What Resources Do I need in Chem?

The textbook is required.

Labs are set to optional and earn extra credit. Thta isn't because they are not important but because families will often be taking the lab with a local co-op or doing a lab intensive. The extra credit design allows the flexibility needed so you can follow the option you wish.

As far as lab gear goes, I recommend a kitchen digital scale instead of the usual spring scale. The spring scales that are usually sold in chemistry kids go from 0 to 10 grams. Much of what you weigh is between 1 gram and 10 grams so it isn't precise enough to work well in my opinion. I picked up one that measured very two grams and it was great.

I also recommend a beaker or get a pyrex/glass measuring cup just for chemistry labs. You wouldn't want to reuse a kitchen measuring cup after some of the labs in the course.

Everything else needed in chemistry is stuff that you can get from a WalMart Supercenter (groceries and pharmacy). Items such as balloons, string, vinegar, baking soda, Drano, The Works (weak HCL solution used for cleaning toilet bowls), empty 2-liter soda bottles, rubber bands, etc. The labs do not have due dates, so there is no need to stress abour having the gear in the second week of the module. Relax and pick the labs you will do and just add the materials to your shopping list.
 

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