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Syllabus : Chemistry

Instructor: Mr. Davis Room 214 Office Phone: 510-559-6213 Email: [email protected] Website: http://homepage.mac.com/colbertiii/

Office Hours Tuesday ­ Friday after regular classes

St. Marys College High School · Chemistry Syllabus

Course Description: What in the world ISN'T chemistry? Some scientists say chemistry is the building block of understanding the universe. While you have a basic understanding of science and biology from previous studies, you will now be able to decide whether you believe chemistry is the foundation of our world. Chemistry is the study of matter and its interactions. In this course, students will further their problem solving and laboratory skills in class work, homework, laboratory, and group collaboration. Materials: Textbook: HOLT Chemistry (Myers, Oldham and Tocci; © 2004, Physics; Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2004 edition (ISBN: 0-03-066462-4)student edition 1) Composition Notebook ­ "Marbled" composition notebook 9 ¾ X 7 ½ ; 100 sheets (no spiral or tear-out) 2) Three-ring binder and paper to neatly keep homework, worksheets, and quizzes for further exam study 3) Pen or pencil Red pen and a green pen for corrections 4) Scientific Calculator 5) USB storage device 6) Straight edge ruler. Internet Access at-home is recommended. ....Its really highly desirable because some of the out of class work will be completed at internet websites. If the library is used for this access then work may only be completed at school. Website: http://homepage.mac.com/colbertiii/

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Bookmark this website on your computer. If you forget an assignment from class or lab, this website will provide regular information, useful web links and some pdf ` s you can print and complete. Appointment and Telephone Procedures: Parents and students may use my teacher voice mail box at extension x213 or you may contact me by email at : [email protected]

· Course Outcomes: BIG IDEAS

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1) Students will learn concepts, applications, relevant issues, and history of chemistry. 2) Students will perform analytical experiments and understand chemistry as a laboratory science. 3) Students will understand and develop their critical thinking skills in problem solving using scientific methods of evaluation and mathematical formulae. 4) Students will use standard resources available to chemistry studies (i.e., Merck index, and periodic table of elements).

· Course Goals and Learning Objectives: "What Students Should Learn from Studying Chemistry"

Students will gain practical experience and insight into the following areas of laboratory science through our year's study...

Connect Abstract Concepts to Observable Applications

Students will apply knowledge of abstract concepts to common materials they experience in class and outside the classroom. Handling Numbers in Science: When recording data, students must show relative certainty of measurements in their data. They will use scientific notation to record significant figures from the measurement. Analyzing Data: During data analysis of laboratory findings, students will include the use of averages, uncertainty of measurement, and percent error to quantitatively describe results. Students will use appropriate graphical representation of the data. Symbolic Language of Chemistry: Students can interpret and extract meaning from the symbolism of chemical formulas, chemical reactions, equations relating chemical variables and chemical figures. Conservation of Matter and Energy: Through studies of chemical and atomic reactions, students will identify and explain how matter and energy are conserved. Chemistry Connections to the Community: Students obtain chemical literacy to make connections and informed decisions about their consumer choices, environmental impact, and safety awareness about the chemicals in their homes and community.

Core Tasks:

Students will master these skills by completing this course

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· · · · Apply appropriate SI units and relative certainty of a measurement To read, interpret, organize, and plan a solution to a problem Maintain an organized laboratory notebook (portfolio) Relate and use mathematical skills to chemical problem solving

· Enduring Understandings/Course Standards

Students will gain practical experience and insight into the following areas of laboratory science through our year's study... Connect Abstract Concepts to Observable Applications Students will apply knowledge of abstract concepts to common materials they experience in class and outside the classroom. Handling Numbers in Science: When recording data, students must show relative certainty of measurements in their data. They will use scientific notation to record significant figures from the measurement. Analyzing Data: During data analysis of laboratory findings, students will include the use of averages, uncertainty of measurement, and percent error to quantitatively describe results. Students will use appropriate graphical representation of the data. Symbolic Language of Chemistry: Students can interpret and extract meaning from the symbolism of chemical formulas, chemical reactions, equations relating chemical variables and chemical figures. Conservation of Matter and Energy: Through studies of chemical and atomic reactions, students will identify and explain how matter and energy are conserved. Chemistry Connections to the Community: Students obtain chemical literacy to make connections and informed decisions about their consumer choices, environmental impact, and safety awareness about the chemicals in their community.

Individual Student Goals

Class Preparation: Students are required to come to class prepared to work. This includes having read the text before doing the homework problems, completing the nightly homework, bringing proper materials to class (as per list above), showing a willingness to use classroom instruction time, and cooperating with fellow students. Student Behavior: includes homework review, presentation and discussion of new material, and laboratory practice and application. They will benefit from taking good notes and participating in class discussions. Working solutions on the board and at the desks will engage students in the learning process. Participation in the chemistry laboratory will demand that students demonstrate appropriate maturity for working with

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potentially harmful chemicals and equipment. Group Learning: There are a range of student abilities and talents, and cooperative learning becomes an important resource for all students. Students will be working as groups in the laboratory with potentially hazardous or corrosive materials. Because of this, a high degree of self-discipline is required to maintain a safe learning environment. A laboratory safety contract will be strictly enforced (see lab section below) Prep for SAT II subject test in Chemistry (May or June 2010): Successful students should take it upon themselves to sign up and study beyond the class content for the SAT II subject test. The teacher will point out areas of extra study in class as well as tutoring beyond class. In order to prepare, students should purchase the Sparknotes study book or purchase the online version of this early in the course.

· Course Outline Semester One

Unit 1: Exploring Atomic Structure (Chpt 3) Unit 2: Introduction to the Science and Mathematics of Chemistry (Chpt 1 & 2) Unit 2: Exploring the Periodic Table (Chpt 4) Unit 3: Exploring Compounds and Molecules (Chpt 5 & 6) Unit 4: The Mole Concept (Chapter 3& 7) Unit 5: Applying Chemical Equations and Stoichiometry (Chpt 8 & 9) Final Fall Semester

Semester Two

Unit 6: Causes of Change (Chpt 2, 10 and 17) Unit 7: Sates of Matter and Gas Laws (Chpt 11 & 12) Unit 8: Solutions (Chpt 13) Unit 9: Chemical Equilibrium and Acids and Bases(Chpt 14 &15) Unit 10: Nuclear Reactions and War (Chpt 18) Final Spring Semester

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· Grade Composotion

Unit Exams 30%: Exams will be administered at the conclusion of each unit and will require advanced preparation and study. Completing assignments, taking notes, and collaborating on lab experiments will help immensely for studying for an exam. Additionally students may benefit by working together in study groups to review exam material and attending a weekly tutoring session. Exams will assess students in a variety of formats (multiple choice, mathematical problem solving and essay) and will require students to employ recognition of vocabulary, application of concepts, and synthesis of ideas. If you have a foreseeable absence on an exam day, you must inform me and plan an alternate exam time. Students must keep all exams for corrections and to assist their review for the final exam.

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Laboratory Assignments 25%: Lab experiments will occur most weeks with a pre-lab to be completed prior to lab usually in the student notebook. A pre-lab quiz may be given to judge student readiness and awareness of the experiment. A passing score on the pre-lab quiz will allow the student to participate in the exercise. Upon completion of a lab, a post lab and formal write-up may be assigned showing analysis using both qualitative and quantitative criteria. Laboratory summaries will be turned in typed. Students must have appropriate laboratory attire to participate in lab investigations: long pants, covered feet (toes), long hair pulled back with clips or bands. Laboratory activities should not be missed for co-curricular activities. In the event that you miss a laboratory due to an excused absence, the scheduled time for lab make-up will typically be Thursday during lunch. Experiments must be reproducible. They should fail the same way each time. Quizzes 15%: Quizzes will review material from problem sets and laboratory. You will be allowed to drop one of your lowest quiz scores of each semester. In the event that you are unable to take the quiz on the scheduled day, I will use this as one score to drop. If you have a foreseeable absence on a quiz day, you must inform me and plan an alternate quiz time. You may not take a quiz for credit after I have returned these to the class. Quiz corrections will take place during class time. Students can improve their quiz scores by demonstrating mastery of the topics during office hours. Preparation and Practice Assignments 10%(5% more for fall): Students will have nightly preparation, practice and extension activities that assist hem in learning. Students should expect, on average, to spend 25-35 minutes with homework each night. Students must write the questions to accompany each problem and show all intermediate steps used in problem solving. Students should be prepared with problems complete or at least tried upon coming to class. If a student does not understand the problem, s/he must write out the problem and write out the Given, Find, Solve steps and ask questions the next class day. The red pen used to correct the incomplete or incorrect practice problems. This will assist the student and teacher focus on student difficulties during tutoring visits. Co-curricular activities should not prevent students from turning in their assigned work the day it is due or attempting assignments for the day. Students who do not have homework ready can see the teacher to ask for an extension at no loss of credit. If this happens more than three times a semester a student-teacher-counselor conference along with parent notification will be needed to correct the problem. Final Exam 15%: A comprehensive final exam will be given to all students at the end of each semester. Chemistry, like mathematics and language courses, is cumulative in nature and will apply previously learned skills throughout the course. Service Learning Projects 5% (spring semester): Service learning will connect our curriculum to meet the greater needs of our community. These projects will allow students to connect their knowledge of chemistry to aspects of Catholic Social Teaching. Service projects will receive a grade that

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incorporates academic achievement and responsibility to completing the community based service. Attendance: In the event of a foreseeable absence (ie. sports, appointments, or planned absence), I expect the student to inform me prior to their absence from class. Since you will be on campus to participate in sporting events, LSL events, field trips, and co-curricular programs, I will expect work to be turned in on the day you will absent from class for the event. For planned absences, the student should be prepared with missed work on his/her return to class. For unforeseen absences, all work, quizzes, and exams must be complete in the same number of days the student was absent. (ie. A student misses Monday and Tuesday, they have until class Friday to get the work in, non-class days count). · Office Hours Students are welcome to come into my office to get questions answered, review class notes, do homework, or study. If necessary, a student may be required to come into study hour to discuss class material with the teacher. Office hours and days are posted on the top of the syllabus and will be posted in the classroom as well. NOTE: Some students in science classes require after school support on a regular basis. Students coming for assistance should have some understanding of what they want to review or need help with. This is important because students who understand their needs (i.e. students with projects or labs) can be more specific and get better help from the teacher. Students who have no clear purpose are difficult to support. It helps to know what you need to review and where you stopped understanding key concepts.

· Grades

Grades are based on all of the work completed by students. Every category of assignment has a designated percent of the grade, every assignment in that category has the same fractional value unless specified by the teacher. If you have any questions, please talk with Mr. Davis. Grading is difficult because as a teacher I am to evaluate and quantify your progress in my subject area as fairly as I can. I need to turn your work into a letter or a number and that's sometimes difficult. If for any reason you believe I have assigned the wrong grade to your work please come and see me. One thing that I must consider and you must also consider is the rationale behind the letter grade

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Grading System

Grading Criteria

The "A" Student

A 94 - 100% A90 - 93%

· Consistently superior comprehension and performance on assessments. · Exhibits work with exceptional insight or special creative talents. · Tends toward self-direction in activities and participates in class activities as listener, questioner or commentator. · Completes all assignments

B+ 87 - 89% B 84 - 86%

The "B" Student

· Consistently strong comprehension and performance on assessments but may have difficulties synthesizing concepts. · Work is consistent but offers little insight or special creative talents. · Shows occasional initiative but tends to rely on teacher direction. · Participates in class activities as listener but is a less frequent questioner or commentator. · Completes all assignments.

B- 80 - 83%

The "C" Student C+ 77 - 79% C 74 - 76%

· Inconsistent or fair comprehension and performance on assessments. · Difficulties applying and synthesizing concepts. · Generally addresses the explicit but seldom offers little insight or special creative talents. · Relies on teacher direction. · Participates in class primarily as a listener. · Usually comments only if questioned. · Completes most assignments

C- 70 - 73%

D+ 67 - 69% D 64 - 66%

The "D" Student

· Minimum comprehension and performance on assessments. · Often misses explicit relationships. · Relies on teacher direction. · Participates in class primarily as a listener. · Comments only if questioned. · Fair number of assignments are missing.

D- 60 - 63%

F 0 - 59%

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· Academic Integrity I hope to fairly assess your achievement in the course and expect that the work you submit to me is entirely yours. Most students do not have trouble meeting their own grade expectations when they put forth their best effort. Trust and honesty are important to me. Please be trustworthy and honest with me and I will reciprocate.

· Telephone policy: There are telephones installed in the classrooms. These phones are for emergency use only and are not to be used by students at any time. If a cellular phone is heard, seen, or used in the classroom, it will be taken away and given to the Assistant Principal (student services).

Academic Integrity: As stated in the 2009-2010 Parent-Student Handbook, any sort of infraction will be taken seriously with subsequent consequences.

Please sign, cut, and return to Mr. Davis by Thursday August 27th.

For any further guidelines or policies not mentioned in Mr. Forte's overview, I follow those that are stated in the 2009 -2010 Parent-Student Handbook By signing this document, I understand the policies and procedures to be a successful student of Chemistry STUDENT SIGNATURE: .

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