Chemistry 3 2015 - 2016

0.75 credits/semester
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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, moles, chemical reactions, and gases.

What to Bring to Class

  1. binder
  2. pencil or pen
  1. basic scientific calculator
  2. lab notebook (bring to class every day)


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. Incomplete work handed in late will not be accepted. Key point: If you think you may not be able to avoid handing your work in late then speak to me at least one full day before the due date to see whether arrangements can be made.

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 Mondays, 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.

Books used in this course

Investigating Chemistry: A Forensic Science Perspective, 2nd Edition, by Matthew E. Johll, W.H. Freeman and Co., ©2009
POGIL Activities for High School Chemistry, Laura Trout, editor. Flinn Scientific, Inc. ©2012

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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
Handling Data and
Classification of Matter
POGIL: “Organizing Data”
POGIL: “Significant Digits and Measurement”
POGIL: “Significant Zeros”
Activity: Significant Figures with Calculations
Homework: Significant Figures

POGIL: “Classification of Matter”
Notes: Classification of Matter
Classification of Matter handwritten notes
Pure Substances and Mixtures at the Particle Level in Pictures
Phases of Matter handwritten notes
Homework: Phases of Matter using PhET Simulator
Homework: Classification of Matter Review
Writing for Understanding: Classification of Matter
Modeling the Molecular Level
Misconception Probe: Bubbles in Boiling Water
Lab: Measurement and Significant Figures
Precision vs. Accuracy
Home-Inquiry Connection Lab: Density and Solubility
Quiz on Signicant Figures
Quiz on Classification of Matter
Dimensional Analysis
and Density
Group Activity: Dimensional Analysis 4 hrs
Homework 1: Dimensional Analysis
Homework 2: Dimensional Analysis
Group Activity: Metrics 3 hrs
Homework: Metrics
Group Activity: Density
Homework: Density
Graphing for Density
Explanation of Flotation for in-class discussion
Bunsen Instructions
Home-Inquiry Connection Lab: Can Crush
Lab: Density
2 hrs + 1 hr computer lab
Quiz on Dimensional Analysis
Quiz on Word Problems with Dimensional Analysis
Quiz on Metrics
Quarter 1 Test
Second Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Atomic Structure, Isotopes, and
Average Atomic Mass
POGIL: “Isotopes”
POGIL: “Ions”
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table 1 hr
Atomic Structure Homework
Reading Assignment for Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, ch. 9

POGIL: “Average Atomic Mass”
Group Activty: Average Atomic Mass 1 hr
Average Atomic Mass homework
Reading Assignment about the Practical Uses of Isotopes
Lab: Conservation of Matter
2 hrs
Lab: Atomic Mass and Average Atomic Mass
Home-Inquiry: Crystals
Quiz on Atomic Structure
Quiz on Average Atomic Mass

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Second Quarter (continued)
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Molecular Compound Names and Structures POGIL: Naming Molecular Compounds
Chemical Nomenclature of Molecular Compounds
Homework: Naming Molecular Compounds
Additional Practice and Review
Modeling the Molecular Level
How to Draw Lewis Diagrams
Molecules to Draw Lewis Diagrams for
POGIL: “Molecular Geometry”
Lewis Diagrams, VSEPR
Building Models and VSEPR Shapes (not avail. online)
Table of VSEPR Shapes
Molecule Shapes with PhET Simulator
Homework: Drawing Lewis Diagrams
Building Models
Lab: Glurch and Oobleck a fun activity in which the properties of colloids and polymers are investigated.
Quiz on Molecular Compound Names and Structures
Quarter 2 Test
Third Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Light, the Electromagnetic
Spectrum, and Atoms
POGIL: “Coulombic Attraction”
Summary of “Coulombic Attraction”
POGIL: “Electron Energy and Light”
Group Activity: Light
Spectrum Reference Sheet
Homework: Read about the Electromagnetic Spectrum
Homework: Light
Additional Problems: Light
Activity: Graphing Wavelength, Frequency and Energy 1 hr
PhET Simulation about Balloons and Static Electricity
“Travoltage” PhET Simulation
Lab: Electrified Objects
1 hr
Van de Graff Generator Demonstration
1 hr
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
Real Life Chemistry of Marshmallows
Quiz on Light
Electron Configuration POGIL: “Electron Configurations”
POGIL: “Cracking the Periodic Table Code”
Activity: Electron Configuration 1 hr
Homework: Electron Configuration
Homework: Waves vs. Particles
Quiz on Electron Configuration
Nuclear Chemistry POGIL Activity: Types of Radiation
POGIL Activity: Types of Radioactive Decay
POGIL Activity: Alpha and Beta Decay Sims
POGIL Activity: Nuclear Equations
Watch these Crash Course Videos about Nuclear Chemistry: and
Homework: Nuclear Chemistry Crash Course
Group Activity: Half-life Basics
Homework: Nuclear Chemistry 1 hr
PhET Alpha Decay Simulation
PhET Beta Decay Simulation
PhET Simulation for Nuclear Fission
PhET Radioactive Dating Game
Lab: Geiger Counter
2 hrs
Half-life with PhET Simulation (by Chris Bires)
Half-life Paper Cutting Simulation
Quiz on Nuclear Chemistry

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Third Quarter (continued)
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Chemical Nomenclature
and Electrolytes
POGIL: “Naming Ionic Compounds”
POGIL: “Polyatomic Ions”
POGIL: “ Naming Molecular Compounds”
POGIL: “Naming Acids”
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

POGIL: “Saturated and Unsaturated Solutions”
POGIL: “Solubility”
Activity: Graphing Solubility as a Function of Temperature

Useful Nomenclature Resources:

Here is a big-picture flow-chart to help you determine whether a compound is ionic or molecular and how to name it no matter what it is. It is available as a PDF download at this link: Inorganic Nomenclature Flow Chart. A useful reference for ion names is the ions reference sheet I created.

Useful links from
Cations/Anions List
Nomenclature Basics
How to Name Cations
How to Name Anions
Big Picture Flowchart for Compounds

Student Copy: Sugar and Salt Solutions with PhET Simulation
Teacher Copy: Sugar and Salt Solutions with PhET Simulation
Lab: Solubility of Ionic Solutes
2 hrs
Exploring Conductivity before the Lab
Lab: Conductivity using Vernier Probes
2 hrs
Quiz on Nomenclature and Electrolytes
Fourth Quarter
and Time
incl. Handouts and Problems
Lab(s) Quiz/Test
Chemical Equations
Types of Reactions and
The Mole
Balancing Chemical Equations
POGIL: “Types of Chemical Reactions”
Practice with Chemical Equations
Homework for Balancing Chemical Equations
Word Equations for Chemical Equation Balancing (not available on-line)

POGIL: “Relative Mass and the Mole”
The Mole
POGIL Summary: Relative Mass and the Mole
Moles Practice Calculations
Homework Assignment: The Mole and Molar Mass
Homework: Quick Moles Calculations
Activity: Moles of Macroscopic Objects
Lab: Classifying Chemical Reactions
Lab: Moles, Molecules, and Grams
2 hrs
Lab: Moles of Chalk in a Drawing
½ hr
Lab: The Size of an Aluminum Atom
1 hr
Quiz on Chemical Equations
Quiz on the Mole
Quarter 3 Test
Stoichiometry Demo: Stoichiometry
Stoichiometry Start-up
POGIL: “Mole Ratios”
Activity: Stoichiometry
Homework: Stoichiometry
Additional Stoichiometry Problems (no LR)
Stoichiometry Summary Activity (no LR)

Inquiry Activity: Limiting Reagent Demonstration
POGIL: “Limiting and Excess Reactants”
Activity: Stoichiometry with Limiting Reagent and Percent Yield
Homework: Stoich. w/LR and % Yield
Additional Stoichiometry Problems
Stoichiometry Summary: A Reflection Activity
If time allows: POGIL: “Acids and Bases”
Lab: Stoichiometry Inquiry
Lab: Stoichiometry
2 hrs
Lab: Empirical Formula of Iron Oxide
2 hrs
Quiz on Stoichiometry
Gases POGIL: “Gas Variables”
Activity: Gas Laws as Proportions
Lab: Boyle’s Law with Vernier Probe
Quiz on Gases
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.

Teachers and other Professionals:

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