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Honors Chemistry with Lab

Part of the Periodic TableThe twentieth century saw breakthroughs in chemistry that we now take for granted:

  • the discovery of sub-atomic particles — the electron, neutron, and proton;
  • the discovery of sub-sub-atomic particles like quarks, leptons, and bosons;
  • nuclear fission and nuclear fusion;
  • the invention of plastics, nylon, and other man-made polymers;
  • methods to increase efficiencies of organic compounds in fuel.

MoleculeThese breakthroughs have enabled humanity to live better and longer. Is there any doubt that far-reaching and exciting breakthroughs will be realized this century?

In this class each student acquires both a deep understanding of chemistry and an appreciation for its real-world applications. Each week comprises lecture and discussion enhanced by video, graphics, and PowerPoint presentations, with a lab session approximately every other week. Students are also provided with lab materials, labs, and worksheets to be completed at home.

Students performing chemistry labsAmong the topics covered in this course:

  • the scientific method;
  • significant digits;
  • properties of matter;
  • atomic theory;
  • the periodic table of elements;
  • Lewis Dot Diagrams;
  • bonding—covalent & ionic, polarity;
  • properties of water;
  • compounds;
  • solutions;
  • separating mixtures;
  • distillation;
  • stoichiometry;
  • limited reactants and percent yield;
  • the mole;
  • mole conversions;
  • molecular geometry;
  • Texts & other items to purchase

    Here are the items needed for Honors Chemistry with Lab — The first three links below are to the correct editions on Amazon; the link to a calculator is for a model suitable for this class.

    Your student will also need a notebook or binder with loose leaf paper (for taking notes in class) and a section for various handouts.

    Additional reading:

    • The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
      ISBN-10: 0316051632 | ISBN-13: 978-0316051637
    • Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
      ISBN-10: 0061824739 | ISBN-13: 978-0061824739
    • Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik
      ISBN-10: 0544483944 | ISBN-13: 978-0544483941
  • pH, acids, bases and salts (buffers);
  • redox reactions;
  • ions;
  • gas laws.

This honors-level class moves at quite a clip. Students will be expected to complete four to five hours of work at home each week. Homework will consist of reading, annotating text, watching videos, completing worksheets, doing independent research, writing lab reports, and studying.

Class activities:

  • Periodic quizzes will be administered and reviewed. The objective of these quizzes will be learning and mastering the content, not generating a grade.
  • Students will interact with the teacher and other students via our classroom platform, asking and answering questions.
  • Students will be assigned topics to research independently. Students make their presentations online, in class.
  • Six tests will be provided to parents to administer at home as they wish: open book, closed book, as a learning tool, as a grade generator, or any combination.

Among our labs are the following:

  • Safety in the Lab;
  • Measurement;
  • Density vs. Weight;
  • Electron-shells modeling;
  • Quantum numbers & electron orbitals;
  • Electron configurations;
  • Periodic law;
  • Finding the missing element (Periodic table);
  • Designing your own periodic table;
  • Differential solubility;
  • Nomenclature: Compounds;
  • Solubility: Solvent/Solute Interaction;
  • Simulation: Molecular Polarity;
  • Simulation: Molecular Geometry;
  • Preparing solutions & reagents;
  • Examining Oxidation States;
  • Determining the Formula of a Hydrate;
  • Observing a single-displacement reaction;
  • Stoichiometry of a double-displacement reaction;
  • Observing the Volume-Pressure Relationship of Gases;
  • Observing the Volume-Temperature Relationship of Gases;
  • Acids & bases – dilutions & titration.


It is recommended that students complete Algebra I before taking this class.

About the instructor

Diane Speed is the founder of The Classical Kids Network and co-founder of HS College-Bound. She has a B.S. in biology from Drexel University, as well as a minor in chemistry. Before marrying, Diane worked in laboratories at SmithKline Pharmaceuticals (antibiotic development), Temple University Research labs (hemophilia/clotting factors), and the Philadelphia Water Department (water purity). Diane has been teaching science to homeschooled highschoolers since 2013.

View excerpts from actual classes

In the videos below, what you will see is most of what a student sees in an actual class on GoToTraining, our classroom platform. — What you don't see here: The GoToTraining control panel, which includes the roster of all the students in the class, displays the chat function, and so on.

VIDEO 1: Electronegativity & periodic trends


Now open for registration

FALL 2020 – SPRING 2021
Students attend three classes
per week, beginning September 1:
Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Thursdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
Fridays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST
To register a student, click here:
Register for Novels by Women, 2016-17
Instructor: Diane Speed
To contact the instructor, click here.
Fee for entire year: $ 1340.
Please note: At registration, you will pay
the fee for the fall semester ($ 670); for the
winter-spring semester we will invoice you,
with payment due by September 1, 2020.

Science Intensives

Homeschooling the College-Bound StudentOur online science intensives are eight weeks long; each delivers in-depth, focused study of a particular topic in science, and they all include labs. Each is a standalone course that may complement nicely your at-home science curriculum. But you may also combine two or more intensives in whatever way suits your student's interests and needs. — You can even fashion a robust year-long science course complete with labwork.

In 2020–21 instructor Diane Speed will deliver intensives on the following topics:

  • Ecology:  September 29 – November 20, 2020
  • Genetics:  January 19 – March 19, 2021
  • Botany:  March 30 – May 21, 2021

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Our approach to ...


moleculesSciences at HS College-Bound aim high. Our courses employ college texts, websites from universities, AP-level labs, and in-depth explorations. All content is taught by subject-matter experts who are passionate about their disciplines.

At the same time, we provide in-depth studies of the discipline for two kinds of students:

  • those new to the formal study of science;
  • those who have already studied science deeply for years.

In order to ensure learning and mastery of concepts, moreover, the content is taught in a tiered fashion — laying foundational concepts, building up knowledge, delving deep into the facts, and reinforcing by looping back to essential concepts covered earlier in the course.

These methods ensure that no student is left behind. Rather, students come away with a full picture of the science and the interconnectedness of topics. Students with more science acumen can learn deeply while students new to the discipline learn comprehensively.

A more detailed look at our methods:

  • Multimedia. Our science courses are taught primarily through lecture, targeted activities, and readings. But all these methods are supplemented by video, images, or animations whose purpose is to depict processes and events that are sometimes invisible and often liable to seem abstract — like cellular activity, chemical compounds, biochemical and physical processes, etc.
  • Research projects. Students are assigned in-depth research projects to deepen their understanding of the history of science and the development of scientific knowledge. All students are required to present in class and online.
  • Labs. All labs correlate to class content, and depending on the course, we run anywhere from five to eight lab sessions per semester. Students use the scientific method to analyze data and draw conclusions in written reports.
  • Tests. Tests are provided to parents to administer at home as they wish — open book, closed book, as a learning tool, as a grade generator, or any combination.
  • Homework. Typically four to five hours of per week — reading, annotating text, watching videos, completing worksheets, doing independent research, writing lab reports, and studying.


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