College Preparatory Chemistry I Welcome to College Preparatory Chemistry I. My name is Mr. Talbot and I will be your teacher this year. I have 15 years experience of teaching chemistry and physics in the United States Naval Nuclear Power Program. In addition to my college degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania I have 20 years of theoretical and practical chemistry and physics experience from the operation of Naval Nuclear Power Plants during my time on active duty in the United States Navy. This will be one of your most challenging and rewarding classes so far in your high school career. This course covers principal chemistry concepts such as matter and measurements, the atom, periodic law, chemical bonding and shapes, chemical formulas, chemical reactions, stoichiometry, organic chemistry and gas laws. Students will be expected to use mathematical problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills in student-directed laboratory and classroom experiences. Laboratory experiments are an integral part of this curriculum. Students will learn essential skills and prepare formal laboratory reports while being presented with both abstract and concrete concepts. This is a course for students interested in a career in science, engineering or the medical field. Prerequisites: College Prep Algebra II and college Prep Biology with a “C” or better. This course will require significant time invested outside of the classroom to include: homework, chapter readings, writing lab reports, finishing experiments, independent study/research and of course many hours spent studying. Please self evaluate yourself to determine if you are ready and/or need to make this serious commitment. Grading Practices During this course you will receive grades for your work. These grades are divided into 3 categories: Level I assessments are summative and will require the student to be evaluated in class without working with other students, notes, books or aids. Examples include tests, quizzes, final exams, inquiry labs, etc. Level II assessments are summative and will require students doing work outside the classroom with an assessment occurring in the classroom. Examples include projects, presentations and independent research projects. Level III assessments are formative and involve student work that has no guarantee or requirement that the students work was done independently. Summative grades are those that “sum” or measure what you have learned. Formative grades “form” your knowledge and help you reach a mastery that is measured by the “summative” grades. Your work will be evaluated on the following percentages: Level I = 70% of grade Level II = 20% of grade Level III = 10 % of grade There will be a cumulative final exam for this course. It is worth 20% of your total grade and will be recorded on your report card. Your grade will be based on the following scale: A = 100% - 93% B = 92% - 85% C = 84% - 77% D = 76% - 70% F = 69% - 00% Assignments All assignments must be done neatly and legibly on notebook paper. Your first and last name, exercise(s), class period and date will appear legibly in the upper right corner of the paper. Work that is not legible or which contains illegible identifying information will not be graded and will be returned to the student. You may resubmit these assignments within one school day once it meets these requirements; however, a 10% penalty will be incurred. All assignments are to be completed by their due date and before you come into the classroom. For an excused absence homework is due upon return to school. Extended illnesses will be treated on an individual basis. If you are out of class for a meeting, field trip or school related function, work is due the day you return. All tests/quizzes must be made up upon the return to school. All makeup tests/quizzes and labs will be taken after school only and must be prearranged. Unless arrangements are made with me, work (including quizzes/tests and labs) which are not made up will be recorded as a zero. There is a system in place for you to easily to ascertain what assignments you might have missed while absent. When you are absent from class, it is your responsibility to check at www.mrtalbotscience.wikispaces.com to get the assignments missed and see if you have any quizzes or labs to make up!!!!! Academic Honesty Cheating is an academic crime that has academic consequences. Cheating is also a character flaw/judgment lapse that has disciplinary consequences. Any student who cheats or plagiarizes any assignment (or part of an assignment) will receive no credit for the assignment towards their grade. The student is also subject to disciplinary action that may include detention or suspension. In addition, such an offense is grounds for ineligibility to become a member of the National Honor Society, to hold class or school office or to speak at graduation and is grounds for removal from those activities. Plagiarism may be defined as the act of taking the ideas and/or expression of ideas of another person and representing them as one’s own. Cutting and pasting from a web page into an assignment without proper citation is a clear act of plagiarism. Simply changing the wording of an author’s thoughts/ideas does not alleviate your responsibility to cite where appropriate. I have the ability to check for this; if I suspect this has occurred verification of your sources will occur. Classroom Procedures Be to class on time. Daily class attendance will be taken. In accordance with the student handbook: Whenever a student has accumulated 3 late arrivals to class, they will be referred to the office for detention. If you always show up to class one minute early, you will never have to worry about being late. Use the bathroom and drinking fountain before class. Use of school computers and laptops is subject to school policy. Calculators are scientific/mathematic tools that can be very useful in the school setting. Games on calculators are, however, unacceptable. If I see games on your calculator in my class, I will clear the memory on your calculator. Repeat offenders will have their parents contacted. Apart from your calculator, no use of any other electronic devices in class will be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to: Gameboys (Original, Pocket, Color, Advance, Micro), Nintendo DSs, PSPs, iPods, mp3 players or other digital music/video devices, cassette players, CD players, portable DVD players, 8–track devices, record players, laptops, etc. Your calculator is the one device to which you are limited. Food and beverages are not allowed in the classroom at anytime. Mature appropriate behavior is expected at all times. So is mutual respect. Disruption of the learning process will not be tolerated. Lab dress codes will be strictly enforced. This is for your and others safety. All safety contract guidelines must be followed at all times. All students are required to wear safety goggles and a safety apron for all labs and as otherwise instructed. Abuse of safety or lab equipment will result in corrective action in accordance with the 2008-2009 Seneca High School Student Handbook. The wearing of contacts during labs will be allowed only when no other vision option exists. Even then, your participation during laboratories will be limited in order to minimize potential injury. Keep the room neat and picked up around your desk before you leave. Any garbage should be in the trash can, not around it. In my absence the substitute will be shown the same amount of respect and courtesy that would be shown to me. They will be acting on my behalf and will follow my policies and procedures. They are a guest in the classroom and will be treated as such. Any grievances will be handled when I return.