Price: $95 | Credits: 5 | Dept: Science

This course is designed to be the first semester of Chemistry and includes a laboratory component. The course includes the topics of classifying matter, physical vs. chemical properties, elements and the periodic table, chemical compounds and bonding, chemical reactions, the conservation of mass, avogardro’s number and the mole, chemical proportions in compounds, and molecular formulas.

In order to satisfy the University of California A-G requirements for a chemistry course, three components are required. The first is our online course, the second is a wet lab, and the third is a wet lab instructor. Our online chemistry course provides the curriculum with videos, quizzes, assignments and final. The wet lab and instructor have to be sourced separately. They are not provided by SVHS.

Lab Kit Requirement (Note: this companion kit is not included in this course and needs to be purchased separately)
The kit can be purchased from Quality Science Labs and delivered through the mail. This kit has been designed by SVHS and Quality Science Labs to accompany this course. The same kit can be used for Part 2 of this course–only one kit needs to be purchased for students taking Chemistry Part 1 and Part 2. To receive a discount on the lab kit, enroll in chemistry and use the customer code provided in the course.

Instructor Requirement
To meet the A-G standards, the University of California requires a teacher-supervised hands-on lab component that accounts for at least 20% of the class time. The instructor can be a teacher, or a tutor. Unfortunately, it’s not possible for a parent to act as the instructor, unless the parent is a credentialed science teacher. Some schools have wet lab facilities and some mobile wet lab companies offer the instructor and all the facilities in a van or truck that visits various schools and other locations. There are also specialist science camps that provide the wet lab component such as Lab Rat Academy.

Lab Details and Descriptions
Detailed instructions for the live labs are provided in the lab kit. Click here for a summary description of the labs covered in this course.

Credits & Study Hours
Upon completion of this course, the student is awarded 5 credits. Each credit corresponds to 15 hours of study. Of course, some students work more quickly than others, and some can devote more hours to study, so some students are able to complete the course in an accelerated rate.


In this module, students gain a comprehension of the following:

  • The model of the atom, the periodic law, periodic table, and valence electrons.
  • The properties of ionic and covalent compounds, ionic, covalent, and metallic bonding, polar and non-polar molecules.
  • How to write chemical formulas for ionic compounds.
  • Polyatomic ions, and how to write chemical formulas for molecular compounds.
  • How to write skeleton chemical equations and balance chemical reactions.
  • Synthesis and decomposition reactions, combustion reactions, and single and double displacement reactions.
  • How to work with percentage composition, an empirical formula, determine empirical formula by experiment, and a molecular formula.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Observing Matter
  • Elements and the Periodic Table
  • Chemical Compounds and Bonding
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Conservation of Matter
  • Chemical Proportions in Compounds