Chemistry Syllabus 2013- 2014 Ms. Nora McHugh Ms. Kristin Schwarz email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org (860) 232-4561 ext. 1286 (860) 232-4561 ext. 1227 Course Description This course presents students with an explanation of the structure, composition, physical and chemical properties, and behavior of the materials that make up the world in which we live. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and the ability to make predictions about the behavior of matter. Inquiry is emphasized in class discussions and in many of the lab activities. The student will learn the skills necessary for the communication of chemical ideas within technical and scientific occupations. Required Materials Textbook: Modern Chemistry (Holt, Rinehart & Winston) Notebook: Small (1 or 1.5 in) 3-Ring notebook that should have the follow sections: 1. Weekly Schedules 2. Note-Taking Guides & PowerPoints (optional – print at home) 3. Reading Notes & Reading Quizzes 4. Labs (formal & informal) 5. Graded Assignments Classroom Guidelines 1. Be inquisitive. Ask any and all questions you may have. 2. Be respectful of your classmates, your teacher, and your classroom. 3. Be prepared. Bring pens/pencils, notebook and calculator with you to every class. 4. Be without banned science room items: phones, food & drinks! 5. Be on time. Grading Policy Each assignment will be given a particular point value. Typical point values are as follows: Quarter Tests = 125 Points Formal Lab Reports = 100 Points Unit Tests = 100 Points Informal Lab Reports = 25-50 Points Quizzes = 25-50 Points Graded Homework (GHA) = 20-40 Points Do Now/Reading Quizzes = 10 Points Ungraded Homework = See QBH System Notebook Check = 10 Points Participation/Professionalism = See QBH System ������������������������ ������������������������ ���� 100 Overall Grade = �������������������� ������������������������ ������������������������������������ Common Assessments – All consist of both multiple choice and problem solving sections. 1. Quarter 1 Test 2. Midterm 3. Quarter 3 Test WILLIAM H. HALL HIGH SCHOOL prepares all students to be educated, responsible citizens who contribute collaboratively, independently, and innovatively to a dynamic global community. Chemistry Syllabus 2013- 2014 4. Final Format for Submitted Assignments 1. Full name (first and last) and date. 2. Appropriate title describing the assignment. 3. All data must have the correct units. 4. All writing must be in blue ink, black ink, or pencil. Labs 1. Attendance to labs is critically important as they provide valuable hands-on experience. 2. Failure to follow safety guidelines (especially wearing goggles) will result in a ZERO on lab assignment. 3. Lab reports will either be: a. Formal (complete write-up that must be typed). b. Informal (requires answering a few questions). 4. If a lab is missed, you must make up the lab within ONE WEEK of the missed lab. Failure to do so will results on a ZERO for the missed lab. PARTICIPATING IN A SPORT/AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY DOES NOT EXTEND THIS DEADLINE. 5. One formal lab report will be assigned each quarter. Late Work Policy 1. Ungraded homework assignments are NOT accepted late. Missing ungraded homework assignments will reduce your QBH points. 2. Late work will be reduced 10% of the total earnable points for every SCHOOL day it is late. In other words, as assignment that is one week late will receive 50% credit. An assignment that is two weeks late will receive 0% credit. 3. There is no reduction in grade if work is late due to an excused absence. 4. Habitually late work will have a negative impact on your grade. Attendance and Tardiness 1. Class cuts will result in a zero for any assignment due that day. 2. Tardies are dealt with according to school policy. 3. Class cuts and unexcused tardiness will reduce your QBH points. 4. If you are absent the DAY OF A TEST, the test is expected to be made up the first class day you return. If you are absent the DAY BEFORE A TEST, you are expected to take the test on the regularly scheduled day, unless other arrangements have been previously discussed with your teacher. 5. If you are attending a field trip, you must obtain work that will be missed BEFORE the trip. If an assignment is due the day of a field trip, the work must be turned in BEFORE you leave for the trip. Extra Help Lab Make-Up Times 1. Mondays after school with Ms. McHugh B210 1. Mondays after school with Ms. Schwarz B206 WILLIAM H. HALL HIGH SCHOOL prepares all students to be educated, responsible citizens who contribute collaboratively, independently, and innovatively to a dynamic global community. Chemistry Syllabus 2013- 2014 2. Thursdays after school with Ms. Schwarz B206 2. Thursdays after school with Ms. McHugh B210 3. Other times available by appointment. **YOU MUST SIGN UP TO COME MAKE UP LABS** The QBH System In order to objectively gauge your in-class performance in this course, a point system has been designed to reflect your level of class participation and overall behavior. 1. The Q stand for question. At the beginning of each semester you will be start with 40 points. You will receive one point for each question that you answer or ask correctly. At the end of the semester this number will be recorded as your class participation grade. a. In order to earn a QB point, you must raise your hand and be called on. b. Students who blurt out answers will not receive any points. c. There are no penalties for wrong answers. Hence, there is no reason for individuals not to participate. 2. The B stand for behavior. Negative behavior will result in the loss of points from your running total. Behavior points accumulate geometrically on a daily basis. For example, the first infraction would result in the loss of one point, the second results in the loss of two points, the third results in the loss of four points, the fourth results in the loss of eight points, etc. In other words, four infractions results in the loss of 15 QB points (1 + 2 + 4 + 8 = 15). a. Inappropriate behaviors can have a negative impact on your semester grade. a. Things that can result in the loss of QB points: excessive talking or interrupting, foul language, horseplay, unauthorized or unsafe use of equipment, writing on desks, being disrespectful, throwing items, cell phone use, tardiness, etc. 3. The H stands for homework. When ungraded homework assignments (UHA) are checked, QBH points will be given or taken away. a. A 100% completed UHA will result in 2 QBH points being given. b. A partially (50% or more) completed UHA will result in no QBH points being given. c. A missing or incomplete (less than 50%) UHA will result in 2 QBH points being taken away. Additional Notes 1. Plagiarism (from websites or other students) and cheating will result in a zero on the assignment in question. 2. Chemistry notebooks will be periodically checked (usually during tests) for completeness and organization. This will count as a grade, so please be organized! 3. Textbooks should be covered at all times. Textbooks can generally be left at home, unless you are specifically told to bring them in to class. 4. Rubrics will be supplied with all major assignments. Use them wisely! WILLIAM H. HALL HIGH SCHOOL prepares all students to be educated, responsible citizens who contribute collaboratively, independently, and innovatively to a dynamic global community. Chemistry Syllabus 2013- 2014 5. Goggles are required at ALL TIMES in the chemistry lab. Failure to wear goggles will result in a ZERO on the assigned work associated with the lab. WILLIAM H. HALL HIGH SCHOOL prepares all students to be educated, responsible citizens who contribute collaboratively, independently, and innovatively to a dynamic global community.
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