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Chemistry Syllabus


a college preparatory lab course in science

Instructor - Linda Alsept







  • spiral bound index cards
  • scientific calculator – TI 83 or TI-83 PLUS  or  TI-84  or  TI-30XIIS   (no CASIOS, please)
  • appropriate shoes and clothing for lab
  • pen, pencil, highlighter
  • notebook, textbook


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SCIENCE CREDITS NECESSARY FOR GRADUATION. The SCDE requires all students to complete three sciences, one of which must include an EOC exam, in order to obtain a South Carolina high school diploma. Trade schools, junior colleges, and technical colleges require three sciences. A four-year college or university requires four sciences, three of which must be considered as lab sciences for admission. This course is considered to be a lab science but does not require an EOC. It will include a Benchmark exam.


COURSE DESCRIPTION.1 Carnegie Unit towards graduation. This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to be successful in a college or technical school chemistry class. Content will emphasize qualitative and quantitative operations, the study of matter, its structure, composition, properties of matter, and the changes that matter undergoes during chemical reactions. Student success in this course requires a thorough understanding of algebra skills.




GRADES. Grades will be calculated by a point-percentage system. Each assignment is assigned a certain point value:  tests and lab activities - 100 points each; quizzes, class work, homework, and worksheets, 10–50 points each. Chapter tests will count approximately 50% towards the nine weeks grade. Final nine weeks grade will be a percentage determined by the student’s cumulative acquired points divided by the total. Points may be assigned for bringing materials (book, notebook, calculator, homework, and index cards) to class, for keeping materials up to date, and also for active and attentive class participation. DON’T MISS LABS!


MISSED WORK, QUIZZES, AND TESTS. Labs count as test grades. Make up work is the responsibility of the student. A grade of zero will be assigned for all missed work until it is made up. Assignments late due to absenteeism will have a grace period of three days per district policy. Late assignments will be penalized 50%. Refer to student agenda. Tests will always be announced well in advance. Students are expected to take the test even if they were absent the day before. Try to arrange doctor and dentist appointments to avoid class. Missed labs must be made up after school and will never be made up during lunch. During play season (October – February), the instructor’s time outside of class is very limited. It is difficult to make up missed labs during that season.


EXTRA CREDIT. Opportunities to acquire bonus points are given on all tests as long as class assignments and homework assignments are submitted complete and on time. Extra credit outside of tests is not an option. Extra credit will not be provided to students having a large amount of late or missing work.


TUTORING. Tutoring is available by appointment Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 3:00-4:00. Tutoring after school is not available on Tuesday. During play season the instructor’s time is severely limited. Students failing two or more consecutive tests are encouraged to attend tutoring.


CLASS PROCEDURES. Take care of personal needs and locker visits between classes. Pick up handouts on your way in. Look for introductory notes and DO NOW activities on the overhead or board. Have homework assignments, calculators, and materials ready for a daily check. Hold homework until called for. Be ready to begin class immediately. Be prepared to answer questions in which students are chosen at random. Be attentive at all times. Use of cell phones during class will result in confiscation. Putting head down during class instruction will result in parent phone call and/or referral.


ATTENDANCE, TARDIES. Tardies will be handled as explained by school policy. Good attendance is crucial to passing this course. It is difficult to finish assignments in ISS successfully. State law requires students to be present for a minimum of 60 minutes per class to be counted as present.


LEAVING THE ROOM Students will be issued 2 tickets per nine weeks saying PERMISSION TO LEAVE THE ROOM PASS. Students needing to leave the room FOR ANY REASON will be required to turn in a ticket in order to receive a written hall pass with the destination, date, and time. All hall passes must be returned to the instructor upon reentering the room or all further tickets are considered void. Anything more than three minutes is considered as cutting class. Going to any destination other than the one you are authorized to visit is considered as cutting class. Expect someone to come looking for you. Students are responsible for maintaining the safekeeping of their tickets. Lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced. Unused tickets at the end of the nine weeks may be turned in for added bonus points to benefit

DRESS CODE. Enter class dressed appropriately according to district policy. Please wear pants and shirts in the correct manner, especially during lab. Hats and kerchiefs worn during class will be collected. All students participating in labs must wear prescribed type of closed toe shoes.


HABITS TO AVOID. Chemical substances are often carried unknowingly from the lab to the desks in the classroom. Please do not do any of the following during class as it may cause you to ingest harmful substances: thumb sucking, finger licking, nail biting, pencil chewing, picking at sores or lesions.


FOOD AND DRINK. Eating and drinking in the lab are not permitted per OSHA regulations. It is not a good idea to eat in class on lab days as chemicals from the lab activities may contaminate your food items. Only breakfast will be allowed in the classroom.


DRAMA. Please leave personal drama at home.


TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASS ROOM. Usage of smart phones, iPads, tablets, etc., will be handled according to district policy. Phones must be turned off or on silent mode. HEADPHONES are not allowed to be out AT ANY TIME. Pictures and/or video will not be taken during class. Failure to follow instructions concerning electronic devices will result in discipline referral per district policy.


CURRICULUM, TOPICS OF STUDY. Refer to the accompanying handouts containing the chemistry standards and pacing guide for more detailed information.



Safety lab

Elemental symbols

Temperature conversions

Measurement, significant digits


Separation lab, percent error


Density lab(opt)

History of atomic theory

Rutherford model, Bohr model

Atomic structure, elements, compounds


Quantum theory

Flame tests lab

Lewis dot structures

Ionic and covalent bonding

Chemical nomenclature

Empirical and molecular formulas


Percentage composition

Copper sulfate lab

Molecular shapes

Marshmallow lab

Periodic table and trends



Classifying and balancing chemical reactions

Precipitation lab

Balancing chemical equations


Mass-mass relationships

Limiting reactant problems


Acid-base reactions, salts

Titration lab

Gas laws, Hydrogen gas lab

Energy conservation in phase changes(opt)




It is possible that students will be required to read texts outside the classroom for essays and discussion in class. This will be discussed more during class time.


Instructor reserves the right to make changes or adjustments in the curriculum.



Email:                                                    lalsept@williston.k12.sc.us

Teacher website:                                  http://www.williston.k12.sc.us/olc/83

CALL FOR A CONFERENCE:       803-266-3110

MRS. ALSEPT’S PLANNING PERIOD       9:40 – 11:00 1st semester