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Lab Safety Contract: Safety_Contract.pdf 

Course Selection:    course selection.pptx 




Mr. Henshaw (B241) email:



Objectives:  Students will need to master the basic skills of problem solving, which requires the use of scientific method and mathematics.  Emphasis will be placed upon the application of knowledge in the synthesis of connections between concepts.  Information regarding the use of techniques in industry and in the student’s home environment will be provided to give a sense of relevance and importance.  Topics covered will give students an appreciation of the many areas of chemistry and a firm foundation to further build upon.  Students who successfully complete this course are eligible for AP Chemistry next year.




  1. Students will maintain a 3-ring binder to include class notes, practice problems, handouts, articles, lab instructions, and homework. The more organized you are now the easier it will be to reference your materials from this year when you are in AP chemistry or when you take chemistry in college. Chemistry doesn’t change; you will be able to use these materials again!
  2. If you miss class, you are responsible for missed work. 
    1. Students are expected to email their teacher during any absence to get any missed assignments.
    2. Check the file system for any handouts that were distributed during your absence.
    3. If you miss the review day before a test or quiz, it is expected that you will be prepared to take the test with your classmates.  No new material (for the test) is presented the day before a test.
  3. Students are encouraged to own a scientific calculator. This should be brought to class every day unless otherwise instructed. The TI-30XIIS is the suggested calculator.
  4. Students will check the teacher website every day after 3pm for homework assignments and check the calendar for upcoming tests. Students are expected to copy schedules and due dates written in class into their agenda books and bring them to class daily. Some assignments will not be mentioned in class.
  5. Students will complete all assignments on time and be prepared to participate in their discussion or review.  Lab and project work turned in late will have a penalty of ten percent per day deducted. This includes work turned in any time after the collection period at the beginning of class. Please have it assembled and ready to turn in when you walk into class.  Late homework will receive no credit leaving the student with a grade of zero for that assignment. You must come to me and hand in late work, I will not ask for it.
  6. Pencils are preferred to pens because of the amount of math we do.



Evaluation:  Student grades are determined by the following formula:

                        Assessments                            70%

                        Assignments                            30%


*Grading scale is subject to change




Lab Safety:  It is imperative that you realize that any infractions of the safety rules place all of us at risk.  Do not endanger your classmates (or your teacher!) because of your immaturity.   If you are too immature to respect the lab safety rules, you will be removed for the laboratory until such time you demonstrate acceptable behavior.  Anyone removed from the lab will earn a zero for that lab, have their parents contacted, and the administration notified.


Textbook:  Modern Chemistry, Davis, R., Frey, R., Sarquis, M., Sarquis, J, Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2009


Group Work:  Group work is a necessary part of the class. While it is true that the data collected by a student group should be identical, the treatment and interpretation of the data should be an individual effort.  Conclusions should be done separately unless you are otherwise instructed.  This policy is meant to ensure that each student benefits from the opportunity to showcase what they have gained from the experiment.  Under no circumstances should a student add their name to a report written by another student. Any plagiarism will earn both students a zero and possible removal from the class.


Please pick a lab partner and group members that you can count on to do his/her share of the work.  Someone with a similar work ethic to yours usually works best.  You should make sure you have the phone numbers, e-mail, and/or Facebook information. Group work is required and part of your grade will reflect your ability to work with others you may lose points if you are not able to work with your lab group.


Chapter 1                              Matter and Change 

Chapter 2                              Measurements and Calculations

Chapter 3                              Atoms: The Building Blocks of Matter

Chapter 7                              Chemical Formulas and Chemical Compounds (Ch. 7 Section 1)

Chapter 7                              The Mole (Chapter 7 Sections 3 & 4)

Chapter 8                              Chemical Equations and Reactions

Chapter 9                              Stoichiometry

Chapter 12                            Molarity and Solutions

Chapter 5                              The Periodic Law / Periodic Trends

Chapter 4                              Physics: The Arrangement of Electrons

Chapter 6                              Chemical Bonding

Chapter 10                            States of Matter

Chapter 11                            Gases

Chapter 12 & 13  Colligative Properties & Solutions (Ch. 12 pg 414-415 & Section 3)

Chapter 14                            Acids and Bases

Chapter 15                            Acid-Base Titration and pH

Chapter 18                            Chemical Equilibrium

Chapter 16                            Thermochemistry (Ch. 16 Reaction Energy)

Chapter 20                            Electrochemistry

Chapter 19                            Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

Chapter 17                            Reactions Kinetics

Chapter 22                            Organic

Chapter 21                            Nuclear

*Each marking period will have a quarterly exam.


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