Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS of Music & Art and Performing Arts
Welcome to Term 1 Regents Chemistry!
Welcome to Regents Chemistry! (Not to be confused with regular High School Chemistry, AP Chemistry, or College Chemistry 101). This course is VERY difficult! It requires studying aapproximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, 5 times per week to achieve succes in the course as well as on the New York State Chemistry Regents Exam in June. All Regents Chemistry students are required to take this exam.
There will be approximately 2 to 3 homework assignments per week. Most of this work will be done at the end of class. There will be an average of 2 quizzes and 1 exam per month. All Chemistry exams will be administered on a Thursday as per LaGuardia High School's exam schedule. There will be no deviations from this schedule. If a teacher in a different subject schedules their exam on a Thursday and we have an exam scheduled on that day too, then you are still responsible for your performance on OUR exam.
There will also be one full period of laboratory work each week. According to a mandate by the New York State Board of Regents, all Regents Chemistry students are required to complete 1200 minutes of laboratory work in order to qualify to sit for the Chemisttry Regents Exam in June. There are no exceptions! If you miss a lab due to a legally excused absence, then you will be given 2 weeks to make up that lab from the date of the original experiment in order to receive a grade for class and Regents lab credit. Should you make up the lab after this time period, then you will only receive Regents lab credit and a class grade of "zero" will remain.
The LaGuardia High School Science Department Grading Policy is as follows:
1. Exams (including midterms & finals), Quizzes, Essays, Projects/Presentations, Performance/Portfolio-Based Activities = 60%
2. Written Lab Reports = 20%
3. Homework = 10%
4. In-Class Assignments/Class Participation = 10%
I will be taking several days off during the fall term for prenatal exams and will begin my maternity leave within 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after my due date of December 11, 2012. I will remain on maternity leave until the beginning of the Spring Term on January 29, 2013. My goal is to finish the ENTIRE first term of Regents Chemistry before the beginning of my maternity leave. This can only be accomplished with cooperation from the ENTIRE CLASS! This includes:
1. Arriving to class on time. (If you are late, quietly sign the late book, take your seat, and begin working).
2. Leaving ALL distractions outside the classroom.
3. Not engaging your neighbor in conversation.
4. Not interrupting me in the middle of a sentence or thought. (Instead, write you question(s) down & wait for me to ask if there are any questions.)
5. Not interrupting your peers when they are asking or answering a question.
6. Refraining from asking questions or making comments that are unrelated to current classroom topics.
Should you need to contact me outside of class, my email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the only email I will use to correspond with you. I check this email address once every weekday morning at 8:00am. I do NOT check email on weekends, holidays, or weekday evenings.
Here's to a great year!
Period 4 - Ms. Lytle/Dr. Cheng in the Library
Period 5 - Ms. Bodha in Room 513
Period 8 - Mr. Ting in the Library
Please download and print a copy of the 2011 Chemistry Regents Reference Tables: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/apda/reftable/home.html
1) Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood by Oliver Sacks
2) The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
3) The Radioactive Boy Scout by Ken Silverstein
OTHER CLASS INFORMATION:
*** There will be NO EXTRA CREDIT offered this term and there will be NO LATE HOMEWORK accepted. Once the homework answers are written on the board, the assignment is considered late. ***
*** If you do not write your name on a test, quiz, assignment, lab, etc., then you will receive a ZERO! ***
*** NO NAME = NO GRADE ***
*** If you are warned about talking during a test or quiz: once, then you will receive 10 points off that assessment, twice, you will receive a grade of ZERO. This includes if you have already turned your paper in early. ***
*** If I can't read your response on a test or quiz, then it is wrong. ***
*** Only answers for multiple choice questions written on the line next to the question number will be graded. If it is blank, then the question is marked wrong. If the correct response is "bubbled" in the answer choices, but different from what is written on the line, then it is still wrong. ***
*** If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz, then you must be prepared to make it up on the day you return to class. ***
*** If you are absent on the day a homework assignment/ in-class assignment is assigned, then you have 2 days to make it up from the day you return to class. ***
*** If you are absent on the day a homework assignment/in-class assignment is due, then you must turn it in on the day you return to class. ***
*** If you do not present your homework to be checked before the answers are posted on the board, then it is considered late. ***
*** If you fail to turn in an in-class assignment that is due at the end of the period, then it is a ZERO and cannot be made up. If you have a 504 or IEP testing modification, then you must ask for the extended time before the end of the class period. (Make no assumptions.) ***
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Aim #1 - What is Chemistry?
Aim #2 - What is the difference between physical & chemical properties/changes?
Aim #3 - What are the properties of the 3 states of matter?
Aim #4 - What is a phase change?
Aim #5 - What is Kinetic Molecular Theory?
Aim #6 - What is Energy? and How do I use the Heat Equations?
Aim #7 - How do I use Metric Measurements & Signficant Figures in Chemistry?
Aim #8 - What is the basic structure of an atom?
Aim #9 - What do the symbols on the Periodic Table represent?
Aim #10 - How do I draw Lewis Dot Diagrams?
Aim #11 - How do I use the elements on the periodic table to write chemical formulas?
Aim #12 - How do I name Binary Compounds?
Aim #13 - How do I name compounds containing polyatomic ions?
Aim #14 - What is the Math of Chemistry?
Aim #15 - What are the different types of bonds between atoms?
Aim #16 - What is Electronegativity?
Aim #17 - What is an Atomic Radius?
Aim #18 - What are Ionization Energies?
Aim #19 - What are Intermolecular Forces?
Aim #20: What is the Difference between Molecular & Empirical Formulas?
Aim #21: What is a Chemical Equation?
Aim #22: How Do I Classify Chemical Reactions?
Aim #23: How do I balance Chemical Equations using smallest whole-number coefficients?
Aim #24: What is the difference between Real & Ideal Gases?
Aim #25 - What is Boyle's Law?
Aim #26 - What is Charles' Law and What is Guy-Lussac's Law?
Aim #27 - What is the Combined Gas Law?
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