Honors Chemistry

Course Syllabus 2017-2018

Course 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/Pens
    • Goggles (I have plenty you can borrow.)

Text: 

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

Study Habits, Daily Work and Quizzes:

  • 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:

  • 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.

Absences:

Students have 3 days to turn in or make up missing work from an excused absence. Work missed from an unexcused absence is considered late.

Late Assignments:

Late assignments will be accepted for full credit up to the day of the unit exam permitting it is completed during Lion Time. Work turned in without tutoring or attending Lion Time is accepted up to the day of the unit exam will earn a maximum of 50%.

Evaluation/Grading 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.
  • Labs vary between 10 and 50 points

The grade you see on the portal is a weighted grade. Your weighted grade is calculated with assessment (anything I grade for accuracy) at 80%, homework (anything given completion points but not graded for accuracy) at 10% and research project (culminating over both semesters) at 10%.

Grading Scale:

90-100%          A

80-89%            B

70-79%            C

60-69%            D

Below 60%      F

Behavior Guidelines:

  • 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.