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David Green


Fundamentals of Chemistry Tutorial

Text: Chemistry. Robert C. Smoot, Richard G. Smith, and Jack Price. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School; New York, 1993.

Course Description:

The goal of this course is to give students an appreciation for Godís work of creation in the structure of matter and its chemical interactions. Most of our time will be devoted to developing a comprehensive grasp of the field of Chemistry, but undergirding the whole will be a Biblical world-view.

This course will provide an introduction to the whole field of Inorganic Chemistry. Specifically, it will survey the nature of matter, atomic structure, chemical bonds, chemical reactions, states of matter, and acids, bases, and salts. Oxidation-reduction reactions are expected to be part of the course, and introductory organic chemistry will be covered if time permits. There will be a dual focus on chemical theory and application in problem solving. It is aimed toward diligent ninth and tenth graders, but is suitable for ambitious eighth graders and would adequately fulfill a science course for an upperclassman not planning to major in the sciences. It will fulfill the chemistry prerequisite for Advanced Biology.

The course will meet every week for 1.5 hours. The class period will be a tutorial. Students will be provided a comprehensive syllabus at the beginning of the course. They will be expected to read the assigned section and work on the assigned problems. The class period will be devoted to explaining and clarifying the reading material and going over the problems. The grade will be based on quarterly exams which will consist of problems taken from the text. There will be no quizzes and no papers will be required. Although homework will not be collected or graded, evidence of special diligence in weekly preparation may influence the final grade. The expected study time is one hour each day.


There are no formal prerequisites for this course, but completion of a full Junior High curriculum is assumed. Students should have a basic acquaintance with Junior High science including simple atomic and molecular structure. The reason that most of the grade comes from the exams is the focus on mastering the content. Students will be expected to understand and remember the course material and be able to demonstrate this on an exam. Students who are not accustomed to examinations may need assistance from their parents at first in preparing for them.

Instructor: C. David Green

B.A. in Natural Sciences, Biology emphasis: The Johns Hopkins University.
M.Div.: Westminster Theological Seminary
Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America
Taught Fundamentals of Biology to home schoolers in the Lehigh Valley and New Jersey.
Taught the above course to his son now studying at The Johns Hopkins University.
Home schooling for 16 years.
Extensive teaching experience with Junior High and college-age students in Sunday School and campus ministry settings.


$8 per class, payable on a monthly basis at the beginning of the month. If these arrangements are difficult for anyone, Mr. Green is willing to discuss alternate payment methods.

Contact: Mr. Green may be reached at:

631 Fourth Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18018-5558
610-691-0988 (office)
610-868-5423 (home) 

E-mail: SDGI@cdgreen.org
Web Site: www.cdgreen.org/SDGI