Chemistry B Syllabus

Kalamazoo Central High School2010/2011 

Chemistry B Syllabus

 Kari Luckett 337-0330 ext. 543 

Course Description from Course Bulletin:

Students will go beyond the basics and deeply into principles of and changes in matter.  Topics include writing names/formula, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry.  Laboratory-based activities will emphasize and reinforce the concepts and principles of chemistry.  Working in groups, use of technology and analysis of experimental results will be emphasized. 

Length of course:1 trimester (12 weeks) = 0.5 Academic Credit 

Classroom Expectations:In order to create a positive learning environment, we must be PRO. Be Prepared – This means that students will…..

  • Come to class with student id, homework, writing utensil, etc.
  • Come to class ready to work with others and learn.
 Show Respect – This means that students will….
  • Be open and courteous to others ideas, beliefs, and questions.
  • Use positive, non-offensive language and gestures.
 Take Ownership – This means that students will…..
  • Be present, arrive on time, and participate.
  • Maintain an organized science notebook.
  • Help maintain a clean classroom.
  • Follow school rules and procedures.

 Make-up policy:Opportunities will be given to students to make-up tests or quizzes and to resubmit work. It will be the students’ responsibility to contact teachers and make arrangements within a 3 day time period from the date of returning to school, the sharing of grades or the posting of grades.  When absent, students will have one week past the due date to turn in missing work for full credit. 

Course Objective or Core Concepts:The focus will be on both mastery of scientific content and the development of essential academic skills. In terms of scientific content, students will master the following priority standards.q       Predict the formula of a compound given the compound name.q       Predict the name of a compound given the formula.q       Convert between moles, numbers of particles, mass, and volume of gases for any element or compoundq       Calculate the percent composition of any compound, empirical and molecular formula of any compound.q       Identify and balance chemical equations.q       Predict the products of five types of chemical reactions.q       Calculate the mass, number of particles, or volume of gas at STP for any substance in any reaction.q       Identify the limiting reagent in any reaction given multiple reactant quantities. In terms of essential academic skills, students will …..q       homework in the form of instructed practice and independent research is turned in on time and completed in a conscientious manner.q       Apply knowledge of dimensional analysis to solve problems using appropriate tools and techniques. (SI units, scientific notation, and significant figures)q       organize, reflect and analyze their work and their instruction individually and in groups, by producing an organized product, and through peer review and open discussion. 

Course Outline:This course includes six measurement topics.  These are intended to develop a student’s ability to answer essential content area questions related to Chemistry.q       Nomenclatureq       Molesq       Balancing and Types of Reactionq       Stoichiometryq       Acids/Basesq       Scientific Practiceq       Scientific Organization  

Each unit of study includes the same core components, including…..q       Academic and content vocabulary developmentq       Lecture and note-takingq       Scientific Inquiry – including labs, projects and other hands on activitiesq       Regularly scheduled homework (Tuesday and Thursday)q       Ongoing assessment in the form of quizzes or tests 

Evaluation/Grading Criteria:Student grades will be calculated as a percentage of total points possible. 

Category:                                                                            Weight:

Assignments                                                                           30%

Tests/Projects/Performance Assessments                     30%

Quizzes                                                                                    20%

Homework                                                                             20% 

The semester work will account for 80% of the total grade. 

A "X" in the grade book means that a student is exempt from the assignment. 

A “Z” in the grade book means that a student refused to turn in an assignment or complete an activity. 

Homework:Students will receive an A (100%) for completing the homework on time and with quality. Students will receive a D- (60%) for turning in homework late.  Incomplete homework will be assessed based on the level of completion when due and is up to teacher discretion.  

Exams: Final exams count as 20% of the final grade.  

Textbook and Other Materials:Wilbraham, Staley, Matta, Waterman. (2008). Prentice Hall Chemistry. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.