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					                             PRE-AP CHEMISTRY I SYLLABUS 2008—2009

                                        Mrs. Louie—Room NE 241
                           Tutorials: Mondays and Thursdays 2:30 PM—3:15 PM
                                 Webpage: Http://cfbstaff.cfbisd.edu/louiep

WELCOME

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes.
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for future advanced classes by building a good foundation
of scientific skills and knowledge. This course will enhance the students’ math skills, critical/analytical
thinking skills, and increase their overall scientific literacy.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Students will need to keep notes of class discussion and practice. The students’ notes, a red pen, a
blue/black pen, and a pencil should be brought to class each day. Colored pens/pencils may be needed on
occasion. Organization of class papers will be up to the individual student. A graphing calculator will be
provided for in-class use only. Personal graphing/programmable calculators are not permitted during
testing situations. Students should check the teacher’s webpage regularly for announcements and
assignment updates.

COURSE TOPICS

Fall:    Introduction: lab safety/equipment, measurement, significant figures, scientific notation, graphing,
                  unit conversions, classification of matter
         History of the atomic models, electron configurations, periodicity, moles
         Bonding
         Nomenclature
         Chemical equations/types of reactions

Spring: Stoichiometry
        Solutions
        Acids/bases/neutralizations
        Gas laws
        Nuclear chemistry
        Organic/Biochemistry
        Qualitative analysis
        Electrochemistry/REDOX/Thermodynamics/Kinetics (if time permits)

A detailed course sequence will be available on-line at http://cfbstaff.cfbisd.edu/louiep and it will also be
given in class at the beginning of each unit.

GRADING PROCEDURES
1. Each nine weeks grade can be calculated by the following:
        Tests (summative): 60%
        Laboratory work (formative): 30%
        Daily work and quizzes (formative): 10%
2. Assessment for mastery of TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) will be accomplished by
   student performance quizzes and tests.
3. A failing grade on a quiz can be raised to 70 by demonstrating mastery on the corresponding test.
4. A failing grade on a test can be raised to 70 by demonstrating mastery on the following test ONLY IF
   the following test is cumulative.
5. Each semester grade is calculated by:
        0.8 (average of nine week’s grades) + 0.2 (semester exam)
6. SUBSTANDARD WORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT!
7.  Points may be deducted from student papers for the following reasons:
    a. incomplete, incorrect, or illegible responses
    b. incorrect use of significant figures
    c. incorrect spelling or grammar
    d. not following prescribed format
    e. failure to show logical progression of work
    f. failure to follow safe laboratory procedures as prescribed in the laboratory safety contract
8. All assignments (including tests) must be completed on time. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE
    ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT! Students who are absent the day an assignment is due are expected to
    hand in the assignment upon their return to class. Refer to the student handbook in regards to make-up
    work.
9. An absence prior to a test or quiz will excuse the student from the test or quiz only if they missed new
    instruction (not review).
10. A student absent on the day of the test is expected to make up the test during class upon their return.

CLASSROOM RULES AND EXPECTATIONS
1. Refer to the student handbook.
2. Students are TARDY if they are not in the room at the last sound of the bell.
3. Students shall keep an accurate record of their grades to monitor their average.
4. The student will receive a consolidated printed progress report for all seven classes as close as possible
   to the three week and six week mark of a grading period. Parents of failing students should contact the
   teacher as soon as possible.
5. The teacher will announce all major tests at least two class days in advance.
6. Students should attempt to resolve any misunderstandings concerning grades with the teacher during
   tutorials.
7. Tutorials will be available to all students on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM.
8. Fairness and courtesy are essential for productive student-teacher-parent interactions.

LABORATORY SAFETY RULES
1. Follow ALL instructions given by the instructor.
2. Safety goggles will be worn when burners, glassware, or caustic chemicals are in use in the lab.
3. Long hair must be tied back.
4. Handle hot glassware with tongs or gloves.
5. Place hot items on a ceramic fiber square or wire gauze.
6. Never pick up reagent bottles by the lid.
7. DO NOT sit on the lab tables or student desks.
8. Pour acids slowly into water with constant stirring.
9. Lubricate glass tubing, thermometers, or glass rods before inserting through a rubber stopper. Wrap a
    cloth or paper towel around the glass before inserting.
10. Be sure that all clamps are secure before beginning an experiment.
11. NOTIFY THE INSTRUCTOR IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT!!!
12. Flush any chemical spills on the skin with plenty of water and notify the teacher.
13. In the event of any chemical contact with the eyes, use the eyewash and notify the teacher.
14. Use the automatic shower in the event of large quantities of caustic chemicals splashed on the body. If
    fire is involved, follow the steps as described in class.
15. Never taste chemicals or directly inhale the fumes of chemicals.
16. Carry only the quantity of equipment that can be safely handled.
17. Closed-toe shoes MUST BE WORN in the lab at all times.
18. Long sleeves must be rolled up when using burners or chemicals.
19. Eating and drinking are prohibited during lab (including chewing gum.)
20. Never perform unauthorized experiments.
21. Disruptive conduct will not be tolerated and will result in the expulsion from lab and all materials
    turned in immediately for evaluation. Proper lab procedure is worth 50% of each lab grade.
22. Failure to comply with any of the above safety rules will be dealt with in the same fashion as
    disruptive conduct.
23. Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for information about chemicals used in the lab.
                           PRE-AP CHEMISTRY I SYLLABUS 2008—2009


                                       Mrs. Louie—Room NE 241



NOTE: This document must be signed and turned in before a student is allowed to conduct laboratory
experiments.


SAFETY CONTRACT


We the undersigned have read, understood, and agree to abide by the guidelines described in this document.


Student Name (please print): ______________________________________________________________


Student Signature: ____________________________________________________ Date: _____________


Parent/guardian Signature: ____________________________________________________ Date: _______


Daytime phone number: ________________________________

Parent email address: ___________________________________

Comments or concerns:

				
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