COURSE OVERVIEW: HONORS/PRE-IB CHEMISTRY
Instructor: Robert Bloomfield
Textbook: Modern Chemistry
Purpose of the Class:
Chemistry is the study of the relationship between the structure and properties of matter, and also the energy changes that accompany changes in matter. Studying chemistry will increase your appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around you. Food, medicine, clothing, the materials we use for everything in life, even life itself, have their basis in chemistry. Studying chemistry will also give you the skills you need to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of proposed solutions to problems and to solve problems yourself. You will be better able to evaluate the claims made by companies in their advertising, and you will become a better citizen in a world where issues involving science and technology are becoming more and more complex.
Introduction to Matter and Energy
Measurements and Calculations
Structure of the Atom
The Periodic Table and Periodic Law
Compounds and Chemical Formulas
Chemical Equations and Reactions
Liquids and Solids
Acids and Bases
Laboratory experiments are an integral part of any chemistry course. These hands-on activities are the most effective way to learn the abstract concepts of chemistry. You will do many labs this year, and the grades for these activities will make up a large percentage of your total grade. Therefore, you must strive to do your very best work while you carry out the lab activity and with the final written paper that you turn in. Proper behavior during labs will be mandatory. Florida law forbids improper lab behavior, and requires that students who misbehave will not be allowed to participate in the lab activity. You will receive a list of the lab rules and procedures on a separate paper.
There is a lab fee of $15.
*There is a lab fee of $15
*The Class Homepage is located at http://cghs.dadeschools.net/shs/homepage.html. To find out what we will be
doing each week, or to find out what work you are missing if you are absent, visit the class homepage. There are
also links to important internet sites, and a joke page for your amusement.
Your academic grade and its point value are as follows: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 1, F = 0.
This grade will be based on the following criteria, along with the approximate percentage of the final
Tests 40-60% Labs 30-40% Classwork and Homework 10-15% Daily Requirements 5%.
Some homework assignments will receive a check instead of a grade. These homework assignments
together will become a single final homework grade for each nine week grade. Each homework assignment
not turned in will lower that grade by one letter.
Failure to carry out any assignment given during class will result in a zero, which means that your daily
requirements grade drops permanently by one letter for each zero you receive
This grade is based on the amount of effort you have put into all of your work. The scale is 1 through 3,
with 1 indicating the greatest effort and 3 indicating little or no effort.
Your conduct grade is based on your behavior in class. All students begin the grading period with an “A” in
conduct. This will be lowered only if the rules of classroom behavior are not followed. A detention may also
be assigned for a conduct rule infraction. The rules of classroom behavior are listed below.
Homework will be assigned two or three times a week.
Reviewing your notes at home each day should be considered a homework assignment each night.
Usually, no homework will be assigned the night before a test.
Late homework. There is no late homework.
. If you are absent from class, it is YOUR responsibility to find out from the teacher what work you have missed
You must do this the day you return to class or you will not be allowed to make up the work. Any missed
homework must be turned in one class day after you return. If you miss a test, then you must ask for the
make-up test at the very beginning of class the day you return. Any missed test that is not made up will
automatically become an F. If you miss a lab, you are not responsible for making up or turning in the lab.
You are, however, responsible for turning in a paper with the following information:
(1) a heading (2) the title of the missed lab and (3) the reason why you did not turn in the actual lab.
Unless you were absent, late work will not be accepted.
Rules of Classroom Behavior: (breaking one of these rules results in a detention or zero or both)
1. No food (including gum) or drinks are allowed in class.
2. Sleeping in class is never allowed.
3. All school policies, including ID and dress code, will be enforced. If you have to be sent to the office
because of a dress code or ID infraction, you will receive a detention.
4. Your table and sink are your responsibility. Sinks are to be kept free of trash. No writing or drawing of any
kind is allowed on the tables. Both of these are your responsibility. If this rule is broken then the entire table
will receive detentions unless the person responsible admits to it.
5. No radios, CD players, or cell phones are to be used in class. During a test this is an automatic “F”.
6. No tardies are permitted. An unsatisfactory tardy will result in a detention. Students who come to class
after a lab activity has begun will not be allowed to participate in the lab..
7. Do not disrupt the class with unnecessary talking or fooling around. The person talking to the class,
whether it is the teacher or another student, must have everyone’s attention.
8. Any form of communication during a test is considered cheating and will result in your test being
confiscated. This means an “F” and possible referral to the Honor Court.
. 9. Taking notes during lectures, reviews, and discussions is considered an assignment, not an option.
10. Any assignment given during class must be done as soon as it is assigned.
11. A textbook, calculator, and separate chemistry notebook are required in class each day. .
12. At the end of class, the teacher (a human), not the bell (a mechanical device), will dismiss the class.
Remember, be a human, not a lab mouse!
13. Chronic failure to obey these rules will result in a Student Behavior Log started, a parent phone call, and a
referral being written.
Student Signature: Date: