In this Advanced Chemistry course, students apply that basics they learned in general or AP Chemistry as we explore topics in biochemistry, organic chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Students learn how to classify different types of organic molecules and examine how organic molecules impact many aspects of our day to day life, from the food industry to the oil industry. Students draw connections to their backgrounds in biology and general chemistry by examining the chemical reactions in cellular respiration and photosynthesis. Students then apply their knowledge by designing molecules that could make cellular respiration more efficient and by hypothesizing chemicals that could potentially help plants grow in adverse conditions. When studying the chemistry of pharmaceuticals, students simulate the running of ethical drug trials and critically evaluate the pros and cons of drug-company funded research. Drawing on the foundations of organic chemistry, students analyze the impacts of various substances on the environment. By the end of the first semester, students are positioned to research the chemistry behind biological processes that they've developed curiosity about.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
WHAT STUDENTS DO
Learning is an active process at One Schoolhouse. Students design, create and apply. And, they engage with classmates and connect with their teachers through discussions, video conferences, and projects. Specifically, in this class students will:
WHAT HAPPENS IN THE SECOND SEMESTER?
Students wishing to pursue a positive psychology project may enroll in the course for the full year. For students continuing into Semester II, the course shifts into personalized, project-based work, where students engage in deep, sustained inquiry; authentic and iterative research; critical analysis; and rigorous reflection, revision, and assessment as they journey through a self-designed, long-term activism, design, or research project on the topic of their choosing. Guided by a One Schoolhouse teacher, students pursue individual study/self-assessment or collaborative seminar/peer-review. Pathway options from which students choose include:
Upon completion of their inquiry-driven project, students will have gained academic maturity and expanded their ability to engage in a diverse and changing world. They will be able to draw and defend conclusions from theoretical underpinnings, contextual background, and mathematical analysis or source evaluation. Finally, they will have created and tested something useful of their own design or will be able to defend a position based on their own research.
Examples of signature activities and projects for this course are:
This course is approved by the NCAA.
One Schoolhouse is fully accredited with the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through December 1, 2025; we are an approved online publisher for the University of California.
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