Chemistry Honors Syllabus
Teacher: Ms. Snyder
This course will provide a detailed study of the principles of chemistry in addition to stoichiometry, equilibrium, kinetic molecular theory, and gas laws. Emphasis will be placed on higher level problem solving techniques and the integration of quantitative analysis. Students will incorporate inquiry based techniques with the scientific method when exploring these detailed concepts in the laboratory. Students considering science and engineering careers are highly encouraged to enroll for this course. Strong math skills are recommended. Lab fee -$20 for year.
Unit 1: Matter
Unit 2: Atomic Structure
Unit 3: Organization of Periodic Table
Unit 4: Chemical Bonding
Unit 5: Chemical Reactions
Unit 6: Quantitative Analysis
Unit 7: Chemical Energy
Unit 8: Application of Chemistry
Unit 9: Gas Laws
Unit 10: Acids and Bases
Please bring the following with you to class every day:
- Paper for notes (can be organized however is easiest for you)
- Writing utensils
- Colored pencils or crayons
- Whiteboard markers
- Scientific calculator (TI-30 or equivalent)
- Goggles (optional, but highly recommended)
CLASSROOM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
1. Students are expected to be in their assigned seats when the bell rings at the beginning of class with all required materials.
2. Maintain respect for other students and teachers at all times.
3. No food (including gum) or drink in the classroom, except for water in a spill proof container.
4. No cell phones on during class, unless instructed to do so by the teacher.
5. Abide by all class procedures such as lab safety, emergency responses, daily tasks, testing, etc.
1. Student safety is our number one priority here at PHHS and safety rules will be strictly enforced. Students will receive a safety contract prior to our first lab experiment.
2. No horse play will be tolerated during a lab experiment.
3. Only sanctioned labs will be carried out. If an unauthorized lab is carried out, a student will be excused from future lab experiments and given an alternative assignment.
4. To ensure safety, our lab equipment and supplies must be properly cleaned and in good working order. To help with this, students will be asked to stay after school to contribute in this endeavor. Each student will be assigned a week in which they will contribute and they will also receive community service for their time.
Failure to comply with the course policies and procedures will result in the following steps:
1. Verbal communication/warning.
2. Student will fill out a 'Refocus' form and will meet with the teacher after school/parent contact
3. After school detention
Students are encouraged to help each other and seek assistance from teachers. However, there is a distinct difference between collaboration between classmates and plagiarism/cheating. Copying work during a test or quiz; copying homework or lab reports from another student or source; plagiarizing from websites, books, magazines or other published sources are all forms of CHEATING. Anyone caught in this practice will receive a zero on the assignment/test, a phone call home, and a referral to the office. *If one student is copying from another, they will BOTH receive zeros.
Worked turned in on time Full credit earned
Work turned in one day late 75% of earned credit
Work turned in two days late 50% of earned credit
Work turned in three or more days late 0% of earned credit
If a student does not have their assignment the day it is due, they will receive an academic detention slip. This will need to be signed by the parent and returned the next day with their missing assignment. If the slip is not brought back signed with the assignment, the student will serve a detention that day. If you have been swept, any assignment that was due will be collected at the beginning of sweep and will not be marked late.
A student with an excused absence will be given the opportunity to make-up course work or in some cases may be given an alternative assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to get with the teacher before class to see what they missed. The student will then be given as many days equivalent to the days missed to turn in the missing assignment(s).
The grading scale is shown below. Final assessments are worth 15%, assessments are worth 60%, and classwork/homework is worth 25% of the grade.
Attendance will be taken at the start of every class. A student who arrives late to class without a pass is considered tardy and the following consequences will be enforced (as outlined in the student handbook):
3rd Tardy: Parent contact
6th Tardy: 1 day after school detention
9th Tardy: 1 day suspension
12th Tardy: 2 day suspension/parent conference to discuss continued enrollment.
Tutoring is available before and after school. The details of the tutoring schedule are located under the teacher information drop down from my website. If you are planning on coming in for tutoring, please let me know what day, so I can make accommodations as necessary. Come prepared with your notes and questions so we can utilize our time as best as possible.
All other regulations from the student handbook including dress code, academic honesty, Panther Pride PAWS Pact, etc. will be enforced.