Chemistry

Course Prerequisites: Algebra I and Algebra I Regents

Course Expectations: Students are expected to surpass the local and NYS standards in chemistry, which include successful completion and of at least 30 labs and passing the Regents exam given in June. Additionally, we expect all students to develop analytical thinking skills, questioning techniques  and to appreciate the intrinsic beauty of this mathematically based science.

 

Science Departmental Grading Policy:

 

Criteria Percentage
Tests & Quizzes 30
Classwork & Participation 25
Labs 25
Assignments (HW and Projects) 20
Total Grade 100

 

Academic Integrity and Honesty

All written assignment that you submit in class is expected to be your own. Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation of and stealing of another author’s language, thoughts and ideas for use as your own. If plagiarism is done whether by plan or by accident will result in serious academic penalties that could lead to failure of the course.

 

Laboratory

A minimum of 1200 minutes of labs (30 -45 minute classes – or their equivalent) is mandated by New York State to sit for the Regents exam. Students who do not satisfy this requirement will be barred from taking the regents.

 

Lab reports are worth 5 points each and are due at the end of the laboratory period unless stated otherwise. Failure to attend a lab on lab day for any reason will result in a make-up lab. Make up labs are posted on Google Classroom.  It is your responsibility to go to the assignment, print out a make up lab and hand it in before the next lab day.

 

Assessments:

Homework is graded on a 5-point effort system. If the student has made a sincere effort s/he will receive a grade of 5. A grade of 4 or 3 is assigned for minimal effort, and a zero is given if no attempt was made. Homework will be stamped for completion daily. Late Homework will only be worth half credit. The purpose of homework is to help reinforce the concepts covered in class and check for understanding.

Test & Quizzes are given every Tuesday and no make-ups will be allowed. Tests will be given at the end of each unit approximately every 2-3 weeks. If you miss an exam due to illness please bring a note from a parent/guardian in order to make up the exam.

 

Required Materials:

  • Access to Google Classroom (see above)
  • Pencils / Pens / Highlighters / Notebook or Loose leaf paper (College Ruled)
  • Red Barron’s Review book to be purchased in February
  • WIllingness to take risks and #FailForward

Class Rules:

    • When you walk in this door you are a Scientist!
    • Be on time and prepared with all materials
    • One mic – respect the voices of peers and teachers
    • No bathroom passes will be given first or last ten minutes of class
    • No food in class or lab
    • NO sprays or lotions in class! (Ms. Beck is allergic)

 

  • No phones or headphones in class unless explicitly stated by the teacher

 

 

Absences:

Excessive absences are not tolerated and may adversely affect your grade. Students with a valid excuse and written permission from a parent or guardian will be allowed to turn in late homework and/or make-up tests. Students should make every effort to attend class regularly. If a class is missed, s/he should get the notes from a friend and seek help from me as soon as possible. Tests should be made up within 48 hours of the student’s return to school. Miss a day – miss a concept!

 

Course Outline:

 

  1. Nature of Matter 7) Kinetics and Equilibrium
  2. Atomic Structure 8) Solutions
  3. Periodic Table 9) Acids, Bases and Salts
  4. Chemical Bonding 10) Oxidation & Reduction
  5. Moles & Stoichiometry 11) Nuclear Chemistry
  6. Thermochemistry 12)  Organic Chemistry

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

FALL:

Thursday, September 26 5:00 – 7:30 pm (Curriculum Night)

Thursday,  November 29 5:30 to 8:00 pm (Evening Parent Teacher Conference)

Friday, November 30 12:30 to 3:00 pm (Afternoon Parent Teacher Conference)    

SPRING:

Thursday, March 7, 2019 5:30 to 8:00 pm (Evening Parent Teacher Conference)

Friday, March 8, 2019 12:30 to 3:00 pm (Afternoon Parent Teacher Conference)

 

REGENTS EXAM

Tuesday, June 25, 9:15 am

 

Chemistry Learning Standards:

STANDARD 1—Analysis, Inquiry, and Design Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.

STANDARD 2—Information Systems Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.

STANDARD 4—The Physical Setting Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.

STANDARD 6—Interconnectedness: Common Themes
Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology
and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.

STANDARD 7—Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

 

CDOS Learning Standards:

Standard 1: Career Development Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options, and relate personal skills, aptitudes, and abilities to future career decisions.

Standard 2: Integrated Learning Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.

Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills Students will demonstrate mastery of the foundation skills and competencies essential for success in the workplace. and

Standard 3b: Career Majors Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.