Course title

Chemistry - VIRTUAL


Physical Science

Course description

Course Syllabus

Description: The high school chemistry course is a two-segment study of the foundations of chemistry, building on the concepts and scientific thinking laid in middle school science. Students use scientific inquiry and higher-order problem solving as they explore the composition, properties, and changes of matter and their applications through interactive simulations, engineering solutions, and virtual and hands-on experiences. Scientific inquiry, research, experimental procedures, data collection and analysis, and making inferences are an integral part of the learning experience. In addition, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts are integrated throughout the course. Through phenomenon-based learning, students will be able to demonstrate a vast understanding of the importance of chemistry in the world, enabling them to apply these principles to their everyday lives and our global society.

Estimated Completion Time: 2 segments / 32—36 weeks. Labs - 2-3 hours/week

 Major Topics and Concepts:Segment One:

Module One: Matter

  • 01.00 Matter Pretest
  • 01.01 The Science of Chemistry
  • 01.02 Measuring Matter
  • 01.03 Energy and Temperature
  • 01.04 Properties of Matter
  • 01.05 Changes of Matter
  • 01.06 Pure Substances and Mixtures
  • 01.07 Laboratory Techniques
  • 01.08 Honors Scientific Knowledge
  • 01.09 Matter Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 01.10 Matter Exam

Module Two: Atoms and Elements

  • 02.00 Atoms and Elements Pretest
  • 02.01 Atomic Theory
  • 02.02 Electromagnetic Radiation
  • 02.03 Quantization of Energy
  • 02.04 Quantum Models
  • 02.05 Honors Electrons
  • 02.06 Periodic Table
  • 02.07 Periodic Trends
  • 02.08 Contributions to Chemistry
  • 02.09 Atoms and Elements Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 02.10 Atoms and Elements Exam

Module Three: Molecules and Compounds

  • 03.00 Molecules and Compounds Pretest
  • 03.01 Valence Electrons
  • 03.02 Ionic Bonding
  • 03.03 Covalent Bonding
  • 03.04 Nomenclature
  • 03.05 Molecular Structure
  • 03.06 Forces and Bonds
  • 03.07 Honors Organic Chemistry
  • 03.08 Molecules and Compounds Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 03.09 Molecules and Compounds Exam

Module Four: Reactions

  • 04.00 Reactions Pretest
  • 04.01 Conservation of Mass
  • 04.02 Synthesis and Decomposition Reactions
  • 04.03 Single and Double Replacement Reactions
  • 04.04 Combustion and Redox Reactions
  • 04.05 Honors Oxidation Reduction
  • 04.06 Reactions in Our World
  • 04.07 Honors Radioactive Decay
  • 04.08 Reactions Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 04.09 Reactions Exam
  • 04.10 Segment One Exam

Segment Two

Module Five: Stoichiometry

  • 05.00 Stoichiometry Pretest
  • 05.01 The Mole Concept
  • 05.02 Molar Mass of Compounds
  • 05.03 The Empirical Formula
  • 05.04 Stoichiometry
  • 05.05 Limiting Reactant
  • 05.06 Percent Yield
  • 05.07 Honors Stoichiometry
  • 05.08 Stoichiometry Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 05.09 Stoichiometry Exam

Module Six: Phases of Matter

  • 06.00 Phases of Matter Pretest
  • 06.01 Kinetic Molecular Theory
  • 06.02 Phase Changes
  • 06.03 Gas Laws
  • 06.04 Ideal Gas Law
  • 06.05 Ideal Gas Lab
  • 06.06 Honors Gas Behavior
  • 06.07 Phases of Matter Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 06.08 Phases of Matter Exam

Module Seven: Energy in Reactions

  • 07.00 Energy in Reactions Pretest
  • 07.01 Endothermic and Exothermic
  • 07.02 Enthalpy Values
  • 07.03 Honors Entropy
  • 07.04 Honors Calorimetry
  • 07.05 Reaction Rates
  • 07.06 Equilibrium
  • 07.07 Le Châtelier's Principle
  • 07.08 Energy in Reactions Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 07.09 Energy in Reactions Exam

Module Eight: Solutions

  • 08.00 Solutions Pretest
  • 08.01 Properties of Water
  • 08.02 Molarity and Dilutions
  • 08.03 Solutions Lab
  • 08.04 Acids and Bases
  • 08.05 Acid and Base Calculations
  • 08.06 Honors Environmental Impact
  • 08.07 Solutions Discussion-Based Assessment
  • 08.08 Solutions Exam
  • 08.09 Segment Two Exam

Course Assessment and Participation Requirements:

To achieve success, students are expected to submit work in each course weekly. Students can learn at their own pace; however, “any pace” still means that students must make progress in the course every week. To measure learning, students complete self-checks, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, projects, discussion-based assessments, and discussions. Students are expected to maintain regular contact with instructors; the minimum requirement is monthly. When instructors, students, and parents work together, students are successful.

Course MaterialsStudent-Supplied Resources:Students need to supply the following materials to complete the coursework.


Entire coursescientific or graphing calculator03.05: Molecular Structuredeionized (distilled) water, rubbing alcohol, vegetable oil, iodine, sodium chloride (salt), acetic acid (vinegar), test tubes or clear plastic cups, tablespoon and teaspoon, stirring sticks, permanent marker for labeling05.07: Honors Stoichiometrywater, sugar, lemon juice07.04: Honors Calorimetrythermometer, two foam cups, measuring cup from your kitchen, hot water, and one liquid selected from the list below and placed in your refrigerator for one or more hours before you begin your activity

Liquid options: thermometer, two foam cups, measuring cup from your kitchen, hot water, and one liquid (grape juice, whole milk, orange juice, or tomato juice)

08.03: Solutions Lab13 plastic cups (12 oz), permanent marker for labeling, measuring stick, tablespoon and teaspoon, kitchen scale that measures in grams (optional), water, source of heat, granulated sugar, sugar cubes, spoon for stirring, three to four packages of powdered drink mix (6.6 ounces per package)


01.05: Changes in Matterice cubes (at least one cupful), one two- to three-quart saucepan, a kitchen thermometer (that measures temperatures up to at least 105 °C, or around 215 °F), a stove top01.06: Pure Substances and Mixturescandy with a colored coating, like Skittles® or M&Ms® (four different colors), rubbing alcohol or isopropyl alcohol, coffee filters (two), tall glasses or plastic cups (two), pencil, ruler, tape, foil or paper plate, table salt, water, toothpicks or cotton swabs (four), measuring cups or spoons, clean pitcher or two-liter bottle01.07: Laboratory Techniquesapple juice, orange juice, or milk; any type of vinegar, cooking wine, saltwater, thermometer, pots, heat source02.06: Periodic Tableempty container, 100 random pennies, kitchen scale03.03: Covalent Bondingmulticolored gumdrops, marshmallows, soft candy, fruit, aluminum foil balled up, foam balls, cotton balls, play dough, or cereal; Q-tips, hair pins, toothpicks, paperclips, or other stick-like objects; paper and pencil04.02: Synthesis and Decomposition Reactionsassorted colors of building blocks (such as Legos®)04.04: Combustion and Redox Reactions20 dull pennies, 1/4 cup white vinegar (diluted acetic acid), one teaspoon table salt (NaCl), 1 shallow, clear glass or plastic bowl (not metal), one plastic spoon or fork, one or two clean steel screws or nails (not galvanized) or plain metal paper clips, water, measuring spoons, paper towels04.05: Honors Oxidation Reductionlemon, strip of copper metal (a penny will work as well), strip of zinc metal (a nickel will work as well), two cables with alligator clips, knife (used with permission from a guardian), a clock or other device with an LCD display04.07: Honors Radioactive Decay200 M&M® candies, pennies, or other small candies/items with two distinct sides, shoebox or another small box with a lid05.05: Limiting Reactanttwo boxes/packages of the same cookie mix, measuring cups and spoons, mixing spoons and bowls, two baking pans of the same size and depth, additional ingredients requested by cookie mix recipe05.06: Percent Yieldheat source (a stove or hot plate will work best), baking soda, kitchen scale, stirring spoon, cooking pot06.01: Kinetic Molecular Theoryfriend or family member, scented candle, matches or lighter, spray air freshener, stopwatch or timer06.02 Phase Changeshousehold or crafting items06.03: Gas Laws3-inch × 5-inch card, marker, pencil, one empty soda can, tongs, water, one two- to three-quart saucepan07.01: Endothermic and Exothermicbowl of cold water, second bowl of very warm (but still safe to the touch) water, third bowl of room-temperature water07.03: Honors Entropyone piece of steel wool, vinegar, baking soda, thermometer (if you have one) or use your hand to sense temperature change, glass jar with lid or disposable plastic cups with lid/plastic wrap, newspaper, two disposable plastic spoons, measuring cup08.01: Properties of Watertoothpick, cup, water, small bowl, soap, staple or paperclip08.04: Acids and Basesred cabbage, rubbing alcohol, cheesecloth, paper towels, 10 clear plastic cups, labeling pen or marker, two small bowls, tablespoon, three tablespoons of: distilled water, lemon juice, cola, corn oil, shampoo, vinegar, dishwashing liquidSchool-Supplied Resources:Free Downloads:

  • Java
  • Windows Media Player
  • Apple iTunes


It is important to note that in addition to hands on labs using the materials listed above there are also virtual labs in which students use virtual environments and equipment to simulate wet labs. These labs are substituted in cases where a student would not have access to equipment needed for the lab and/or the lab would be too dangerous for the student to do in an unsupervised environment.

School country

United States

School state


School city


High school

Fayetteville Virtual Academy

School / district Address

300 S. Ray Avenue

School zip code


Requested competency code

Lab Science

Date submitted



Approved competency code

  • LCHM
  • Chemistry

Approved date

Online / Virtual