This advanced chemistry course can be taken after a college-preparatory chemistry course. Students taking this course should have successfully completed algebra 2. Topics include stoichiometry (with limiting reactions), thermodynamics, kinetics, redox reactions, atomic structure, orbital hybridization, molecular orbitals, molecular geometry, chemical equilibrium, and nuclear chemistry. Students will also be introduced to organic chemistry, focusing on the major functional groups, organic nomenclature, and polymer chemistry. With more than 28 hours of laboratory exercises in this course, students will participate in experiments such as the rate of an iodine clock reaction, distillation, chromatography, the common ion effect, measuring pH changes in a buffer, the electrolysis of copper sulfate, polymerization experiments, the hydrolysis of sucrose, and much more! About the Author Jay Wile fell in love with chemistry when his parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! He attended the University of Rochester to study chemistry and, while there, became fascinated with nuclear chemistry, eventually earning a PhD in that field. For several years, he did research under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation while serving as an assistant professor of chemistry.