Syllabus-Honor's Chemistry/Chemistry


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Teacher: Mrs. R. Williams

Block:   2nd and 5th 

Prep Period: 2nd Block

School Number: (334) 227- 4515

E-mail address:

TEXT: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-Modern Chemistry

ONLINE TEXT:                  Username: _______________        Password: ________________

Mission Statement

The Mission of Calhoun High School, "to foster nourishing growth and the sound development of each individual, academically and emotionally who will thereby be prepared to intensely compete in global society. We will create a safe and extraordinary place to learn and excel.  This will be accomplished by a well-trained staff, utilizing a technologically sound, student centered curriculum.

Course Description

Chemistry is the scientific study of interaction of substances called chemical substances, atoms, or the subatomic components that make up atoms; protons, electrons, and neutrons. Atoms combine to produce ions, molecules or crystals. Chemistry can be called "the central science" because it connects the other natural sciences, such as astronomy, physics, material science, biology, and geology.

Alabama Chemistry Course of Study

  1. Obtain and communicate information from historical experiments (e.g., work by Mendeleev and Moseley, Rutherford's gold foil experiment, Thomson's cathode ray experiment, Millikan's oil drop experiment, Bohr's interpretation of bright line spectra) to determine the structure and function of an atom and to analyze the patterns represented in the periodic table.
  2. Develop and use models of atomic nuclei to explain why the abundance-weighted average of isotopes of an element yields the published atomic mass.
  3. Use the periodic table as a systematic representation to predict properties of elements based on their valence electron arrangement.
  4. Plan and conduct an investigation to classify properties of matter as intensive (e.g., density, viscosity, specific heat, melting point, boiling point) or extensive (e.g., mass, volume, heat) and demonstrate how intensive properties can be used to identify a compound.
  5. Plan and conduct investigations to demonstrate different types of simple chemical reactions based on valence electron arrangements of the reactants and determine the quantity of products and reactants.
  6. Use mathematics and computational thinking to express the concentrations of solutions quantitatively using molarity.
  7. Plan and carry out investigations to explain the behavior of ideal gases in terms of pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles.
  8. Refine the design of a given chemical system to illustrate how LeChâtelier's principle affects a dynamic chemical equilibrium when subjected to an outside stress (e.g., heating and cooling a saturated sugar- water solution).
  9. Analyze and interpret data (e.g., melting point, boiling point, solubility, phase-change diagrams) to compare the strength of intermolecular forces and how these forces affect physical properties and changes.
  10. Plan and conduct experiments that demonstrate how changes in a system (e.g., phase changes, pressure of a gas) validate the kinetic molecular theory.
  11. Construct an explanation that describes how the release or absorption of energy from a system depends upon changes in the components of the system

Weighted Grading Structure

Required Task

Percentage of Grade

Daily /Homework/Bell assignments Grades

40 %


60 %



Extra Credit Points: Extra credit points will be given to students periodically. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with the points they are given. Extra points may be used on low daily, quiz, and test scores.  Absences It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for make-up tests, find out what assignments are missing, and when they are due. Please, make sure that the original date that the assignment was due is on your paper before it is turned in. According to the Student Handbook,” Students in grades 9-12 who miss more than five school days per term will be given a grade of FA…”(Student Handbook, 2014).

Make-up Work

If a student is absent for any excused reason as defined in the Student Handbook, “the student shall be allowed to make-up school work missed during those absence(s). The student will be responsible for contacting the teacher(s) within three (3) days to arrange a time within a two (2) week period to make up work and/or examinations from said absence(s).”  This opportunity does not require that the teacher re-teach the lesson, but it does require that the student receive a reasonable opportunity to learn missed lessons.  The teacher is not obligated to provide make up work or examinations for a student absent for unexcused reasons other than suspensions” (Student Handbook, 2014).


Grading Percentage Distribution











Below 60




Note: Some items may count more than one time for any assignment.

Teacher Schedule










After school


Chemistry Chapters- The following chapters will be covered: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, &17 Note: The chapters are subject to change by the teacher.

Internet Assignments:  My webpage is located on the school’s website , click “School Staff” then click my name. Throughout the semester students will be submitting assignments via Google Classroom. To join Google Classroom you will need to download the Google Classroom app on your phone or go to Google Classroom on your computer. When prompted to use your first name.last / password is your last name and lunch number. You will need to join my class after you have established an account in another teacher’s class. 1st Block            Join my class using the code: w44m7h

4th Block            Join my class using the codegjjz5ke


Projects: You will have 2-3 projects to be completed within this semester. Each project will count as two grades: daily and test.


Supplies Needed ***All supplies are needed by Monday, August 14, 2017.                                      


The following items are needed in order to be successful and healthy in my class: (All items can be found at Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Wal-Mart)


                             Wish List                    Index cards                     1 can of Disinfectant spray            Cleaning Spray?        Construction Paper

Expo Markers






2--Composition notebook (1 for Notes and vocabulary and 1 for class

Assignments and homework)

1--3-ring binder (to keep handouts, assignments, tablet and comp. notebook)

Notebook paper                                                                                                



1-roll of Paper Towels

1-Ream of Copy Paper



Classroom rules and procedures

Classroom rules and procedures are expected to be followed by all students. The behavior and participation of each person will determine the type of learning that will occur. Make sure your behavior does not stop others from learning or the teacher from teaching the class. You determine and are responsible for what you take from this class. Teaching is my right, just as learning is yours; and teaching is my privilege, just as learning is yours.

The Classroom Rules are as follows:

  1. Be Responsible
  2. Be Respectful
  3. Be Resourceful

Text Notification of Class Reminders:         Text the message @ 17will1 to the number 81010 for 1st Block Honor’s Chemistry

Text the message @17will4 to the number 81010 for 4th Block Chemistry



****Must be kept in Notebook at all times****









The Calhoun School

Honor’s Chemistry/Chemistry







Please sign legibly below. After you have read the Syllabus, place it in your notebook and return the last page to the instructor.


I, the undersigned, do completely understand and agree to kindly act in accordance with the aforementioned Chemistry/Honor’s Chemistry class guidelines.



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I/We, the undersigned, understand all of the aforementioned Chemistry class guidelines.




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