Chemistry A

Enrollment Message:

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Algebra. Additional Cost:Students will need access to a scientific calculator. Additional Information: This course includes a proctored midterm and final exam. This course uses YouTube videos. Students will be asked to print certain documents. Students may need to scan their work to complete some assignments.

This is the first course in a two-course sequence. This course is designed to meet both the Michigan Content Standards for Chemistry (Michigan Merit Curriculum) and the literacy standards of Common Core State Standards for Science and Technical Subjects. In this course, students will learn about the composition of matter, its chemical and physical properties, and how these change in chemical reactions. Other topics include measurement and calculations, the scientific method, chemical nomenclature, and energy changes that accompany physical and chemical changes. Each lesson includes a variety of sources of information, including text, videos, interactive simulations and self-check exercises. Students will have hands-on opportunities to conduct investigations at home. Practice exercises are included as well as graded assignments. Prerequisites: Successful completion of Algebra

Course Objectives: By the end of this course, students will be able to:

• Explain what chemistry is about in terms of a study of the natural world by making clear distinctions from other science disciplines.

• Solve simple scientific problems by applying the understanding of scientific inquiry, identifying appropriate science principles.

• Solve simple scientific problems by using a scientific calculator and by interpreting given data.

• Explain and describe matter in terms of its composition, its structure at the particle level and the sub-atomic level, its chemical and physical properties, scientific measurements, chemical reactions and the chemical nomenclature.

• Utilize the Periodic Table to retrieve information on elements, to solve problems including electron configurations.

Course Outline:

Unit 1- The Science of Chemistry

Unit 2- Matter and Its Changes

Unit 3- Atoms and Electrons

Unit 4- Electrons and The Periodic Table

Unit 5- Compounds and Their Bonds

Unit 6- Chemical Names and Formulas

Unit 7- Chemical Quantities

Unit 8- Chemical Reactions

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: • Students will need access to a scientific calculator. • Students will also need access to lab materials, eye protection equipment, and a digital camera as outlined below:

One of the lessons will ask students to use household items to conduct a simple experiment to experience a chemistry lab. Most of the needed items are everyday household items such as a measuring cup and cornstarch. The lab does not use hazardous chemicals. However, eye protection equipment such as safety glasses must be worn during the lab. If there are materials not found at home, students may need to purchase them to complete the lab activity. Students currently enrolled in a local high school may find it helpful to contact a science instructor to see about gaining access to lab materials (measuring tools, eye protections, etc.) for the completion of the lab.

In addition to the lab materials, the lab assignment asks students to provide digital images of their work. Therefore, students will need to have access to a camera or some form of image capturing device (cell phone, webcam, etc.).

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: This course includes a proctored midterm and final exam. This course uses YouTube videos. Students will be asked to print certain documents. Students may need to have access to a scanner.


School Level: High School
Standards: Michigan High School Content Expectations
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 03101
MDE Endorsement Code: DC - Chemistry
MMC Minimum Requirements: Science - Chemistry/Physics/Anatomy

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus