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IB SL Chemistry Syllabus

I.B. SL Chemistry                   Mr. Miller, Room 160

2009–10 Course Syllabus                      612-668-6664


Patrick Henry High School



Course Information and Overview:


This course is an advanced, lab-based chemistry curriculum designed for students wishing to further their study of chemistry.  Students will complete a study of the I.B. Chemistry curriculum (SL) which will build on concepts discussed in their first year chemistry and/or physical science courses.  We will predominantly focus on the study of chemical reactions and the different branches of chemistry. This course will culminate with students taking the I.B. Chemistry exam (SL) in May of 2010.


Topics of Study:


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


Topic:                      1                             General Review & Stoichiometry (Quarter 1)

Sub-topics:                                             Atomic structure, periodic table, nomenclature, reaction

                                                               writing, stoichiometry


Topic:                      2                             Periodicity & Bonding Theory (Quarter 1)

Sub-topics:                                             periodic table, periodic properties, VESPR, Lewis

                                                               structures, intermolecular forces


Topic:                      3                             Acids & Bases (Quarter 1/2)

Sub-topics:                                             nomenclature, functional groups, properties, reaction types, 

                                                               titration, pH, buffers


Topic:                      4                             Energetics (Quarter 2)

Sub-topics:                                             endo- & exothermicity, enthalpy, specific heat, Hess’s Law,

                                                               bond enthalpy


Topic:                      5                             Kinetics (Quarter 2/3)

Sub-topics:                                             factors affecting rates of reactions, collision theory,

                                                               activation energy, catalysis


Topic:                      6                             Equilibrium (Quarter 2 / 3)

Sub-topics:                                             dynamic equilibrium, equilibrium constants, Le Chatelier’s 

                                                               principle, Haber & Contact processes


Topic:                      7                             Oxidation, Reduction, & Electrochemistry (Quarter 3)

Sub-topics:                                             assigning oxidation numbers, interpretation of redox

                                                               reactions, reactivity series, electrochemical potential,

electrochemical cells, electroplating


Topic:                      8                             Organic Chemistry (Quarter 3 /4)

Sub-topics:                                             nomenclature, functional groups, properties, reaction types,

                                                               determination of structure


Topic:                      9                             Medicines & Drugs (Quarter 4)

Sub-topics:                                             how drugs and medicines influence the body, characteristics of the different classes of pharmaceuticals, structures of pharmaceuticals


Topic:                     10                            Analytical Chemistry (Quarter  4)

Sub-topics:                                             role of electromagnetic radiation, IR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, AA spectroscopy, chromatography,




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 60 %.  Plusses and minuses are given in the top two and bottom four percent of each range, respectively.   Exception:  no D plusses or 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)   Homework assignments WILL NOT be accepted late.


2)   Classroom assignments (study guides, projects, and lab

      investigations) may be handed in up to one week late for 1/2 the total

      credit (before grading). 


3)   Assignments due on the day of an absence must be turned in the next

      day the student is in class to be considered on time.  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 quiz/test.




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