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Course Description :
Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes, so a textbook states. In this course we will attempt to explore our fascinating world through the study of chemistry. We will look at things in nature and attempt to understand how and maybe why these things. The goal of this course is to help us look at this amazing world of ours in a “different” way. We will use logical approaches to the solutions of many types of problems, theoretical and mathematical. We will take an inquiry / lab approach to the topics of Chemistry. Proper lab attire is required to perform labs.
Time ‑ Line: This number of blocks is flexible and will probably change.
Chapter 1: Chemistry: The Study of Change
Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Chapter 3: Mass Relationships in Chemical Reactions
Chapter 7: Quantum Theory and the Electron Structure of the Atom
Chapter 8: Periodic Relationship Among the Elements
Chapter 9: Chemical Bonding I – Basic Concepts
Chapter 10: Chemical Bonding II – Molecular Geometry and Hybridization
Chapter 5: Gases
Chapter 23: Nuclear Chemistry
Text: Chang, Raymond- Chemistry 9th Edition
Your grade will be based on the total number of points you earn divided by the total number of points possible. This number will then be multiplied by 100 to give a percentage. Please refer to your student handbook for the grading scale.
Example : Suppose you earn 654 points the first quarter and the total possible points is 750. Your grade will be computed as follows :(654 / 750) x 100 = 87%
Here are the different opportunities to earn points !!!!
100 ‑ 150 pts. Tests ‑ Final14% of final grade Comprehensive ‑ announced and unannounced10 ‑ 25 pts. Quizzes
24 ‑ 99 pts. Quests (Think about it)
50 ‑ 100 pts. Lab Reports and Lab Techniques (Practicals)
20 pts. Media Reports - See directions posted under media reports
5 pts. Homework ‑ Refer to the Science Department Homework Policy at the bottom of this page
NO LATE WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR POINTS !!!!!
HELPFUL HINT #1 : A scientific calculator is not required, however it will make your life more pleasant. Calculators will be provided for tests and assignments IN class. I STRONGLY suggest you invest in a good calculator and LEARN HOW TO USE THE ‘EE’ BUTTON. If you have any questions on what type of calculator to purchase, please ask.
HELPFUL HINT #2 : Keep anything and everything graded for two reasons, a) this will help you keep track of your grade in case I make a mistake; b) your final is comprehensive and these materials will help you review and study.
HELPFUL HINT #3 : Study chemistry EVERY night for at least 15 ‑ 20 minutes or as much needed to understand the topic.
HELPFUL HINT #4 : Check my website for assignments, test dates, focus points, vocab and other valuable information.
Class expectations :
~ You are expected to keep a notebook for this class. This notebook should be a three ring binder, preferably. I will not collect or grade your classroom notebook. You are expected to have a notebook for laboratory work. This can be a simple composition notebook.
~ You are expected to be prepared for class each day. This entails bringing your book, notebook, calculator, pen/pencil and paper for notes. This also includes reading assigned text and trying homework problems. This means proper lab attire (closed toe shoes, tied back hair, safety glasses, aprons, gloves) is required to participate in lab~ You are expected to participate in class to the best of your ability. I expect you to show an honest effort the entire year.
Make ‑ Up Policy
If you are absent from school on the day a homework assignment is given, you will be given a number of days equal to the number of days you were absent to complete and turn in for credit all homework assignments missed during your absence. If the assignments are not completed in that time period, it will result in a zero for each assignment not completed and returned.
If you are absent from school on the day any assignment is collected, that assignment will be due the next day you are in school. If it is not turned in at that time, it will result in a zero for that assignment.
Late homework assignments will not be accepted and will be recorded as a zero. Lab reports that are turned in late will be recorded as a zero.
If you miss a quiz, lab, quest, or a test due to being absent from school, you will have one week from the day you return to class to make up the assignment. You may use the flex period to do so. If the assignment is not completed within this time period it will result in a zero for that assignment.
If you are going to miss class because of any extracurricular activity on the day an assignment is due or assigned, it is your responsibility to see me before the missed class. No extensions will be given for these assignments. They are due, with the rest of the class, when scheduled, just as if you were in class. This includes any tests, quizzes, quests or labs that may be scheduled.
If a test, quiz, quest or lab is missed due too an extracurricular activity, it will be made up in your next available flex or after school the following day. If it is not completed within this time period it will result in a zero for the assignment.
I RESERVE THE RIGHT TO ALTER ANY OF THE ABOVE SITUATIONS WHERE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCE WARRANT CONSIDERATION!HOMEWORK POLICY EASD SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
Homework Assignments meet the following description:
- Short term
- Typically assigned overnight
- Due at the beginning of the following / next class period
- May be randomly collected and evaluated
- Previewing (e.g. reading assignment; lab directions)
- Drill / Practice of learned skill (e.g. vocabulary, formula writing, genetic crosses)
- Summarizing lesson / concept
- Standards’ based
- May evaluate the actual assignment or give a short quiz based on the assignment (with or without using the homework assignment for reference)
- Homework assignments will not exceed 10% of quarter grade.
> 90% accuracy 5 points
> 80% accuracy 4 points
> 70% accuracy 3 points
> 60% accuracy 2 points
< 59% accuracy 1 point
no attempt 0 points
Point values may have a multiplier (e.g. x2) to even out the size and nature of assignments (estimated time required to complete assignment, number of vocabulary terms, number of questions, number of problems, etc.)