2019-2020 Chemistry Syllabus (link to Word Document)
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Forest High School
Room D141 Ext. 58547
Chemistry is the study of matter and its changes. In this course, we will explore atoms, properties of matter, changes in matter, bonding, chemical equations, types of reactions, the Periodic Table, writing chemical formulas, naming chemical compounds, electromagnetic radiation, gas laws and reaction rates.
Chemistry is all around us. We use chemicals, wear chemicals, and eat chemicals. This course will enable us to explain why salt disappears in water, why iron rusts, why solutions change color and why certain reactions happen faster than others.
You will be listening to lectures, (and taking notes), working in a laboratory, collaborating with your peers in small groups, and demonstrating what you have learned in a variety of ways, including quizzes, tests, lab reports, class projects, and class discussions.
Materials Needed for Class:
A folder with pockets
A calculator (I have a class set if you need to use one.)
1. Come to class on time
2. Come to class prepared (with pencil, notebook & folder)
3. No eating food of any kind in class.
4. Each student may have ONE (1) beverage, as long as it is 16 oz or less, and has a cover (lid, cap, etc.)
5. No cell phone use of any kind. This includes ear phones, ear buds, Bluetooth, etc. This will be strictly enforced. Do NOT enter class with a cell phone out. You will not be permitted to enter class until cell phones and all listening devices (ear buds, etc) have been put away.
6. Be respectful of others at all times.
10% Class participation: come prepared to class, try to answer questions, engage in class discussions, do not sleep during class, do not disrupt others from learning
50% Exams & Quizzes
40% Lab Reports and Class Projects
As your teacher, I will decide where you sit. Your assigned seat can be changed at any time to better facilitate learning in the classroom. If you wear glasses, make sure you wear them to class so that you can see the board. If you are asked to move your seat at any time, please do so quietly and without argument. Failure to do so will result in a referral to discipline and removal from the classroom. If you are unhappy with your seat, please let me know and I will make the appropriate accommodations.
If you need to use the bathroom, please raise your hand and ask politely to leave the classroom Only one person at a time may use the restroom. You must sign out (name & time), bring the “RESTROOM” pass with you, and upon your return, sign back in (time.) A bathroom pass may only be used to go the bathroom. You may NOT go to a vending machine, guidance, the office, etc. During an exam, you must leave your cell phone at the teacher’s desk.
Laboratory activities will take place in our classroom, and on occasion, in a different lab. You must sign the Safety Agreement to work in the lab. On a day in which we are working in the lab, all long hair must be tied back, and no open toed shoes are allowed. You are expected to conduct yourself in a respectful manner in the laboratory at all times. Any display of unsafe behavior will result in immediate removal from class and possible suspension from any future labs for the remainder of the year.
Any student who is absent must take responsibility to see me about missing/make up work.
Topics Covered for the 2019-2020 School Year
The following is a framework that coordinates with our new McGraw Hill Textbook and also the Marion County Public School Curriculum Documents. Each unit covered include essential questions, key learning statements, vocabulary, items for students to know and do, laboratory experiments where appropriate, and both formative and summative assessments.
QUARTER 1 (week of Aug 12-Oct 14)
Introduction to Chemistry
Branches of Chemistry
Scientific Inquiry & Approach
Fundamental Base Units
Rules for Significant Figures
Conversion Factors (Dimensional Analysis)
Error: Percent, Accepted, Experimental
Historical Development of Atomic Models: Greek Model, Dalton, Rutherford, Bohr Atomic Number, Mass Number, Isotope, Ions
QUARTER 2 (Oct 21-Dec 9)
Cations, Anions, Ionic Bonds, Crystal Lattic
Fixed vs. Variable Charge
Single, double, triple bonds
Hydrogen in acids
Binary & Tertiary acids
QUARTER 3 (Jan 6 – Mar 16)
Finish Covalent Molecules & bonding
Balancing Equations – Law of Conservation of Mass
Types of Reactions
Combination/Synthesis, Single & Double Replacement, Decomposition, Combustion
Mass-Mass, Mass-Mole, Mole-Mass, Mole-Mole
QUARTER 4 (Mar 23-May 23)
States of Matter – Phase Changes, Exothermic vs. Endothermic Reactions
Gas Laws – Boyle, Charles, Gay-Lussac, Combined, Ideal (*H)
Review for LEOC
I understand this syllabus and will do my best to follow rules and cooperative in class.
I understand this syllabus and will do my best to enable my child to be successful in this class.
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