I am so excited to tell you about the Fascinating Chemistry course from Fascinating Education.
Fascinating Education offers excellent online science courses for teens. They currently offer several courses: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Logic of Medicine. These courses are interactive and help students build a solid foundation in their knowledge of science. These courses were developed by Dr. Sheldon Margulies who has taught science courses for over 30 years and trained 2500+ medical students in the science of how the brain works. His programs have won numerous education awards.
For grades 8 – 12
1 year subscription
Fascinating Chemistry uses an online audio visual approach to engage students and keep their interest while they learn the scientific methods and principals of chemistry. The courses are mobile and all you need is a subscription and a computer or smart phone or other interactive device that connects to the online course on the internet. These courses are designed for highschool age students, but can be used for middle school age students too if they have had some of the higher math training used in the course.
In Fascinating Chemistry, students will learn the four ways that atoms bond to each other to create molecules, and how these bonds help determine the properties of the end result molecule. Students will learn how these special molecular properties explain a wide range of aspects of the everyday world we live including concepts as varied as: air, temperature, diamonds, rubber, how water freezes, gasses, nuclear energy, food, metals, weather, and more.
The course outlines 18 main lessons with multiple mini-lessons in each. Lessons take approximately 45 minutes or less to complete, not including tests and additional labs.
Lesson 1: Intramolecular Bonding
The Periodic Table of Elements
Bohr Model of the Atom
Electrons, Protons, Neutrons, Nucleus
The Strong Force
Lesson 2: The Ionic Bond
Law of Entropy
How Ionic bonds form molecules
Reaching a lower energy level
Pauling’s Electronegativity Chart
Lesson 3: The Covalent Bond
van der Waals forces
Lesson 4: The Polar Covalent Bond
Giving away electrons
Polar covalent bonds
Intramolecular bonds hold atoms
Intermolecular bonds hold molecules
Polarity of a molecule
Lesson 5: The Metallic Bond, Part 1
The Metallic Bond
Metals in the Periodic Table
Block groups of the Periodic Table
Lesson 6: The Metallic Bond, Part 2
Molecular movement in a metal
Hard or soft?
Temperature and translational movement
Lesson 7: Heat
The Leidenfrost Effect
States of water
Latent heat of fusion
Lesson 8: Air Pressure
The boiling point
The strength of air pressure
Temperature and pressure
Lesson 9: Properties of Water
Oil and water
Micelles and soap
Salt water versus fresh water
Lesson 10: The Mole
Comparing equal numbers of molecules
Lower the freezing point
Converting grams to moles
Converting moles to molecules
Converting moles to grams
Empirical formula vs. actual formula
Lesson 11: Gases
Ideal Gas Law
Concentration vs. density
Standard temperature and pressure
Partial pressure of gas
Lesson 12: Solutions
Freezing point depression
Boiling point elevation
Acids and bases
Types of acids
Neutralization of acids and bases
Lesson 13: Chemical Reactions
Solubility product constant
Lesson 14: Orbitals
Slots within subshells
Energy levels within slots
Pauli Exclusion Principle
VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron Pair
Lesson 15: Molecular Geometry
Lewis Dot Diagrams
Lewis Dot Diagram Predictions
Filling the Valence Shell
Forming sp3 Hybrid Bonds
Carbon sp2 Hybrid Orbitals Current
Sigma and Pi bonds
Nitrogen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
Oxygen sp3 Hybrid Orbitals
Lesson 16: Electrochemistry
Lesson 17: Polymers
Formaldehyde, Phenol, and Bakelite
Ethylene and Polyethylene
Lesson 18: The Nucleus
The Strong Force
Making heavy elements
The Sun’s fuel
Lessons and Student Dashboard
The student dashboard is easy to navigate. From the dashboard you can choose the lesson video, or lesson text script, or the test. After you complete the test, it grades the test and gives the option to retake or continue on to the next lesson.
Below is an example of Lesson 2 The Ionic Bond and within the lesson this is a segment called The Atomic Number. You can see from this dashboard picture that you can access the Lesson Menu as needed, and a Glossary with definitions on the left. You can also control the play and pause of the video lesson, and the volume, at the base of the video. You can also go back to a previous segment and watch it again, or skip ahead as desired.
The Glossary of definitions is right next to the video so you can pause the video at anytime and look up a word you may not know and read it’s meaning.
Fascinating Chemistry offers the option of Labs for high school credit. On the student dashboard, they have an option to “Go To Lab”. Labs are experiments that demonstrate the concept being taught in the lessons. Labs are optional but some states require them for high school credit. Check with your state to see what is required.
My son likes using this course. He says it is not difficult if you focus and take time to listen to what is being said. The teacher speaks clearly and gives good visuals to show what concept is being discussed. He is so excited that he spends a good deal of time retelling me what he is learning.
Word’s of my son: “I Love It! It’s fascinating! The teacher is easy to follow and he explains everything very well. I am learning about different kinds of bonds that atoms form. I am in lesson three and learning about the second way atoms form bonds called covalant. The first lesson was an introduction to the program and taught me the structure of atoms with protons neutrons and electrons. The second lesson was learning about ionic bonds, electronegativity, electron affinity, and ionization energy. So far I understand everything he is explaining. The tests are at the end of the lesson. I like that if I get the answer to a question wrong I can go back and retake the test again. I am really glad I am taking this class.”
Video explaining more about Fascinating Education and a lesson in Calcium.
Video Lesson Periodic Table, Atoms, and Inter-molecular Bonding
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We highly recommend Fascinating Education courses. I wish interactive curriculum like this had been available for me when I was in high school. This is a great way to inspire kids to love and succeed at learning about science and how it applies to the real world.
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