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Coach Schildmeier's Chemistry Guidelines

Instructor: Mark Schildmeier

Room: B100
Office Phone Number: 901.756,2350
Email Address:
Dear Students and Parents:
I am really looking forward to a productive year in Chemistry. Every
student in this course has the ability to complete it with success. This
class is designed to prepare students for the next level, and freshman
level college science courses. Chemistry has the reputation for being a
difficult course, therefore you will be required to focus on the material,
lectures, and labs, and learn to take responsibility for yourself.
Students will often be required to use higher level thinking skills
(including many math skills) in this course. In order to do this, we will
make use of our chemistry lab. You will find this course exciting and
very challenging at the same time. Every effort must be made to be
present in class. Students are advised to carefully read the section of
this document, which concerns "makeup work and late assignments."
Students, please stay alert to all assignments, and let me know
immediately when you do not understand a topic.
Parents, progress reports will be sent home on the twentieth (20th) day
of every nine-week grading period. Parents, if there is anything I can do
to further your child's progress in this course, please feel free to leave
a message for me at the school office or email me.
Please read, sign, and return this form by Thursday, August 13, 2015. It
must be kept as the first page in the students' notebooks. Parents, also
read, sign, and return the lab safety contract by Thursday, August 14,
Thank you,

Mark Schildmeier


1. To make science understandable through careful concept

development, experiments, hands-on demonstrations, and problem
solving strategies.
2. To produce a scientifically literate student, who will have a working
knowledge of chemistry and recognize the crucial role it plays in
everyday life.
-- 2 9x7 inch Composition Notebooks(1 for each sememester)
-- pencils / pens (blue or black ink only).
-- loose-leaf notebook paper (no spiral paper).
-- scientific calculator (with exponential function "exp" or "EE" button).
Note: Graphing calculators are acceptable, but not required.
Modern Chemistry. Holt-McDougal. 2009.
Academic Grades:
Letter grades given in this class will be in accordance with
the Shelby County Schools' grading scale:
93 100 = A
85 92 = B
75 84 = C
70 74 = D
Below 70 = F
Nine-week Grades will be based on Tests <40%>
(approximately one every two weeks), unannounced and
announced quizzes <30%>, homework/classwork <10%>,
lab/projects<20%> Semester grades will be averaged by the following
percentages. Quarter 1: 40% Quarter 2: 40% Semester Exam: 20%
Expectations and Rules:
1. Treat fellow students, teachers, administrators and yourself with
courtesy and respect at all times.
2. Be on time and in your desk when the bell rings. (If a student Is
tardy, they will not be allowed to leave class to go to bathroom
or locker)
3. Come to class prepared (Book, pen/pencil and paper)
4. No food, drink or gum is allowed(This room is a lab and food is
5. No cell phones, cameras and other electronic equipment is
allowed in class.(Headphones are included, even if they are not
attached to a device) This classroom is not a charging station!
DO NOT charge electronics in the Lab.

6. Passes will not be given to leave class. You must have an agenda
book for emergencies.
7. Maximum effort and positive attitudes should be represented in
class everyday.
8. Students can get additional tardies if they are late returning from
Make-Up Policy:
Students will have two extra days to make up assignments following
excused absences. 20% of grade will be deducted automatically for
assignments turned in late. Tests can only be made up in place of an
excused absence.
Course Outline
First Semester
I. Matter and Change
A. Lab Safety
B. Classification of Matter
C. Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter
D. Physical and Chemical Changes
E. Chemical Symbols
F. Characterization of States of Matter
G. Temperature and Temperature Conversions
II. Scientific Measurement
A. Scientific Method
B. SI System
C. Density
D. Dimensional Analysis
E. Accuracy and Precision
F. Significant Figures
G. Scientific Notation
III. Atomic Structure
A. Atomic Theory
B. Discovery of Subatomic Particles
C. Relative Masses and Charges of Subatomic Particles
D. Calculating Numbers of Subatomic Particles in Neutral Atoms,
Ions, and Isotopes
E. Calculating Atomic Masses from isotopic Data
IV. Electron Structure in Atoms
A. Atomic Models
B. Atomic Orbitals
C. Writing Electron Configurations
V. The Periodic Table
A. Development
B. Families and Periods
C. Patterns in Electron Configurations

D. Periodic Trends in Atomic Radii, Ionization Energy, Electron

Affinity, Ionic Radii, and Electronegativity
VI. Chemical Bonding
A. Formation of Ionic and Covalent Bonds
B. Lewis Structures
C. VSEPR Theory
D. Intermolecular Forces
E. Bond Polarity
VII. Chemical Names and Formulas
A. Binary Ionic Compounds
B. Ternary Ionic Compounds
C. Binary Molecular Compounds
D. Acids
E. Assigning Oxidation Numbers
VIII. Mole Relationships
A. The Mole
B. Molar Mass
C. Avogadros Number
D. Dimensional Analysis
E. Percentage Composition
F. Empirical and Molecular Formulas
IX. Chemical Reactions and Equations
A. Evidence of a Chemical Reaction
B. Writing Chemical Equations
C. Balancing Chemical Equations
D. Types of Chemical Reactions
E. Predicting Products of a Chemical Reaction
I have reviewed and discussed the importance of the
classroom rules, consequences, make-up policy and grading
policy with my child.

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