Mr. Ross Pagel
General Chemistry SC71

General Chemistry Syllabus 2017-2018

Instructor:       Mr. Pagel

Contact Information:  Room 415



Behavior Expectations

If your student chooses to NOT follow rules, they could receive: a verbal warning, confiscation, working detention, parent-teacher conference, or referral.  It should not be assumed that all infractions will start with a verbal warning.  Serious infractions will receive serious consequences.


The Red Mountain Way

The Red Mountain Way is built as a PBIS system. PBIS – Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports – is an internationally recognized framework for addressing behavior in a way that creates positive social, emotional, and academic outcomes for students.

The three pillars of the Red Mountain Way are Courage, Respect, and Influence. Throughout the year, students will be receiving information about each part of the Red Mountain Way which includes teaching expectations, an incentive system, and a structured intervention system. As a part of this system, Red Mountain teachers will be actively working to recognize students who are demonstrating expected behaviors and providing additional supports for those who struggle. Additional information about the Red Mountain Way is available on the Red Mountain webpage ( All behaviors in this class will be addressed in accordance with the Red Mountain Way procedures.

Materials Needed

·       college-ruled loose leaf paper

·       graph paper

·       pencils, pens (black or dark blue only)

·       one black white board marker

Study Habits, Daily Work and Quizzes

·       Expect practice work daily. The curriculum is cumulative thus it builds on the preceding concept; 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.

·       Practice work will be checked regularly and in a variety of ways, including but not limited to

o   collected and graded for accuracy (one or more problems)

o   collected and checked for completion

o   checked during whiteboard discussions

o   checked with answer keys

o   checked through homework quizzes


Students 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.


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.

Unit exams will be given approximately every 2-4 weeks and will comprise the majority of the student's grade

Make-Up Policy:

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 assignments.  The Make-Up Policy is described separately from this syllabus.  For details, click the link for Make-Up/Late Work Policy.


A zero or MI (Missing) will be given in the gradebook until the assignment/lab/project has been turned in.  If left blank, it gives the student a false sense of their true grade at that time. 

It is expected students complete ALL assignments. 

Make-Up Days/Tutoring:

  • Tests and quizzes need an appointment to make up.
  • Tutoring with appointment either before school, Lion Time or at Lunch.


  • Handouts from missed assignments can be found on CANVAS.  After you have found this, you may talk to me for appointments for missed quizzes, labs, assignments or tests.  Some assignments may have tutorials that you can also find on CANVAS.

Late Assignments

Late assignments will be accepted for mastery.    Late work must be completed prior to the unit test to which the assignment applies.


No extra-credit is available so completing all work is essential.


The semester point distribution will generally be as follows:

  • Assignments      10 %                                 
  • Assessments      90%                            1st & 2nd Quarter combined:   Approximately    80%
    (Assessments can be in the form of                         Semester Final:   Approximately    20%
  •   either formative assessments, quizzes,                   Final Grade:                       `          100%
      test, etc.) 

 The grading scale is as follows:

          90-100%      =       A

          80-89%        =       B

          70-79%        =       C

          60-69%        =       D

             <59%         =       F

Rounding:  a semester grade may be rounded up (ie 89.5 becomes 90) permitting there are NO missing assignments for the grading period.  Quarter grades and progress reports are not rounded.


  • You will be expected to fill out a TARDY FORM whenever you are late.
  • School Tardy policy will be enforced.

You will be able to access grades online.  It is your responsibility to make sure you & your parents have access to it.  Check regularly.  Do not wait until the end of the semester.             

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.

·       No food or drink (other than water)

·       Red Mountain High School expectations will be upheld as outlined in the student handbook.

Restroom Passes:

Students will be expected to sign out and sign in when using a restroom pass.  They must carry the pass & lanyard with them, as their restroom pass.  Students are expected to be back to the room within 5 minutes.

The restroom privilege can be revoked if a student abuses the restroom privilege.


  • Cell phones are strictly forbidden, unless specifically given permission by the teacher.  If I detect the use of your cell phone I will confiscate it and you will need to retrieve it at a later time. If a cell phone is visible on a test day, regardless of whether you have turned in your test, you will receive a zero on your test with no option to make it up.
  • Students are expected to place their cell phones in the bins provided, that are located on their desk.  
  • Graphing calculators may not be used for game play, other devices designed for game play are prohibited.

Chemistry is designed as a study of general inorganic chemistry for the college-bound student.  Major emphasis will be placed on the scientific method, experimental design, and critical thinking.

Course Objectives:

1.             Use the scientific method to solve problems.

2.             Use the metric system to collect data.

3.             Perform calculations using dimensional analysis.

4.          Describe and determine physical and chemical properties of a substance through observation, measurement and experimentation.

5.             Separate mixtures of substances based on their physical and chemical properties.

6.             Use models of atomic and molecular structure to explain properties of matter.

7.             Use the periodic table to predict properties of elements and compounds.

8.             Use the law of conservation of matter to explain the quantitative relationship between reactants and products in chemical reactions.

9.             Classify and balance chemical equations.

10.           Quantify the mass relationships between reactants and products in chemical reactions.

11.            Identify molar relationships.

12.           Demonstrate the use of conceptual models in science as in formula, diagrams, graphs, electron dot diagrams, and kinetic molecular theory.

13.           Describe physical interactions of matter and energy as in Gas laws, Boyle's’, Charles’, Combined, Ideal, phase change, and kinetic molecular theory, melting point, and freezing point.

14.            Perform Stoichiometric calculations.

15.            Identify heat transfer in systems according to thermochemistry.

If you have any questions about anything contained in this syllabus, please contact me.