• Chemistry
     Course Syllabus 

    Teachers

    Katie Keyes - kkeyes@ems-isd.net; 817-237-3314, x 8119; Conference: Period 2
    Jason Giles - jgiles@ems-isd.net; 817-237-3314, x 8213; Conference: Period 2

     

    Course Description

    Chemistry, a recommended second course of science for Boswell High School students, is designed to give students a foundation in the study of composition of matter and the changes the matter undergoes. We will begin with the foundations of measurement, safety and the scientific method. Laboratory exercises will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the accuracy and limitations of theory by emphasizing analysis of experimental results. Students who master this course will be able to read, understand, and interpret physical information verbally, mathematically, and graphically and have a strong grasp of the problem solving steps needed to analyze scientific data. The importance of daily attendance cannot be overemphasized. Many topics that are discussed during class may not be included in the textbook and are important to understanding the material thoroughly.

    Instructional Philosophy

    For the duration of this course, students will have the opportunity to analyze the chemical world around them and improve their critical thinking skills. This course emphasizes qualitative reasoning as the foundation for quantitative problem solving. Active participation from students is critical to their in this course. There will be frequent opportunities for the use of technology to gather, analyze and report scientific data and theory. Students will be asked to work individually or in teams to accomplish these goals.

    Course Standards

     

    1. Read, understand, and interpret the chemical information in the world around them.
    2. Describe and explain the sequence of steps to analyze a particular chemical phenomenon or problem mathematically, verbally, and graphically.
    3. Develop the ability to design or conduct scientific inquiry in the laboratory, including an analysis of experimental uncertainties.
    4. Use technology to collect, analyze, and report scientific theory or data.
    5. Demonstrate a knowledge of the following chemical concepts:

     

    • Foundations of Chemistry
    • Matter and Energy
    • Periodic Table
    • Atomic Structure
    • Nomenclature
    • Bonding
    • The Mole
    • Law of Conservation of Mass
    • Thermochemistry
    • Gas Laws
    • Solutions
    • Nuclear Chemistry

    Grading System

     

    • Major Grade includes tests, projects, some labs                                                  60%
    • Minor Grade includes quizzes, homework, class work, some labs                   40%
    • All work is assessed per the district Grading and Reporting Handbook, available on the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw website.
    • Make-up tests, quizzes, labs and retake tests may not be given during class time. These activities need to be completed during tutorials, before or after school, or during BOSTime (last 20 minutes of lunch period).

    Tutorials

    Tutorials will be available before school, Monday-Friday and after school, Monday-Thursday, and during BOSTime Monday - Thursday. The chemistry teachers will have a schedule posted in the classrooms, hallways, and on their website as to where the tutorials will take place. Those schedules are also on the Boswell HS website under the Parents tab and a copy is attached with this syllabus. Students are not limited to the time that their teacher is available and are encouraged to seek help from other teachers. Everyone learns in a different way and sometimes someone new will say it in just the right way for you.

     

    CHEMISTRY TUTORIAL SCHEDULE

     

    MONDAY

    TUESDAY

    WEDNESDAY

    THURSDAY

    FRIDAY

    8:30 -9:00

    Ms. Thomas

    G120

    Ms. Keyes

    G123

    Ms. Keyes

    G123

    Mrs. Magill

    G127

    Ms. Thomas

    G120

     

    4:30 - 5:00

    Mrs. Magill

    G127

    Mr. Giles

    G124

    Ms. Keyes

    G123

    Mr. Giles

    G124

    By appointment only

     

     

    SCIENCE DEPARTMENT BOS TIME SCHEDULE

     

    3RD LUNCH

    4TH LUNCH

    5TH LUNCH

    MONDAY

    Aquatics

    Biology

    Biology/Chemistry

    TUESDAY

    Physics/Aquatics

    Biology/Physics

    Biology/Chemistry

    WEDNESDAY

    Physics

    Chemistry/Physics

    Biology/Chemistry

    THURSDAY

    Physics

    Chemistry

    Biology/Chemistry