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Chemistry Syllabus


Course Title: Chemistry


Teacher Information:

Yvette Davidson Hill

[email protected]

225-294-3256 (school office)


Course Description:

The Chemistry course includes information to prepare students for an entry-level college Chemistry course. Chemistry topics covered include metric and temperature conversions, density, calorimetry, mixtures/compounds/elements, chemical and physical properties, structure of the atom and electron configuration, periodic table, bonding, chemical formulas and nomenclature, moles, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, gas laws, properties of gases, liquids and solids, solutions, concentrations (% composition and molarity), acids/bases, pH, buffers, kinetics, equilibrium, solubility, oxidation/reduction, nuclear chemistry, and an introduction into organic chemistry and biochemistry.


Course Outline:


  • Nature of Science
  • Measurements and Calculations
  • Properties and States of Matter
  • Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Representing Chemical Substances
  • Equilibrium and Reaction Rate
  • Solutions Chemistry
  • Thermochemistry and Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry



Grades will be weighted.

Participation/Completion:                                        10%

Daily Work—collected each 4.5 weeks; 2 pts. per day

Classwork/Homework—2-3 per week; 10 pts. each                                   

Assessed for Accuracy:                                             35%

Quizzes—2-4 per 4.5 weeks; 30 pts. each                                                    

Reports/Experiments/Projects—1-2 per 4.5 weeks; 50 pts. each  

Major Assessments:                                                  40%

Chapter/Unit Tests—100 pts. each

Midterm/Final:                                                          15%

Midterm—comprehensive August-December         

Final—comprehensive August-May             


Daily Work: Start-ups will be presented at the beginning of each class. Students are expected to write and answer all start-ups in the poly folder provided. At the end of each 4.5 weeks, start-ups will be collected for a grade worth 2 pts. per day.


Classwork/Homework: Students will be given many assignments in class. If students do not finish in class assignments, they are expected to be completed at home. Some assignments may be given to be completed entirely for homework. These assignments are generally checked but not turned in. Each classwork or homework assignment will be graded for a 10 point grade.





Quizzes: As information is covered in each unit, students will take small quizzes to check their understanding of the topic. Each quiz will be a few questions and will be worth 30 points.


Reports/Experiments/Projects: These assignments may be lab experiments designed by students involving a written lab report, lab experiments directed by the teacher involving a lab worksheet to be completed during the experiment, or research projects on assorted topics with results to be given in posters or class presentations. Lab reports, worksheets, or projects will be collected by the teacher, inspected for thoroughness and correctness, and graded for a 50 point grade.


Chapter/Unit Tests: Students will be given a test including all objectives covered in each chapter or unit. These tests will be worth 100 points each.

Midterm and Final: Midterm and Final will be cumulative. Students will be given a guide of topics/information that will be covered on these tests two weeks before the final will be administered.


Grading Scale:

A 93% or above

B 85 - 92%

C 74 - 84%

D 67 - 73%

F 66% or less



Notebook with pockets, 3-prong Folder with loose leaf paper, or binder with loose leaf paper

Poly folder with brads (Color by section: 1—red, 2—orange, 4—yellow, 5—green, 6—blue, 7—purple)

Scientific calculator

Writing utensil


Absence/makeup work policy:

After any absence, it is the responsibility of the individual student to contact Ms. Hill to collect make-up work after an absence. Missed tests should be completed within two days of returning to school to avoid additional missed work. In some cases, especially with lab or group assignments, the work completed in the classroom cannot be made up. In these instances, an alternative assignment will be given.