Course Overview

         The goal of the course is to help students learn about the composition, structure and properties of matter and the changes it undergoes. Changes are constantly occurring all around you. Nails rust, color fade, milk sours, and plants grow. You can mix ingredients and bake them in an oven to make cookies. You can bleach your hair to change its color and turn liquid water into ice cubes. Your body can transform cheese burgers and burritos into muscles, fat and bone. Chemistry seeks to understand changes such as these.

         Also students will be able to use lab equipment/instruments to extend their ability to observe and make measurements.

                                     "Life is Chemistry in Action".

















Introduction to Chemistry (ch. 1)









Matter and Change (ch. 2)










Scientific Measurement (ch. 3)








Atomic Structure (ch. 4)










Electrons in atoms (ch. 5)










The Periodic Table (ch. 6)










Ionic, Metallic and Covalent Bonding (ch.7, 8)








Chemical Names and Formulas (ch.9)









Chemical Quantities(ch.10)










Chemical Reactions (ch.11)










Stoichiometry (ch. 12)



Classroom Expectations, Rules and Procedures


  1. Respect yourself & others:Show respect for the teacher, yourself and others at all times. Respect others’ property.Avoid touching or writing on anything that does not belong to you (including desks, textbooks, chalkboard, etc.). Clean-up your messes, and tolerate opinions and backgrounds of others.  
  1. Be prepared for class, pay attention, participate and ask questions:
  1. Preserve a positive learning environment:Student actions that interfere with teaching or learning in the classroom will result in a write-up.


  1.    Turn off cell phones & electronic devices:    Electronic devices (IPods, I Pads, cell phones, personal computers, etc.) are NOT permitted in the classroom.    Cell Phones should be turned off and invisible during the class period. If you are caught using these devices, I will ask you to turn off and you will be written up. Computers are only used with teacher permission on the websites that teacher provides to students.

  2.   No food or drink, except water: You may drink bottled of water in the classroom.

  3.  Arrive to class on time:  Students should be in the classroom when the bell rings. Any student who enters the classroom without a hall pass after the bell rings will be marked late and will be written up.

  4. Class Bathroom use:  Students may use the bathroom anytime. They must have teacher’s permission and sign in and out.

  5. Never line up at the door before dismissal: Please remain in your seat. 

  6. Use polite and appropriate language:  Respect yourself and the rest of us by using appropriate language and wearing appropriate clothing. Any foul language will result in a write-up.


  1.  Turn in homework to the proper bin:  Homework is due at the beginning of the hour when you come to class (there are three homework assignments per week). 

  2. Get missed work from absent bin, and then ask the teacher:  If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain any missed class work.      Make arrangements to take quizzes and tests immediately. 

  3. Grading: Everything you do in my classroom counts as a grade.

  • Test: 30%

  • Quiz: 25%

  • Labs/projects: 25%

  • Class work/homework: 20%



1.      Verbal warning

2.      Write up

3.      Student has to leave the class

Necessary Daily Materials

  1. 3-ring binder (2” with a pocket for loose paper)

  2. A notebook

  3. Chemistry textbook.

  4. Many other materials will be provided throughout the course from other sources.

  5. Website