The mission statement of Norwell High School is to provide an engaging,

    supportive environmentwhere students strive for excellence,practice respect and contribute to society.

    Integrity  Learning   Respect   Responsibility 

    Course: This is a college preparatory course intended for those students who have demonstrated a high ability and motivation in science and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on activities of observation and experimentation as the basis for all learning of chemistry. Concepts presented include: the behavior of gases; atomic structure and theory; chemical reactions; chemical bonding; equilibria; acidity and basicity. A student is expected to develop the necessary skills and habits, which will enable him/her to independently investigate and interpret laboratory experimentation. Classes include lecture, discussion and laboratory investigations. A research project is a requirement of the course. Participation in the science fair is optional.

    Course Expectations: I expect all of my students to respect themselves, other students, the facilities, and myself. This means that you are to try your hardest at all times, and be kind and courteous to other students. In addition you are to come to class prepared and ready to work with proper materials including your notebook, pen or pencil, and a calculator.

    Student behavior guidelines

    • ●  Come to class on time

    • ●  Bring a notebook or binder, pen/pencil, and calculator to every class

    • ●  No texting during class Electronic device use in the hallway on your way to the

      bathroom/locker during class

    • ●  No food or drink in lab

    • ●  Remain seated until the bell rings

    • ●  Only one student out of the room at one time

      Course skills/ concepts: In this course, you will learn the skills of proper mathematical problem solving using dimensional analysis or the factor­label method. In addition, proper laboratory techniques, data reporting, and the scientific method will be discussed. We will also focus on explaining chemical concepts in short answer questions.

    Major units: Measurement, Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table, Compounds, The mole, Chemical Equations, Stoichoimetry, States of Matter, Solutions, Equilibria, Acids and Bases

    Text and requirements/ materials: Your textbook for the class will be Glencoe’s Chemistry: Matter and Change. This book must be covered at all times. Please bring this book to class any day that homework from it is assigned or I ask you to bring it. You will also need to bring with you each day a binder with paper to take notes on, something to write with, and a calculator.

    Homework policy/ major projects: If homework problems are assigned, you are to come in class the next day prepared and ready to check your answers. You are to check your answers, find your mistakes, and help others. While you are doing this, I will be checking your homework for completion and effort. You will get credit for you work even if you did not get the correct answers, as long as you have tried your best. If there is a class wide misunderstanding, I will take time out of class to explain the problem.

    Your homework grade will be based on the percentage of homework assignments completed. For example, if I give 30 homework assignments per term and you do 25; you will receive a homework grade of 83% for the term.

    If you do not do a homework assignment, you may receive half credit if it is completed by the next day. After that it remains as no credit.

    Grading system: You will be graded on a points system. Every assignment or assessment will be given a certain point value. Your term grade will be: (total number of point earned)/ (total possible points). Homework and class participation will be graded once per term.

    • ●  Tests: 50­-100 points each

    • ●  Quizzes: 25­-50 points each

    • ●  Lab Reports: 10­-60 points each

    • ●  Homework: 30 points per term

    • ●  Class Participation: 15 points per term

    • ●  Other Assignments To be determined

      Make­Up Policy: If you are absent and miss a graded assignment, you have 2 weeks from the day you come back to make up the work – if you fail to make it up in this time, the grade becomes a 0. A laboratory or other graded assignment that is not turned in on the due date loses 5% of its value each day it is late.

      I know this year is going to be great and I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you. I am always here if you need extra help, a question clarified, or just want to chat!!

Last Modified on September 28, 2013