Summer 2021

High School chemistry offers students an introduction to inorganic chemistry with a glimpse of organic chemistry. Students become familiar with the Period Table, balancing equations, types of bond, titration, molar calculations, pH, and properties of matter.

The 2021 summer program began June 6. Two separate 2-week sessions took place with about 50 total students each session – or, 100 total students, combined. Students were approximately evenly divided between the three science subjects offered. In addition to science, students participated in other core high school subjects (math and English language arts).

Science courses included this one (Chemistry) as well as Biology 1 and Biology 2. Given the highly abbreviated schedule for this chemistry introduction, students were presented with primarily a high-level introduction to most Chem I topics – without sufficient time to deeply explore any individual topics.

In lieu of instructor material, this session provided a selected set of student material available in full elsewhere on this site.


01 Basic Matter & Elements

a Matter

b Elements

c Periodic Table

d Naming Elements


01.c How to Read the Periodic Table (WikiHow)


02 Basic Mass & Reactions

a Mass and Moles

b Atomic Mass

c Solubility

d Reaction Types

e Ionic Compounds


02.a Convert Grams to Moles (WikiHow)

02.b How to Calculate Atomic Mass (WikiHow)

02.d How to Recognize a Reaction Type (WikiHow)


03 Reactions & Equations

a Balancing Equations

b Limiting Reactants

c Temperature vs Heat


03.b Four ways to make a chemical solution (WikiHow)

03.b How to Perform a Titration (WikiHow)


04 Orbitals and Bonds

a Energy Levels & Orbitals

b Orbitals s, p, d, f

c Orbitals

d Bonds and Bond Type

e Lewis Structures


04.e How to Draw Lewis Structures (WikiHow)


05 States of Matter & Redox

a Gas & Plasma

b Ideal Gas Law

c Boiling Point

d Solids

e Other States of Matter

f Redox

g Alkanes (hydrocarbons)

h Hydrocarbon Naming


05.f How to Balance a Redox Equation (WikiHow)

05.h How to Name Hydrocarbons (WikiHow)


06 Lab Safety and Equipment


b Bunsun Burner

c Hood


06.b How to Light a Bunsen Burner

Lab 33 Endothermic reaction


Student Material

01 Basic Matter & Elements

Chem lesson 01a

Chem lesson 01b

Chem lesson 01c

Chem lesson 01d

02 Basic Mass & Reactions

Chem lesson 02a

Chem lesson 02b

Chem lesson 02c

Chem lesson 02d

Chem lesson 02e

03 Reactions & Equations

Chem lesson 03a

Chem lesson 03b

Chem lesson 03c

04 Orbitals and Bonds

Chem lesson 04a

Chem lesson 04b

Chem lesson 04c

Chem lesson 04d

Chem lesson 04e

05 States of Matter & Redox

Chem lesson 05a

Chem lesson 05b

Chem lesson 05c

Chem lesson 05d

Chem lesson 05e

Chem lesson 05f

Chem lesson 05g

Chem lesson 05h

06 Lab Safety and Equipment


07 Measuring pH in a Lab