This course is intended to be the first encounter with competitive chemistry problem solving for students who took at least one year of Chemistry. This course will guide them towards successful participation at the Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition which is the first step in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad USNCO, that eventually leads to the International Chemistry Olympiad. This is a unique and targeted overview of key areas necessary for the pursuit of the Chemistry Olympiad. This class also serves as a valuable review for AP curriculum with a focus on problem-solving and is beneficial to the students who are preparing for the AP exam or CBE (Credit by Exam). The curriculum will cover the areas which span general, physical, organic, and analytical chemistry. This course requires Algebra 1 proficiency and at least one year of Chemistry.
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Main goal: After taking this course, students will be ready to solve enough problems to do well at the annual Local Chemistry Olympiad Competition in March and qualify for the USNCO. The student will be better prepared for chemistry-problem solving required for Chemistry AP and CBE exams.
|Who||Students in grades 9th-11th, occasional 7th-8th graders, who took at least one chemistry class and are familiar with basic chemistry concepts such as atoms, molecules, periodic system, chemical equations, stoichiometry, etc.|
Full payment required at the time of registration. No checks accepted.
|Course Size||Maximum 15 students|
Spring 2019 Semester:
Saturdays (5:00pm CST)
January: 12, 19, 26
February: 2, 9, 16, 23
March: 2, 9, 30
April: 6, 13
No classes: Mar 16, Mar 23
To maximize learning, students are strongly encouraged to attend the weekly online Q&A session. However, attendance is not a mandatory requirement to enroll in the course.
|Additional Benefits||This course will go a long way to enhance student's problem-solving skills and provide them with problem-solving strategies required in high-school chemistry, Chemistry AP and CBE, and most importantly, competitive chemistry like USNCO. The student will be exposed to the wonders of Chemistry and its importance in the pantheon of sciences.|
|Expected Prior Knowledge||Prior exposure to chemistry is required (for example, concepts such as atoms, molecules, periodic system, chemical equations should be familiar to the student). Algebra 1 proficiency required.|