Allan Garvin

Room 205

875-2146 x 212

Course Description:

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it can undergo. This course begins with a general knowledge of matter, its properties, and the techniques necessary to measure and classify it. Additional topics include data analysis, structure of the atom, electron structure, periodic table, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, and the gas laws. The format of the class includes problem solving, laboratory exercises, and analysis. This course is recommended for any student that plans to attend college.

Class Content:

    • Data Analysis
    • Properties of Matter
    • Atomic Structure
    • Electron Structure
    • Periodic Table
    • Chemical Bonds
    • Chemical Nomenclature
    • Chemical Reactions
    • The Mole
    • Stoichiometry
    • Gas Laws
    • Energy and Chemical Change
    • Equilibrium
    • Acids and Bases

Class Format:

The information in this class will be presented in a variety of formats. We will have readings, lecture, discussions, demonstrations, labs, and projects. Chemistry is a cumulative subject that requires that you stay current with the many new concepts and ideas presented in class. Class participation is a vital part of this process.

Grading Policies:

Quarter grades will be based on the following criteria:

Exams – 30 %

Quizes – 15%

Homework – 25%

Labs – 30%

Semester Grade will broken down as follows:

Quarter 1 – 45 %

Quarter 2 – 45 %

Final Exam – 10%

Late work will lose 10% each day it is late and must be turned in within 2 weeks of the due date to receive any credit. Any work missed due to an EXCUSED ABSENCE may be made up for FULL CREDIT provided it is submitted within a reasonable time period (this will depend on the extent of the absence).

Tests and Quizes:

Test will be given at the conclusion of each major unit (this may include several chapters of the book).

Quizzes will be given on a more frequent basis. The purpose of the quiz is to let you know if you understand the current material before the test.


Homework is your opportunity to practice the new Chemistry skills you learned in class. You didn’t learn to walk by listening to someone tell you how or by reading it out of a book, you had to try it yourself. You might have fallen on your rear end a lot, but eventually most of you became really good at it because you kept practicing.


Laboratory exercises will provide an opportunity for the application of your skills and knowledge. A few of the labs will require formal lab reports. The requirements for these lab reports will be provided in a separate document.

Required Materials:

The following items are required for this class. It is expected that you have them with you everyday.

    • Folder or binder – to keep notes and handouts
    • Paper
    • Pencil
    • Scientific calculator – this does not need to be a graphing calculator

Textbook – Chemistry: Matter and Changes – Glencoe 2013