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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

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 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.

  • 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




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.