Course Syllabus

Course Title:  Chemistry – Matter and Change

Level: Honors 

Instructor: Dr. Kaczmarek


            The objective for this course is to allow students to develop an appreciation for science and the chemical properties that govern our world. Students will spend time examining the physical structure of matter, how this matter interacts through chemical processes, and the role of energy in these interactions. Students will also develop an appreciation for the application of Chemistry in our society. Experiments, application activities, problem solving, and group decision-making are a central part of this course. Nightly homework focuses on reviewing class notes, applying concepts learned in class, and laboratory reports. Students in this course should have completed a year of science and have the recommendation of their grade nine science teacher.

Course Sequence:

Sequence subject to change to better to accommodate for students and schedule.

Semester 1:

Chapter 2: The Nature of Matter

Chapter 3: Atomic Structure

Chapter 4: Nuclear Chemistry

Chapter 5: Electrons in Atoms

Chapter 6: The Periodic Table

Chapter 7: Chemical Bonds

Chapter 8: Chemical Equations

Chapter 9: The Mole

Semester 2:

Chapter 10: Stoichiometry

Chapter 11: Molecular Compounds

Chapter 12: Intermolecular Forces

Chapter 13: Gases

Chapter 14: Solutions

Chapter 15: Chemical Kinetics and Equilibrium

Chapter 16: Acids and Bases



Student Engagement Expectations:

  • Student engagement this year is going to be more important than ever as we navigate the changing schedule and landscape.  Communication and patience are the most important elements!  Students should reach out whenever they need additional support.  Please also be patient with yourselves and with Dr. K!  We will learn how to manage this together.  

Required Course Materials:

Charged Laptop and something to write with

  • While some work this year will be completed through the computer or online, we will need to write or draw some items in class and remotely.  Please have access to paper and pencil (or pen) at all times.

Headphones or Earbuds:

  • There may be a lot happening in the classrooms.  Students will use video and simulations to complete some of the work this year.  Students should have headphones with them whenever they attend Chemistry class to best focus on these items.

Three Ring Binder

  • Handouts and notes should be kept in a binder. All material for the year should be organized. You will need it.


  • Students are required to wear goggles during all lab experiences.  Students may borrow goggles from the classroom supply or purchase their own.  


  • Students will be provided with hardcopies of the van Geel textbook and workbook.  They are yours to keep, so please feel free to write in them. You can also find the pdf files on our Canvas website.  

Scientific Calculator

  • The subject of Chemistry is often very math-based. You should bring a calculator daily. Graphing Calculators, cell phones, or other electronic devices may not always be permitted.  Again, please remember, equipment cannot be shared or borrowed.

Grading Policy:

            The final grade for Honors Chemistry will be calculated according to the following breakdown.  Given the uncertainty with the schedule this year, grade weights may shift to better support students.

Item Weight
Term 1 25 %
Term 2 25 %
Term 3 25 %
Term 4 25 %
Final Exam / Experience TBA
Overall Grade 100%


Term Grade Details:

Quizzes and Summative Assessments:

  • Quizzes will be worth 5 - 50 points and given as needed. They might be announced or unannounced.  

Lab Activities and Projects:

  • Lab Activities will generally be worth 10 -20 points. A larger, long term project might be worth more. Each lab partner must turn in an individual lab activity unless stated otherwise.


  • Homework assignments will be assigned most nights and is due the following class. It is expected that you do your homework to the best of your ability. Most homework will not be collected. We will always either discuss the homework or an answer key will be provided. Even if some homework assignments are not being discussed fully, students will always have a chance to ask clarifying questions. We will have frequent quizzes, exit tickets, etc., so doing your homework, keeping organized notes, paying attention and asking clarifying questions is your key to success in this class.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Graded assignments are posted on the Canvas homework calendar and in PowerSchool.  Students are expected to check assignments and grades often. 

Course Summary:

Date Details Due