Important Message:  As you are all aware, our learning management system will be canvas this year.  All class notes, review sheets, answer keys, tests and anything else you need will be present in the canvas links.  Every effort will be made to provide all information virtually, so anyone who is 100% virtual will be able to access ALL needed material.  Test material will only come from the material presented online.  Students who participate in the hybrid plan will be going over the notes and practicing the problems on the review sheet. Optional zoom sessions will be held for any student to attend and ask questions as well. 

On a personal note, I pray that you and your family stay safe and healthy.  This is an unprecedented time in our nation and it is going to take all of us working together to get through it.  I will do my best to teach and help you understand the major concepts in the class.  I need you to take an active role in the learning process by completing your tasks on time and asking questions on any material you may not understand.


IB Chemistry - Gauck

Pre-IB Chemistry - Gauck

Class Rules/Expectations

1) Each student is expected to bring notebook, writing utensil and calculator to class each day.  Electronics are NOT permitted to be used unless otherwise stated by teacher

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 (sit down, get to work, etc.) the first time they are given and not dispute with the teacher in front of the class. Student may discuss individually any problem/concern with the teacher after class


6) 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

7) Cell phones must be kept put away during the entire class period until all work is completed or used for an academic activity.  They can be confiscated if used at inappropriate times in class.

8) If for any reason a substitute is conducting class, student behavior is expected to remain excellent. Discipline will be enforced upon teachers return if inappropriate behavior is reported

9) Homework is due at the beginning of class at the designated area.  The purpose of homework is to practice skills needed for the mastery of the material.  Homework is due the day after it is assigned unless otherwise stated.  It is the student's responsibility to contact teacher immediately after absence to make up any missing work.  If you are out, email the teacher before noon, and teacher will provide you with work missed and worksheets/notes if applicable

10) Students are expected to behave in an ethical and honest manner at all times.  Cheating (copying HW, cheating on tests, not doing own work on labs, etc.) will result in SEVERE discipline

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 Matter and measurement (10%)

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

6)      Temperature conversions

7)      Separation techniques

8)      Physical vs chemical changes

ILO #2 Atomic structure (10%)

1)      Parts of an atom and atomic theory

2)      Percent composition

3)      Identifying number of subatomic particles

4)      Scientists’ contributions to atomic theory

ILO #3 Electron configuration/nuclear chem (7%)

1)      Electron configuration

2)      Half-life problems

3)      Electromagnetic spectrum

4)      Drawing atoms and their subatomic particles

ILO #4  Periodic table (5%)

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# 5 Chemical formulas/bonding (10%)

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# 6 Molecular geometry (5%)

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 #7 Reactions/equations (10%)

1)      Identifying types of reactions

2)      Completing and balancing reactions

3)      Conservation of mass

ILO #8 Molar Conversions/stoichiometry (12%)

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 #9  Thermochemistry (8%)

1)      Thermochemistry (exothermic vs endothermic reactions)

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

3)      Enthalpy problems

4)      Hess’s law equations and calculations

ILO #10 Gas laws (8%)

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 #11  Molarity/solutions (5%)

1)      Molarity calculations

2)      Solute vs solvent

3)      Titration and dilution problems

4)      M1V1 = M1V2 calculations

ILO #12 Redox/equilib/acid-base properties (5%)

1)      Oxidation/Reduction reactions

2)      Properties of acids/bases

3)      Equilibrium reactions using pressure, temperature and concentration

ILO #13 organic chemistry(5%)

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 four 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.


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 **


 ILO #1 Pre-IB Chem Concepts (10%)

ILO#2 Quantitative chemistry (12%)


ILO#3  Atomic structure (9%)


ILO#4  Periodicity  (10%)


ILO#5  Bonding (9%)


ILO#6  Energetics (8%)


ILO#7  Kinetics  (8%)


ILO#8  Equilibrium (6%)


ILO#9  Acids & bases (6%)


ILO#10  Oxidation/reduction  (6%)


ILO#11  Organic chemistry (8%)


ILO#12  Internal assessment  (8%)


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


* 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.


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