Instructor: Dr. Kaczmarek
Chemistry at the College Prep level is a hands-on project-based course that asks students to develop an understanding of the behavior of matter at the atomic level. Topics covered include chemical bonding, atomic structure, stoichiometry, periodicity, kinetics, and equilibrium, and are taught through teacher-directed, project-based units. Students learn important chemistry concepts while investigating major societal problems involving water, energy, petroleum, and nuclear chemistry. Structured teacher support helps students develop effective strategies for learning and problem solving so that students can gain a basic mastery of chemistry. Experiments and group collaboration on projects are central components of this course. Nightly homework and reading focuses on reviewing class notes, applying concepts learned in class, and laboratory reports.
Sequence will be updated as the course progresses.
|Semester 1 Sequence:||
Semester 2 Sequence
Chapter 1: Introduction to Chemistry
Chapter 2: Analyzing data
Chapter 3: Matter - Properties and Change
Chapter 4 / 5: The Structure of the Atom
Chapter 24: Nuclear Chemistry
Chapter 6: The Periodic Table and Periodic Law
Chapter 7:Ionic Compounds and Metals
Chapter 8: Covalent Bonding
Chapter 9: Chemical Reactions
Chapter 10 / 11: The Mole and Stoichiometry
Chapter 12/13: States of Matter and Gases
Chapter 14: Mixtures and Solutions
Chapter 15: Energy and Chemical Change
Chapter 16: Reaction Rates
Chapter 17: Chemical Equilibrium
Chapter 18: Acids and Bases
Chapter 19: Redox Reactions
Student Engagement Expectations:
Student engagement so important to overall success in any course. Communication, attention, and patience are important elements! Students should reach out whenever they need additional support. Please also be patient with yourselves and with Mr. Boody! We will learn how to manage this together.
Successful Chemistry Students....
- Try to follow established safety protocols at all times while in the classroom and building.
- Bring charged laptops, notebook or binder, pencil/pen, and to the class daily.
- Are in the classroom when the scheduled class begins.
- Remain engaged while participating in all lessons. This might mean taking notes, responding to questions, actively participating in groups or in lab.
- Check the Daily Agenda on Canvas OFTEN.
- Communicate, communicate, communicate!!! Students are expected to reach out when they hit roadblocks. There will be MANY. Please check in when you need support!
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!
- All labs completed during lab blocks should be kept in a Bound Notebook of graph paper (Links to an external site.). Please take note of the recommended types. Labs are often lost if the pages are easily removed. This is the student’s responsibility. Students will also need scissors and glue sticks to complete lab set up. Students should have lab supplies BEFORE the first double block period.
- 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 the Chemistry: Matter and Change. Students will be asked to complete readings and activities using this resource. Students should not bring the hardcopy textbook to class daily. Students must return their textbook in June at the completion of the course or pay for a replacement to earn credit for the course. The cost of this book is $90.
- 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.
The final grade for CP Chemistry will be calculated according to the following breakdown. Grade weights may shift to better support students and schedule.
|Term 1||25 %|
|Term 2||25 %|
|Term 3||25 %|
|Term 4||25 %|
|Final Exam / Experience||TBA|
Term Grade Details:
Quizzes and Summative Assessments:
- Quizzes will be worth 5 - 30 points and given as needed. There will be a summative assessment at the end of each Chapter to monitor student mastery. These assessments will be worth 50 - 100 points.
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.
- Homework assignments will be worth 5-10 points depending on the complexity of the assignment. Homework will be assigned most nights and is due the following class to receive full credit. Homework will be checked in class or collected. Assignments turned in later will receive a reduction in credit. Homework assignments for a given Chapter will not be accepted late after the Chapter Assessment has been completed.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Graded assignments are posted in the Daily Agenda and in PowerSchool. Students are expected to check assignments and grades often.
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