Honors Chemistry - Kolbe Academy

Honors Chemistry

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” track will emphasize the basic chemical interactions between atoms, compounds, and molecules while the “Honors Chemistry” track will delve more deeply into the theoretical, mathematical, and organic chemical processes.

This course provides an introduction to chemistry suitable for students in a college preparatory program.  The honors track is aimed for students who have previously had a solid background in physical science.  A student who still wishes to pursue this course as an honors course that did not follow the recommended course of study for physical science may find that the pace of the course very quick and should be sure to allot extra time for their studies.

The honors track should be followed if students wish to have the opportunity to take the AP test in Chemistry.  Since this book is NOT a college text, it is important to study for the AP with an AP specified study guide for Chemistry.  Most of the topics needed to be successful on the Chemistry AP exam are covered in the honors course of study.  To see the AP chemistry requirements, go to www.collegeboard.com.

This course is typically done in 10th or 11th grade and includes the following topics:

  • Matter & change
  • Scientific measurement
  • Atomic structure
  • Periodic table
  • Ionic, metallic, & covalent bonding
  • Chemical names & formulas
  • Balancing chemical equations
  • Chemical reactions
  • Stoichiometry
  • States of matter
  • Gas behavior
  • Water & aqueous systems
  • Solutions
  • Thermochemistry
  • Reaction rates & equilibrium
  • Acids, bases, & salts
  • Oxidation-reduction reactions
  • Electrochemistry
  • Hydrocarbon compounds
  • Alcohols
  • Ethers
  • Carbonyl compounds
  • Carbohydrates
  • Amino acids
  • Lipids
  • Nucleic acids
  • 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 Honors (H) credit are expected to complete daily assignments, periodic exams, and quizzes as assigned by their parent.  Kolbe Honors (H) students will go into more depth and cover more material than the Kolbe Core (K) students.

Assignment due-dates and some grades are established by the parent.  To receive honors credit with Kolbe Academy, students must submit a number of designated assignments to Kolbe Academy for grading, usually exams and select papers.  The parent- and Kolbe-established grades are averaged to produce the final grade for the honors course.

Alternatively, a student may enroll in the Self-Paced Plus© grading assistance program to receive additional grading assistance by a Kolbe Academy faculty or staff member on designated assignments in the course.  In this case, parents may still submit grades for the student to be averaged in with the required Kolbe-graded honors assignments, or they may use the teacher-graded materials only to receive credit.

  • Chemistry, Prentice Hall (e-text and hardback versions available)
  • Labster Virtual Chemistry Lab

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Optional Materials

Digital copies are provided in the Parent Group of the Self-Paced course.  Physical copies are available for purchase in the Kolbe Bookstore.

  • Honors Chemistry Course Plan & Tests, Kolbe Academy Press
  • Chemistry Answer Key, Kolbe Academy Publishing
  • Lab Report Writing Guide, Kolbe Academy Press

Self-Paced Plus courses include the following:

  • Grading by a highly qualified teacher for selected assignments (listed below) in the course.
  • Access to teacher through the course’s discussion board.
  • Option to report grade given by the teacher, or to report a grade assigned by parent.
  • The pacing is still established by the parent in conjunction with the student’s goals and academic calendar.
  • Assignments will be graded within 1-2 weeks of the submission date, excluding holiday breaks.  (For the quickest grading, students should turn assignments in incrementally throughout the year.  If a student turns in multiple assignments to be graded at once, expect a response time of 1-2 weeks per assignment submitted.)

Self-Paced Plus Assignment List:

Semester 1 Semester 2
Week 6: Exam 1 Week 6: Exam 4
Week 11: Exam 2 Week 12: Exam 5
Week 17: Exam 3 Week 18: Exam 6
Two Lab Reports chosen by parent & student Two Lab Reports chosen by parent & student
One Chapter Assessment chosen by parent & student One Chapter Assessment chosen by parent & student


Course Details:

Section Number


Grades (Typical)

 10 – 12 (10th, 11th)


Dr. Trasancos

Lecture Format




Honors Fee


Subscription Length

1 year

Extension may be granted for an additional fee.

Self-Paced Plus


Credits (Type)

 10 (Science with Lab)

Transcript Designation



Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry


Introduction to Physics and Chemistry

Companion Courses

Algebra 2 or Honors Algebra 2 & Trigonometry


Also offered at the Kolbe Core (K) level.

Course Plan Sample

Honors Chemistry

Note: This course plan is built into the
Self-Paced course in a student-friendly format.