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Advanced Chemistry

Course Number:
11, 12  
Grad Standard(s):
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Teacher -- Mr. Patrick Merrick
Room -- 120 New building
length -- 1 semester
textbook -- CHEMISTRY, the central science

This course provides the learner with the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the chemical world. As this knowledge is gained, the learner will increase their appreciation of the structure and behavior of the world around you. As this knowledge is mastered, the learner will understand that humanity has a great opportunity and responsibility to appreciate the effect mixing a few chemicals together can have on the world and humanity.
Chemistry is also a study on the ability of think logically and to see connections in the information that is all around us. It also impresses friends and dates to no end. Trust me.

1. The learner will be able to understand the tools of chemistry
This includes the mathematical scales and relationships, as well as the theories about matter and energy.

2. The learner will master the basic structure of the atom and the composing forces of the molecule. This will include both the formation and rearrangement of inorganic matter, as well as the compositions of mixtures.

3. The learner will understand acids and bases and their importance in society.

4. The learner will be able to employ the knowledge gained in class to a laboratory setting.

5. The learner will be secure and mature enough to suggest and follow through with any other ideas on areas of chemistry that is of interest.

1. attendance and participation -- Because of the school, students are required to attend class. Because of the teacher, students are required to participate in class. A/P will be graded each day by the following means: Attendance means being in your seat with the appropriate materials and staying in class all period. Participation means having your work completed and paying attention -- in other words attitude. ( smiles and waves are good bonuses)

2. Assignments and Labs -- This class will try and evolve into a project and discussion orientated class. (This means the more you talk the less I do.) Every section will contain a lab/project of some degree that will measure your mastery of the material. Assignment and labs will have time lines and due dates to follow for full credit.

3. Tests and quizzes-- they will be there, good luck?!

4. Grading -- All assignments and tests are graded on a point basis. Points are totaled at the end of each quarter to determine final grades. Grades are calculated on the following percentages:
91 - 100 % = A 82 - 90 % = B
73- 81 % = C 64- 72 % = D

1. books When books are given out, go over them carefully and take care of them. I will expect it back in the same condition. You will be expected to read all chapters. Some questions on assignments will be from the book and not from class discussion.

2. labs I will try to have one lab a week (usually on Thursdays). These labs serve a twofold purpose, first they allow you to move around in the classroom and enjoy handson science. Second they are a great way to understand the concept. They are not a day off! Lab reports will be due on each lab and the quality of the answers will be judged.

3. needs You will need a notebook, writing utensil (no red or pink ), a calculator, and a folder for handouts, labs, etc.

4. Homework - is do on the date assigned. It is worth full points if handed in when asked for. It is worth 75% of possible if handed in before the next time we meet. It is worth 50% on third day and 0% after that. You will be expected to have everything necessary with you. You will not be allowed to go to your locker during class. I give out assignments because I feel that the information covered is valuable. Therefore, if you have 2 or more missing grades you will receive a failing grade for that midterm.

5. No hats or food are allowed in class unless a special situation arises.

6. The goal of this class is also to reinforce effort and responsibility. To this end, If an assignment or lab is turned in on time and at a perdetermined minimal level, it will be handed back for your corrections. If an assignment is a learning tool, then the first time the assignment is turned in should not be the last time you look at it. These corrections will be graded and can be recorrected again and again. It is my hope that we will keep working on the assignment until the concept is mastered.

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