Course Syllabus

Course Title: 

Chemistry – Matter and Change

Level: ACP

Instructor: Mr. Boody

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Mr. Boody Office Hours:

  • Scheduled weekly.  Please see The Daily Agenda on Canvas for details.
  • Also scheduled by appointment.   I would love to meet.  Please email me!
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Course Description:

         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 accommodate for students and schedule.

Semester 1


Semester 2

Unit 1: The Nature of Matter

Chapters 1, 2, 3

Unit 2: The Atom and Nuclear Chemistry

Chapters 4 and 24

Unit 3: Electrons and the Periodic Table

Chapters 5 and 6

Unit 4: Compounds and Chemical Bonds

Chapter 7 and 8

Unit 5: Chemical Reactions

Chapters 9


Unit 6: The Mole and Stoichiometry

Chapters 10 and 11

Unit 7: Molecular Compounds and Properties

Chapters 12

Unit 8: States of Matter

Chapter 12

Unit 9: Properties of Gases

Chapter 13

Unit 10: Solutions and Acid/Base Chemistry

Chapter 14 and 18

Student Engagement Expectations:

Student engagement is so important to overall success in any course.  Communication, attention, and patience are important elements!  Students should reach out whenever they need additional support.

Successful Chemistry Students....

    • 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 the 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!

Lab Supplies

    • All labs completed during lab blocks should be kept in a Bound Notebook of graph paper. Students will be given lab notebooks this year!  Students will also need scissors and glue sticks to complete lab setup.  Please have some glue sticks handy!  They run out quick.

Goggles (Optional)

    • 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 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.  

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.  

Grading Policy:

         The final grade for ACP Chemistry will be calculated according to the following breakdown.  Grade weights or sequence may shift to better support students and schedule.

Item Course Content Weight


Units 1 and 2 22%

Term 2

Units 3 - 5 22%

Semester 1 Final

Units 1 - 5 4 %

Term 3

Unit 6 and 7 12%

Term 4

Unit 8 and 9 12 %

Semester 2 Final

Units 6 - 9 4 %

Final Lab Experience

All 4 %

Schedule subject to change to better accommodate students needs.

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 Unit 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 Unit will not be accepted late after the Unit 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. 

Course Summary:

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