trails that keep you reading? Dr. Stanley Schmidt has done it – Life of Fred Chemistry! Get your high school credit for chemistry in a very non-traditional way. The goal of Dr. Schmidt’s chemistry course is to teach you the “really basic stuff – such as the chemical symbol for carbon is C and that organic compounds are those that contain carbon” because to be a “well-educated adult, you probably don’t need to learn what a racemic mixture means.”

    The story begins at the chem lab down the hall from Fred’s math class when Joe didn’t follow proper lab safety and gets hurt (I don’t want to give away too much of the story). Through this scenario, students will learn about lab safety and the story proceeds from there as students learn about the size of gold atoms; weighing an atom; mass vs. weight; standard temperature; mole; scientific method and much more as the story unfolds.

    There are 36 short chapters and each concludes with Your Turn to Play. This is a set of questions (including math problems) to make sure you understand each chapter’s concepts. Complete solutions are found on the reverse side of the Your Turn to Play page. Note: there are no tests or labs to accompany this course. If you really want to do this course but need it to be a lab science, you could add the MicroChem Experiment Lab Kit (#020028). This self-contained lab kit comes with the chemicals needed and complete instructions (since no labs come in the Life of Fred Chemistry text). If you feel confident in your lab abilities, you could add the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments (#027801) or 150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments Using Household Substances (#005436). Either of these books would allow you to add labs using familiar substances rather than hard-to-access chemicals. Dr. Schmidt recommends the use of a scientific calculator with the keys sin, cos, log, and ln. These are inexpensive calculators and we have one in the Rainbow Resource inventory that meets his ‘key’ recommendation, #041918.

    Algebra is always a prerequisite to doing chemistry; this course is no exception. The math begins on page 1 of the text with simplifying algebra equations. The math isn’t heavy, but you need to know your algebraic functions. Dr. Schmidt says that you need enough beginning algebra to understand basic algebra concepts.

    Dr. Schmidt believes that if chemistry is taught right, it can be a lot of fun! Do this as your stand-alone chemistry (with lab supplementation if desired) or read it alongside your chemistry curriculum to add that humorous element and have fun! ~ Donna

  • Item #: 018126
    ISBN: 9780060936778
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    This book is humorous, and you will probably find yourself laughing out loud at some of the cartoons used to explain the concepts and vocabulary of chemistry. By the same authors as Cartoon Guide to Physics, Larry Gonick and Craig Criddle try to explain some difficult topics and terminology using mnemonics such as silly cartoons, goofy phrases, and wacky conversations. This 250-page book would be a great reference for your visual learners who need something a little extra to go with their chemistry curriculum. It is important to remember that this book doesn't come from a Biblical worldview. Although it doesn't get into theologies, it does include a little bit of crudeness that might not be appreciated by all. This quirky take on chemistry will change your student's outlook on the subject. ~ Donna
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  • Item #: 020039
    ISBN: 9780825115516
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    This reproducible lab resource manual contains 60 labs which are referenced in the teacher guide, but will correlate with many other high school chemistry courses as well. Pick and choose labs that correlate well with your chemistry program. Each lab includes a materials list, procedures, and questions. Teacher notes, post-lab quizzes, and answers are included. This manual features your "standard fare" labs but also covers some of the more interesting applications of chemistry, such as photography, glass manipulation, and papermaking. These labs should be used to reinforce concepts that have already been taught. Please note that it was written for a high school lab and will require a significant amount of lab equipment and chemicals as well. A comprehensive materials list is provided at the beginning of the book. All in all, they're great labs, but will require some investment to do on your own. Consider this one for a co-op class as well! ~ Anh

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  • Item #: 069867
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    Designed to be used alongside the Conceptual Chemistry (5th Ed.) text, (sold separately), this online course features video instruction, automated quizzes, worksheets, exams, study advice, computer simulations, and more all designed to correlate with the textbook. Lightweight, simpler lab activities can be found within the textbook and can be done with minimal equipment. Conceptual Academy does recommend several more intense lab activities with the additional purchase of a lab kit. Please see the downloable User's Manual PDF for more information, or visit the Conceptual Academy website.

    Conceptual Chemistry Full Course (#069867) is 35 lessons and covers the whole textbook. Other courses are available that utilize the same textbook, but focus on a narrower selection of topics, geared to more specific interests. All Conceptual Chemistry courses are designed for the high school levels.

  • Item #: 022079
    ISBN: 9780982537718
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    Every once in a while, you come across a product that you wish you could have had when you were growing up, and those were exactly my feelings when I reviewed Ellen Johnston McHenry's introductory chemistry course. Geared for the upper elementary to junior-high age students, it introduces chemistry gently, comparing the elements, the ingredients of our world to common kitchen ingredients we use everyday to make many very different baked goods. The analogy kicks off the first chapter, where they learn about the more common elements such as carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, analogous to flour, sugar, and salt, which are used in nearly everything we bake. More uncommon elements such as berylium, gallium, and selenium are compared to fruit, spices, and other add-ins that you might only use in special recipes. The periodic table is then introduced, in the more simplified (and less intimidating) format of the "Kitchen Cupboard of the Universe). The basic concepts of chemistry are introduced in each chapter, in a very simple, understandable format, and avoids bogging them down with details that will be covered (much more exhaustively!) in high school or college. The approach appears to work well, with protons, neutrons, electrons, the electron cloud model, orbitals, bonding, spin, and more covered in just the very first few chapters. Fun and interactive activities are featured at the end of each chapter, to review and reinforce what was covered in the chapter, before moving further on. The activities are a good mix of hands-on experiments, and model-making, puzzles, fill-in-the-blanks, and of course short answer to write electron configurations, Lewis diagrams, chemical compounds and more. The hands-on activities have been well-chosen and illustrate well the concepts that have been learned. Constructing balloon electron cloud models and edible chemical compounds, creating carbon dioxide bubbles, and electolysis are several examples. Several songs are included, for those who are more auditorily oriented. Several more involved activities include making periodic-table pillowcases to play a game on, creating your own "collect-'em-all" chemical elements card deck, and performing several short skits on the discovery of several of the more common elements of the periodic table. Students are also challenged by the author to memorize as much of the periodic table as they can, to help make life easier when they revisit the subject (as well as impress their relatives at get-togethers). At only 78 pages of lessons, this is a fairly brief, but effective introduction to chemistry that could be easily worked into the academic year with any style of curriculum being used. Patterns, outlines, activity sheets, experiments, games, skits and more are included in the Teacher's Section in back half of the book activity packet. And, to make things easier on Mom, most of the materials are easily found, either around the home, or at your local Wal-Mart. (No poring over science supply catalogs trying to decide how many moles of a chemical to order!) A CD is no longer included with the book - instruction is given in the text to stream the songs from the publisher's website and prescreened youtube videos are referenced for additional information.

    All in all, this is a very well-done introduction to the basics of chemistry, and whatever your students take with them from this course will be well applied to more advanced chemistry, making their journey into more advanced chemistry all the more manageable. Plus, I think students will definitely be impressed with themselves for being able to complete some college-level chemistry by Chapter 3 of the book! Personally, my first real experience with chemistry was my senior year of high school, followed by the four semesters of chemistry required by my major, and I think both high school chemistry as well as introductory college chemistry would have been much easier to understand had I had some experience with these concepts at an earlier age. - Jess