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  1. I downloaded the book and went through it to compile a list of materials for each lesson/lab: 1.1 Molecules Matter Tall clear plastic cup Water (room temperature) White sheet of paper Food coloring (red, blue, or green) Small cup Dropper 2 drinking straws cut in half 2 index cards covered with wax paper 1.2 Molecules in Motion Hot water (about 50 °C) in a clear plastic cup Cold water in a clear plastic cup Yellow food coloring in a small cup Blue food coloring in a small cup 4 droppers 1.3 The Ups & Downs of Thermometers Student thermometer Magnifier Cold water Hot water (about 50 °C) Extension activity: Test tube, about 20 mL Isopropyl rubbing alcohol, 91% Small cup 2 small disposable water bottles (8 oz.) Food coloring Parafilm Thin transparent straw (either cut from a dropper or from a Capri Sun® drink) Hot water (about 50 °C) Ice water 1.4 Moving Molecules in a Solid Ball and ring ($14*) Bunsen burner for heating the ball Room-temperature water (to cool the ball) 1.5 Air: It’s Really There Materials for Each Group 2 clear plastic cups 8-oz plastic bottle Detergent solution in a cup Hot water (about 50 °C) Cold water Materials for Demonstration Basketball, very deflated Balance that measures in grams Pump Can of compressed gas (available at any office supply store) 2.1 Heat, Temperature, & Conduction Materials for Each Group 2 sets of large metal washers on a string Styrofoam cup filled with hot water Room-temperature water 2 thermometers Graduated cylinder or beaker Materials for the Teacher 1 Styrofoam cup Thermometer Hot plate or coffee maker Large beaker or coffee pot 2.2 Changes of State — Evaporation Materials for Each Group 2 quart-size zip-closing plastic storage bags Hot water Room-temperature water 2 squares of brown paper towel 2 droppers Materials for each student 2 Styrofoam balls (11/2-inch) 4 Styrofoam balls (1-inch) 2 flat toothpicks School glue Permanent marker 2.3 Changes of State — Condensation Materials for Each Group 1 short wide-rimmed clear plastic cup 1 tall smaller-rimmed clear plastic cup Hot water (about 50 °C) Magnifier Materials for the Demonstration 2 clear plastic cups Room-temperature water Ice cubes Gallon-size zip-closing plastic bag Extension Activity 1 short wide-rimmed clear plastic cup 1 tall smaller-rimmed clear plastic cup Hot water Food coloring Ice cube White napkin or paper towel 2.4 Changing States — Freezing Materials for Each Group Empty clean metal soup can Salt Ice Metal spoon or sturdy stick Teaspoon Paper towel Materials for the Teacher Pliers Duct tape 2.5 Changing States — Melting Materials for Each Group 2 small pieces of ice 2 small clear plastic cups Water Materials for the Demonstration Ice Dry ice (there is a video alternative, if you can't get dry ice) Brown paper towel Cold water Hot water (cont'd...)
  2. DD is planning to use the "honors chemistry" lesson plans from the Dr. Tang site and use Chang Essential Concepts in Chemistry book. The Dr. Tang site has 9 labs. The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments recommends 36 labs for a student heading towards a science major in college. So..... that's a big difference? :001_huh: I prefer the Illustrated Guide to Tang (Tang uses chemical formulas in the materials list and Illustrated Guide spells it out in good old English for us non-Chemistry folks... so it was much easier to make a list of what we need while flipping through the Illustrated Guide because I didn't have to translate things into a layperson's language). But, is 36 labs overkill? There are probably 2 or 3 that we won't be able to do due to lack of materials or equipment, but everything else in his first year labs seems very do-able. But when I look at the syllabus for Tang, and it being Honors Chemistry, and it only having 9 labs... I dunno. Time is a precious commodity for dd and although I am quite sure she would love nothing MORE than 2-3+ hours per week doing JUST Chemistry Lab work, I worry about it swallowing up more precious time than is perhaps really neccessary for a thorough first-year Chemistry class. She will also have Environmental Science labwork to do on top of the Chemistry. So - thoughts? Pick and choose from the Illustrated Guide, or attempt them all (that he suggests for 1st year labs)?
  3. 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
  4. 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).
  5. 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?)
  6. I have tried searching posts but I'm not finding where to purchase the Illustrated guide to Chemistry and the kit that was mentioned in threads about the new Bio book & kit coming out. Anyone have a link to purchase? Thanks -
  7. Trying to plan for the next few years and am considering not using a textbook for Chemistry. Since this is in the early stages of planning I have only come up with a few things: Memorize the Periodic Table, read The Elements book, and work through the Micro Chem Kit. What other things can I add? My son is military bound, but if he does go to college it will be the local College and not a competitive one, so having a transcript that will impress Harvard is not needed...just a well rounded knowledge of subjects.
  8. I got a query from a reader today, asking if there was an inexpensive local source for small quantities of concentrated hydrogen peroxide. (HST sells 30 mL--about one fluid ounce--for $5.50 + shipping.) I replied that food-grade (very pure) concentrated hydrogen peroxide is available locally in many places, but usually in gallon or larger containers. There is, however, an easy and inexpensive way to get small amounts of concentrated hydrogen peroxide. Simply purchase a pint bottle of drugstore 3% hydrogen peroxide for a buck or so, pour a little bit out (to leave room for expansion) and then put it in the freezer. After an hour or two, you'll find that most of the water has frozen solid, leaving a liquid that's much more concentrated hydrogen peroxide. (The actual concentration may vary depending on conditions, but the concentration you get should be fine for nearly any experiment that specifies concentrated hydrogen peroxide.) Note that this concentrated form of hydrogen peroxide lacks the stabilizers present in commercial products and so will decompose pretty rapidly over time. Make it up immediately before you need it. Also note that concentrated hydrogen peroxide is an extremely strong oxidizer, so read the MSDS for concentrated hydrogen peroxide on the HST site or elsewhere and follow all safety precautions.
  9. We just recently picked up a copy of Thompson's Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments. I was curious if anyone had any sort of schedule or syllabus that lined it up with the Apologia Chemistry textbook. Hoping to use them together this fall! Thanks so much!
  10. Background: DS is taking Biology 2 through Wonderfully made book by Apologia. He took Biology 1 last year as an 8th grade. He will be starting Algebra soon. The Apologia text was ok. I am not thrilled with them but it served its purpose for Biology from a Christian perspective. I also used the Teaching Co. dvds for the Biology 2 stuff to get the "other" side vewpoint. Now I am looking ahead for this fall. Chemistry!! I am NOT thrilled with using Apologia for this. I already bought the Teaching Co. DVDs for Chemistry to use as a supplement to whatever we used. I am looking into CC for this as well. Right now I am choking at the price of Chemistry class at IUPUI. So I am looking into either Marion college or another CC college in the area to see if they are cheaper. Most homeschool co-ops use Apologia for Chemistry. I know I can do Chemistry at home as it was my favorite subject in high school. I made A's in that class. However my issue is the labs. I really do not feel that Apologia labwork is sufficient for high school lab. The book I know is up to par even though I am not thrilled with using it as it is way too complicated for me. (too wordy!!) I am considering other options so are there any other books out there that is sufficient and easier to peruse than Apologia? If you have something that you love for Chemistry would you mind posting it and tell me why you liked it? Did you student like it? If you used Apologia how did you handle the labs being so simple? Did you feel it was sufficient for a high school lab? Lastly, ds is not going into the science field so it really doesn't matter doesn't?? Then again he may change his mind once he gets into college?? Thanks!! Holly
  11. http://forums.homesciencelab.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=162 He mentions that they're adding lab sessions from the home chem lab book, and will also be adding labs for forensics. :party:
  12. I listened to an intriguing interiew yesterday on PBS' Science Friday. One of the interviewees was William Gurstelle (of Backyard Ballistics, et. al. fame). Anyhow, they were talking about how to make things pop and blowup and whatnot at home (safely and legally). One of the panelist's comments struck me: he stated that the kids chemistry sets used to create awesome reactions have gone the way of the diving board. They were apparently thought too dangerous and the chemicals and experiments included in today's chem sets just don't inspire. He talked about the numbers of his science colleagues that got their start with their Christmas chemistry set. I thought back to my brother and the hours he spent in his room with his chemistry set (and he's now a PhD science professor). So, I'd like to get one (or make one) of those old-fashioned, inspirational, safe but lively chem sets for my boys. Have you found a really good one? Has anyone made their own? Before I check out a bunch of library books and research something that's not my area, can anyone point me in the direction of a kit or book that lays this out? I do have Gurstelle's books and the potato cannon remains one of my boys' all-time favorite creations. Thanks all! Lisa ETA: Here's a link to the PBS broadcast.
  13. For those of you completing chemistry at home, what chemistry lab kit do you buy?
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