Welcome to Chemistry! We have a year filled with demonstrations, experiments, and explanations to aid you in better understanding chemical processes and phenomena. This class will help you develop analytical and critical thinking skills. Learning and success come from practice and effort. The more you put into this class, the more you will gain.
• Homework and labs are due at the start of class.
• Food and beverages are NOT permitted in the classroom.
• Those involved in cheating (including copying homework, labs, quizzes, tests) may earn a grade of zero.
• Postpone any talking until after a quiz or test.
• Follow the Flinn Student Safety Contract for laboratory guidelines. These include:
• wearing safety goggles when using chemicals, glassware, or heat.
• no "horseplay" or unauthorized experiments.
Only assignments turned in at the beginning of class on the due date will receive full credit. All other work is considered late and will receive the following deductions:
• work turned in by end of class on the due date: 10% deduction (if no answers given in class)
• work turned in by the end of the day it is due: 20% deduction (if no answers given in class)
• work turned in by later classes: 25% deduction per each class it is late.
If you are absent, it is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ask me for the assignment the first day you return.
• Prearranged absences require students to pick up work BEFORE the anticipated absence. All work is due the day you return from a prearranged absence.
• Other excused absences allow you one day to make up work for each day you are absent. It is your responsibility to obtain missed assignments BEFORE the start of class on the day you return.
• You should expect to make up tests before or during the class of your return.
• Unexcused absences result in a 10% deduction from work due the day of the absence and points earned in class that day (from quizzes, tests, labs,... ).
Tests are given at the end of each chapter. Extra credit is usually included on the test ONLY for those taking the test on or before the scheduled test date. Delays in testing or repeated absences result in a more difficult make-up test.
Semester Exams are given at the end of each semester with the second semester being a cumulative year exam. Exams are worth 1/5th and each grading period is worth 2/5ths of the semester grade. All students MUST take the semester exams.
I wish you a successful year in Chemistry!