Chemistry                                    bubblingflask


Course description: Science is the systematic study of the universe, and chemistry in particular is the study of atoms, how they arrange themselves into compounds, and the changes they undergo. The course will include a review of measurement and the metric system, study of atomic structure, investigation of the periodic table and its meaning, study of various types of chemical bonding, and investigation into different chemical compounds and why they behave as they do. Throughout the course, lab work will be important, and emphasis will be on aspects of chemistry that relate to everyday life.

Colorado Prepared Graduate Competencies expected of students:

Physical Science-Students know and understand common properties, forms and changes in matter and energy.

  •  Observe, explain, and predict natural phenomena governed by Newton's laws of motion, acknowledging the limitations of their application to very small or very fast objects
  •  Apply an understanding of atomic and molecular structure to explain the properties of matter, and predict outcomes of chemical and nuclear reactions
  •  Apply an understanding that energy exists in various forms, and its transformation and conservation occur in processes that are predictable and measurable

Class Rules:

1. Treat everyone and their property with respect.
2. Participate appropriately in class.  No electronic devices are allowed OTHER THAN calculators!
3. Use all equipment properly.

Instructional and grading methods to be used:

1. Textbook reading assignments-usually, but not always, reading assignments have associated problem sets or worksheets. Worksheets and problems are due on the day indicated, and will not be accepted more than one (1) week late.   Work turned in one (1) day late will carry a grade reduction of ONE LETTER GRADE (10%).  Work turned in more than five (5) school days late will receive a score of ZERO.    The current week's assignment can be found at the Chemistry homework page. If a student is absent, it is the student's responsibility to obtain any assignments that may have been made while that student was gone.

2. Notebook-every student must have a notebook, which he or she should bring every day. A three-ring binder is best (because worksheets can be easily kept in it), but spiral is OK. The notebook will be collected occasionally, and a grade will be assigned based on completeness. It is the student's responsibility to get the notes from a person who was in class if he or she is absent. Powerpoint presentations will be posted on the teacher’s web site for review, but they may not be the same as class presentations this year.  Copies of Powerpoint presentations may NOT be used during tests. Notebooks MAY be used during tests.

3. Laboratories-laboratories are a mandatory part of this class. Laboratory reports are required for all labs, and will be graded separately from the notebook, although I encourage students to do the lab report in the notebook and leave it there. If a student is absent during a lab, he or she must make special arrangements to come in before or after school to make up the lab. A lab safety contract must be turned in before any student can participate in labs. If this contract is not returned, the student will receive a grade of ZERO (0) on each lab missed.

4. Class participation-each student is awarded 5 points per day for participation. These points may be lost by disruptive behavior. Every student should try to be in class, and be on best behavior, so that all of us can learn. Tardiness is a disruption of class, will cause a loss of class points, and will have consequences that follow the BHS handbook policies.

5. Examinations-every student should expect to take a test over every chapter covered in class. Byers High School grading system applies.

6. Semester examination-the semester exam in this class is cumulative in content, and makes up 10% of the semester grade. Each quarter grade contributes to the semester grade.

If you have questions or concerns about the class or topics, please ask!  Contact me via email at:  Information about this class (along with helpful links and other things) can be found at my web site: .  Please use this resource to help you in class!

Essential Outcomes:

Semester 1: The student will:

Describe the interrelation of chemistry with other sciences.
Understand the use and importance of the scientific method.
Use proper technique in making laboratory measurements and calculations involving data.
Explain the relationship between the atomic theory, the law of conservation of mass, the law of definite proportions, and the law of multiple proportions.
Record and analyze the interactions of chemicals during a chemical reaction.
Use stoichiometric calculations to relate the quantities of substances involved in a chemical reaction.

Semester 2: The student will:

Use proper technique in making laboratory measurements and calculations involving data.
Use stoichiometric calculations to relate the quantities of substances involved in a chemical reaction.
Use the kinetic theory of matter to describe the properties of matter.
Use thermodynamic data to calculate energy changes during physical and chemical changes.
Calculate concentrations of substances in solutions.
Describe the effect of solutions on physical properties of the solvent.
Describe acids and bases, and use acid/base indicators and titration to determine the pH of a solution.
Balance redox reactions and explain the importance of this type of reaction.