Chemistry is the study of matter, the properties it has and, importantly, how they change.
To be successful in class you need to have some curiosity about the world. Where did all the oil go in the Gulf? Why do we need so much of it? Are there any consequences to changing from fossil fuels? How is ink related to tires?
Grades: To get a good grade in class you need to complete all the assignments on time. Your grade each term is a percent based on the total number of points. Points come from tests, quizzes, labs, questions and other work. Your final grade will be made of 86% of the term and 14% of the exam grade.
87% B + 77% C+ 67% D+
93% A 83% B 73% C 63% D
90% A- 80% B - 70% C - 60% D -
For full credit all assignments should come in on time, include your name and date and show appropriate (your own) work in a clear and orderly fashion. Some assignments will be collected and some will be checked in. Due dates are at the end of the next class or as posted on the board.
The Class: In the first term of Chemistry we will study units 1, 2 and 9the first eight or nine chapters. We will learn about the structure of the atom and how atoms combine to form compounds
Read each chapter. A “normal” chemistry class will have three parts of uneven lengths. The “me part” at the beginning of class is when I cover key ideas from the chapter. These are the concepts that students often have trouble with. This is a good time to quietly pay attention.
The second part of the class is the “us part”. I will do examples of the assignment that may be troublesome. This is a good time to respectfully listen to the question and the answer. It is very important that you pay attention to how I do the problems because your tests will often have similar questions on them. Be careful using the examples in the book. They often only apply to very specific types of situations.
The third part of class is for individual work or questions, the “you part”. This is the time to review concepts that still bother you and perhaps get individual help. You can also ask about grades or absences or any other individual concerns.
To get full credit on a lab each person should be involved throughout the lab.
Each lab needs a conclusion. This conclusion should discuss how your results relate to the purpose of the lab and the concepts of the chapter. Your conclusion should also discuss sources of error and possible improvements in the lab. Labs are due at the beginning of the next class.
Grades will be updated in powerteacher at least once a week. You have two class days after posting to correct any errors. Common errors come from late work, work without your name and, of course, transcription errors.
Occasionally you may find that you do poorly on a test despite working hard in class. Learning chemistry can be a slow, frustrating process. You can raise your score by demonstrating that you learned the concepts. Discuss the exact means with me individually if the situation arises.
Missing work from excused absence must be made up in a timely fashion, usually within two days of your return.
Time: You should be in your seat, ready to learn at the bell. Have all materials with you. If you know you are going to miss class make arrangements for work you are going to miss [this must be done at the end of the hour, of course]. Use a pass when you leave the room.
If you need more time on a test I will not excuse you more than five minutes of your next class. Part of learning the concepts is to be able to apply your knowledge efficiently.
Similarly I will not accept passes from other teachers for missing more than five minutes of class without previous arrangements.
Behavior: In labs safety is paramount. School policy says you must wear goggles during all labs. Always use equipment properly. Nothing you do should endanger you or anyone else in the class. No "horseplay" or rowdy behavior. Wash your hands after the labs. No eating in the classroom. Report all accidents or spills.
During class your behavior should not interfere with anyone’s learning. You should be respectful of each other and ideally be supportive as we progress in class.
Any problems that may come up not covered here will be addressed as they occur. If you have any questions or problems with the class talk to me. I am usually available before and after school for help (Usually in room 301, sometimes in rooms 311 or 312).