In this course you will learn about some of the important topics in chemistry. We will start with some essential math skills and move on to such topics as density, atomic structure, the nature of light, nuclear chemistry, chemical reactions, and gases. We will always endeavor to make the work applicable to everyday life. A scientific calculator is required. It does not need to be a graphing calculator: a decent scientific calculator can be had for around $10 if you do not already own one. Warning: Some of the work in the course will be done without calculators!
The grading policy of Chemistry 3 is designed to reflect how much work you put into learning. If you put in the effort to learn the material you will do well. Your grade will be based on the following categories.
Students may take a week to complete corrections to reports and projects. Set up a meeting with me to discuss changes you must make. Submit a new draft along with the original draft for purposes of comparison. Quizzes and tests cannot be done again for credit.
Note: Only work handed in on time is eligible for corrections.
If you miss class, and it is an excused absence, then you may make up the work you missed. You must see me before class starts or after it has ended and ask for the work. It is your responsibility to find out what you missed and to do it. You must complete the work no later than the due date plus the number of days absent or the usual late penalties will apply.
Lateness is not acceptable unless you were absent and have shown me proper documentation to prove your absence was excused. Arrangements to hand in work missed when absent must be made at the first class meeting upon your return. Points will be taken off your score as follows: 1 day = 5 pts, 2 days = 10 pts, 3 days = 15 pts, 4 days = 20 pts, 5 days = 40 pts, >5 days = -50 pts. Incomplete work handed in on time will be considered 4 days late and do-overs will not be allowed. Incomplete work handed in late will not be accepted.
Safety is of paramount importance in the lab. Warnings of particular hazards will be given in the introduction to each lab activity. Students will be reminded once of safety rules. Students who do not heed such reminders will have to sit out the lab and take a zero.
I am available before and after school most days to provide help with your work. I arrive around 7 AM and will usually be here until at least 2:30 PM. If you are struggling make an effort to come and see me. In my experience this one action can improve your understanding (and your grades) immensely.