Syllabus

 

Pre-AP Chemistry

2019-2020

C. Solis

Sharyland Pioneer High School

Classroom Policies and Procedures

 

 

 

The following topics were covered with your child during class:

Attendance/Make-Up Procedure

Class Materials

Extra Help/Tutorials

Classroom Expectations

Grading

Progress Reports

Additional Information

 

 

 

Please review the attached information with your child, sign the top sheet and return it to the teacher. 

 

You will be able to access your child’s grade online anytime at the Parent Student Connect.

 

 

 

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Course Description: Course Description: Pre-AP Chemistry and CP Chemistry is a first year honors course.  It is designed to prepare students for college chemistry and/or AP Chemistry.  In the Pre-AP  students are expected to have good study habits, note-taking skills, and math skills.  While in CP Chemistry student are expected to rise to that level as they are being taught. 

Teaching procedures: Students will be given homework at daily to introduce or reinforce concepts learned in class.  Quizzes will be administered on regular bases to encourage good study habits and to assess the student’s grasp of the material.  Students will apply concepts learned through laboratory exercises and daily class-work.  The materials will be presented by lecture, discovery, and discussion.       

All tests and quizzes will be based on lecture material, lab work, homework, and class-work.  Students are encouraged to read the textbook material but the textbook is used only as a supplementary source for the content material.

 

Classroom Rules: 

1)  Be respectful – to the teacher, yourself, and others.

2)      Be responsible – collectively and individually in classroom

3)      Be prepared – planner, pen, pencil, paper, and notebook

4)      Be punctual – to class everyday

5)      Be cooperative – with classmates, group members, teacher, etc.

 

Course Content:  The following units will be covered in each course.  Objectives for each unit will be provided at the start of each unit.

 

Unit 1:  Math and Measurement                                                            Unit 10:  Chemical Equations

Unit 2:  Matter Classification & Graphing Calculator Techniques            Unit 11:  Stoichiometry

Unit 3:  Atomic Structure                                                                      Unit 12:  Gas Laws

Unit 4:  The Modern Atom                                                                    Unit 13:  Solutions

Unit 5:  Periodicity                                                                                Unit 14:  Acid/Base Equilibrium

Unit 6:  Bonding                                                                                    Unit 15:  Thermochemistry

Unit 7:  Molecular Structure                                                                 

Unit 8:  Chemical Nomenclature                                                           

Unit 9:  Chemical Calculations                                                  

 

Textbook:  Modern Chemistry / Sarquis & Sarquis

 

Supplies

  • Students are required to keep a daily lesson notebook.  Spiral notebook for chemistry notes only.
  • Students are required to keep a lab notebook.  The quad-ruled/quadrille notebook must be bound, and can be purchased at Staples or Office Depot, etc. Spiral notebooks are not acceptable.
  • A scientific calculator is a MUST.  This does not have to be an expensive calculator. The TI-30 X II S series cost less than $20 and is acceptable for the course.  A TI-84 Plus is recommended.

 

Expectations

Student:                                                                                   

1.     Follow classroom guidelines.                                 

2.     Do your best – 100% effort.                        

3.     Communicate & participate.                                .

 

 

 

Rules

1.     Everything that I write on the board you must have in your daily lesson notebook, beginning with date and daily instructions.

2.     Respect the rights of property and the feelings of others.

a.     Keep hands and feet to yourself.

b.     Be polite.  No cursing, nor teasing of others.

c.     Keep all trash in your seat until dismissed.

d.     If you need to be excused, raise your hand for recognition and permission.

3.     Come to class prepared to learn.

a.     Always bring pencil, pen, paper, and any other required materials to class.

b.     Must have daily lesson notebook for Chemistry class.

c.     Be on time to class, and be in assigned seats and ready to start when bell rings.

4.     Participate in class.

a.     Take part in classroom discussions, labs, projects, etc.

b.     Do your own work on individual assignments and your fair share in group-work.

5.     Dismissal from the classroom will be by the teacher, not the bell.

6.     Promptly follow the teacher’s instructions, the first time they are given!

 

Grading Policy

Tests & Major labs…… 60 %          Minor labs, Quizzes Daily work & Homework……40%

A grading “curve” is not used in this course.  The semester exam will count 20% of the semester average.

 

Homework

Online homework as well as handout will be given on a regular basis for each unit.  .

 

Labs

Lab clean-up will immediately follow completion of lab, and will be completed by the student.  If a student misses a lab, it is the student’s responsibility for making up the lab immediately upon their return to school.

 

Make-up Work

If absent with an approved excuse, the assignment will be due the very next day.  If absent and unexcused, you will receive a 0 for that assignment.  It is YOUR responsibility to get your make-up work as soon as you return.  Quizzes & tests will be made up after school hours the day the student returns to class.

 

Note: There is NO extra credit in this class.

 

Food & Drink

Bottled water is allowed only if it has a lid and in the classroom area, not in the lab area.  No other drinks are allowed in the classroom, especially cans. And please throw away your bottles, and clean up after yourself, when you are finished.  Food is not allowed at all in the room.

 

Technology

BYOD will follow school policy however in this class, student will turn in cell phone in designated area as they enter the class room.  

 

 

Additional Information:

Communication between the teacher, student, and parents is extremely important in order for us to achieve a successful school year. 

 

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

 Chemistry is a challenging course for those students who can consistently work hard, pick up ideas quickly, and manage their time effectively.  You will need to keep yourself on task, make certain you understand each day’s ideas before you leave the classroom, and work on chemistry every day.  Never tell yourself “I don’t have chemistry homework.”  You may have a day where there is nothing due the next day, but you always have your book to read, textbook chapters to review gpb.org/chemistry/physics. Success in  chemistry certainly requires intelligence, but perseverance and consistent effort are requirements as well.

 

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