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Gain a solid foundation in chemistry and earn credit toward high school graduation. This convenient online course gives you the chance to work at your own pace while you complete your first semester of chemistry study.

In this course, you'll examine the building blocks of matter and learn how atoms and molecules make up the world around you. From the composition of the atom to the periodic table, this course includes everything you need to know about the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter and their applications. In Semester 1, you'll study fundamental topics of chemistry, including:

  • Matter and the elements
  • Chemical bonds and molecular structure
  • The conservation of matter
  • Chemical thermodynamics
  • Chemical reactions
  • Stoichiometry

Because this course is taught online, you'll be able to work at your own pace. From start to finish, a dedicated and experienced instructor will be available to guide your learning and answer all your questions. It's a flexible, convenient way to complete your science requirement for high school graduation.

This course is offered through Career Online High School, a division of Smart Horizons Career Online High School, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Chemistry: Semester 1 is a one-semester course, and can be completed in up to four weeks. Once you complete Chemistry: Semester 1, you can continue your science education with the next offering in this series, Chemistry: Semester 2. Enroll in this convenient, affordable course, and start on your path toward completing your high school education.

Semester 1 - 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 1: Atoms and the Periodic Table

    • Lesson 1: The Atom: From Philosophical Idea to Scientific Theory
    • Lesson 2: The Structure of the Atom
    • Lesson 3: Counting Atoms
    • Lesson 4: The Development of a New Atomic Model
    • Lesson 5: The Quantum Model of the Atom
    • Lesson 6: Electron Configurations
    • Lesson 7: History of the Periodic Table
    • Lesson 8: Electron Configuration and the Periodic Table
    • Lesson 9: Electron Configuration and Periodic Properties
  • Unit 2: Chemical Formulas and Equations

    • Lesson 1: Introduction to Chemical Bonding
    • Lesson 2: Covalent and Molecular Compounds
    • Lesson 3: Ionic Bonding and Ionic Compounds
    • Lesson 4: Metallic Bonding
    • Lesson 5: Molecular Geometry
    • Lesson 6: Chemical Names and Formulas
    • Lesson 7: Oxidation Numbers
    • Lesson 8: Using Chemical Formulas
    • Lesson 9: Determining Chemical Formulas
    • Lesson 10: Describing Chemical Reactions
    • Lesson 11: Types of Chemical Reactions
    • Lesson 12: Activity series of the Elements
    • Lesson 13: Introduction to Stoichiometry
    • Lesson 14: Ideal Stoichiometric Calculations
    • Lesson 15: Limiting Reactants and Percentage Yield

Semester 2 - 0.5 Credit

  • Unit 3: States of Matter

    • Lesson 1: The Kinetic-Molecular Theory of Matter
    • Lesson 2: Liquids
    • Lesson 3: Solids
    • Lesson 4: Changes of State
    • Lesson 5: Water
    • Lesson 6: Gases and Pressure
    • Lesson 7: The Gas Laws
    • Lesson 8: Gas Laws and the Ideal Gas Law
    • Lesson 9: Diffusion and Effusion
  • Unit 4: Acids and Bases

    • Lesson 1: Types of Mixtures
    • Lesson 2: The Solution Process
    • Lesson 3: Concentration of Solutions
    • Lesson 4: Compounds in Aqueous Solutions
    • Lesson 5: Colligative Properties of Solutions
    • Lesson 6: Properties of Acids and Bases
    • Lesson 7: Acid-Base Theories
    • Lesson 8: Acid-Base Reactions
    • Lesson 9: Aqueous Solutions and the Concept of pH
    • Lesson 10: Determining pH and Titrations
  • Unit 5: Reactions

    • Lesson 1: Thermochemistry
    • Lesson 2: Driving Force Reactions
    • Lesson 3: The Reaction Process
    • Lesson 4: Reaction Rate
    • Lesson 5: The Nature of Chemical Equilibrium
    • Lesson 6: Shifting Equilibrium
    • Lesson 7: Equilibria of Acids, Bases, and Salts
    • Lesson 8: Solubility Equilibrium
    • Lesson 9: Oxidation and Reduction
    • Lesson 10: Balancing Redox Equations
    • Lesson 11: Oxidizing and Reducing Agents
    • Lesson 12: The Nucleus
    • Lesson 13: Radioactive Decay
    • Lesson 14: Nuclear Radiation
    • Lesson 15: Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion