CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL

CHEMISTRYIt's Alive

Instructor:  Lori Lancaster
Phone: 503-762-6180 Ext. 5555
e-mail: Lori_Lancaster@centennial.k12.or.us.

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OFFICE HOURS
TOPICS
EXPECTATIONS & ACADEMIC HONESTY
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
COLLEGE CREDIT OPTION
CHEMISTRY
GRADING POLICY
ADVANCED CHEMISTRY
CLASS SUPPLIES
INTERESTING & HELPFUL CHEMISTRY WEB SITES

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
OFFICE HOURS

Every day (except Wednesdays):  7 - 7:30am
Tuesday and Wednesday:  2:38 - 4:30pm

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EXPECTATIONS

1.  Follow all safety instructions.

2.  Be respectful of others, property and class time.

3.  Participate actively and constructively during class.

4.  Be responsible and pay attention.

ACADEMIC HONESTY

Honesty is a compelling principle by which we operate all aspects of student and school life. Disciplinary sanctions will be administered for cheating on any school assignment or plagiarism, which is the use of material produced by someone else without acknowledging its source.  Students who cheat or plagiarize will be referred for disciplinary action and will fail the assignment, test, or project. Parent(s) will be notified and a record of the action in the form of a disciplinary referral will be filed.  A second such occurrence may result in removal from class with a failing grade, suspension and/or expulsion from school.

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COLLEGE CREDIT OPTION

College credit is available through Mt. Hood Community College's Early College Opportunity (ECO) program.  This is available to Juniors and Seniors in Lori Lancaster's chemistry classes. 

CH 104:  The first year chemistry class follows the curriculum for Introduction to Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry I.

Juniors and Seniors in the first year chemistry class may register for CH 104.


CH 105:  The Advanced Chemistry class follows the curriculum for Introduction to Inorganic, Organic and Biochemistry II.

Only Seniors in the Advanced Chemistry class who registered for CH 104 and passed with a C or better may register for CH 105.


Registration for these courses occurs in March for Spring quarter. 

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GRADING POLICY

 

CLASS WORK (8%):  This includes notes and handouts as well as worksheets and laboratory activities to practice skills and to deepen concept understanding. Quizzes will be administered as new content and skills are taught.  These are meant to be used to reflect on your learning and to help you improve those skills.  These will be kept in a binder and will be evaluated every six weeks.

LABORATORY ACTIVITIES (36%):  There will be five major laboratory activities that will apply the concepts and skills we will be learning.  These will be evaluated by means of a laboratory notebook and a finished, typed report.  There will be other lab-type activities that will also be evaluated through other methods.

TESTS (36%):  Every unit will end with a summative evaluation of the concepts and skills.  All class and laboratory work will be focused on the concepts and skills you will need to demonstrate on the unit exam.

SEMESTER FINAL (20%):  Each semester will conclude with a comprehensive exam.  You may use your class binder during the exam, so keeping it organized and complete can be very useful to you.

GRADE SCALE:  The grade you earn will reflect the level to which you have achieved the learning objectives.

                A: 90 – 100%   
                B: 80 – 89%       

                C: 65 – 79%    
                D: 50 – 64%       
                F: < 50%

CLOSING DATES:  Dates for laboratory activities and unit exams are announced at least a week before the event occurs.  The activities close approximately one week later and any student who has not completed these activities by the closing date will forfeit that activity.

COMMUNICATION: I understand that things happen that you have no control over.  However, I cannot be flexible about assignments or activities without communication from you before closing and due dates.  Contact me via e-mail or voice mail (24/7) sooner rather than later.


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CLASS SUPPLIES

 

For this class you will be expected to have the following supplies: 
        paper                scientific calculator        Thumb/jump/flash drive‡
        pencils/pens        laboratory notebook*        ‡for saving electronic files

*The laboratory notebook must be the Mead Composition notebook with the sewn binding and heavy cover: no others will be accepted.

You must also have a three-ring binder with dividers so that you can store and organize your assignments and homework as a record of the work you have done in class and to use as a study guide.  They will be evaluated every six weeks as your Class Work grade.  Again, they will also be allowed for use during the semester finals, so paying attention to this is very important.

You will also be required to wear clothing**that is appropriate for a laboratory setting during those activities.  This includes closed-toe, flat shoes, long pants and shirts that cover the entire torso even when sitting or reaching.  Chemical splash goggles will be provided and you will be expected to wear them at all times when in the laboratory.

**If you are not appropriately clothed for the lab, you will not be allowed to do the lab, and an appointment must be made to come in after school to make up the lab.


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TOPICS COVERED

 


CHEMISTRY
ADVANCED CHEMISTRY
Matter and Measurements
Solutions
Atoms and the Periodic Table
Reaction Rates
Ionic Compounds
Equilibrium
Molecular Compounds
Acids and Bases
Chemical Reactions
Intro to Thermodynamics
Stoichiometry
Intro to Organic Chemistry:  Functional Groups
States of Matter

Nuclear Chemistry


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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

 

I am responsible for providing learning opportunities.

YOU are responsible for your education.



I can only help you to the extent to which you are willing to help yourself.  When you take responsibility for your learning, the sky is the limit!

Have a great year and take advantage of every opportunity presented to you!



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CHEMISTRY

Course Description:

The student must be proficient in general mathematics and must be able to handle elementary algebraic operations. The major topics of inorganic chemistry including elements, compounds, atomic structure nomenclature, stoichiometry, bonding and structure, states of matter and nuclear chemistry.

Class Assignments & Homework


ADVANCED CHEMISTRY

Course Description:

Students will build on the concepts learned in chemistry to study solution chemistry, equilibrium, reaction rates, thermodynamics, acid-base chemistry and an introduction to organic chemistry.

Class Assignments & Homework


INTERESTING AND HELPFUL CHEMISTRY WEB SITES

Chemtutor
Basic chemistry help is available here for high school or college students.  Chemtutor is not necessarily a complete text for your course or a complete outline, but we are proud to offer some insightful help in the parts of primary chemistry that have been, from our experience, the hardest for students to grasp.

WebElements:  The Periodic Table on the World-Wide Web
A clickable periodic table with loads of information about each element.  Try it!

Chemistry Drill & Practice Tutorials
These problems were developed by Prof. George Wiger (gwiger@chemistry.csudh.edu) at California State University, Dominguez Hills. They have been reorganized for use with "Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity" by Kotz and Treichel and are used here with his permission.  Problems with a (DP) are Drill and practice problems. Problems with a (WP) are word  problems.  Problems with a (DA) are data analysis problems.

CHEMystery
A virtual chemistry textbook to provide an interactive guide for high school students.

The Orbitron
a gallery of orbitals on the world wide web with images representing orbitals, animated plots of wave functions, electron density ,"dot-density" plots of electron density, and plots of radial distribution functions.  See the mysterious "f" orbitals!

Mad Scientist Network
The laboratory that never sleeps!  The MAD Scientist Network is a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions.  For good measure, they also provide a variety of oddities and other ends as well.

The famous Element Song by Tom Lehrer, a mathematics professor at Harvard during the 1950's.  Using a tune from the Pirates of Penzance, he listed all of the elements on the periodic table (as of 1955).  Finding humor in chemistry  :-)  (It really can be funny!)

Science related songs submitted by my 2003-04 IT Networking chemistry class.  I miss you guys!
    I'm Glad I'm Not Soluble
   


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