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  1. Please! :D I have a list for the free online science class for Supercharged Science, and this is the only thing I am lacking. DS10 really wants to make the bouncy ball, but I cannot find this item. :banghead: I have checked 3 Pharmacies, called the local hardware stores and online. I was surprised when Homeschool Science did not carry it. Amazon has it but it ships in 6-10 days and I need it next Wednesday. I did find it online from another source, but the cost of shipping ($14.95)was almost double the cost of the item ($8.50). Ummm... no thanks. Any other ideas? :001_smile:
  2. We're a little stuck on planning for science next year. I'll be a sophomore, and I took Apologia biology in 8th grade and chemistry last year in 9th. I've been doing APs in history and English, and while I'm taking AP Euro and AP Lang this year, I really don't want to ignore the math and science side of things (math already got slowed down last year because of all the AP work.) I'm part of the way through precalculus (though I'll finish it this school year), so I obviously couldn't tackle AP Physics C. I really want a challenge, though! So, it's between Apologia physics (the easiest option), or self-studying AP Chemistry, AP Bio, or AP Physics B. Since they're changing the Bio exam, this year, I don't know that this would be the best time to do it since I wouldn't be familiar with the changes. Also, I've read that AP Physics B isn't the greatest class to take because colleges don't accept credit for it because it's not calculus-based. AP Chem could work - I just did chemistry last year, but I'm worried that it could turn out to be extremely boring! (Yes, while it does sound trivial, I want to feel like I'm learning something applicable to the real world instead of mindless problems based on fifty different formulas!). I'm definitely up for self-studying: I've taken three AP exams before, one of them successfully elf-studied, so I'm familiar with the drill. Anyway, sorry for this long post - if any knowledgeable someone could offer an opinion, it would be so appreciated! In what order have your kids done the AP sciences?
  3. Have you used this? I was planning to use the Red Wagon Tutorials, but VHSG is FREE!!!! We would be using the at your own pace class. I've browsed the site a few times. If you've used it, please share your thoughts with me! I'm also considering using it for General Science. Thanks!
  4. I know I've already bugged you all about where to buy supplies for chemistry labs. And I got some good leads. Thanks! Now, I'm stuggling with a kind of basic question, and I'm hoping those who've gone before can chime in with opinions. My son will be using the CK12 text as a base for chemistry next year. He'll also be going to a weekly class, but I suspect that will end up being more about enrichment than anything directly instructional. Which means I need to plan the lab component for him. I currently see two ways to go with this, and I can't seem to lean definitively one way or the other. I can buy the MicroChem kit several folks here recommended, or I can go ahead with the series of labs I've been researching and planning on my own. Since the prices are comparable, I see this as: - MicroChem - Reliable, complete, consistent, clear, convenient for me. Potentially boring. - Our Own Thing - Discovery-oriented, creative, flexible, more to do. Potentially messy. For background: The last time I did chemistry, when my daughter was doing high school, I bought the Thames & Kosmos C3000 kit, but we were pretty disappointed with it. My memory of it was that it was kind of boring, and we were often underwhelmed by the results of the experiments. My daughter got to dreading the weekly lab time so much that we pretty much dropped it part way through the year. So, I'm coming into this with a bias against kits. And I'm wary of spending a lot of money on a package of stuff unless I'm confident it will be a good experience. After a couple of weeks of poking around online, looking through the books I have on my shelf and the ones I checked out of the library and picking the brains of my husband and friends, I've come up with a list of 33 labs we can do with supplies from Home Science Tools and local stores. The prices are comparable. The MicroChem kit would be about $148 (including shipping and the alcohol burner I'd have to buy separately), and my HST cart and shopping list come to $134 (including shipping). The kit includes 17 labs. My list has almost twice as many, although some of them, I'm sure, are simpler than the ones in the kit. Buying the kit makes my life simpler, in that I don't have to plan or collect supplies or do much more than hand my son the stuff and tell him to follow instructions. It's clean and easy and no fuss for me. But . . . it also just sounds boring. I don't respond well to lots of structure, and I can't quite figure out what the point is of doing "labs" that tell a student exactly what to do, with pre-mixed chemicals and then watch a pre-determined result. Why not just watch a video? On the other hand, my proposed labs bring with them the risk that they won't work at all. Our "chemicals" will be assorted bottles and packages, rather than neatly labelled matching bottles. I won't have an attractive, consistently-formatted lab manual with clear instructions. I'll have to be up to my elbows with my son managing and figuring out every lab. So, I'd love to hear from folks who've used the MicroChem kit about your experiences. Did you and your student like it? Was it well done? Was there a cool factor of any kind? Did you feel like your student learned a lot using it? Also, from a purely practical point of view: What "common household items" were required? How much did you spend beyond the basic price of the kit to complete the labs? Thanks!
  5. Hello all! I've seen both listed as engaging and great books but I need the baby to the Papa. I need a bit easy for my rusty brain. Would you say one is easier than the other? Thanks! Kim
  6. I found a free file folder game that helps kids learn the basics of the periodic table. For those of us introducing Chemistry.....this is a gem! It is free, it is simple, and it is fun! I posted pictures and info on the free download on my blog. Check it out...... http://teachingboys.net/2012/03/21/chemistry-game/
  7. http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/LEGO/PDFfiles/nanobook.PDF http://www.middleschoolscience.com/building-blocks-matter-isn.pdf http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/LEGO/PDFfiles/UCinstruct/orbitals.pdf http://mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/LEGO/crystal.html http://chemistry.beloit.edu/edetc/LEGO/index.html I think we'll play with these some next year.
  8. Hello. I have looked at the threads about chemistry sets, and I am at a loss as to what to order/do for grade 7 chemistry. We live in Canada. As is indicated everywhere online, the Smithsonian XM 5000 Chem Set is not available anymore. The equivalent that many are recommending, Thames & Kosmos C3000 chemistry kit, is very, very expensive. Furthermore, some American companies will not ship chemistry sets to Canada due to some of the chemicals are not allowed to enter Canada. I don't know which chemistry set to buy. I am hoping it would be a reasonably priced. Can someone give me other suggestions as to what I should do?
  9. I have a 7th grader who LOVES science and I'm looking for a chemistry curriculum, or at least something a little more structured than what is recommended in TWTM. I've ruled out Apologia and RS4K for various reasons, and I'm wondering if anyone has recommendations for other programs I should look into???
  10. Has anyone tried OM Chemsitry? If so, what did you like and not like about it? Thanks! Kim
  11. Ds is done with TC chemistry and wants to do lab work right away. I was going to round his chemistry ed with BJU Chemistry and he is balking at that. I have the Chemistry:the central science by Brown....8th ed via Prentice Hall. I can use this with Thompson home lab book This is just the student text. I can use this but however I have no way of grading so how would I do that? Also what about zumdahl that is raved alot? Where do you get this? thanks Holly
  12. I am really curious about how you like the program? Is it easy to use? Any regrets? Is it challenging for your student? I have been planning on using it next year, and I would love to know how it has worked for you.
  13. We're doing RS4K Chemistry (Pre 1) and my girls want to know more about how all of this stuff about atoms and molecules and reactions, etc. was discovered. Does anyone have any good biography suggestions for me? It doesn't matter if the reading level is high. They are good readers, but if it's too high I can just read it to them. It needs to be interesting for their age ranges, though. They are 6 and 8. Thank you!
  14. Hello, I am trying to get things ready for Chemistry. DS is going through Teaching company chmeistry DVDs for now. I will be getting the BJU chemistry book. I need to know the best price to get a lab kit for BJU chemistry program. ETA: I am also looking that the "Home lab for Chemistry" Not sure of the exact title but a guy named Thompson did these series. It has been talked about on this board quiet a few times. I am thinking about tying this into BJU Chemsitry...Good idea?? Thanks!!! Holly
  15. Dd needs to take Chemistry next year, and I had been reading threads this last year about programs more suited to those students who aren't math and science oriented. I thought I'd remember the names of those programs, but I don't. Would you all mind reiterating those chem programs? Dd HATES science and finds it very difficult to understand.
  16. I happen to have a copy of Introductory Chemistry: A Foundation (Zumdahl) here. I don't have a copy of the standard Zumdahl to compare, though looking at Amazon previews, it appears there's a significant level difference. Can anyone tell me (or direct me to information) about the intended level of Introductory Chemistry? Is it a standard high school text? Is Chemistry a standard college level that's then used for AP? Ds is currently doing Physics (Derek Owens, the course is based on Giancoli, I think) and doing well, but he hasn't had a previous chemistry course. He has a strong math background. I've only read a couple of chapters of Introductory Chemistry so far, but it seems like a fairly easy text. On the other hand, people talk about the standard text as being extremely challenging... Thoughts comparing these two and what the levels might be?
  17. I am beginning to think about next year and am planning chemistry. I have plenty of chemistry curriculum but I am thinking I'd love to do lots of experiments with dd. I have quite a few books of chemistry experiments but I do better if I have most or all of the materials handy in a kit so I don't have to go looking for everything or buying different things before each experiment. Does anyone have suggestions for nice/fun chemistry kits your kids have enjoyed doing experiments from? We are doing chemistry at a challenging middle school level (I wouldn't say high school because I am not including all the math I'd use for a high school level course like in Analytical Chemistry).
  18. I have seen several posts about Biology 101 but none that I could find on Chemistry 101. Has anyone used these? Any feedback from users would be appreciated!
  19. Setting aside Apologia for a moment, which chemistry course/approach would you recommend for a sophomore who's not STEM focused, dislikes math (getting A- in Saxon), and wants to attend a university that asks for four years of science culminating in physics? When she starts chem next year as a tenth grader, she will have finished bio and most/all of Algebra II. Proposed sequence: ninth bio, tenth chem, eleventh physics, and twelfth AP Environmental Science. Tia
  20. Does anyone have a curriculum suggestion for a child that dislikes math?
  21. My dd will do chemistry this summer in order to move into A&P for 11th grade and take Advanced Chem in 12th. She likes the layout of Apologia and the wordiness - she's a reader. I am looking for a "schedule" of sorts to line it up with Khan Academy. Anyone else done this? Connie
  22. Any suggestions about a good Chemistry lab guide/kit? I've thought about Labpaq, about Robert Bruce Thompson's kit, and about a Thames and Kosmos set. Do any of you have experience with these kits? Are there other options I should think about? (Should I put something together myself instead?)
  23. This year ds has been doing Apologia Biology along with Miller/Levine, with plans to take the AP Biology test in May. Next year he is moving on to Chemistry and again we will use Apologia and the AP Prep books, but I was wondering if there was a popular alternative Chemistry text out there that homeschoolers not using Apologia use.
  24. I'm starting to look at things for chemistry. I am debating an outside, on-line course for Chemistry. This will be my son's first "serious" high school science class. He will have completed Abeka Physical Science and Abeka Biology, and be doing Algebra 2 concurrently with Chemistry. I would like some lab work, and for him to write his first lab reports from scratch (he'll have an outline). I want the course to be thorough AND interesting. I enjoyed chemistry and biology (not so much physical science or physics...blech), and I'm not afraid of the subject at. all. So something like BJU with the DVD component is not out of the question, either. This is for a child who is interested in a STEM career (and chemical engineering is not out of the question...). If he really enjoys this subject, he will have an opportunity to take it again at the community college, so I am NOT looking for AP-level. I'm looking for a good, solid high school level course (not really interested in Apologia, though).
  25. I thought I had read posts from people who had used it and gone on to take the exam, but now I can't find any of those and wonder if perhaps I dreamt it. ;) I'd love to know if it really is stand-alone, or if one must supplement (and, if so, with a full textbook course or simply with an AP prep book).
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