Chemistry 3 2013 - 2014

0.75 credits/semester
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Course Overview Documents
Lab Safety Rules
Three-ring Binder Information
Common Lab Report Format (SHS) (Word doc)
Lab Report Writing Information (html)
Lab Grading Outline (html) How labs are graded
Real Life Chemistry Assignments
Personal Introduction Essay (doc)

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Course Overview

In this course you will learn about some of the important topics in chemistry. We will start with some essential math skills and use these to cover such topics as density, atomic structure, the nature of light, nuclear chemistry, molecular structure, gases, heat and chemical reactions. The textbook for the course is Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective, 2nd edition by Matthew E. Johll. Published by W.H. Freeman and Co., ©2009

What to Bring to Class

  1. binder
  2. pencil or pen
  1. basic scientific calculator
  2. lab notebook (for lab days)


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.

Missing Class

If you are tardy or miss class you must present me with an absence slip from the main office. This will clearly indicate whether it was excused or unexcused. If you come to class without one you will be asked to go to the office to obtain it.

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.

Late Work

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. Late work is subject to a penalty of 25 points on a 100 point assignment. Late work will be accepted only within two days of the original due date. After that it will not be accepted. An incomplete lab handed in on time will not be eligible for a do-over. Incomplete work handed in late will not be accepted.

Lab Safety

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.

Office Hours

I will be available after school Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Also, I usually arrive at school by 7 am at the latest so seeing me before school for help is also possible.

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.


One of the most important ways to improve your grade in my class is to do well on tests and quizzes. In order to encourage you to come in for help with your preparation I will offer 5% in extra credit points on a quiz if you come in at least once to study in my room during office hours and actively ask me questions. This is a great opportunity to get together with friends to come in and ask questions and study together.


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First Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Scientific Notation
3 hrs + 1 hr for quiz
Group Activity: Scientific Notation
Homework: Scientific Notation
Lab: Observing a Candle
2 hrs
Quiz on Scientific Notation
Chapter 1
Introduction to Forensic Chemistry

3 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 1 hr for quiz
Problem Set: 1 2 3 7 9 12 14 15 17-41(odd) 47 48 50
Modeling the Molecular Level
Lab: Measurement and Significant Figures
Precision vs. Accuracy
Activity: Significant Figures with Calculations
Homework: Significant Figures
3 hrs
Quiz on Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Evidence Collection and Preservation

2 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 2 hrs for quizzes + 2 hrs for test
also, see at right for supplemental materials (total of 8 hrs)
How to Write Scientific Explanations
Mass vs. Weight for in-class discussion
Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis 4 hrs
Homework 1: Dimensional Analysis
Homework 2: Dimensional Analysis
Group Activity: Metrics 3 hrs
Homework: Metrics
Square and Cubic Units Construction
Group Activity: Square and Cubic Units 1 hr
Homework: Square and Cubic Units
Group Activity: Density
Homework: Density
Graphing for Density
Explanation of Flotation for in-class discussion
Problem Set: 1 3 4 5 6 8 12-14 15-19(odd) 29-53(odd) 63 64 68 73 75 83
Lab: Density
2 hrs + 1 hr computer lab
Quiz on Dimensional Analysis, Metrics, Sqr/Cub Units
Quiz on Chapter 2

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Second Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Chapter 3
Atomic Clues--Atomic Theory
3.1 - 3.7

3 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 1 hr for quiz
also, see at right for supplemental materials (total of 2 hrs)
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table 1 hr
Atomic Structure Homework

Group Activty: Average Atomic Mass 1 hr
Average Atomic Mass homework.
Problem Set: 5 6 7 9 11 12 22-26 41-51(odd) 79 80
Lab: Conservation of Matter
2 hrs
Lab: Atomic Mass and Average Atomic Mass
2 hrs
Quiz on Chapter 3
--Atomic Theory

Quarter 1 Test
Chapter 3
Atomic Clues--Light
3.8 - 3.9

2 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 1 hr for quiz
also, see at right for supplemental materials (total of 4 hrs)
Group Activity: Light 3 hrs
Homework: Light
Additional Problems: Light
Activity: Graphing Wavelength, Frequency and Energy 1 hr
Problem Set: 29-35 59-67(odd) 81 84 87
Pre-lab: Flame Tests due on the first day of the lab
Lab: Flame Tests 1 hr
Lab: Hydrogen Atom Simulator Do problems 1 - 5 for homework. The rest of the questions will be answered using an online simulator (link is on the lab page). 2 hrs (computer lab)
Pre-lab: Atomic Emission lamps due on the day of the lab
Lab: Atomic Emission Lamps 1 hr
Lab: Spectrophotometry Basics 2 hrs
Quiz on Chapter 3
Chapter 3
Atomic Clues--Electron Configuration
3.10 - 3.11

2 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 1 hr for quiz + 2 hrs for test
also, see at right for supplemental materials (total of 1 hr)
Activity: Electron Configuration 1 hr
Homework: Electron Configuration
Homework: Waves vs. Particles
Problem Set: 36-40 69-77(odd) 89 90
Lab: Glurch and Oobleck a fun activity in which the properties of colloids and polymers are investigated.
2 hrs
Quiz on Chapter 3
--Electron Configuration
Chapter 12
The Nuclear Age: Energy, Medicine, Weapons, and Terrorism

2 hrs + 1 hr for PSet + 1 hr for quiz
also, see at right for supplemental materials (total of 5 hrs)
Group Activity: Introduction to Nuclear Chemistry 3 hrs
Group Activity: Radiation 1 Alpha and Beta Radiation
Group Activity: Radiation 2 Positron and Electron Capture Radiation and Radiation Exposure 1 hr (both)
Group Activity: Half-life Basics
Homework: Radiation 1 hr
Problem Set: 1 2 5-12 15 16 22 29 33-37 39-41 44 45
PhET Simulation about Balloons and Static Electricity
“Travoltage” PhET Simulation
PhET Alpha Decay Simulation
PhET Beta Decay Simulation
PhET Simulation for Nuclear Fission
PhET Radioactive Dating Game
Lab: Electrified Objects
1 hr
Van de Graff Generator Demonstration
1 hr
Lab: Geiger Counter
2 hrs
Half-life with PhET Simulation (by Chris Bires)
Quiz on Chapter 12

Quarter 2 Test

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Third Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Chapter 4
Chemical Evidence
Types of Compounds and Nomenclature

4.1 - 4.4
11 - 12 hrs class time, total
Chemical Nomenclature and Types of Compounds
Chem Formulas Hmwk 1
Additional Naming Practice Problems
Chem Formulas Hmwk 2
Online: Ionic Construction Kit
Chem Formulas Hmwk 3
Activity: Graphing Solubility as a Function of Temperature
Problem Set: 1-3 5-9 12 21-43(odd) 68 69
Sugar and Salt Solutions with PhET Simulation
Lab: Solubility of Ionic Solutes
2 hrs
Lab: Dissolving Sugar (inquiry)
2 hrs
Lab: Conductivity using Vernier Probes
2 hrs
Quiz on Atomic Structure II
Quiz on Chapter 4.1 - 4.4
Chapter 4
Chemical Evidence
Chemical Equations, Moles, Stoichiometry
4.5 - 4.11

11 - 12 hrs class time, total
Balancing Chemical Equations
Homework for Balancing Chemical Equations
Word Equations for Chemical Equation Balancing (not available on-line)
The Mole
Moles Practice Calculations
Homework Assignment: The Mole and Molar Mass
Homework: Quick Moles Calculations
Activity: Moles of Macroscopic Objects
Problem Set: 13-17 45-67(odd) 80 81
Lab: Moles, Molecules, and Grams
2 hrs
Lab: The Size of an Aluminum Atom
1 hr
Quiz on Chapter 4.5 - 4.11

Quarter 3 Test

Fourth Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Chapter 4
Chemical Evidence
4.10 - 4.11
Demo: Stoichiometry
Stoichiometry Start-up
Activity: Stoichiometry
Homework: Stoichiometry
Inquiry Activity: Limiting Reagent Demonstration
Activity: Stoichiometry with Limiting Reagent and Percent Yield
Homework: Stoich. w/LR and % Yield
Additional Stoichiometry Problems
Lab: Stoichiometry
2 hrs
Lab: Empirical Formula of Iron Oxide
2 hrs
Quiz on Stoichiometry
Chapter 5
Chemistry of Bonding: Structure and Function of Drug Molecules

How to Draw Lewis Diagrams
Molecules to Draw Lewis Diagrams for
Building Models and VSEPR Shapes (not avail. online)
Homework: Drawing Lewis Diagrams
Problem Set: to be determined
Building Models
2 hrs
Quiz on Chapter 5
Chapter 10
Chemistry of Explosions: Gases

Activity: Gas Laws as Proportions
Problem Set: 25, 31a, 31b, 33a, 33b, 35a, 35b, 37a, 37b, 39a, 39c, 41a, 41b, 45, 47, 49, 55, 59
Lab: Boyle’s Law with Vernier Probe
Quiz on Chapter 10

Quarter 4 Test

Useful Tools

A scientific calculator
for chemistry including a table of useful constants and a molar mass calculator: just enter the chemical formula.
A timer
Periodic Table (PDF) from
Periodic Table colored by groups
A Reference Sheet of Common Atomic and Polyatomic Ions

Other items which may be used this year.
Pre-lab for Size of a Molecule
Lab: Size of a Molecule
Lab: Hard Water an investigative style lab in which you must create your own procedure.
Lab: Intro to the Bunsen Burner
Lab: Salt, Ice, and the Coldest Mixture
Here are a few documents to give group work some shape and definition so that it can be a self-regulating learning tool:
Group Work Definitions

A few useful links

Chemistry Links
Periodic Table (PDF) from
Periodic Table Image suitable for printing
Periodic Table colored by groups from
A Reference Sheet of Common Atomic and Polyatomic Ions
Examples of Chemistry Problems
Vapor Pressure of Water Data
A fully-functional scientific calculator for chemistry including a table of useful constants.
A Partial Bibliography of works consulted
And here’s a useful download: a program that will quickly and easily convert units for you. Download and unzip to use.

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