Frequently Asked Questions

    Q1: What is ChemExplained.com?

    Q2: What electronic devices do I need to access the ChemExplained.com website?

    Q3: Why is learning high school chemistry important?

    Q4: Can students of all academic ability succeed in taking this course?

    Q5: How are Honor, Traditional and Foundational Students defined?

    Q6: How do I know that ChemExplained.com will work for me?

    Q7: What’s the main differences between ChemExplained.com and other online chemistry courses?

    Q8: Who teaches in the ChemExplained.com podcasts?

    Q9: What is the cost of a membership to ChemExplained.com?

    Q10: How do I contact ChemExplained.com if I have questions or encounter any difficulties?

    Q11: How does ChemExplained.com teach students chemistry?

    Q12: How many worksheets are given in ChemExplained.com over the course?

    Q13: Does ChemExplained.com meet state and national educational standards in chemistry?

    Q14: What information can I access at ChemExplained.com without logging in?

    Q15: What information can I access at ChemExplained.com with a 1 year purchase?

    Q16: How do I purchase full access to ChemExplained.com on line?

    Q17: How do I use the Student Notes and Worksheets for each Chapter?

    Q18: Why should I purchase ChemExplained.com?

    Q19: Is there a math pre-requisite for ChemExplained.com?


      Q1: What is the ChemExplained.com?


      ChemExplained.com is a complete high school chemistry course for students entering the 10th, 11th and 12th grade levels. The course covers 20 chapters of chemistry, has notes and worksheets and tests for every chapter as well as over 365 teaching podcasts where chemistry is taught, explained and understood.

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        Q2: What electronic devices do I need to access the ChemExplained.com website?


        ChemExplained.com is available online from any computer, iPad or smart phone with Internet access. With the ease and flexibility of this online program, students can learn chemistry at home on the computer, in the car on their phone, on a bus, in the hospital, on vacation, in the airport or in any other place where Wifi is available.

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          Q3: Why is learning high school chemistry important?


          More and more post-college careers are requiring students to take college chemistry. Many colleges report that many of the students that register for their first year inorganic chemistry classes and second year organic chemistry classes drop out after the first few weeks. These students drop out because they were not properly prepared to take chemistry at the college level. Plus, many states (i.e. Minnesota) now require students to take one full year of chemistry or physics in order to graduate from high school. This has caused concern for both parents and teachers across the country. The best solution is to let ChemExplain.com do the work for them!

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            Q4: Can students of all academic ability succeed in taking this course?


            Absolutely. ChemExplained.com is designed with three types of student in mind; the Honor student, the Traditional student and the Foundational student.

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              Q5: How are Honor, Traditional and Foundational Students defined?

              1. The Honor student typically received A or A- grades, does well in math, enjoys an academic challenge and is college bound. They have no problem with a fast-paced curriculum. They don’t need any modifications to the curriculum to succeed. Approximately 20% of students are in this category. The Honor student should cover all 20 chapters in ChemExplained.com.
              2. Most students are considered Traditional students. For the most part, this type of student has average or above average grades. Some are college-bound, some are not, but their desire is to be “college prepared” from the courses they take. Modifications may or may not be made, depending on the needs of the student. Approximately 60% of all students are in this category. The Traditional student will cover 15-16 chapters in ChemExplained.com.
              3. The Foundational student may or may not have grades that are C- or lower and they may or may not desire education beyond high school. School is usually challenging and modifications are usually made in taking the course. Approximately 20% of the students, or 1 in 5 students are in this category. The Foundational student will cover 12-13 chapters in ChemExplained.com.

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                Q6: How do I know that ChemExplained.com will work for me?


                Right now, you can have access to Chapter 1 “Introduction to Chemistry” student and teacher resource materials for free! This includes access to the student notes and worksheets, as well as access to all 8 podcasts that teach, explain and help the student understand Ch. 1 This also includes the teacher keys for the notes, teacher worksheets and tests.

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                  Q7: What are the main differences between ChemExplained.com and other online chemistry courses?


                  The #1 difference is the 345+ teaching podcasts. The students do not have to figure out chemistry on their own! As a student listens to the teaching of a professional chemistry instructor, the student will be engaged in learning even difficult chemistry concepts in a way they can understand. Difference #2 is the rigor and success of the student that takes chemistry at the next level. A students does not drop out of college chemistry after completing the ChemExplained.com course.

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                    Q8: Who teaches in the ChemExplained.com podcasts?


                    Richard Risbrudt has been a high school chemistry teacher for 40 years, teaching at a private Christian high school for 29 years and then at a public high school the last 10 years. Over the years he has learned to teach and explain chemistry in language, examples and problems that thousands of students could understand. He has mastered chemistry concepts and the math associated with those concepts. Students that have completed his chemistry course have been very successful in chemistry courses at a higher academic level. Richard’s teaching honors include the Ashland Oil Excellence in Education Award, Fergus Falls (MN) Teacher of the Year Award, the Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award, and certificates of recognition for his outstanding teaching from three Minnesota Governors; Rudy Perpich, Arne Carlson, and Jesse Ventura. Richard was encouraged by homeschool parents to create a chemistry curriculum where chemistry could be taught, explained, and understood by these students as well.

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                      Q9: What is the cost of a membership to ChemExplained.com?


                      You can purchase access to all ChemExplained.com student and teacher resources for one calendar year for $295.  Additional time of up to 6 months may be granted at parent request.  Promotions frequently offer those that attend homeschool and charter school conferences discounts.  Promo codes are then used to purchase the course. Contact us to discuss this!  Group rates are also available as well as discounts for additional family members. We will do everything we can to help our students succeed! Email any questions you might have to learn@chemexplained.com.

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                        Q10: How do I contact ChemExplained.com if I have questions or encounter any difficulties?


                        Send an email to support@chemexplained.com with technical problems or requests for website support.
                        Send an email to learn@chemexplained.com with questions or concerns regarding curriculum.

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                          Q11: How does ChemExplained.com teach students chemistry?


                          Studies show that students learn when they can visualize the concept or see it in their minds; listen and watch teaching that is explained and easily understood; and then practice the concepts until they can do them on their own, proficiently. ChemExplained.com does this by students listening, focusing and engaging into the 345+ chemistry podcasts.

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                            Q12: How many worksheets are given in ChemExplained.com over the course?


                            There are 120 worksheets in all for students to practice and understand the key chemistry concepts. These worksheets can also be used as formative assessments to check for student understanding. All the worksheets relate to and are pertinent to the material learned in the podcasts and written in the student notes. The students aren’t taught one thing and then given a worksheet on something else.

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                              Q13: Does ChemExplained.com meet state and national educational standards in chemistry?


                              Yes. All worksheets, tests, and other materials in ChemExplained.com meet state and ACS standards and guidelines for chemistry in education.

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                                Q14: What information can I access at ChemExplained.com without logging in?

                                  1. Right now without registering for a Login to ChemExplained.com you can at no cost:
                                  1. Select OUTLINE in the menu bar for a complete outline of all 20 chapters covered.
                                  2. Select LEARN MORE in the menu bar to watch short introductory podcasts about the website.
                                  3. Select FREE TRIAL in the menu bar to try out Chapter 1 Student and Teacher resources for free.

                                – Included in the free trial you will find:
                                – Student Notes and Worksheets.
                                – A total of 8 Chapter 1 Podcast Lessons
                                – Answer Keys for the Student Worksheets.
                                – Answer Key for Chapter 1 Test.
                                – A Test Explanation Podcast covering the Chapter 1 Test.

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                                  Q15: What information can I access at ChemExplained.com with a 1 year purchase?

                                    1. With a 1 year purchase you can:
                                  1. Select LOGIN in the menu bar and enter your Username and Password for private access.
                                  2. Select STUDENT in the menu bar and choose any Chapter from 1 to 20.
                                    – Select the RESOURCE button to download the Student Notes and Worksheets to your computer, tablet or mobile device.
                                    – Print paper copies of the downloaded PDF file documents.
                                    – Select the PODCASTS button to see all the Podcasts for the Chapter.
                                    – Select each video Podcast to watch in sequence.
                                    – Watch, listen, follow along and fill in the Student Notes sheets as the teacher explains the lesson during each video Podcast.
                                  3. Select TEACHER in the menu bar and choose any Chapter from 1 to 20.
                                    – Select the RESOURCE button to download the Answer Keys to your computer, tablet or mobile device.
                                    – Print paper copies of the downloaded PDF file documents.
                                    – Select the PODCAST button for the Chapter Test Explanation video.
                                    – Watch, listen, follow along as the teacher explains the Chapter Test answers in a video Podcast.

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                                    Q16: How do I purchase full access to ChemExplained.com on line?

                                    1. Write down your valid email address, a unique user name and password as you will need this in the following steps:
                                    2. Select Register in the menu bar and fill in the Register Form.
                                      – Add your Username, Email, First Name and Last Name
                                      – Click the Register Button
                                      – Your information will be on record at ChemExplained.com
                                    3. Look for an Email from ChemExplained.com
                                      – Find and open the Email from Chemexplained.com then Click on the link provided in the email.
                                    4. Your web browser should open the Reset Password Form
                                      – Enter your unique password
                                      – Click the Reset Password Button
                                    5. Click the Login link
                                    6. Enter your Email address or Username
                                      – Enter your personal Password
                                      – Click the Login Button
                                    7. Once you are Logged in you will see a Welcome Screen and more menu options
                                    8. Select PURCHASE in the menu bar
                                      -Click the Buy Now with Paypal Link.
                                      – Read and Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
                                      -Click the AGREE button.
                                    9. Review the final purchase price.
                                      – Click on the PAY PAL CHECKOUT Button and you will proceed to the PAYPAL Secure Site for purchase.
                                    10. After purchase you will be returned to ChemExplained.com and will have full paid access.

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                                      Q17: How do I use the Student Notes and Worksheets for each Chapter?

                                        1. Once the Student Notes are downloaded from ChemExplained.com and printed out, they are used as a self study guide in the following manner:
                                        1. A STAR symbol followed by a Title in the notes indicates it is now time to watch a Lesson Podcast on line.
                                          – Login to ChemExplained.com and watch the Podcast covering the same Title as identified in the notes
                                          – The Student will actively fill in the notes along with the Instructor.
                                          – The student can pause or replay the Podcast as needed
                                          – Each Podcast will last from 8 to 15 minutes and there are 2 to 4 Podcasts per Unit
                                        2. A BOXED area identifies a Chemistry Worksheet and the Chapter number and subject are shown.
                                          – When the student has listened and filled in their notes to this point, the student’s assignment is to complete the worksheet.
                                        3. When notes and worksheets are complete use the Answer Keys to correct them
                                          – Prepare for the Chapter Test by reviewing Notes, Worksheets and even portions of the Chapter Podcasts.
                                          – Download and print out the Chapter Test and use the Answer Key to correct it
                                          – Login to ChemExplained.com to watch the Test Explanation Podcast for the Chapter

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                                        Q18: Why should I purchase ChemExplained.com?

                                          1. CHEMEXPLAINED.COM…
                                          1. was developed after 1000’s of hours of chemistry teaching and student feedback over 35+ years
                                          2. has the structure, the rigor and the teaching that is needed for students to successfully learn and understand chemistry at the high school level
                                          3. has the flexibility of being accessible from many electronic devices including computers, iPads and smartphones
                                          4. is a great way for chemistry to be taught, explained and understood by the students in home schools, public schools, private schools, charter schools and online schools
                                          5. is a proven, time-tested chemistry curriculum that has guaranteed student success at the next academic level in a student’s educational career.

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                                          Q19: Is there a math pre-requisite for ChemExplained.com?

                                            1. Students should successfully complete Algebra 1. We teach the math they need to know from there, in our curriculum, as they learn chemistry

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