Chemistry syllabus 2008

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  • 1. ChemistryTeacher: Mr. WalajtysRoom: 205 (lecture) 204 (lab)Phone: 518-587-7070E-Mail: walajtys@saratogacatholic.orgText: Chemistry: Addison - Wesley ObjectivesChemistry is the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter and thechanges that matter undergoes. This year in Regents Chemistry we will study basicchemical principles with special emphasis on topics required by the New York StatePhysical Setting/ Chemistry core curriculum. You will come to appreciate how a basicunderstanding of chemistry is central to all the other sciences you will study in school,and to our everyday lives. My PhilosophyI believe learning is an activity. I would rather see all students involved in trying outideas and doing “hands-on” activities, than for the teacher to stand in front of the roomand lecture or to assign terms to define. Granted, due to time restraints of a classroomsetting, we will have to have lectures and notes, and terms to define. However, it is myapproach to this course to make learning as “hands-on” whenever possible, and it is theenthusiasm of the students that can lift us beyond the basic course content and proceduresand take us to deeper understanding, expanded knowledge, new skills, and questions wepreviously never thought to ask. ExpectationsStudents are expected to come to class on time and prepared. We are unable to learn andbe successful if we are not prepared to do so. Classroom guidelines are as follows:Basic Classroom Rules 1. Attendance, Promptness, Preparedness, Politeness. (Be where you are supposed to be, when you are supposed to be there, doing what you are supposed to be doing.) 2. Be in your seat ready to learn when the bell rings. (In your seat, notes open, homework out, and ready to receive instruction) 3. When the teacher is talking, be sure you are not. 4. No food or drink in the room (including gum or candy) 5. No cell phones or music players. (If this rule is violated I will follow the protocols listed in your student handbook.) 6. Students will obey safety rules and codes. If you are messing around in the Lab or lab area, you will be expelled from class. No Excuses.
  • 2. 7. Be sure that your language will make your mother proud. 8. Treat everyone with respect. 9. Follow all rules outlined in the student handbook 10. Be good.Failure to meet these expectations may result in any or all of the followingconsequences based on the severity of the infraction: 1. warning 2. class detention 3. referral to principal 4. call home to parents Procedures 1. All materials distributed in class should be kept for the extent of the school year. Don’t throw anything away. 2. All daily homework assignments are listed on the side board. 3. Tests will occur at the end of each major unit. 4. An absence tray for each class will be located somewhere in the room. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to check the folder for any needed make-up work. 5. If you are absent the day of an assignment’s due date, or the day of a quiz or test, you have the amount of time equivalent to your absence to complete any evaluations. If you miss school on only the day a quiz or a test is given, you will be expected to complete it when you return to class. If for some reason you are unable to do this, you must speak with me and we will discuss the earliest possible date at which you can take a make-up quiz or exam. If you fail to make up a quiz or an exam in a reasonable time frame, your grade will become a zero for that evaluation. 6. Most quizzes will be announced. 7. Cheating in any form will result in a zero for all parties involved. Labs will be conducted in groups but each member is expected to hand in their own lab report. Material Requirements 1. (1) 3 ring binder, designated for science only. 2. 1 subject notebook with holes so it can be placed inside the binder. 3. pencil or pen (blue or black ink… please) 4. Scientific calculator (not graphing calculator)
  • 3. Grading PolicyThe grading in this course is based on a total points system. Students will accumulatepoints by completing assignments and correctly answering questions on assessments.Their average at the end of the quarter will be determined by dividing the total number ofpoints earned by the total number of points possible. Additional ExpectationsQuizzes/Tests: Tests will be given generally at the end of each chapter or unit. Testretakes and opportunities for extra credit on tests will be given at the sole discretion ofthe teacher. Quizzes will be given approximately 1-2 times per week.The Regents Exam: You no doubt are aware that you will take a regents examination atthe end of this course. Passing this test in June is required for you to receive regent’scredit for this course. Students who fail this exam may have to take the course over againin high school.Lab Requirement: In order to take the Regents exam in June you must have 1200minutes of documented labs on file. All labs must be kept in the class room for the entireyear for this purpose. If you lose any amount of labs to bring you under the 1200 minutemark you will not be allowed to take the regents and you will have to repeat the coursenext year for credit. Summer school is not an option here!Lab/Projects: Some of these labs will have formal reports, whereas others might be aseries of short answer and calculations or presentations.Notebooks: Notes will be generally taken in the packets that I hand out. Your note bookswill be used for “Do Now” assignments and additional notes. I reserve the right to inspectyour notebooks at any time for evaluation. I may grade some or all of the notebooks atany time.Late Assignments: Assignments will be completed on time. Late assignments will not beaccepted without a formal excuse.Attendance: Class attendance is essential. You cannot participate in class discussion and/or activities if you are not present. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to find outwhat assignments you missed and when they are due.Tardiness: Lateness to class without a formal excuse will not be tolerated. This behaviormay result in parent contact, detention and/or loss of class participation grade.Class Website: You may access the class notes from the internet,(http://www.slideshare.net/walajtys) If you are absent from school this will make it easyfor you to keep up to date on the notes.
  • 4. Extra Credit: Generally one large assignment will be offered each quarter. At any point you may discuss with me an extra credit assignment of your choice. Extra Help: I am generally available for extra help every day after school. If I am available at other times I will let you know and if I am suddenly unavailable after school I will let you know as well. How do I succeed in chemistry? Chemistry can be hard at times, but at these times you need to do the things necessary to understand what is being covered. The absolute worst thing you can do is blow it off and hope that the next part of the class will be easier. Chemistry is a subject that builds upon itself. Most new topics depend on the content of the previous topics. If you allow yourself to get behind chemistry will be extremely difficult for you. On the positive side the more you understand the present topic, the easier the next topic will be.1. Study daily. Go over what we learned in class at home. ( a real student does more than just the homework).2. Do not let yourself get behind. As soon as you start struggling get the help you need to get back on top of the content. Do understand that there will be some confusion at times. This is normal when learning things that are new.3. Do your own homework. Working in groups or with a friend may help you get done faster, but they will not be able to help you on a test. DO NOT COPY. Copying undermines your whole purpose of being at school and shows a real lack of personal integrity.4. When you do your homework, classwork or take notes, keep your mind active. Try to understand the content. Dont be just a warm body that mimics the activities of a student.5. Take time to read the textbook, preferably before class and after class. This will prepare you for the content that will be covered in class and help understand what was covered in class.6. Stay positive. Your attitude is so important for your success in chemistry and in life in general. If you approach chemistry with enthusiasm and curiosity you will find it so much easier and interesting than if you approach it with disdain.7. Make use of the website. The website has notes, interactive quizzes and links to other sites (many are interactive) that are arranged according to the objectives that you need to know. If you do not have access to the internet at home you can access the website during seminar and before and after school in the computer labs.8. Study with a partner. When we know something we will be able to communicate and/or demonstrate it to someone else (isnt this the essence of tests - students communicating and demonstrating content and acquired skills back to the teacher). Quite often you may think you know something clearly but when the test comes you cannot put the ideas together clearly enough to do well. Studying with a partner and communicating the information back and forth will alert you to the content you do not fully understand.
  • 5. 9. When taking the test, start with the parts that you are most comfortable with and then do the hard parts. This will build confidence as you take the test and possibly remind you of material that will help you on the harder parts of the test.10. Always check your work on tests.11. Keep organized - chemistry is challenging enough without having the additional struggles of being able to find what you need.
  • 6. Student Information and Parent Contact SheetStudents Name:___________________________________________________________Class:______________________________________________ Grade:_______________Parent(s) Name(s): ________________________________________________________Address:________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Home Phone:______________________________Mom’s Cell:_______________________________Dad’s Cell:________________________________Do you have reliable internet access at your home? YES_______ NO_______If yes, please fill out whatever information applies…Parent E-mail 1:(Which parent?)_______________________(E-mail)_____________________________Parent E-mail 2:(Which parent?)_______________________(E-mail)_____________________________Which is the preferred e-mail address to send e-mails to, regarding your child?________________________________________________________________________Student’s E-mail: _________________________________________________________ Continued on back
  • 7. Is it ok to contact you at work if it is ever at all necessary? YES_______ NO_______If yes, please fill out whatever information applies…Name of parent: __________________________________________________________Place of business #1 _______________________________________________________Work phone #1 ____________________________Name of Parent: __________________________________________________________Place of business #2 _______________________________________________________Work phone #2 ____________________________ Confirmation of Reading/Understanding Course SyllabusI, __________________________ (student) and_________________________________(parent/guardian) am aware of and have read the course description, class expectations,evaluation policy, extra credit policy, homework policy, and quiz/test make upprocedures in Mr. Walajtys’ Science class for the year 2010-2011.Signature (student) _____________________________________ Date ____________Signature (parent) ______________________________________ Date ____________