Course Syllabus - SC71 General Chemistry

Contact Information

Instructor:  Mrs. Virginia Doucett

Room 412




Materials Needed

·        pocket folder (one side for references, one side for current materials) OR a labeled chemistry section in a 3-ring binder

·        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 homework daily.  Homework is due the next school day unless otherwise specified.  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.

·        Frequent formative assessments will be given.

·        Homework 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.

·        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.  

Late Assignments

·        Late assignments will be accepted for a grade of 50% of the original value, with exception of an excused absence. Late work must be completed prior to the unit test to which the assignment applies.

·        Details on what is considered a late assignment are discussed in the Make-up/Late Work Policy.

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

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.

·        When absent, copy the daily agenda from Canvas before coming to ask me what you missed.  

·        After you have copied the agenda and picked up any handouts, you may talk to me for appointments for missed quizzes, assignments or tests.


The semester point distribution will generally be as follows:

·        Quizzes                     5-25 points                          

·        Homework                 5-10 points                                               

·        Exams                        100 points                          

·        Labs                             25 points


Quarters 1 & 2          80%

Semester Exam        20%

Semester Grade     100%


The grading scale is as follows:

90-100%     =     A

80-89%       =     B

70-79%       =     C

60-69%       =     D

  <59%        =     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.

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.     Use scientific methods 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 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, phase change, and kinetic molecular theory, melting point, and freezing point.

14. Perform stoichiometric calculations.

15. Identify heat transfer in systems according to thermochemistry.

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