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Chemistry 20

Mr. Malec
Quarter 1 2015
Chemistry is the study of matter and its
changes. Chemistry 20 is an academic
program that helps students better
understand and apply chemical concepts
found in natural events they experience
and technology they use in their daily

Recommended Prerequisite
For success in Chemistry 20 a mark of 65% or better in Science 10 is recommended,
however, you can take Chemistry 20 as long as you achieved 50% or higher in Science

Future Studies in Science and Chemistry

Upon successful completion of chemistry 20 you can continue on in the chemistry field
and take chemistry 30. This is recommended if you are planning of going to attend postsecondary education in a science related field. You can also take science 30 which is
recommended if you are planning on going into a non-science related field.

Major Goals
Science education will:
Encourage students at all grade levels to develop a critical sense of wonder and
curiosity about scientific and technological endeavors
Enable students to use science and technology to acquire new knowledge and
solve problems, so that they may improve the quality of their own lives and the
lives of others
Prepare students to critically address science related societal, economic, ethical
and environmental issues
Provide students with a foundation in science that creates opportunities for them
to pursue progressively higher levels of study, prepares them for science-related
occupations, and engages them in science-related hobbies appropriate to their
interests and abilities
Enable students, of varying aptitudes and interests, to develop knowledge of the
wide spectrum of careers related to science, technology and the environment.

Course Overview
Chemistry 20 consists of five units of study:
Review Unit: Chemistry Review
Unit 1: Chemical Bonding Explaining the Diversity of Matter
Concepts, models and theories are often used in interpreting and
explaining observations and in predicting future observations. The
major focus of this unit is to relate theories about bonding to the
properties of matter and to develop explanations and descriptions
of structure and bonding through scientific models. Students learn
about the diversity of matter through the investigation of ionic
compounds and molecular substances.
Unit 2: Gases as a Form of Matter
Students expand their knowledge of the nature of matter through
the investigation of the properties and behaviour of gases.
Unit 3: Solutions, Acids, and Bases
Students gain insight into the nature of matter
through an investigation of change in the context of
solutions, acids and bases.
Unit 4: Quantitative Relationships in Chemical Changes
Students focus on chemical change and the
quantitative relationships contained in balanced
chemical equations. They are required to use
stoichiometric principles and mathematical
manipulation to predict quantities of substances
consumed or produced in chemical reaction systems.

Success in this Course

To be successful in Chemistry 20 it is important that you:
1. Maintain good attendance
2. Be punctual
3. Be attentive and ask questions
4. Complete assignments by doing homework on a regular basis
5. Study for quizzes and exams
6. Review and practice skills learned in class
7. Be prepared for class with a pen, pencil, calculator and a three ring binder with
loose-leaf as well as your Nelson text

Outside of Class Time Availability

I will be available at Flex, after school, and before school for extra help on most days.
Please feel free to meet me. Also, if you would like some help while at home feel free to
e-mail me at and I will try to get back to you as soon as
possible. Please use your school e-mail account when contacting me.

Unit Exams: 35%
Chapter Tests: 20%
Class Work: 15%
Final Exam: 30%

Reference Materials
The main resource utilized in Chemistry 20 is the Nelson Chemistry textbook.

School Policy Regarding Assignments

Teachers at Catholic Central have determined the following procedures to be used if a
student does not hand in work:
(1) Alternatives will be discussed with student such as an alternative due date, alternative
assignment, after school or flex time to complete the assignment, etc.
(2) Parents will be contacted by the teacher and alternatives discussed.
(3) The student will be referred to administration or a counselor to discuss reasons for
work not being completed.
(4) Working with the student, parents, teacher and, if necessary, administration a mutually
agreeable solution will be reached.
Note: Assignments are one method by which teachers determine that a student has
acquired the designated learner outcomes for a course. Incomplete assignments
jeopardize the students completion of the course.
If a student does not demonstrate that he/she has acquired the learner outcomes, then a
course mark will not be awarded to the student. The student may write the final exam,
but no course mark can be awarded until the student has demonstrated acquisition of the
learner outcomes.

Attendance Policy/Procedure
The first time a student is inexcusably absent it is the responsibility of the teacher to
contact home and determine the reason for the absence and deal with it accordingly. If
the student is inexcusably away a second time, the teacher will contact home again to
determine the reason for the absence. If the student was skipping for a second time, the
teacher will refer the student to the appropriate administrator. The administrator will
determine an appropriate consequence and contact the home. If the student was to be
inexcusably absent again and the students name does not appear on the end of the day
Excusable Absent List then the teacher would send the student to the appropriate
administrator the next day. The administrator will determine the reason for the absence
and take appropriate action (in most cases - removal from class/school for the Quarter).
If the teacher cannot contact the home to verify an absence after several attempts, or if no
phone number is available, then the teacher is to give the name of the student to the
appropriate administrator.
After a student goes on an attendance contract and is absent, he/she should be admitted to
class only if in possession of a re-admit slip from an administrator. If the student is
withdrawn, the teacher will be notified.

Policy regarding the use of Cell Phones/Other Electronic Devices

Cell phone and/or I-pod use by students during the school day present a number of issues:
1. Safety of students Phys Ed classes, Construction Tech classes, Science labs etc.
require students to be focused on what is happening in class and to be able to
respond to the instructions of the teacher immediately. Lockdowns also present
dynamics which require attention to teacher and lack of interference with
information going between the class, the office, and police.
2. Quality Assurance In this day and age it is easy to download answers to tests to
I-pods and to cell phones. Text messaging between students also allows for the
sharing of information when it is not appropriate.
3. Interference with the learning of self and others Cell phones going off in class,
music that is too loud, text messaging, inappropriate downloaded images on
screens all present issues that are not in keeping with effective use of class time.