Reyes, Luci Hanna -Science

PRE-AP CHEMISTRY

Mrs. Luci Hanna-Reyes

Location: Room 153/158

Office Hours: 7:15 am – 8:00 am & after school as needed

Welcome to Pre-AP Chemistry!

     Chemistry is an experimental science based on evidence. We pose a question to nature, carry out the experiment, and observe the outcome. What happens if we mix two substances? If we blast a molecule with a laser, what will it do? Chemistry addresses topics that involve the “stuff” or matter within our Universe, such as: the composition of atoms, elements, and compounds, their structure, behavior, and reactions. It is a central science that provides a basis for all other sciences on a fundamental level; astrophysics, geology, pharmacology, forensics, biology and ecology all have a basis in chemistry.

     The goal of Pre-AP Chemistry is to provide students with a foundation to understand the structure and properties of chemical substances and to make predictions regarding the movement of energy within a system; which are skills necessary for more advanced science classes, such as AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, and/or AP Biology. This course is lab-based with special emphasis on quantitative methods of analysis that will require the students to apply mathematics to real world situations. The use of critical thinking skills, visualization in three dimensions, logic and abstract thinking are necessary for success.

Materials Needed:

  1. Textbook: Modern Chemistry – Sarquis/Sarquis
  2. Binder 1-1.5 inches
  3. Dividers (5)
  4. Periodic Table (will be provided)
  5. Ruler (12 inch English/Metric)
  6. Scientific Calculator
  7. Pencils, pens and colored pencils
  8. Paper (to take notes)

Classroom Rules:

  1. Materials mentioned above must be brought every day to class. Failure to complete any assignment because of missing materials will result in a zero for that day of work.
  2. Be prompt and never be late to class. Be in your seat when the tardy bell rings. The classroom door will close and lock at the bell. You will not be allowed into class without a permission slip, detention slip, or administrator pass.
  3. Stay in your seat during lecture. Do NOT disturb class during lecture. Bathroom passes will only be given for emergency purposes and those needs need to be taken care of during passing periods. Only one person at a time may be excused to the restroom. Raise your hand to speak in class and ask permission to move around the classroom.
  4. No late work will be accepted. If you are absent and it is excused, you will have the next day to turn in your assignment or tests you have missed.
  5. The teacher’s desk, files, cabinets, grade book etc, are strictly off limits to all students unless given permission. DO NOT TOUCH chemicals or equipment on the lab tables unless instructed to do so.
  6. No drinking or eating in class except for water.
  7. Pick up trash around your area.
  8. When the bell rings remain seated until permission is given to leave.
  9. CELL PHONE USE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED. Confiscation and fines explained by school policy will apply.
  10. All other school policies will apply.

Safety

     Lab work can be the most enjoyable and fun part of this course; however, the chemistry laboratory can be a dangerous place when people are careless or ignorant. The teacher reserves the right to deny any student access to the lab if she/he feels that the student’s behavior is inappropriate. The student will receive a zero for any grade recorded in the lab. The student will be financially responsible for any damage to equipment, except in those cases of normal use.

Grade Distribution

  1. Daily grades: The average of the daily grades will be worth 40% of the semester grade. Daily grades include classroom assignments, homework, quizzes and labs. Homework and quizzes are the most important tool you have that prepares you for major exams.

     2. Exams and Major Assignments: the average of tests and major assignments taken over lecture material will be worth 60% of the semester grade.

  1. Binder: The binder will be graded as a test and will count not higher than 10 points of your highest test grade. This will not count towards exemption. Binder dividers are as follows:
    1. Reference Sheets
    2. Notes
    3. Assignments
    4. Quizzes and Tests
    5. Labs

     4.At the end of each semester, the average of daily grades, and tests will be 80% of the semester

  1. Semester Exam: The semester average is worth 20%. Your final exam will be comprehensive.

    Communication:

            Please feel free to email me at any time with concerns about homework, lab reports, or any questions you may have on anything.