Course Syllabus SC72 

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the scientific method to solve problems.
  • Classify matter.
  • Use the metric system to collect data.
  • Perform calculations using dimensional analysis.
  • Utilize proportional reasoning to solve myriad problems.
  • Describe the structure of atoms in models of ever-increasing complexity.
  • Use the rules of nomenclature to name compounds and write formulas.
  • Identify molar relationships.
  • Classify and balance equations.
  • Perform stoichiometric calculations.
  • Describe the states of matter using particle models.
  • Describe energy's role in physical and chemical processes.
  • Predict the behavior of gases.
  • Utilize particle models to explain group and periodic trends.
  • Compare ionic and covalent bonding.
  • List the properties of solutions.
  • Explain the formation of solutions.
  • Predict shifts in equilibrium and calculate equilibrium constants.
  • Use probability to explain energy flow and particle movement.
  • Relate acid-base chemistry to systems in or reaching equilibrium.
  • Identify the characteristics of oxidation-reduction reactions.

Note:  The list of objectives is subject to modification as determined by the instructor.

Materials Needed: 

    • A pocket folder (one side for references, one side for current materials)
    • A spiral, college-ruled notebook
    • Graph paper 
    • Loose-leaf paper
    • Pencils
    • Red pen
    • Scientific calculator (A good one for this class is the TI-30X.)
    • Goggles (I have plenty you can borrow.)


Addison-Wesley Chemistry, 5th ed., Prentice Hall, 2000


Study Habits, Assignments and Assessment:

  • Approximately 30-60 minutes of study or homework will be required each night.
  • Assignments are cumulative; it is necessary and essential to keep up with all assigned work. 
  • Collaborative group discussions, problem solving and laboratory work will be incorporated into many lessons.
  • Homework will be checked regularly and in a variety of ways including but not limited to the following:
      • collected and graded for accuracy (one or more problems)
      • collected and checked for completion
      • stamped for completion
      • checked during whiteboard discussions
      • checked with answer keys
  • Homework quizzes may be given over assignments that are not collected
  • Frequent formative assessments will be given

The student will not know ahead of time whether an assignment will be collected or a quiz will be given.  Furthermore, if an assignment is collected, the student will not know ahead of time if it will be graded for accuracy.  Therefore, it is important that all assignments are done to the best of the student's ability.


Exams and Summative Assessment:

  • Objective packets will be collected on days exams are given.
  • Unit exams will be of mixed format (multiple choice, fill-in-the blank, true or false, short answer, simulated lab, essay) and will be cumulative.
  • Exams will comprise the majority of the student's grade.


Attendance and Absences:

Students must adhere to the Make-Up Policy regarding making up missed work when absences are excused.  Unexcused absences result in loss of credit for missed assignment.  The Make-Up Policy will be discussed separately from this syllabus.  Missed assignments, labs, quizzes and tests must be made up during office hours or by appointment.


Late Work:

Late assignments will be accepted up to the unit test for up to mastery's points. Deadlines for work are announced each quarter. Details on what is considered a late assignment are discussed in the Make-Up Policy.



  • Homework assignments are typically worth 5 points.
  • Announced quizzes are worth between 5 and 10 points but most quizzes will be formative assessments that are not counted for points.
  • Unit objective packets are worth 10 points.
  • Exams are worth 100 points.


Grading Scales:

90-100%          A

80-89%            B

70-79%            C

60-69%            D

Below 60%      F


Behavior Expectations:

  • Students are expected to be respectful at all times.
  • Cheating will not be tolerated.  All parties involved in cheating will receive a zero on the assignment or test and may be referred to the administration.
  • No cell phones, iPods (or similar), gaming devices or game-playing on graphing calculators will be allowed during instructional time.  If electronic devices such as these pose a distraction to the class or to the instructor, they will be confiscated.
  • Red Mountain High School expectations will be upheld as outlined in the student handbook.