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    Required Materials

    Pencils/Pens

    Notebook Paper (preferably reinforced)

    Colored Pencils (to be left at home)

    Pocket Folder

    Headphones – For Computer Use

    Textbook: Chemistry

     

     Classroom and Laboratory Code of Conduct

    I promise to:

    • Be respectful of all individuals, equipment, and furnishings of the classroom.  This means, if one person is talking, I will listen and wait my turn to speak. 
    • Refrain from eating or drinking in class (with the exception of water).
    • Clean up after myself.  Put the desks back as they were at the beginning of class; take my trash with me, etc.
    • Be prepared and ready to work when the bell rings.  This includes: being seated, with pen or pencil and paper at the beginning of the period. 
    • Listen and follow directions the first time I hear them.
    • Remain in my seat until the teacher dismisses me from class.
    • Use appropriate classroom language and an appropriate volume at all times.  There will be no name-calling.
    • Follow all safety procedures set forth for lab and class activities.  Failure to follow safety rules will result in a failure for that activity.
    • Follow all additional rules explained in the student handbook.

     

    Student Responsibilities

    I understand that:

    • All assignments are due on time at the beginning of the period.  I will not be permitted to leave the classroom to get an assignment.  If it is not in class and complete at the beginning of the period, it will be counted as late.  Late assignments will only be accepted one day late for 50%. 
    • Assignments missed due to absence will earn full credit when handed in within 2 weeks following an absence.
    • Plagiarism and cheating will not be tolerated.  If either occurs, it will result in a loss of credit for the item in question.
    • Supplies needed for class or lab must be brought to class each day and not doing so may result in loss of credit for the day’s activity.

     

    Course Content

      • Atomic Origins
      • Atomic Structure
      • The Periodic Table
      • Intermolecular Forces
      • Chemical Reactions
      • Gases
      • Thermochemistry
      • Acids & Bases
      • Kinetics & Equilibrium
      • Properties of Matter & Solutions
      • Mole Calculations & Stoichiometry
      • Ionic & Covalent Bonding


     Grading Policy

    Grades will be calculated using a total points system.  Each activity will have an assigned point value.  At the end of the marking period, all of the student’s earned points will be added together and divided by the number of possible points available during the marking period.  The percentage calculated will determine the student’s marking period grade. 

     Marking period grades will include grades from tests, quizzes, projects, labs, class work, and homework.  As per department policy, 35% of students’ grades will consist of tests and projects, 25% will consist of quizzes, 15% will consist of homework, and 25% will consist of class participation and class assignments.

     

    Homework

    • One way that you can accomplish success in Chemistry is to try your hardest on your homework assignments.
    • They will not be graded; but, they provide an invaluable tool to help you learn the material in this class. Homework, especially in Chemistry, gives you an opportunity to practice skills that are taught in class.  It also provides you a chance to reflect on what you know and what you still need help with. 
    • When homework is given, the answers will also be given so that you can check to make sure the assignments are being done correctly. Answers will be posted on Google Classroom along with the slides from that day’s instruction.
    • If you have any questions on the homework assignments, you must post a comment asks a specific question on that assignment.  If you post a question, we will address that question in class.
    • If you are completely confused by the homework, you should post a comment that states, “I need extra help before school,” and come for help before school.
    • The homework portion of your grade will be based on homework quizzes that will be taken in class.

     

    Tests

    • Tests will be announced a couple of days before they are given. 
    • Students may retake tests when it is necessary. 
    • Retakes will not be given during class time, so an appointment must be made.
    • Prior to a retake, students must fill out a form to request the retake.  Extra help should also be arranged so that the grade is improved.
    • Students are not required to take the retake if they are happy with their original grade.  It should be noted that the retake may not be the same format as the original test; however, it will cover the same material.

     

    Questions and Concerns

    Please feel free to meet with me outside of class if you are having problems.  Should you have questions before a test, concerns about a project, or trouble with an assignment, don’t be afraid to sit down to talk about it.  E-mail me or track me down to set up an appointment to get together.  I am more than happy to meet with you.