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About Chemistry 1

Description      Expectations     Getting Help

For the 2014-2015 syllabus click here

For a copy of the 2014-2015 Welcome/ Information Letter click here

Course Description

Chemistry 1 will provide students with an opportunity to study the composition, properties, and changes associated with matter.  Topics will include, but not be limited to: heat, changes of matter, atomic structure, bonding, the periodic table, formulas, equations, mole concept, gas laws, reactions, solutions, equilibrium systems, and oxidation reduction reactions.  Laboratory activities, which include the use of the scientific method, measurement, laboratory apparatus, and safety, are an integral part of this course.


What Can You Expect?

In Class:

  • Lots of explanations
  • Plenty of practice problems - in groups and individually.
  • Readings and activities.
  • Labs
  • Answers to your questions.
  • Study tips and help.

At Home:

  • Homework and practice problems.
  • Reading ahead.
  • Writing up lab reports
  • Current events articles (1 per week)
  • Assigned projects.

What Do I Expect?

  • Hard work and honesty.
  • Excellent attendance.
  • Maturity
  • Development of study skills, organization, and time management.
  • Respect for everyone in class - be prepared to work with other students and to share ideas and help each other solve challenges.
  • Open communication - let me know early if you are having any problems.

Getting Help

Chemistry is an exciting but sometimes challenging course and you will need to work hard to be successful.  There are many sources of help available to you if you find certain problems and concepts difficult:

  1. Use your textbook - it has explanations and many sample problems.
  2. Reread notes you took in class and the examples given.
  3. Ask questions in class.
  4. Ask a friend - for the explanation - NOT the answer.
  5. Look for similar practice problems online.

 

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