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Chemistry Course Syllabus
Midland Adventist Academy
Course Outline
Instructor: Mr. Jonathan Borne, M.S.
Wilbraham, A., D. Staley, M. Matta, & E. Waterman.  2008.  Chemistry.  Prentice
Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
Wilbraham, A., D. Staley, M. Matta, & E. Waterman.  2002.  Chemistry.  Prentice
Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.
                        Chemistry is a junior-level laboratory course.  During the course of the year we will study those concepts that describe the composition and changes of matter.  Chemistry is a descriptive and quantitative science based on controlled    experiments, logic, and theory.  Emphasis is placed on measurement, problem solving, and the processes of physical and chemical change.  Models are used to explain observable phenomena and are verified by experimentation and observation.  Scientific laws, theories, principles, and concepts are taught from a perspective that promotes an appreciation for the wisdom and creative power of God.
            The chemistry course will promote the following:
1.  Understand the basic laws and theories that apply to chemistry.
2.  Use conceptual models in the study of chemistry.
3.  Understand the structure and characteristics of matter and energy.
4.  Use mathematics as a tool to interpret experiments and understand chemistry.
5.  Observe phenomena and record data; then organize and draw valid conclusions based on that data.
6.  Safely use laboratory instruments, equipment, and materials.
7. Recognize the importance of continued scientific research to help solve chemistry-related problems in society.
8.  Discern the wisdom and power of God, who has designed the laws that govern the phenomena that we observe in chemistry.

            Your semester grade is divided into these areas:
  1. Participation: 20%
  2. Journal Club: 5%
  3. Laboratory Work: 15%
  4. Chapter Tests: 30%
  5. Final Exam: 30%
  1. Participation: Homework: consists of assignments given from the textbook, worksheets, study guides, etc.  Quizzes will be given periodically, ANNOUNCED or UNANNOUNCED, to determine if each student is studying the material.
  2. Journal Club: Each student must read a science article from a science magazine and write a one-page report about it to be e-mailed to the instructor.  More information will be given later about this learning experience.
  3. Laboratory Work: consists of student participation and written work in planned lab activities. 
  4. Chapter Tests: given throughout the semester covering material studied during each chapter.
  5. Final Exam: a cumulative test covering all material from the semester.
The grading system and grade point values listed on p. 23 of the MAA Handbook are used for this class.
The general attendance policy of Midland Adventist Academy that is found in the Handbook is followed in the science classes. 
                        If a student is sick or has obtained an excused absence, it is the  responsibility of the student to see the teacher the day the student arrives back in     class.  If a test was done WHILE the student was absent, that test will be made up  on the day the student arrives back to class, unless previous special arrangements   are made with the teacher.  As a general rule, the number of days absent will be  the number of days the student has to make up the work.
                        If a student has an unexcused absence, any work missed will not be accepted.  If you skip class, any assignments or tests due on that day will be given a zero.
  1. RESPECT God.
  2. RESPECT the teacher.
  3. RESPECT other students.
  4. RESPECT yourself.

First Nine Weeks
Scientific Measurement
Matter & Change
Atomic Structure
Chemical Names

Second Nine Weeks
The Mole
Chemical Reactions

Third Nine Weeks
Behavior of Gases
Electrons in Atoms
Classification of Elements
Ionic Compounds
Fourth Nine Weeks
Covalent Compounds
Nuclear Chemistry
Acids & Bases