Welcome to Chemistry 2017-2018

Chemistry affects every aspect of our lives every day. From the breakfast you eat in the morning to the TV you watch at night. Chemistry is everywhere. In this course, we will be studying the basics of chemistry. You will learn about how energy changes affect matter through both physical (thermal and interaction energies) and chemical (breaking and reforming bonds). Scholars learn nomenclature, balancing chemical equations, mathematical processes including conversions, density, heat capacity, mole equations, stoichiometry, and gas equations. The process of scientific discovery is explored through the history of the atomic theory development and the men and women important to this process. Topics in acids, bases, reaction rates, nuclear chemistry, and basic organic chemistry are explored. Daily activities, labs, and lab reports, as well as modeling techniques of drawing what the particles and energy are doing are used to obtain not only hands-on but minds-on understanding.

Text/Required Materials:

  • Black or blue pens for daily use and a green or red pen for corrections.
  • Calculator (This can be a simple 4-function calculator or a graphing calculator)
  • Composition notebook devoted solely to chemistry
  • 1 1/2 - 2" 3-ring binder to keep all handouts/labs/etc. organized
  • Highlighters, at least 3 colors
  • Colored pencils will be helpful also

Grades will be based on the following:

Citizenship: 10%
Classwork/Homework: 10%
Tests/Projects: 30%
Quizzes: 20%
Lab Reports: 30%


ยท This grade will be given once a week and is based on your behavior in class.

Classwork and Homework

  • There will be lots. Chemistry is not a spectator sport. In order to understand it and do well, you must work at it. There will be many opportunities to practice what we are learning in class. I highly recommend you take all the practice opportunities available. Many of the problems and situations we work on in class and in practice will show up again on tests and quizzes.
  • Each assignment turned in must be neat and readable and it must have your name on it. If I cannot read it or if your name is not on it, I will not grade it.


  • Tests will be given at the culmination of a unit, at the end of the first semester and at the end of the year. Test days will be announced at least one week in advance.


  • There will be frequent quizzes. Very frequent. These will generally be based entirely on the practice problems given you. If you do the problems given for practice, you will do well on the quizzes.

Laboratory Reports

  • Every laboratory activity will require a write-up. The write ups will vary from lab to lab so be sure you understand what is required for each lab.


  • There will be at least one project every semester and these carry the same weight as a test.

Late Work Policy:

Homework is an important part of the learning process and is designed to provide practice and review materials. The assignments are designed to be completed in conjunction with what is being taught in class. In order to accomplish these purposes, it is to be turned in on time so that students are able to participate in classroom discussions, assignments, and activities. This means having homework complete and in the folder when the bell rings. Late work will be marked down 50%. To keep students from falling too far behind, late assignments will only be accepted during the current unit.

Academic Integrity:

You are expected to be honest. Cheating on a test or a quiz will result in an F for all persons involved and a log entry.
Plagiarism is defined as" the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own." This means not only copying something from the Internet but also copying homework or an assignment from a fellow scholar. It is expected that you will do all of your own work and not just copy someone else's. Any cases of plagiarism will result in a zero for all parties involved and a log entry.