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Lab based Chemistry 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th ,and 6th hours

(Information and Expectations about)

Teacher: J.E. Pearson
Room 009

Text: Prentice Halls Chemistry by Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, and Watterman

Chemistry is the study of matter. The composition of substances and the changes they undergo. The world is complex and chemistry reflects this complexity in the broad areas it covers. The world has a nearly constant amount of material that can be transformed into many wonderful substances. Many of these substances are new or were not available in large quantities before. The earth has been recycling material since the dawn of time and we hope that this course will help you better understand the concepts of conservation of energy and matter. My goal is to get you to think about your world in the same way that chemists do. I can help teach you skills, what you will do with these skills is up to you.

Topics of study will include: Classification of Matter, Scientific Measurement, Atomic Structure, Nomenclature, the Mole, Stoichiometery, Gas Laws, Electron Configurations (quantum chemistry), Solutions, Types of Chemical Reactions, Rates and Equilibrium, Red-Ox, Electrochemistry and others as time permits.

Each student is expected to maintain a study journal (notebook) that contains information gathered in lectures, textbook reading, and classroom activities. This journal will not be graded but will be essential to your understanding. Your homework will consist of worksheets/packets and problems from the book. Some of the homework may be presented to the teacher from small study groups or checked off, but ALL students are responsible for the work. Late work will receive reduced credit. Homework more than 1 week late will not be accepted. Homework will count for 30% of the grade.

Much of the classroom time will be spent working in the lab. Each student will be responsible for maintaining and organizing a separate lab report notebook. This lab notebook will be collected and graded a few times first semester. During the 2nd semester you will be responsible for organizing your lab notebook but labs will be handed in separately The lab reports should be written so that a reasonable adult would be able to, from your report, understand what you did, how you did it and what conclusion you drew from the experience. The lab notebook will count for 30% of your grade. Often lab work can not be made up if class is missed. Attendance is very important.

A test will be given following the completion of each section. If the material is extensive a quiz may be given as well. There is a district posttest (and we may take a pretest) the score on the pretest doesnt matter. The score on the year-end final will matter. Chapter readings may be grouped or reorganized to better fit the material as it is presented in class. Tests and special projects will count for 40% of the grade.

Course grading depends upon a slightly softened standard curve:

Above 93%: A
89%-91%: A-
86%-88%: B+
81%-85%: B
78%-80%: B-
75%-77%: C+
70%-74%: C
65%-69%: C-
61%-64%: D+
56%-60%: D
50%-55%: D-

Students are expected to come to class each day with their textbooks, study journal, scientific calculator, and pencil. Regular class attendance and promptness are essential. Tests, labs or homework assignments missed due to an unexcused absence will be given a zero. All class work should be done in pencil, blue or black ink. .NO YELLOW or RED!!!!!!