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Introduction:  Welcome to Chemistry I!!!  Chemistry is the study of matter and changes it undergoes.  Matter is anything that takes up space and has mass.  Since everything, even air, is considered matter, chemistry is involved in many different areas.  Doctors, nurses, and engineers must use chemistry to perform their jobs, but so do artists, millwrights, welders, custodians, and even housewives!  Anything that you buy in the grocery store is made using chemistry!


Pre-requisites:  In order to take this class, you must have passed Biology I and Algebra I.  Chemistry is a math-based science, so students must have adequate knowledge of algebra.


Some things you will be learning about:

  • Lab Safety and Equipment
  • Properties and Changes in Matter
  • The SI System – making measurements and calculations
  • Elements and the periodic table
  • Quantum Numbers and Mechanics
  • Atoms, molecules, and moles
  • Chemical formulas and compounds
  • Chemical and physical changes
  • Balancing and classifying chemical equations
  • Stoichiometry
  • Gas Laws


Grading Scale:

  • Major Grades (chapter tests, unit tests, projects) = 60%
  • Minor Grades (labs, class work, homework, quizzes)= 40%


Daily grades include pre-bells, worksheets, and homework.  Lab grades include lab participation grades, completion of lab handouts, lab reports, and pre-lab quizzes.  A pre-lab quiz will be given prior to each lab to ensure you have read your lab handout and listened to instructions. 


Required Materials:

  • $20 lab fee – due by September 4th
  • 3-ring binder with dividers
  • Paper and pencils
  • Scientific Calculator!!!




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