Chemistry Sylabus

August 22, 2008

Chemistry Syllabus

Chemistry I and II

Course Purpose: Chemistry is meant to give you the student a firm grounding in the interaction of matter around them. They will be able to use this knowledge to become better consumers, more informed voters and have the ability to advance themselves in the sciences in their higher education

Goals:( SCHOOL GOAL #2) My goal is to have the students understand chemistry well enough to be able to use this knowledge to be aware of the chemicals they ingest, apply or purchase and properly use them to protect themselves and the environment. To build a foundation of knowledge that will allow them, if they want, to pursue a science education or a well paying technological job.

Course Coverage:

I) Scientific method (2wk) II) Chemical bonding (3wk)

Matter (3wk) Solids, liquids and Gases (3wk) Atomic structure (3wk) Reaction rate (4wk)

Periodic table (3wk) Acids and Bases (4wk)

Chemical reactions (4wk) Oxidation Reduction (2wk)

If time allow we will also introduce Biochemistry and electrochemistry.

Course expectations;

Methodology: lecture-discussion, group laboratories, written assignments, field trips, guest lectures and individual projects.

Philosophy; All my students are good thinkers and will be allowed to use this skill to succeed in my class. Lab activities and lectures will be student centered and will stress critical thinking. I expect that all students will succeed in my class. (SCHOOL GOAL #5)

Homework: Homework will be assigned three to four times per week and tests will be given about every two weeks. Home work is due the next class day unless otherwise noted. Late assignments will be docked 10%. Tests may only be made up if the student presents a valid excuse the day they return to class.�

Grading Policy:

Grading policy: my grades are based on a point accumulation with 20% homework and projects, 40% for tests and quizzes, 30% lab notebooks and 10% class participation.

To get an A, a student must have completed their lab notebook with all data and conclusions, do the vast majority of homework and get 80%(90% honors) cumulative on tests.

To get a B. a student must have a complete notebook with all data and most conclusions, do the majority of assigned homework and score 65%(80% honors) cumulative on tests.

To get a C a student must have a notebook showing most data and most of the conclusions, do most of the assigned homework and get 50%(70% honors) or better on tests.

To get a D, a student must have a lab book with most data and over half the conclusions, do better than 50 % of the homework and get better than 40%(60% honors) on the tests.

To get an F a student must not do at least half their conclusions in their lab notebook, not do half the assigned homework or score 40%(50% honors) or below cumulative on the tests and quizzes.

Extra credit readings are always available to students wishing to improve their standing. A student who shows a willingness to apply his/her self in my class will not fail my course. I believe that everyone can succeed. If you wish to contact me I am available at Galileo by calling 749-3430 ext 3103. Progress reports will be posted on school loop approximately every two weeks.

Classroom Rules

1) All school rules apply in my classroom. Please do not eat, chew gum, wear hats or bring in electronic devices.

2) Get permission to speak by raising your hand.

3) Don’t roam the room. Find your seat and be in it when the bell rings.

4) NO DIS’N!! be polite and courteous at all times in my class.


1) A verbal warning to stop the behavior.

2) A second warning and a session with the student after class hours.

3) A call home to speak with the parent or guardian.

4) Referral to Dean.

5) Parent conference on the school site during school hours before student is allowed to return to class.

Homework: It is the student’s responsibility to hand homework in on time. I will have a folder in the front of the class for homework. Homework must be placed in the folder within the first 10 minutes of class or it is late.

Materials: Students need to bring to class a laboratory notebook of at least 70 pages which is used solely for chemistry labs, paper, pencil or paper, their book and a binder or folder to keep class notes and handouts in.

Parent and Student Contract signatures:

I have read and understand the expectations outlined above:

Parent or Guardian Student:


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