Heather Barrieau
Tuesday 11AM (ET)



Chemistry Course Overview:

This class is approved by the NCAA.

This class is a challenging, college-prep, high school level chemistry class which covers properties of matter, the periodic table, specific heat, bonds, molecules, the mole, empirical formulas, oxidation-reduction reactions, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, equilibrium, concentration, state of matter, acids / bases, and introductions to organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Students will turn in a minimum of six full lab reports as assignments on labs chosen by the teacher. Students will perform some labs at home with teacher direction. Other labs will be done virtually – students will have required lab reports on these labs also. Importance will be placed on students’ understanding of scientific inquiry, the scientific method, and the resulting science lab reports.

Grade Levels

  • 9-12

Chemistry Prerequisites

Course Video

Attendance Policy

The Chemistry classes will meet live for one weekly, 90-minute online session to include lecture, discussion, assignments, and individual & collaborative activities in real time with the teacher and with classmates. While class attendance is not required, there will be assignments, activities, and quizzes held during class that failure to participate in could impact the final grade.

It is not recommended (please communicate if you find conflicts) to attempt this class if you can only participate by watching the recordings unless you have a clear understanding of the limitations involved with that approach. Class participation and the opportunity to ask questions and interact with classmates is a significant part of ensuring that students get the most out of the virtual learning experience.


Lab Kit

Scale (needs to be to 0.01g)

Syllabus Download

Chemistry Syllabus Outline

Fall Semester

  • Introduction to Chemistry, Chapter 1
  • Measurements and Mathematics
  • Density and Matter, Chapter 2
  • Matter and Separation of Matter
  • Atoms and Elements, Isotopes, Spectroscopy, Chapter 3
  • Atoms and Ions, Chapter 4
  • Lewis Structure, Ionic Compounds
  • Covalent Compounds and Molecular Geometry, Chapter 5
  • Polarity and Periodic Table
  • Balancing Equations Chapter 6
  • Types of Reactions
  • Moles Chapter 7
  • Stoichiometry Chapter 8
  • Percent Yield, Empirical Formulas
  • Review; Semester Test

Spring Semester

  • Solutions and Concentration, Chapter 9
  • Concentration and Solubility
  • Gas Laws, Chapter 10
  • Gas Laws PV=nRT
  • Acid and Bases Chapter 11
  • Redox Reactions Chapter 12
  • Redox Reactions
  • Specific Heat, Calorimetry Chapter 13
  • Thermodynamics Chapter 14
  • Thermodynamics
  • Kinetics and Chemical Reactions Chapter 15
  • Catalysts and Activation Energy
  • LeChatelier’s Principle Chapter 16
  • More on Acids and Bases, Chemistry topics
  • Review; Semester Test

Heather Barrieau

Heather Barrieau started off as a Biology major at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington but switched over to chemistry after her second year. She majored in Chemistry and earned a minor in Psychology.

She started her Masters in Teaching while working at Western in the Chemistry department as the Lab Coordinator where she taught general chemistry labs but later chose to stay home after her first year when her daughter was born. She also worked as a chemist at both Georgia Pacific and Alcoa Aluminum.

Heather moved to NE Ohio for 9 years for her husband's work and discovered homeschooling. She has been homeschooling her children since 2010 and graduated one in 2020. Heather currently resides in Colorado and stays busy with her husband of 20+ years (Shawn), 3 kids, and wonderful pets.

Heather started to teach online in 2016 and has always loved science and loves to seek the answer to the question Why am I learning this?" and "How can I use this in my life?" Her biggest desire is to see Christ and His miracles in everyday life.

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