Welcome

 

Welcome to Chemistry at Calvary Christian School!

 

This course is designed to give the student a general overview of the foundations of chemistry; to review the concepts of matter, energy, scientific measurement, and the principles of chemical reactions, gas laws and thermodynamics (the science of heat), to examine the basics of chemical properties of elements, chemical bonding and impacts on substance properties; to survey applications of chemical truths in real life, as well as aspects of nuclear chemistry, organic compounds, polymers, and biochemistry.  While this course involves problem-solving and, I won’t lead you astray, a good bit of memorization, there will be a focus on discovery and application of knowledge gained. The laboratories will provide a wonderful divergence with an opportunity to learn from hands-on and demonstration exercises as well as to choose a topic and explore a scientific project, from start to finish. You will appreciate gaining a deeper understanding of God’s order, even in the most minute of details, and for the scientific processes that occur around you on a daily basis.

 

The activities of this class will include oral participation, completion of written homework assignments, a great deal of which will involve enhancing problem-solving techniques, group projects, outside assignments, laboratory experiences, tests, and quizzes (announced and unannounced).  This class will help you to become more aware of chemistry in your everyday life, and more effective in your written description of these experiences. 

 

Expectations:

 

I expect that you will treat your classmates and your teachers with respect and dignity, just as they will do with you.  I expect that when you do not understand a concept or set of instructions, you will seek clarification from your teacher or a fellow classmate.  I expect that you will try hard to promptly complete all homework or in-class assignments as requested; keep abreast of all reading assignments to ensure lively participation in discussions; and adequately prepare for quizzes and tests by nightly review of your notes / reading assignments.

 

It is crucial that the student prepare themselves just as I, your teacher will.

 

Keys to Success:

 

Responsibility              You must assume final responsibility for the amount you learn and your                                                                grade in this class.  It is my responsibility to teach you Algebra 1 in the best way                                           possible.

 

 

Effort                          Your achievement in this class is directly related to your effort. Student-driven

activities allow you to practice real life application of Algebraic principles.  I will put forth a great deal of effort and challenge you to do the same.

 

Motivation                   You must be motivated to come to class every day and do your best to learn as

much as possible. I must be motivated every day to come in and do my best as a teacher.

 What YOU need for this class:

·         Your textbook and laboratory manual

·         A pen (blue or black ink only please), a pencil, and a red pen

·         A notebook for taking notes

·         A folder to keep papers in (Papers should not be stored in your book)

·         A safety contract and receipt of syllabus sheet signed (by you and your parent(s) or guardian)

·         A scientific calculator

·         A 3-ring binder for lab worksheets, reports, and assignments

 

Course Organization:

 

Method of Coverage

 

This course will be organized to cover the topics as outline in the 14 chapters of the textbook Algebra 1 for Christian Schools. This will be accomplished through weekly discussions of concepts, subsequent to reading assignments, as well as student-driven exercises / activities to reinforce strategies in application of the concepts for real world problem-solving. A tentative syllabus, outlining weekly reading / discussion topics and tentative test dates, is included.

 

Evaluation of Student Efforts

 

Students will be evaluated and their grade each quarter will be based on performance in each of the areas below (percentages are approximations and may vary):

 

  5% Class participation – prepared for and engaged during class; awake and attentive in class

15% Lab - quizzes, reports, conduct in laboratory

10% Daily grade - homework, quizzes and / or in-class assignments, worksheets

70% Tests – (Tests will be a combination of multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, short-answer,

and/or true-false)

 

     Final Exam = 100 points

 

No late work or unexcused absence work will be accepted.

 

Final grade for the course will be calculated as below:

 

            Total points earned for 4 quarters__   X          100%   =   % Score

            Total possible points earned (1100)


99 – 100% = A+                      95 – 98 = A                            

93 – 94 =A-                             91 – 92 = B+

87 – 90 = B                              85 – 86 = B-

83 – 84 = C+                            79 – 82 = C

77 – 78 = C-                            75 – 76 = D+

71 – 74 = D                             69 – 70 = D-

  0 – 68 = F

Chemistry Syllabus (2010 – 2011)

 

Text:  Chemistry Precision & Design, Second Edition, V. Biddle and G. Parker, Pensacola Christian College (A Beka Book science series), 2009.

Lab Manual: Chemistry Precision & Design Lab Manual, Second Edition, V. Biddle, Pensacola Christian College (A Beka Book science series), 2009.

 

The following is a tentative schedule of the reading to be covered in this course:

 

Weeks                Topic                                                 Textbook Reading Pages / Number of Lab     

 

1 – 4                 Chemistry: An Introduction                                 2 -33

Laboratory regulations, safety, techniques           Labs 1 (demo), 2 & 3

Introduction to the Science Project  

Matter: The Substance of Chemistry                   34-57

Labs: Paper Chromatography (demo)                   4

            Observations, and chemical changes      5 & 6

                        Quizzes (1-3)

Test 1 (chapters 1 & 2)

 

5 – 7                 Stoichiometry: Elements & Compounds             58 – 73

Labs: Single displacement reaction                     8

                        Stoichiometry: Chemical Reactions                    74 – 91

Labs: Double displacement reaction                    9

Quizzes (4-8)    

Test 2 (chapters 3 & 4)

 

8 – 9                 Gases                                                               92 – 117

Lab: Charles’s Law                                             10

Quiz (9)

Test 3 (chapters 1 - 5)

 

10 – 11             Chemical Thermodynamics                                118 – 137

Lab: Analysis of Household Chemicals                11

Lab: Calorimetry                                                12

Quiz (10)

            Test 4 (chapter 6)

 

12 – 14             Light, Electrons, & Atomic Structure                   138 – 161

Lab: Flame Tests (demo)                                    13

The Periodic Table                                             162 – 183

Lab: The Periodic Table                                      14

Quizzes (11-13)

            Test 5 (chapters 7 & 8)

 

15 – 17             The Chemical Bond & Intermolecular Forces       184 – 209

Lab: Molecular Models & Polarity                        15

Lab: Crystal Structures                                       16

Quizzes (14-15)

            Test 6 (chapters 1-9)    

 

 

 

 

18 – 20             Selected Nonmetals & their Compounds             210 – 243

Lab: Preparation & Properties of O2                                          17

                        Selected Metals and Semimetals                        244 – 271

Lab: Allotropes of Sulfur                                     18

Quizzes (16-17)

            Test 7 (chapters10-11)

 

21 – 24             Solutions & Colloids                                          272 – 301

Lab: Determination of Boiling Point Elevation       19

Lab: Colloids                                                     20

Chemical Kinetics                                              302 – 319

Lab: Chemical Kinetics: A Clock Reaction           21

Quizzes (18-19)

              Test 8 (chapters 12 – 13)

 

25                     Chemical Equilibrium                                         320 - 331

Lab: Equilibrium: Le Châtelier’s Principle              22

Quiz (21)

              Test 9 (chapters 10-14)

                                                                                            

26 – 28             Acids, Bases, and Salts                                                332 - 361

Lab: pH Measurement                                        23

Lab: Acid-Base Titration                                     24

Quiz (22)

              Test 10 (chapters 15)

 

29 – 31             Oxidation-Reduction & Electrochemistry             362 - 381

Lab: Electrochemistry: Corrosion of Iron              25

Lab: Electrochemistry: The Voltaic Cell               26

Nuclear Chemistry                                             382 – 415

Lab: Nuclear Chemistry (demo)                           27

Lab: Radioactive Nuclear Decay & Half-Life         28

Quizzes (23-25)

              Test 11 (chapters 16 – 17)

 

32 – 35             Organic Chemistry                                             416 -453

Lab: Observation of Substituted Hydrocarbons     29

Lab: Oxidation of an Aldehyde                            30

Quizzes (26-27)

              Test 12 (Review of chapters 1 – 18)

 

TBA                  Final Exam (chapters 1-18)

 

 

 

Student Signature ______________________________________   Date ________________

 

 

 

 

Parent or Guardian Signature ________________________________   Date ________________