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Chemistry deals with how atoms form molecules and compounds, and it deals with both physical and chemical properties of those molecules and compounds (including how they react). Labs will be an essential and regular component of the class.

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This schedule should be fairly accurate in the short run (days to weeks), but gets to be very tentative on the scale of weeks to months.

Chem Schedule by Kurt Klein

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Course Documents:

Chapter 18: Nuclear Chemistry

Chapter 17: Oxidation, Reduction, and Electrochemistry

Chapter 16: Reaction Rates

Chapter 15: Acids and Bases

Chapter 14: Chemical Equilibrium

Chapter 13: Solutions

Chapter 12: Gases

Chapters 10 and 11: Causes of Change, States of Matter

Chapter 9: Stoichiometry

Final Exam

Chapter 8: Chemical Equations and Reactions

Chapter 7: The Mole and Chemical Composition

Chapter 19: Carbon and Organic Compounds

Chapter 6: Covalent Compounds

Chapter 5: Ions and Ionic Compounds

Chapter 4: The Periodic Table

Chapter 3: Atoms and Moles

Chapter 2: Matter and Energy

Chapter 1: The Science of Chemistry

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Major topics

  • Atoms, elements, and compounds (1st semester)
  • Chemical equations, reactions, and stoichiometry (1st semester)
  • States of matter and thermodynamics (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Solutions, chemical equilibrium, and acids and bases (2nd semester)
  • Oxidation, reduction, and electrochemistry (2nd semester)
  • Carbon and organic compounds (2nd semester)


Overall grades are determined by the following types of assignments:
  • 45%: Chapter tests, quizzes, projects
    • There is generally one test per chapter consisting of a combination of multiple-choice, matching, short answer, and problem solving questions. The number of problem solving questions depends a lot on the chapter.
  • 25%: Labs
    • There is usually one laboratory exercise per chapter. Some labs require formal reports. I grade labs for accuracy and completion.
  • 10%: Homework
    • Homework generally consists of worksheets called Concept Review that I grade for completion. I plan to give all homework for a chapter at the beginning of the chapter as a packet, and the packet will be due on the day of the test. Students can work on the homework daily, and I usually allow some time at the beginning of class for questions about the homework.
  • 10%: Classroom Participation
    • All students begin each week with an 80% in participation. If you do not participate, you will end the week with an 80%. Positive participation (asking a question, answering a question, helping me or another student, etc.) adds 5 points to your grade. Negative participation (interrupting me or another student, goofing around during labs, etc.), subtract 10 points from your grade.
  • 10%: Final exam
    • I do not know what the final will be like this year, but last year it consisted entirely of short answer and problem solving questions that linked concepts from half the chapters in the text book. It was challenging.