Chem Syllabus 2006

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                     Dear Chemistry Student and Parents/Guardians,

                     Requirements: General Chemistry is a two-semester college preparatory
                     lecture and lab class (with a large emphasis on the lab portion). A large
                     percentage of this class is applied mathematics, so I would expect that
                     everyone in class has already SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED
                     INTEGRATED 1 AND 2, and should be currently enrolled in Integrated 3.

                     A Great Foundational Science: My goal for this year is to help my students to realize
                     how exciting and empowering it can be to master a difficult subject like Chemistry.
                     Chemistry is the study of the composition of matter, or “stuff”, and the changes that this
                     matter undergoes. Thus, I expect that by the end of this course my students will be able
                     to comprehend the submicroscopic processes occurring which can explain the
                     macroscopic (visible) world we see around us all the time. Mastery of this content can
                     make many of the other sciences you take in the future more rewarding and easier to

                     Dedication and Accountability on Your Part: We will be covering around 20 chapters
                     in 36 weeks, this is less than 2 weeks per chapter. In order to achieve mastery of the
                     subject matter, you can expect to have nightly homework and reading assignments
“ I expect this to   outside of class time. I am expecting that every student READ EACH CHAPTER AT
be your favorite     HOME in order that our time in class can be better spent on clarifying terminology,
                     correcting misconceptions, practicing calculations, and most importantly, doing
Class by the end
                     demonstrations, labs and other hands-on activities. Frequent evaluations of student
of this year! “      progress will be done through a variety of methods such as: quizzes, tests, lab
                     performances, lab journals, graphical posters, oral presentations, and cumulative
                     semester finals. These assessments will help in modifying the presentation of new
                     content and in identifying areas that needed further practice.

                        Read the chapter EARLY!!! Write down any questions for class.
                        Make use of class time to FINISH assignments while you can get help from me
                          or your peers. Try not to leave a lot it for homework.
                        Do not talk when I am talking. This will only waste class time and hinder you
                          and your table from getting the needed information.
                        Take notes and REREAD your notes before the next class AND while preparing
                          for the test.
                        Engage yourself in the class discussions. Even saying an incomplete or incorrect
                          answer moves the class closer to a solution.
                        Practice the mathematics of this course early and often. Get help early on if the
                          math is not easy for you. DO NOT WAIT.
                        Give neat, thoughtful and personalized answers to your homework questions.
                          Putting the answer IN YOUR OWN WORDS will greatly enhance your ability
                          to remember it and reduce your study time later. Redo sloppy work before
                          turning it in.
                        Never give up, it might all clear up in the next lecture or lab, etc.

                     OFF HOURS: 1st, 5th, and 7th (schedule time to meet me)
                     EMAIL: PHONE: 488-6130
                                 RULES, THE FIVE P’S…
1. Prompt     In your seat, with HOMEWORK OUT, prior to the bell ringing. Tardiness is a
              distraction for the class and causes you to lose participation points after the 2 nd

2. Prepared Expect to work hard everyday. Be prepared to participate in class discussions,
            and shoulder shrugging is NOT an acceptable answer to a question. You will
            need a pencil, paper everyday. A scientific calculator is also needed for many of
            the units. Once the bell rings I need your attention immediately.

3. Polite     Get permission before leaving the classroom. No vulgar or derogatory
              comments. Everyone should feel comfortable and safe to ask or answer
              questions without ridicule or interruptions. NO SIDE CONVERSATIONS.
              This also means NO TALKING WHENEVER I AM LECTURING!! NO
              disturbance caused, will require me to confiscate the electronic device and return
              it to a parent or guardian. This is a science department policy.

4. Positive   A positive attitude is essential in Chemistry. You all have the ability to do this,
              so make an effort every time! Get involved in group learning and spend time on
              your work in order to have pride in the neatness and thoughtfulness put into your

5. Proactive Get involved in your education. This class is what YOU make of it. You make
               the choice between being disengaged and bored OR engaged and connected to
               the class while having fun. If you are absent, it is YOUR responsibility to
               CHECK THE WHITEBOARD for assignments or notes missed, and then
               complete the assignments by the next day. Don’t blame me, or others, when you
               drop the ball. Ask for help or due date EXTENSIONS EARLY. I will do
               EVERYTHING I can to help you, but do NOT wait until the day of the test or
               the day it is due to ask for the help.
Required Materials: (You must have these with you EVERYDAY)
   Notebook Paper(for Notes, etc)                 Writing utensils
   Scientific Calculator                          3-Ring Binder for graded work
   MEAD Lab Book with Graph Paper (I will sell them for $1.60 in class)

Grading Policy: (I do not GIVE grades, students EARN their grades!)
The semester grade is determined from student achievement on exams, lab work, classwork,
homework, graphic outlines, projects, oral presentations, and class participation/conduct. I
rarely give extra credit assignments, though you may receive extra points on certain
assignments and projects when you put in extra effort, extra thought, extra research, or extra

Exemption for the Final Exam will be granted if you have a “C” or better, you are willing to
accept your current grade, and you have no more than two absences (either excused or
unexcused) in each of your classes.

        90%-100% = A         Excellent
         80%-89% = B         Great Work
         70%-79% = C         Can Improve on this
         60%-69% = D         Colleges won’t accept
         0%- 59% = F          No Credit
Participation Grade:
You are expected to participate in my class through taking notes, answering questions, asking
questions, and independently demonstrating lab techniques. 100 to 200 points of your total
grade will come from your promptness, participation and conduct in class. Proper conduct
assist or tutor others can earn extra points in this category. Poor behavior in class will result in
loss of points and reduction of your grade.

Tardy Procedure:
A student will be considered tardy/late if he/she is not in his/her assigned seat BEFORE the
bell actually rings. If you are tardy, please sign in (without a reminder from me) at the
Accountability Clipboard near the door. Good News Your first two tardies are without
penalty. Bad News  The 3rd TARDY causes you to LOSE 40 POINTS from your
participation grade AND three tardies is also equivalent to 1 day of absence in regards to the
final exemption attendance program. Worse News  You will miss out on the amazing
content I had to share with you in the beginning of class. 

Assignments and Work Packets:
Classwork and Homework will be checked daily (usually stamped if completed on time), AND
will later be turned in about once a week in a Work Packet including a cover page which
lists all the assignments in order. Official Labs are due one week after the start date of the
lab and are NOT turned in with the Work Packets. If you are absent please be prepared to turn
in your assignments on the day that you return to class.
Late Work, Make-up Work, Retakes of Tests and Emergencies:
If you need more time for finishing an assignment, please contact me at least one day prior
to the due date to request extensions or assistance. Excuses given on the day it is due are
irrelevant, UNLESS you can email the extenuating circumstance to me that night: A Work Packet (usally worth 50 points) loses 10 points for each
day it is late. All other assignments lose half of their total value for being one day late. Any
assignment that is more than 2 class days late will receive no credit for that assignment.

lunch, after school, or sometimes during class. This is because I need to quickly get all tests
graded and be able to review the answers openly in classes, so I can only wait one day for
make-ups. If you fail to make it up in this time period, you will receive a zero for that
test/quiz. Exceptions are made for extended absences. I will often allow you to retake a
different version of the test for up to 90% of original value of the test. So don’t give up.
No Food or Drink in Class:
This is a classroom and a laboratory, NOT a cafeteria. School policy allows for you to have
water in class as long as it is in a container which can be sealed. We need to follow this rule.
No Cheating of Any Kind:
Academic honesty is very important here at Poudre High School. If a student appears to be
cheating, a score of zero will be recorded for the given assignment. This applies to all
students involved in the offense whether or not all students benefited personally from the
information. As a student, you need to make every effort to not be involved, or around anyone
who is cheating. If another student needs legitimate help, you may help through verbal
coaching and working examples with them. It is not acceptable to let them “see” your paper
just to “check your answers”; this is just a euphemism for copying another person’s work and
their thoughts. Remember all forms of plagiarism are also academically dishonest, so always
cite your sources. Remember, I really want to know your thoughts and your
calculations…not your neighbor’s.

                          Have a great year at Poudre!
If you think that you may need some extra credit this year, you may do one of the following to receive from 1 to 4% increase
in your overall grade, just enough to get you from a C+ to a B-. The percent allowed depends on difficulty of the task and
overall effort on your part to make a neat, logically organized and creative summary/presentation of what you learned. Some
examples of how to earn this extra credit are listed below:

        Attending science related lecture series at a University.
        Viewing and analyzing a scientific movie-documentary, IMAX, or TV special.
        Visits to museums or businesses related to science or technology.
        Reading a science related book, such as the ones listed below.

Distinguished Lecture: "Global Climate and Human Health" at CSU, Fort Collins
4:00 -5:00 p.m., September 7, 2005            West Ballroom, Lory Student Center, Reception to follow "Diversity in Science: Science
and Society in the Twenty-first Century" at CSU, Fort Collins
September 7, 2005              Time: ?           W118 Anatomy/Zoology Bldg.                                 Denver Museum of
Nature and Science also has IMAX movies and lectures on occasion. Call 303-332-7009 or go online for more information: An acceptable IMAX playing until Sept. 28th is: Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France follows the true story of two
professional cyclists: Australian Baden Cooke and French teammate Jimmy Casper. In addition to the human drama, you’ll witness the
latest advances in neuroscience. Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery (fMRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) show how the
brain responds in “real time” to both external and internal stimuli.
“An Inconvenient Truth” A documentary movie regarding global warming. This may still be playing in certain markets (like Denver).

PLEASE GET APPROVAL OF YOUR SUMMARY FORMAT FIRST!!! Once you have attended one of these
lectures, movies or museums, you will need to write up a summary of what you learned. You have the option of making a poster summary,
or power point if this would be better for demonstrating what was learned. In your summary, be sure to include Who, When, What, Why
and How. Who was lecturing, When was the lecture and was it historical explanations or current technologies, what was the theme or
purpose of the lecture-what did you learn-what questions do you now have after the lecture, why is this topic important to you or society,
and how is this related to chemistry in some way.

You may also read one of the books on the list below. You will also need to write a summary of what you learned, probably for each
chapter. This assignment is worth the most possible points. Mr. Jasmann has some of these books available to borrow, otherwise try to find
them at our school library or the Fort Collins Public Library (

        Physics and Philosophy, Werner Heisenberg
        No Ordinary Genius: The Illustrated Richard Feynman, Christopher Sykes
        Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman
        Six Easy Pieces, Essentials of Physics (and Chemistry), Richard Feynman
        The Elegant Universe, Brian Greene
        The Dancing Wu Li Master (Particle physics), Gary Zukav
        Relativity, Albert Einstein
        A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking
        The Universe in a Nutshell, Stephen Hawking
        Absolute Zero and the Conquest of Cold, Tom Shachtman
        The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
        The Zone, Dr. Barry Sears
        Peak Performance, Charles A. Garfield, PhD
        Candid Science: Conversations with Famous Chemists, Istvan Hargittai
        Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color That Changed the World, Simon Garfield
        A Well-Ordered Thing: Dmitri Mendeleev and the Shadow of the Periodic Table, Michael Gordin
        Marie Curie: A Life, Susan Quinn
        Crucibles: The Story of Chemistry from Ancient Alchemy to Nuclear Fission, Bernard Jaffe
        Einstein, Bohr, and the Quantum Dilemma, Andrew Whitaker
        For the Love of Enzymes: The Odyssey of a Biochemist, Arthur Kornberg
        Linus Pauling in His Own Words: Selections From his Writings, Speeches and Interviews, Barbara Marinacci,
        Double Helix: A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA, James D. Watson
        Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA, Brenda Maddox
Please read the 5 P’s, especially the Polite P regarding electronic devices in class.

I have read all of Mr. Jasmann’s Chemistry Expectations agree to abide by them and work
within them. Please sign below and return to me BY AUGUST 31st.

STUDENT NAME PRINTED: ________________________________ PERIOD: _____

PARENT/GUARDIAN PHONE NUMBER: ____________________________________



                                “In a Million Words or Less”

Dear Parents,
       I have a special request for you. You can call this a science homework assignment and
your child will receive 10 points for this optional assignment. His/her grade will go up for this
assignment, yet it can not drop their grade if it is not done (I will mark it as excused).

        Please tell me about your son or daughter “in a million words or less”. I find it fun to
learn a little bit about my students sooner rather than later. I think it will fun for you, too. You
may write it on the back of this paper, type it up, or email it to me. All written formats are
THEY HAVE ME. I would like to receive your responses by Friday, September 8th .

       Hope to see you at Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 6th.


                                               Jeramy Jasmann, PHS Science Teacher