Mr. Jeffrey Longenberger
Chemistry is defined as the study of the transformation of matter. During this course we will be studying the
following topics in the approximate timeframe.
Unit Topic Days
1 Introduction 7
2 Matter & Energy 8
3 Atomic Theory 9
4 The Electron 7
5 Periodic Trends 7
6 Bonding 10
7 Chemical Reactions 10
8 The Mole 7
9 Stoichiometry 7
10 Gas Laws 6
11 Acids & Bases 7
2 notebooks (1 for daily notes, 1 to remain in the laboratory)
Folder or 3-ringed binder
Essential Class Rules:
1. Be Prepared: Bring the necessary materials to class. This includes everything listed above.
2. Be Respectful: There is no place in my room for swearing, teasing, or name-calling. If you have a problem, let me
know about it and we can deal with it in an appropriate manner. Doing so will get you brownie points usually and a
lot of respect from me.
3. Be Safe: NO EATING OR DRINKING IN THE LABORATORY. There are no exceptions to this. Water is the
only acceptable drink in the classroom. There are many chemicals in the room that should not end up in your
mouth. This is consistent with school policy as well.
Failure to follow the classroom rules can result in the following actions.
1. Simple warning
2. Thirty minute detention with parent contact
3. Office referral/Removal from class pending parent conference
All Frederick County Policies will be enforced in this class. Refer to your Calendar Handbook to make sure you are familiar
with county policies especially those regarding attendance, cheating, plagiarism and dress code.
Homework is typically assigned 4 days per week. The point of homework is to allow you to practice the material
we examine in class. Partial credit is given to homework turned in on time but incomplete. NO CREDIT WILL BE
GIVEN FOR LATE HOMEWORK.
Your course and term grades will be calculated on the following percentages in the following categories:
Tests 40% Quizzes 25%
Laboratories/Projects 25% Homework/Class work 10%
Grades will be available online to parents and students and will be updated weekly. If you do not have internet service at
home, you may request a grade print out from me once every two weeks.
We will be working in the laboratory often. Laboratory activities will be followed by laboratory reports. Reports of
my choosing will be graded on accuracy, completeness, and organization. Reports are due back to me in typed in
the correct format in the time allotted. NOTE: NO STUDENT will be allowed to participate in the laboratory
without a laboratory contract that has been signed by a parent or guardian. All students must behave according to
the safety guidelines discussed in class and posted at each laboratory station. Failure to comply will result in a lab
grade of 0 and no participation in the lab.
Work is due on its assigned date. Late work will only be accepted for credit with PRIOR teacher approval. This
does not mean begging on the day work is due. Please attend class daily. If you miss a class, it is your
responsibility to make up work that is missed within County deadlines. If you are unfamiliar with the county policy,
check your student handbook. Success in Chemistry is dependant on your ability to stay caught up.
Thank you for taking the time to read this syllabus. I know that we both have a common goal for the upcoming
semester - to see your student succeed to his or her fullest capability in Chemistry. If you ever wish to offer
feedback to me, or to just check on your student, feel free to contact me during the school day by emailing me at
email@example.com. I check my email several times each day. I look forward to working with you and your
student this semester.
If you are interested in extra help on any assignment, please feel free to come see me after school. The best way you
can earn a good grade is to put forth a consistent effort and stay current with the class. Chemistry is an abstract
discipline and there is no shame in asking for help.
Please share this letter with a parent or guardian, then sign it and have them sign also. Keep this letter in
the front of your folder, behind your signed safety contract.
Printed Student Name _______________________Student Signature: ___________________________
Signature of Parent or Guardian: _______________________________