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Honors Chemistry                   Mr. Miller, Room 160

2009-10 Course Syllabus                       612-668-6664

Patrick Henry High School                  



Course Information and Overview:



This course is a first-year, lab-based chemistry course designed to prepare students for further study in chemistry at the high school or college level.  Students will gain a basic understanding of the major principles of inorganic chemistry with an added focus on writing lab reports.  Students who successfully complete this course are encouraged, but not required, to continue on to the second-year I.B. Chemistry course as they will have already learned 1/3 of the I.B. Chemistry curriculum covered on the I.B. Standard Level Chemistry Exam.  


Topics of Study:


The following is a list of core topics that will be explored throughout this course:


Topic:                     1                              Intro to Chemistry (Quarter 1)

Sub-topics:                                             use of lab equipment, lab procedures & safety, scientific

                                                                measurement & calculation, lab report writing


Topic:                     2                              Organization of Matter (Quarter 1)

Sub-topics:                                             properties of matter, physical & chemical change, elements, atomic theory, atomic structure, electron arrangement, periodic table


Topic:                     3                              Bonding & Attractions (Quarter 2)

Sub-topics:                                             ionic, covalent, & metallic bonds, intermolecular forces,

                                                               physical properties of bonded atoms



Topic:                     4                              Language of Chemistry (Quarter 2 / 3)

Sub-topics:                                             chemical formulas & compounds, chemical equations,

                                                                reaction types, stoichiometry



Topic:                     5                              States of Matter (Quarter 3)

Sub-topics:                                             physical characteristics of solids, liquids, & gases, kinetic theory, state/phase changes, gas laws, ideal gas law


Topic:                     6                              Energetics (Quarter 3)

Sub-topics:                                             specific heat, energy transfer, exo- and endothermicity, power, fossil fuels


Topic:                     7                              Acids & Bases (Quarter  4)

Sub-topics:                                             properties of acids & bases, strong vs. weak, pH scale, pH calculations, acid-base titrations


Topic:                     8                              Nuclear Chemistry (Quarter  4)

Sub-topics:                                             nuclear equations, radioactivity, fission, fusion, half-life


Topic:                     9                              Organic Chemistry (Quarter  4)

Sub-topics:                                             naming, formulas, types of organic compounds




Each student will be assigned a letter grade that corresponds to the percentage of points earned out of the total points available.  Grade ranges are as follows: A = above 90 %, B = 80 – 89.9 %, C = 70 – 79.9 %, D = 60 – 69.9 %, F = less than 605 %.  Plusses and minuses are given in the top two and bottom four percent of each range, respectively.  Exception:  no D plusses/minuses are given.




You NEED to be here – excessive absences (anything over 4 a quarter) will cause you to fall behind.  We have limited time to make it through a rigorous curriculum so that you will feel prepared for your exam.  Per district policy, any student having 8 or more absences in a quarter will automatically receive an F for that grading period.  Students are allowed 1 tardy per quarter without consequence; any subsequent tardies will result in the loss of 3 points per tardy.  I define being on time, at a minimum, as being in the room and on your way to your seat when the bell rings.


Late/Missing Work:


1)   Daily homework assignments WILL NOT be accepted late.


2)   Major assignments (labs, study guides, & projects) may be handed

      in up to one week late for 1/2 the total credit (before grading). 


3)   Missed quizzes/tests need to be made up within one week of the

      absence date or the student will receive a score of zero for that





All of Patrick Henry’s policies, as stated in the student planner and behavior contract, will be enforced.