Chemistry Syllabus 2020-2021

Mr. Justin Sheets         Rm.414, Red Mountain High School       Email: 



Chemistry is the study of matter, its properties and the changes it undergoes.  As such, it is the basis of every other field of science. Chemistry plays a vital role in your daily life and the complex workings of the world we live in.  No field of science is complete without a basic knowledge of chemistry. In addition, the study of chemistry will help you learn how to think, how to apply information, how to solve problems and reason logically.  No matter what career aspiration you have, these skills will be vital to your success.


In this course, you will learn about the properties of matter and the transformations and interactions of matter and energy.  Central to chemistry is the interaction of one substance with another, such as in a chemical reaction, where a substance or substances are transformed into another.  Chemistry primarily studies atoms and collections of atoms such as molecules, crystals or metals that make up ordinary matter. Students will be able to see how the concepts we learn at the atomic and subatomic levels predict the macroscopic properties they see.


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



We will be starting this year with remote, online learning. When it is safe, we will transition to a modified in-person learning environment and eventually to in-person learning in our classroom. For information on remote learning at RMHS, please visit this webpage:

To access your lessons online, we will be using Canvas. For online learning at RMHS, you will need to log on to the Chemistry Canvas page each day in order to be marked present for attendance purposes. For each weekly unit, you will have a module to complete with at least one homework assignment or lab activity and a graded quiz. Each module will contain critical content for you to read as well as video tutorials and a practice quiz.

I will provide office hours each day so you can ask questions and I can help you with your learning. We will have regular online class sessions that will be scheduled in advance. I will let you know each week what the schedule will be and when all assignments are due.   


When it is safe to transition to modified in-person learning, you will be on campus on an alternating schedule on some days and working online at home on other days. For more information about modified in-person learning, please visit the following webpage:

On days when you are on campus, you will be marked present for attendance when you arrive daily and on time. On the days you are on campus, you will experience a typical school day with enhanced health and safety measures. On your remote learning days, you will be marked present when you log on to your Chemistry Canvas page.


Each quiz will be posted posted in Canvas. You will have the opportunity to take the quiz two times to improve your score. Material on these quizzes will come from any of the material we have covered in the online modules and the labs. To be successful on unit quizzes and tests, students should complete all worksheets, lab activities and videos. 

Unit tests will be given after each major unit of instruction. These will be posted on Canvas. You will have the opportunity to retake the unit test after completing a series of practice quizzes and obtaining a 100% on each quiz. Material on the unit test will mostly come from material in the unit we just covered, but there will also be a few questions from previous units.


Chemistry can be challenging, and you will learn something new every day. You will find it very difficult to learn the skills and knowledge to be successful in this course if you are absent frequently. The material we are learning is analytical and cumulative.  If you are absent due to illness or family responsibilities, please email me ( when you can. I will do everything I can to help you stay caught up.


If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to email me regarding making up any work and the timeline to do so. Students must adhere to the RMHS Make-Up Policy regarding making up missed work when absences are excused. (For details, please refer to the RMHS student handbook.)

Please know that I understand that everyone’s lives have been disrupted by this pandemic. I want to help you be successful in chemistry this year and I will do everything I can to provide you with the resources you need. If you are missing an assignment or a quiz, please email me ( and we will work it out together.

GRADING SCALE:  90-100%   = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% =   C; 60-69% =   D; Below 60% = F

SEMESTER GRADES: 80% Coursework; 20% Final Exam

COURSEWORK GRADES:  The 80% of your semester grade will be determined in the following percentages: Quizzes and tests: 70%; Labs, activities, and homework: 30%

This means that quizzes and tests are responsible for most of your grade in chemistry. You will have additional opportunities to take each quiz and test to get your best score. Take quizzes and tests seriously—study the material given in each module carefully and complete the practice quizzes. Take a look at each question you got wrong on the practice quiz each week and make sure you understand why it was wrong. If you have any questions, please email me or visit my site during office hours. Once you’ve done the practice quiz, as long as you understand the material, you should do well on the real quiz.


  • Students are always expected to be respectful of themselves, their peers and the teacher.
  • 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. Students are expected to do their own work.  Even when working in a group, students should use their own words.  I consider copying to be cheating and will give students a zero for copying. Please do your own work on all assignments and assessments. Remember the Red Mountain school motto is: Courage, Respect, and Influence. Respect yourself and others by always doing your own work.
  • Red Mountain High School expectations will be upheld as outlined in the student handbook.
  • When in-class learning begins, no gum, food or drinks (other than water bottles) will be allowed in class.
  • When in-class learning begins, no cell phones or headphones will be allowed to be used during class without permission.


I believe that chemistry is one of the most important and interesting fields of science because of its capacity to change the world we live in.  I will passionately share my love of chemistry with you and help prepare you for any career and college-level course that you decide to pursue.  You can expect me to give every bit of energy I have to help you be successful.


This is a college-prep course. As such, you will need to do your best work and be prepared to put in the time necessary to be successful.  My job is to help you understand the material and I promise to give 100% to that goal.  However, I can’t learn the material for you—you are solely responsible for your success! I am proud of you for making an investment in your future and taking on the challenge of Chemistry.  I expect you to be in class (or online), on time with your work, prepared each day, respectful of others, and willing to do your best every day.