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Basic Chemistry Syllabus 2023-2024


Mr. Henshaw


Email: [email protected]

Teacher Website:


Welcome to Chemistry!


Objectives: We will identify how chemistry is used in the real world and how it is connected to biology and the other sciences. You will further your knowledge of the scientific method you learned about in biology and apply algebra to solve chemical problems. The course will cover the different areas of chemistry and build a firm foundation of knowledge.


Materials (bring to class daily):

            ᐤ   3 ring binder or notebook to record notes, hold homework, and handouts

            ᐤ   Scientific calculator (cell phones cannot be used as calculators in class)

            ᐤ   Periodic Table

            ᐤ   Pen/Pencil

            ᐤ   Agenda Book to record upcoming quizzes, tests and assignments.


Classroom Etiquette:

            1. Be on time                           4. Be respectful                        7. Turn assignments in on time

            2. Be prepared                         5. Raise your hand                    8. No eating or drinking

            3. Follow directions                   6. Clean up after yourself           9. Make sure all devices are away


Also, keep in mind you will be held to the disciplinary code put forth in the student handbook.


Evaluation: Grades will be determined according to the following break down

                        Assessments                70%                Tests, Quizzes, Projects, Lab Assessments

                        Assignments                30%                Homework, Classwork, Labs


Assessments: All Tests will be announced in advance and given at the end of a Unit. You will have 2 - 3 Tests per marking period and each is worth 100 points. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced and will be given frequently throughout a Chapter. You will have 4 - 5 Quizzes per marking period and each will usually be worth 50 points. You will have at least 1 Project per marking period worth 50 points each. You will also have one Lab Assessment per marking period worth 50 points that will be completed individually and test learned lab skills.


Assignments: Classwork and Homework will be given daily and will be graded on completion. You are expected to attempt all problems, show work, and turn in on time all assignments in order to receive full credit. Classwork and Homework assignments will be worth 10 to 20 points each. You will also have one lab per week and are excepted to complete all parts of the lab along with following all laboratory procedures, rules, and safety in order to receive full credit on the lab. Labs will worth 20 to 30 points each and due on the next lab day.


Late Work Policy: All work needs to be turned in on time on its due date including Homework, Classwork, Labs, and Projects. You will lose 10% percentage points each day an assignment is late till after 5 days then said assignment will become a permanent zero. Late work includes work turned in any time after the collection period at the beginning of class. Please have it assembled and ready to turn in or be checked when you walk into class. Keep in mind some Homework or Classwork assignments will be gone over in its entirety or in part the day it is due and will not be accepted late. Due dates are always posted on my website and announced in class. Most assignments unless otherwise stated will be due the next day in class. See me if you have any questions on any assignment and their due dates.


Laboratory Rules: see lab safety contract ‑ YOU MUST WEAR GOGGLES IN THE LAB AT ALL TIMES!  Points may be deducted for not following this STATE AND FEDERAL LAW!  Lab safety will be discussed prior to the first lab session.  Your safety contract MUST be on file before working in the lab. Failure to follow lab safety rules and procedures will resort in a zero for that lab. For lab, you will be working in small groups or pairs. Lab groups will share all data collected with their group, however, each student will need to complete the assignment independently. All responses should be written in your own words and in full sentences.


Academic Honesty Policy: Students are responsible for unwavering integrity in the completion, content, and submission of all their academic work. A harsh penalty will be imposed for any student who engages in academic dishonesty. Failure to comply may result in any or all of the following; a grade of “0” for the assignment, expulsion from or exclusion to national honors society, college recommendation letters, and the loss of respect from your peers and advisors. This will go on your permanent record!


Absences: If you are absent you are responsible for coming to me to find out what assignments were missed. You have the same number of days you were absent to complete the make-up work.  If you are absent the day of a test or quiz, be prepared to take it or a make-up version the day you return. For a test/quiz you will have one week to make it up, or the grade will be a zero.  Please notify me in advance if you will be out for field trips, band, choir, etc. that way you can get the work you will miss.


Extra help: Can be arranged after school or during mutually free time. I am located in Room B241 after school and available most weekdays after School till at least 3:15pm for extra help or questions by appointment or drop in. Please let me know in advance to make arrangements if possible.


Website: My teacher website has many useful tools and resources including chapter power point slides, notes, homework assignments, test/quiz dates, simulation tools, instructional videos, and other important course information. 


Textbook: Pearson Chemistry, 2011


Course Outline


Marking Period 1:

Unit 1: Introduction to Chemistry (Chapter 1) & Matter and Change (Chapter 2) Chapter 1&2 Notes.ppt 

Unit 2: Scientific Measurement (Chapter 3)  Chapter 3 Notes.ppt 

Unit 3: Atomic Structure (Chapter 4)  Chapter 4 Notes.ppt   

Unit 4: Electrons in Atoms (Chapter 5)  Chapter 5 Notes.ppt 


Marking Period 2:

Unit 5: The Periodic Table (Chapter 6)  Chapter 6 Notes.ppt 

Unit 6: Ionic and Metallic Bonding (Chapter 7) & Covalent Bonding (Chapter 8) Chapter 7 & 8 Notes.ppt 

Unit 7: Chemical Names and Formulas (Chapter 9) Chapter 9 Notes.ppt 

Unit 8: Chemical Quantities (Chapter 10)  Chapter 10 Notes.ppt


Marking Period 3:

Unit 9: Chemical Reactions (Chapter 11) Chapter 11 Notes.ppt 

Unit 10: Stoichiometry (Chapter 12)

Unit 11: States of Matter (Chapter 13)  Chapter 13 States of Matter Notes.ppt 

Unit 12: The Behavior of Gases (Chapter 14)  Chapter 14 Gas Laws.ppt   


Marking Period 4:

Unit 13: Water and Aqueous Systems (Chapter 15) & Solutions (Chapter 16)

Unit 14: Acid, Bases, and Salts (Chapter 19)  Chapter 19 Acids, Bases, and Salts.ppt 

Unit 15: Thermochemistry (Chapter 17)

Unit 16: Nuclear Chemistry (Chapter 25)