IB Chemistry - Gauck

Pre-IB Chemistry - Gauck

Class Rules/Expectations

1) Each student is expected to bring textbook, notebook, and a writing utensil to class each day

2) Each student is expected to arrive in class before the tardy bell rings, go to seat and get ready for class to begin

3) Each student is expected to raise hand and be recognized before speaking in class;  participation in class discussion is highly encouraged but only after being recognized

4) Each student is expected to follow the teacher's instructions the first time they are given and not dispute with the teacher in front of the class.  The student may discuss individually, after class, any problems/concerns they may have had with the instructions.

5) Each student is expected to stay in seat during entire class period unless given permission.  Standing near the door just prior to the bell will not be allowed.

6) Each student is expected to keep hands, feet, etc. to themselves and not disrupt others in the classroom with inappropriate comments/gestures.  Making fun of others will not be tolerated.

7) If for any reason a substitute is conducting the class, student behavior is expected to remain excellent.  Strong discipline will be issued upon teacher's return if bad behavior is reported by the substitute.

8) Homework is due at the beginning of the class in the designated area.  Late homework will be graded for partial credit.

9) Students are expected to behave in an ethical and honest manner at all times Cheating (copying HW, cheating on tests/quizzes) will result in severe discipline.

10) Food and drink will not be permitted in the classroom (except water).


Pre-IB chemistry Course Topics (tentative order)

Salem City Schools has asked teachers to identify ILO's (Intended Learner Outcomes).  Please find listed below the ILO's for pre-IB Chemistry

ILO #1 (chapter 1)

1)      Calculating significant figures

2)      Lab design and scientific method and percent error

3)      Metric/standard conversions and dimensional analysis

4)      Parts of a chemical reaction

5)      Phase changes

ILO #2 (chapter 2)

1)      Temperature conversions

2)      Separation techniques

3)      Physical vs chemical changes

ILO #3 (chapter 3)

1)      Parts of an atom and atomic theory

2)      Percent composition

3)      Identifying number of subatomic particles

4)      Scientists’ contributions to atomic theory

ILO #4 (chapters 4 & 24)

1)      Electron configuration

2)      Half-life problems

3)      Electromagnetic spectrum

4)      Drawing atoms and their subatomic particles

ILO #5  (chapters 5 & 6)

1)      Scientists’ contribution to periodic table development

2)      Trends of the periodic table (IE, EN, AR)

3)      Groups vs families and valence electrons

4)      Properties of metals/nonmetals/metalloids

ILO# 6 (chapter 7)

1)      Naming ionic, molecular, and transition compounds

2)      Acids vs bases and their properties

3)      Identifying number of atoms/elements in a compound

4)      Lewis dot structures

ILO# 7 (chapter 8)

1)      Drawing molecular compounds using valence electrons

2)      Identifying polar and nonpolar molecules and relate to solubility

3)      Molecular geometry (shapes, angles, polarity, bond angle)

ILO #8 (chapter 9)

1)      Identifying types of reactions

2)      Completing and balancing reactions

3)      Conservation of mass

ILO #9 (chapters 10 & 11)

1)      Stoichiometric calculations

2)      Gram – mole – mole – gram conversions

3)      Liter – mole – mole – liter conversions

4)      Empirical/molecular formula calculations

5)      Applications of percent composition

ILO #10  (chapter 12)

1)      Thermochemistry (exothermic vs endothermic reactions)

2)      Calorimetry equations Joules = (grams)(DC)(SH)

3)      Enthalpy problems

4)      Hess’s law equations and calculations

ILO #11 (chapters 13 & 14)

1)      Properties of solid, liquids and gases

2)      Five main gas laws (boyles, charles, combined, ideal and partial pressure)

3)      Inverse vs direct relationships with gases related to volume

4)      Heat of fusion vs heat of vaporization

ILO #12  (chapter 15)

1)      Molarity calculations

2)      Solute vs solvent

3)      Titration and dilution problems

4)      M1V1 = M1V2 calculations

ILO #13  (chapters 16, 18 & 20)

1)      Oxidation/Reduction reactions

2)      Properties of acids/bases

3)      Equilibrium reactions using pressure, temperature and concentration

ILO #14 (organic chemistry chapters)

1)      Basic organic nomenclature

2)      Organic functional groups (ketones, alcohols, aldehydes, carboxylic acids)

IB Chemistry Tentative Order of Topics


** Due to some students having chemistry last year, while others have not had it in three years, the first six to eight weeks will be used to review basic concepts and lab procedures.  This will give all students a solid framework to build upon the more complex topics that come up in the IB curriculum.  The class will be taught at an accelerated pace, so students are expected to review material and  practice prior skills regularly.  They will also need to study diligently for all quizzes and tests as well as complete all homework assignments.  Parents are encouraged to follow along syllabus with student and make sure they are keeping up and preparing for each area.


Review of Basic Chemistry Concepts – approximately 4-7 days for each


Unit 1 (Sig figs, dimensional analysis, energy, states of matter)


Unit 2  (Atomic structure, isotopes, radioactivity, half life, electromagnetic spectrum)


Unit 3  (electron configuration, periodicity, nomenclature of compounds)


Unit 4  (VSEPR theory, balancing reactions, molar conversions, stoichiometry)


Unit 5  (Empirical/molecular formula, calorimetry, gas laws, molarity)


Unit 6  (Equilibrium, acids/bases, redox reactions, introduce organic chemistry)


Main Topics for IB Chemistry (Taken from IB curriculum guide)


** Amount of time spent on each topic will vary based on the amount of material in each area as well as any related labs for that section **


Topic 1 (Quantitative chemistry)


Topic 2  (Atomic structure)


Topic 3  (Periodicity)


Topic 4  (Bonding)


Topic 5  (Energetics)


Topic 6  (Kinetics)


Topic 7  (Equilibrium)


Topic 8  (Acids and Bases)


Topic 9  (Oxidation and Reduction)


Topic 10  (Organic Chemistry)


Topic 11  (Measurement & data processing)


SL Option #1  (Medicine and Drugs)


SL Option #2  (Environmental Chemistry)

IB Tests (Taken during last month of school)

Paper 1 – multiple choice based on topics 1-11

Paper 2 – essay questions based on topics 1-11

Paper 3 – essay questions based on SL options


* Each test for each topic will contain both multiple choice and essay type questions to simulate the IB test given in the spring.  Students are expected to review material regularly throughout the academic year in order to prepare for the IB test.


** IB tests, student designed labs and the group 4 project are the criteria used to develop an overall IB score for students after completing the course


 Great Website to help understand material better for Topics in IB (Thanks to Mrs. Routt for finding it