Honors Chemistry Guidelines: 2018-19
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Chemistry is a challenging, cumulative subject. You will have a chance to apply learned math skills. Success requires staying current and aiming for real understanding of each concept.
We practice safe science at all times. Horseplay, unauthorized experimentation, vandalism, theft, or intentional violation of any safety policy outlined in your safety rules will result in permanent exclusion from the laboratory activities and area. Safety goggles, aprons, and close toe shoes must be worn for ALL laboratory work. Gloves are always available. Gloves must be worn if your skin is broken/cut, irritated, or overly sensitive; and when specified for work with certain chemicals. Inform me of serious allergies.
Note: Storing an old pair of close-toe shoes in your locker is strongly recommended as a way of avoiding being caught without proper footwear and unable to participate in the laboratory.
- 3 Ring notebook with one divider (1” ring size is too small.)
Notebooks are to include everything we did in a unit. One divider will be moved to the beginning of the unit that you wish me to grade each check. Notebook checks will count as a large percentage of your point total each grading period. If you are absent, be sure to get class work and notes made up before the notebook check. Your first and last name must be placed on the cover of the notebook. Work is required to be saved in a notebook through the semester:
Any scientific or graphing calculator will do. You will need a ‘scientific notation’ function. Bring the calculator to class each day. The library has calculators available for annual check-out.
Tests scores comprise 55% of the total points available on any unit. Remediation is recommended any time a student fails to demonstrate an objective mastery of 75% or higher in any unit of study. The hope is that students will address gaps in their understanding immediately and seek help following each unit in which they fail to achieve objective mastery. Remediation is not a grade recovery activity.
Homework: Points are earned for attempting a problem set-up and/or attempting assigned problems.
Points earned for Homework:
100% of points earned = homework completed on time and supporting work shown for problems.
50% of points earned = homework completed on time and at least 80% of work shown.
Zero points earned = homework that is not ready when class begins or has less than 80% of the work.
**Late homework is accepted only if a student has an excused absence the day of the homework check.
Notebook Checks: Notebooks are collected on the day of each unit test and graded while students take their unit tests. In order to receive credit for an assignment in a notebook check, all work and notes must be 100% complete and corrected. We will go over all homework assignments in class. Correct any mistakes and fill in any missing problem set-ups daily; that makes a notebook check a snap. Notebook checks will be low pressure if you keep up with daily homework corrections.
Lab Work: Allowing make-up of laboratory work missed due to absence or improper attire is especially difficult. Make every effort not to miss your laboratory exercises. A report or alternate assignment may be given if resetting the lab creates conflicts with other uses of the lab space, chemicals, time, or equipment.
I will make every effort to schedule major tests on science departmental testing days: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If circumstances cause us to test on a different day of the week, I will make allowances upon request for students that have study time conflicts due to testing in other subject areas.
Cell phones must be placed in a hanging collection pocket upon entering the class.
Cell phones placed in the collection pocket after the bell to begin class count as a tardy to class.
No points are awarded for assignment submissions based on the use of unauthorized materials or the fraudulent use of another person’s work.
Book bags are big and necessary; however, please try to keep the aisles passable around your desk.
Retest / Grade Recovery Policy
One retest per quarter is administered and open to all students. The retest is cumulative for that quarter’s material. The highest score given on a retest will be 80%. Students are always encouraged to come in for remediation on covered topics for which they were unable to demonstrate mastery on the unit test; however, only one grade change per quarter will be allowed. The retest score replaces one previous test score, whether the retest score is higher or lower than the original score. So, study and come prepared to do well.
The retest is given on specific dates after and before school, near the end of each quarter: make-up dates for the Retest are not offered.
Students are responsible for making up all missed work in the time prescribed in the student handbook, three days in most cases. Make-ups may not be allowed for unexcused absences. Please see me before or after school if you need extra help understanding missed material due to an unavoidable absence. You bear a greater responsibility for filling in gaps in your understanding for elective / unexcused absences.
Additional help is available before and after school most Mondays and Wednesdays.
Tardy Policy (school wide) Tardies are cumulative for the year! No “reset” at the quarter or semester!!! You should in your seat, with your cell phone in the collection pocket at the bell to begin class to avoid a tardy.
1st Tardy- Teacher warning.
2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tardy- ASD and parent contact.
5th Tardy and beyond- Office referral. 1) ISS; 2) constitutes a 2nd absence against exemptions; 3) parking pass revoked for varying time periods based on number of tardies in 1st period class.
Most of you are counting on this course to prepare you for future science classes; including college chemistry, which you may not take for years. In order to meet that goal, you must understand the underlying concepts behind the problems you work or activities in which you participate. You will only retain those concepts that you make your own. A real understanding of the basic concepts that underlie chemistry is the goal.
Be as kind as you can, to everyone that you can,
for as long as you can.
And . . . .
If it matters to you, be persistent.
The Unit Zero assignments help ensure that everyone begins with the fundamental math skills and study commitment necessary for success in Honors Chemistry, a math intensive science requiring regular homework practice.
Answers to the math skills and scientific notation worksheet along with the background review text are posted at the bottom of this page.
Students are encouraged to come in for additional help. Plan to start your year on top. The two quizzes will be returned by the end of the first week.
8/29 Quiz: Safety Rules/ Equipment
8/30 Quiz: Math Skills and Metric Units
New in 2017, students had the option to purchase their own safety goggles.
Our class goggles are cleaned between classes using a germicidal UV cabinet and students are encouraged to use a Windex-like cleaner found at all lab stations as well.
Individual goggle purchase is not required.
Our class chemical splash/impact goggles are from Fisher Science, catalog #S68660.
Other brands are acceptable; however, by law they must be certified “ANSI Z87+ D3”.
The branding “Z87+ D3” must appear on the goggles, usually along the frame.
Legal chemical splash / impact goggles will have indirect venting.
You will need to show me your goggles for approval before you may use them.
You will need to bring your personal goggles to class, storage is not provided.