Chemistry Syllabus

Tucker Middle School

2160 Idlewood Road

Terry Jones

Main Office Number: (678) 874-3702

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Tucker High School
School Year 2012-2013


Department Philosophy: Learn to love science and develop lab skills that will help the student with inquiry learning and data interpretation.

Course Description: During this course students will learn to define matter and classify it according to chemical and physical properties.  The historical and modern theories of the atom will be studied.  Students will classify atoms according to atomic structure and use that understanding to predict bonding using the periodic table.  The students will write formulas for compounds using their understanding of the periodic table and accepted rules of practice.  Students will describe chemical reactions by using balanced equations.  The behavior of solids, liquids,, and gases will be explored using the concept of the kinetic theory to explain the relationships involved.  Solutions and the properties related to solutions will be examined.  Students will explore dynamic equilibrium and predict changes using LeChatelier’s Principle.  Using the theory of equilibrium students will develop definitions and lab concepts of acids and bases.  Oxidation-reduction will be applied to real-life situations and energy interactions will be used to explain reaction spontaneity.  The factors affecting the rate of a reaction will be explored.

Course Prerequisites: Students must have completed and passed one full year of Algebra I (preferably with a B average or better).  Students must be enrolled in Algebra II or better.  Students must have completed Biology and most students should have completed Physical Science.  Students who have not taken Physical Science will be required to take Physics before graduation.

GPS Standards/QCC Objectives: See attached page.

Course Outline:

Week 1 & 2 :
Introduction to Chemistry
Chapters 1
Week 19&20:
Chapter 11
Week 3 & 4 :
Analyzing Data
Chapter 2
Week 21&22:
States of matter
Chapter 12
Week 5 & 6:
Matter-Properties and changes
Chapter 3
Week 23&24:
Chapter 13
Week 7& 8:
Structures of the atom
Chapter 4
Week 25&26:
Mixtures and solutions
Chapter 14
Week 9&10:
Electrons in atoms
Chapter 5
Week 27&28:
Acids and Bases
Chapter 18
Week 11&12:
The periodic table and periodic law
Chapter 6
Week 29&30:
Energy and chemical change
Chapter 15
Week 13&14:
Ionic compounds and Metals
Chapter 7
Week 31&32:
Reaction Rates
Chapter 16
Week 15&16:
Covalent bonding and Chemical Reactions
Chapters  8&9
Week 33&34:
Chemical Equillibrum
Chapter 17
Week 17&18:
Chemical Reactions and The Mole
Chapter  9&10
Week 35&36:
Redox Reactions and Electrochemistry
Chapter 19&20

Grading Scale*
Area                            Percentage              Area                            Percentage
Homework/Classwork              15%                     Labs                            25%
Projects                        10%                     MT/Final Exam           15%
Tests                           35%

* Based on established national/international standards for the Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs, these courses are exempted from and/or may make modifications to the system-wide grading percentages.  However, the approved syllabi template established by the DeKalb County School System will be used.

Grading Scale:
                90-100………….. A
               80-89…………… B
                71-79 ……………C
                70………………. D
                Below 70……….  F

Required Materials:
In order to succeed in this class, students MUST:               The material required for this class are:
Pay Attention in Class  (NO SLEEPING)   1.  Three Ring Binder
Read the Textbook                               2.  Notebook Paper
Study the Notes                                 3.  Pen and Pencil
Seek Extra Help as Necessary                    4. Calculator
Be Prepared at All Times
Be in Class Everyday

Classroom Expectations:
Classroom Procedures:                                   Consequences:
1.  Be on Time                                          1.  Tardy Detention
2.  Be Prepared                                         2.  May result in zeros on assignments
3.  Be Organized                                                3.  May result in lower grades
4.  Be Cooperative                                              4.  May result in lower lab scores
5.  Be Courteous and Respectful                         5.  Verbal Reprimand
Conference with student
Call to Parent
Referral to Principal
*Extreme behavior will automatically result in a referral to the principal.
DO NOT BRING I-Pods, CD Players, MP3 Players or the like to class.

Make-up Policy: ***Requests for ALL make-up work must be initiated by the student.  Missed tests will be made-up after school on an agreed upon day, if the student has an excused absence for the test day.  

Re-do Policy:  Student must be present on the designated day and at the designated time to re-do a particular test.  Failure to keep an appointment time forfeits the chance to make-up a designated test.


I have read the syllabus and understand all that is required of me to succeed in this class.

Student’s Name (Print)                  Student’s Signature                     Date