Physical Science: Intro to Chemistry

From: $80.00 / month for 5 months

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment of Algebra 1

Grades:  9th–10th (or advanced 8th graders)

Class:  Mon 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates (1st Sem):  Aug 26–Dec 23, 2024

Prepaid:  $349

Instructor:  Susan Habacivch

Students can also register for Intro to Chemistry and Physics together at a reduced rate.

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Course Description

Have you wanted to give your student a solid introduction to the high school sciences? That’s the purpose of a physical science course. In this one-semester course, we will be learning the fundamentals of chemistry, “the central science”. The two priorities of this course are to prepare the student to successfully complete a future high school Chemistry course and to expand the student’s appreciation for the amazing complexity and wonder of our physical world.

We will be learning the inquiry process by asking questions that stimulate students to think critically and to formulate their own questions. Observing, classifying, using numbers, plotting graphs, measuring, inferring, predicting, formulating models, interpreting data, hypothesizing, and experimenting will all help students to build knowledge and communicate what they have learned. We’ll be supporting our inquiry with hands-on labs, virtual labs, and a creative project. The experiments can be completed at home (adult supervision is advised) and most use simple household materials. A complete list of materials will be provided before classes start.

Course Structure

Each week begins with class; then students are provided with guided notes, videos, textbooks, and web-based reading assignments. Students then take electronic homework assignments on each lesson in the textbook to check their understanding of the material that they have learned. The live class time is used to answer questions, preview new concepts, observe demonstrations, and reinforce concepts learned during the week, with lots of student interaction on the microphone.

Attendance is expected, but the live class is recorded and posted for about a month for students who need to miss occasionally. There is one creative project and several labs during each semester. Occasional worksheets are assigned for students to do by hand, scan, and submit, and a comprehensive test is given for every 2-3 textbook chapters.

Who should enroll?

Students should be in grades 9 or 10. Advanced 8th graders will be considered.

Prerequisite: Completion or concurrent enrollment in Algebra 1.

Technology Requirements

  • Scientific calculator
  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures

Evaluation and Feedback

Students will be graded on the following: notes, homework, labs, participation and unit exams (which are a combination of multiple choice and short answer questions). In addition, any class handouts should be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of the due date.


Grades are perpetually available for students and parents to view. Parent-teacher or student conferences will be available mid-semester. Parents may contact me throughout the course via the Canvas website.

Sample Class

View a sample live class in this video.

Required Texts

The following text is required:

  • Physical Science: Concepts in Action by Wysession, Frank, and Yancopoulos, Pearson Prentice Hall (2011), ISBN: 978-1418341213 (2011) or ISBN 978-0133628173 (2007)

Additional Materials:

  • scientific calculator
  • various household materials
  • scanner or smartphone to submit some written work
  • A complete list of required lab materials will be sent about 1 month before the course begins. This list will include some specialized equipment and various household materials.

1 review for Physical Science: Intro to Chemistry

  1. Linsey P.

    This course introduces chemistry and physics in an interesting and engaging way- leading one into the sciences and leaving them thirsting for more knowledge. Alongside the book, there are in depth lectures, labs, data analises, lectures and extra resources provided for a maximized learning experience. The structure of the lesson plan each week proved different than I’m used to, but all in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

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Instructor Bio

Susan Habacivch

Susan Habacivch is the academic advisor for Aim Academy Online, a member of the leadership team, and a STEM teacher. Susan Habacivch earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Washington University and a BA in French from Regis College. After working for several years in the fibers industry, she began homeschooling her four children in 2003. She has been tutoring and teaching science and mathematics in local coops since 2003 and has been teaching online since 2010. Contact: shabacivch[at]


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