SC72 - Honors Chemistry



Contact Information

:  Mrs. Virginia Doucett

Room 412




Welcome to Honors Chemistry!

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes.  This is important  because the way in which matter behaves is the basis for everything you see or do! You can get the most out of this class if you take the time to think about how the things we study affect you personally.  Approach the class with seriousness and an open mind and you will succeed and have fun!


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.


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
    • collected and graded for accuracy (one or more problems)
    • collected and checked for completion
    • checked during whiteboard discussions
    •   checked with answer keys
    • 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.
  • One retest is allowed on unit tests only if all of the unit’s work is turned in before the unit test.  Students must complete retest assignment(s) during their lunch prior to the retest.  It is also strongly encouraged to seek additional tutoring and/or perform test corrections prior to retesting.  The higher of the two grades is taken up to a maximum of 100%.


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 (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. 


Using the restroom

No student will be allowed to use the rest room the first 15 minutes of class or the last 15 minutes of class.  You must sign out/in when leaving the classroom.

I will check daily restroom logs for restroom use.  If you are frequently using the restroom you will be put on a restricted pass program and will only be allowed to use the restroom 2 times a quarter.



  • On lab days, students are expected to dress in appropriate attire. 
  • No gum chewing, food or drinks are allowed during lab.
  • All students will stand during labs.
  • Goggles must be worn until teacher announces that they can be taken off.
  • Students will be asked to leave the lab if the teacher notices any inappropriate behavior.


Late Assignments

Late assignments will be accepted at a maximum of 50%.   In order to receive full credit, students must complete the assignment in front of the teacher during lunch time.


Daily Agenda

  • At the beginning of each class you are expected to record the daily agenda as written on the whiteboard.  The daily agenda will include daily activities, important announcements, and a listing of homework assignments.  
  • Failure to copy down the daily agenda may result in missed homework, as I may not always mention the assignments in class.



  • Will be provided during lunch. It is the students’ responsibility to schedule a time with the teacher.
  • When you come in for tutoring, you must have specific questions, your notes, and the work you are trying to complete.
  • Tutoring is for students who are actively working toward improvement.  If you are not on-task during class (i.e. not completing work, not doing homework, on your phone/laptop, and/or socializing when you shouldn’t be) you are not encouraged to seek tutoring.  The first thing that needs to happen is that you must be an active learner in class – not during the teacher’s time during lunch.



Classwork – 80%      (comprised of 10% Homework, 10% Research Project, 20 % Labs, Assignments, 60% Assessments)  

Semester Final Exam - 20%

The grading scale is as follows:

90-100%     =     A

80-89%       =     B

70-79%       =     C

60-69%       =     D

<59%        =     F

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


Grade bumps

There will be no grade bumps during the semester - particularly at posting periods and at the end of the semester.  If students wish to have a higher grade, they must earn it. There are ample opportunities during the semester to improve grades (test retakes, resubmitting homework)

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 laptop/ graphing calculators will be allowed during instructional time.  Electronic devices such as these pose a distraction to the class and to the instructor, they will be confiscated.
  • No food or drink (other than water) in classroom.
  • Red Mountain High School expectations will be upheld as outlined in the student handbook.


Course Objectives

This course is designed as a study of general inorganic chemistry.  Major emphasis will be placed on scientific inquiry, critical thinking, and effective communication.

1.    Define “chemistry” and describe its main branches.

2.    Use scientific methods to solve problems.

3.    Use the metric system to collect data.

4.    Perform calculations using dimensional analysis.

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

6.    Distinguish between physical and chemical properties and changes.

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

8.    Interpret symbols and formulas in terms of numbers and kinds of atoms.

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

10. Describe the relationship between the outer electronic structure of atoms and their chemical properties.

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

12. Classify and balance chemical equations.

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

14. Identify molar relationships.

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

16. Describe physical interactions of matter and energy as in gas laws, phase change, and kinetic molecular theory, melting point, and freezing point.

17. Perform stoichiometric calculations.

18. List the factors affecting the rate of a reaction.

19. Identify heat transfer in systems according to thermochemistry.

20. Calculate equilibria in a chemical reaction based on Le Chatelier's principle.

21. Classify substances as acids, bases or salts.

22. Explain the behavior of buffer systems.

23. Define and calculate the pH of acidic and basic solutions.

24. Define and identify redox reactions

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


Final Words:

Don’t panic!  If you do your homework, work hard in class, and study you should have no problems with chemistry.  You can do it!

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