This course is designed to give students an appreciation of creation and of the order and complexity of atoms and their interactions with each other.  The “Core Chemistry” course will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules.

This course is typically done in 10th or 11th grade and includes the following topics: matter and change, scientific measurement, atomic structure, the Periodic Table, ionic, metallic, and covalent bonding, chemical names and formulas, balancing chemical equations, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, states of matter, gas behavior, water and aqueous systems, solutions, thermochemistry, reaction rates and equilibrium, acids, bases and salts, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, hydrocarbon compounds, alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids, and nuclear chemistry. Lab work is suggested throughout the lesson plan through the use of the Virtual Lab CD and labs in the textbook that do not require extensive materials. Alternately, a parent may choose to utilize the labs that occur in the textbook for lab credit.

Students taking this course for Kolbe Core (K) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams and quizzes.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and grades are established by the parent.  Optionally, a student may be enrolled in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive grading assistance from a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course. In this case, parents will still submit final grades to Kolbe for the course, but may choose to incorporate the graded assignments into the student’s overall grade or use the Kolbe-graded assignments to assist in arriving at the student’s final grade.

  • Pearson Chemistry Foundation Edition*, Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, and Waterman
  • Virtual Labs for Chemistry, Prentice Hall 

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*Textbook available in Kolbe Bookstore is gently used.

Note that this is the digital version of the homeschool course plan, which is found in the course’s associated Parent Group.  This course plan is built into the Schoology course for the student. 


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 10 – 12 (10th, 11th)


Dr. Trasancos

Lecture Format




Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science w Lab)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 2


Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Self-Paced Companion Courses

Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry

Online Companion Courses

Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry


Also offered at the Kolbe Honors (H) level.