Ms Caparas’s Chemistry Syllabus

Ms Caparas’s
Chemistry Syllabus

Welcome to Chemistry! This a a two-semester course that emphasizes the major concepts of chemical science (aligned with the California Curriculum Standards), as well as the scientific method, problem solving, group work and laboratory safety.

CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARDS:

ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR STRUCTURE
1. The periodic table displays the elements in increasing atomic number and shows how periodicity of the physical and chemical properties of the elements relates to atomic structure.
CHEMICAL BONDS
2. Biological,  chemical, and physical properties of matter result from the ability of atoms to form bonds from electrostatic forces between electrons and protons and between atoms and molecules.
CONSERVATION OF MATTER AND STOICHIOMETRY
3. The conservation of atoms in chemical reactions leads to the principle of conservation of matter and the ability to calculate the mass of products and reactants.
GASES AND THEIR PROPERTIES
4. Their kinetic molecular theory describes the motion of atoms and molecules and explains the properties of gases.
ACIDS AND BASES
5. Acids, bases, and salts are three classes of compounds that form ions in water solutions.
SOLUTIONS
6. Solutions are homogenous mixtures of two or more substances.
CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS
7. Energy is exchanged or transformed in all chemical reactions and physical changes of matter.
REACTION RATES
8. Chemical reaction rates depend on factors that influence the frequency of collision of reactant molescules.
CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM:
9. Chemical equilibrium is a dynamic process at the molecular level.
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
10. The bonding characteristics of carbon allow the formation of many different organic molecules of varied sizes, shapes, and chemical properties and provide the biochemical basis of life.
NUCLEAR PROCESSES
11. Nuclear processes are those in which an atomic nucleus changes, including radioactive decay of naturally occurring and human-made isotopes, nuclear fission, and nuclear fusion.

 

EXPECTED SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING RESULTS:
1. Every student will be able to use new technologies.
2. Every student will use the internet.
3. Every student will contribute effectively on a team.
4. Every student will write and speak technically.
5. Every student will analyze primary and secondary sources of data.

MATERIALS NEEDED:
3-ringed binder with 4 dividers (Class Notes, Classwork/HW, Lab Reports, Tests/Quizzes)
electronic scientific calculator, binder paper, pens, pencils, eraser, ruler, colored pencils or crayons, white-out

GRADING POLICY:
Grades are based on the point system. The passing score is 60% of the total points earned in a grading period.
A                           91-100
B                           81-  90
C                           71-  80
D                          60-  70
F                              0-   59

BASIS OF GRADE:
Classwork/HW                        30%
Lab Reports                              20%
Tests/Quizzes                           20%
Class Participation                 10%
Final Exam/ Project              20%

Class participation includes positive contribution in class, behavior and attendance. Excellent citizenship gets 10% extra points from the total points earned in a grading period.
Late work due to an excused absence should be turned in a day or two after the student comes back to school. Every late work will be deducted 3 points.
Tutorial and make-up work can be done during lunch or after school after scheduling with the teacher.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
1. Come to class on time. Be properly seated before the bell rings.
2. Bring materials to class daily.
3. Observe proper behavior at all times. (School Code of Conduct)
4. Follow directions carefully specially during the lab. The Lab Safety Rules form must be signed by both parent and student.
5. Please FOCUS! No drinks, food, gum. No hats, Ipods, cell phones, etc. No combing or putting make-up during class.

CONSEQUENCES IN FAILURE TO MEET THE CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:
1. Verbal warning from the teacher
2. Phone call home (failure in class, poor academic performance, unacceptable behavior, too many unexcused absences or tardies)
3. Referral to the dean (severe disruption, rude behavior, defiance)
4. Parent conference with the counselor or dean

FAMILY PARTICIPATION:
Parents and guardians are encouraged to come to school during parent conferences and Back to School Night. You are also encouraged to call the school at (415) 749-3430 for all concerns regarding your child’s education. The school appreciates your cooperation and active participation to ensure the success of your child.


Dear Ms Caparas,

I, ___________________________________________,of _________ and my parent/guardian have read the syllabus. We support the rules and policies in your classroom. My child will obey and follow the said rules and policies to the best of his/her ability.

 

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