This course is a traditional approach to chemistry in which students will study the basic theories and concepts of chemistry. The intent is to prepare students to pursue chemistry on a more advanced level.
There main prerequisite for this course is that students should either have completed Algebra I with a "B" or better average or be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II. Both parent and student should understand that this course moves at a rapid pace, requires strong algebra skills and will include nightly homework.
Students are required to have a three ring notebook of at least two inch capacity. The notebook is graded for organization and completeness. This requirement will assist students in attaining and perfecting organizational skills. An organized notebook will aid in preparation for chemistry tests and college courses.
Students are required to have a scientific and/or graphing calculator. Those suggested by the math department will suffice. Most students prefer the very user friendly Texas Instruments Graphing Calculators. Of these calculators, the TI-83 & TI-84 are by far the most economical and versatile. All TI-83 and above versions are compatible with both computer software, Graphical Analysis, and data collection equipment, Calculator Based Laboratory Devices (CBL's), used in this course. For more information about the calculators, CBL's, or software press Calculator and CBL Information.
- Introduction to the course with documents:
- Knowing your ABC's (elements and ions)
- Semester Exams are approaching
- Scheduling science classes for next year
Honors Chemistry Text
Students will be required to keep their textbooks covered throughout the school year. Covers are made available to all students at school or they may choose to cover the text with materials from home. All school books should have covers to prevent damage to the texts and damage fees. Fees may be charged when texts are returned at the end of the year for any unreasonable damages inflicted on the text while in loan to the student. See Textbook Condition form that is part of the Student and Textbook Information Sheet. Parents and students must sign a contract verifying the starting condition of the text. Please help keep textbooks covered.
Students may check out of the school media center two different interactive study aids. One Chemistry ASAP! is filled with Animations, Simulations, Assessments, and practice Problems. The other is Chemistry Super Tutor. It contains several animations, simulations and stepped-problems.
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