Whitwell High School

Chemistry I Syllabus

Course Title: Chemistry

Course Description:Chemistry is the study of the composition and properties of substances and the changes that such substances can undergo. Chemistry is often considered the central science because it overlaps other sciences. This course will provide an overview of the basics needed to provide a depth of understanding in chemistry.

Instructor: Mr. Johnny Cantrell,

Educational Materials: Khan Academy, Moodle, Lecture Notes, & Text Book

Course Standards

Embedded Inquiry, Technology, and Engineering, Mathematics

3221 Inq.1 Select a description or scenario that reevaluates and/or extends a scientific finding.

3221 Inq.2 Analyze the components of a properly designed scientific investigation.

3221 Inq.3 Determine appropriate tools to gather precise and accurate data.

3221 Inq.4 Evaluate the accuracy and precision of data.

3221 Inq.5 Defend a conclusion based on scientific evidence.

3221 Inq.6 Determine why a conclusion is free of bias.

3221 Inq.7 Compare conclusions that offer different but acceptable explanations for the same set of experimental data.

3221.T/E.1 Distinguish among tools and procedures best suited to conduct a specified scientific inquiry.

3221.T/E.2 Evaluate a protocol to determine the degree to which an engineering design process was successfully applied.

3221.T/E.3 Evaluate the overall benefit to cost ratio of new technology.

3221.T/E.4 Use design principles to determine if a new technology will improve the quality of life for an intended audience.

Atomic Structure

3221.1.1 Compare and contrast the major models of the atom (i.e., Bohr, and the quantum mechanical model).

3221.1.2 Interpret the periodic table to describe an element’s atomic makeup.

3221.1.3 Describe the trends found in the periodic table with respect to atomic size, ionization energy, or electronegativity.

3221.1.4 Determine the Lewis electron dot structure or number of valence electrons for an atom of any main-group element from its atomic number or position in the periodic table.

3221.1.5 Represent an electron’s location in the quantum mechanical model of an atom in terms of the shape of electron clouds (s and p orbitals in particular), relative energies of orbitals, and the number of electrons possible in the s, p, d and f orbitals.

Matter and Energy

3221.2.1 Distinguish among elements, compounds, and mixtures.

3221.2.2 Identify properties of a solution: solute and solvent in a solid, liquid or gaseous solution; procedure to make or determine the concentration of a solution in units of ppm, ppb, molarity, percent composition, factors that affect the rate of solution.

3221.2.3 Classify a solution as saturated, unsaturated, or supersaturated based on its composition and temperature and a solubility graph.

3221.2.4 Identify properties of matter (e.g., physical: density, boiling point, melting point, or chemical: the ability to rust or tarnish, be sour) or changes in matter (e.g., physical: phase change, shape, color, or chemical: formation of a gas or precipitate).

3221.2.5 Compare and contrast heat and temperature changes (endothermic/exothermic) in chemical (e.g., combustion) or physical (e.g., phase transformations) processes.

3221.2.6 Investigate similarities and differences among solids, liquids, and gases in terms of energy and particle spacing.

3221.2.7 Predict how changes in volume, temperature, and pressure affect their behavior.

Interactions of Matter

3221.3.1 Analyze ionic and covalent compounds in terms of their formation, names, chemical formulas, percent composition, and molar masses.

3221.3.2 Determine the reactants, products, and types of different chemical reactions: composition, decomposition, double replacement, single replacement, combustion.

3221.3.3 Predict the products of a chemical reaction (e.g., composition and decomposition of binary compounds).

3221.3.4 Balance a chemical equation to determine molar ratios.

3221.3.5 Convert among the following quantities of a substance: mass, number of moles, number of particles, molar volume at STP.

3221.3.6 Identify and solve stoichiometry problems which interconvert volume of gases at STP, moles, and mass.

3221.3.7 Classify substances as acids or bases based on their formulas and how they react with litmus and phenolphthalein.

3221.3.8 Describe radioactivity through a balanced nuclear equation and through an analysis of the half-life concept.

Tentative Course Calendar/Schedule &Units of Study

First Semester

1. Atoms, Compounds, and Ions

2. Chemical reactions and stoichiometry

3. Electronic structure of atoms

4. Periodic table

5. Chemical bonds

6. Gases and kinetic molecular theory

7. States of matter and intermolecular forces

8. Chemical equilibrium

9. Acids and bases


Second Semester

10. Buffers, titrations, and solubility equilibria

11. Thermodynamics

12. Redox reactions and electrochemistry

13. Kinetics

14. Nuclear chemistry

15. Organic chemistry

16. Alkanes, cycloalkanes, & functional groups

17. TBA

18. TBA

Grading Policy

Grades are assigned in my class based on the following types of assignments:

Homework/Classwork/Quizzes/Projects (50%) - Homework, classwork, quizzes, and projects will be assigned on a regular basis and expected to be complete.

Time will be given to start homework in class but students will be expected to complete homework on their own time. Homework will be checked for completion each time it is assigned.

Tests (50%) - At the end of each unit, or every two weeks of content covered in class, whichever comes first, there will be a test. These assessments will be based on the subject matter covered in class.

The final exam will count 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scale

A = 93-100

B = 85-92

C = 75-84

D = 70-74

F = 0-69

I = Incomplete 

Course Policies

Makeup Work

It is the student's responsibility to make-up work missed due to absences. The student will have three school days to make up their work from the date the student returned to school due to absences.


Late Work

All work is due at the start of class. Any assignments turned in after class has begun will be considered late and will be penalised. If five school days have passed, then no credit will be given for the late assignment.



Students will be considered tardy if not in their seats and working quietly on gathering their chemistry notes and being ready to begin class when the bell rings.


Leaving Class

Leaving class is something that should only happen in an emergency. The bell does not dismiss class, and I will dismiss class.


Teacher Responsibilities

I will trust you until you give me a reason to do otherwise.

I will respect you and work with you to solve problems.

I will promptly correct and offer feedback on your work.

I will work with you to meet your learning goals.

I will offer extra help should you require it.


Student Responsibilities

Be prepared!

You are expected to bring a pencil or a pen, and your notebook with you to class each day.

You will not be allowed to leave and get the materials you forget.

All students are expected to complete all assignments.

Use pencil, blue or black ink.

Illegible work will not be accepted.

Take pride in your work!

Show effort and a desire to learn.

Be on time!

Be in your seat and ready to learn when the bell rings.

Be respectful of school property and others.

Any books issued to you should return in reasonable condition.

Do not write on school desks, books, or contribute to the destruction of school property.

I will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse of anyone in the classroom.

Demonstrate respect for others at all times.

Be respectful of the equipment in the classroom.

Clean up after yourselves!

Follow all safety rules and procedures at all times.



Paper (loose-leaf or spiral)

Folder or binder

Pencils or pens

1-Pack of Copy Paper

$20.00 Technology Fee