Mrs. Sonia Rodriguez

Mrs. Sonia Rodriguez

PAP Chemistry Syllabus











Mrs. Sonia Rodriguez



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Required Supplies

A 3-ring binder with tabs for Important Papers, Notes, and Homework

 Notebook Pape

Composition Notebook

 Pencils/Pens

 Scientific Calculator (TI-30X/Casio FX-115ESPLUS or higher, pictures of minimum requirement below) Students will NOT be allowed to:

Use their cell phones as calculators.

Share calculators with another student during quizzes and tests.

Test Days: Science classes test on Mondays or Wednesday/Thursday block days.


Major Grades (70%): Tests, selected labs, projects, and other assignments as designated. There are generally 3 major grades given each cycle.

Minor Grades (30%): Daily grades, quizzes, homework, selected labs, etc. 5-10 Minor grades are taken each cycle.

Retake Policy

  • If a student scores higher on his/her retake, the retake grade will replace the original test grade (capped at 75).
  • If a student scores lower on his/her retake, the average of the original test and the retake will be recorded as the final grade for that assignment.

Course Policies Q&A

How important is attendance to success in Chemistry? Many of the topics taught in chemistry build upon each other, so it is important that all students attend class regularly. It is your responsibility to check Gradespeed and to ask for missing assignments if you are absent.

What if I’m absent the day of a major grade assignment? You will be given 1 week from any major grade date to make up a test/practical/lab. If a major grade is not completed during this timeframe, a retake will be used in place of the original assignment. If you have been absent several days prior to an exam, it is YOUR responsibility to come see me on the day of your return about a new test date/time.

What about homework? All assignments must be turned in at the beginning of class on the day they are due. ABSOLUTELY NO LATE ASSIGNEMNTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. In the event of a missed assignment due to an absence, 1 day per absence will be provided to turn in missed work.

Do you have tutorials? Feel free to visit any Chemistry Teacher for help. Chemistry Tutorial schedules are posted in each chemistry teacher’s classroom.

What do you expect in terms of student conduct? Students are expected to follow laboratory safety rules, HISD’s code of student conduct, and any conduct rules established in class. This includes a strict “no cell phone” policy during class time unless special permission is granted by the teacher.

What is the best way to contact Mrs. Rodriguez? Email is the BEST way to reach me and get a quick reply.

Safety and Scientific Measurement

A. Lab safety

B. Materials Safety Data Sheets

C. Scientific measurements

D. Dimensional analysis

E. Density

F. Accuracy and precision

II. Structure of Matter

A. Physical and chemical changes and properties

B. Extensive and intensive properties

C. Solids, liquids and gases

D. Classification of matter

III. Atomic and Nuclear Chemistry

A. Modern atomic theory

B. Electromagnetic spectrum

C. Planck’s equation

D. Average atomic mass

E. Electron configurations

IV. The Periodic Table

A. History

B. Chemical families

C. Periodic trends

V. Chemical Bonding and Molecular Geometry

A. Naming ionic compounds

B. Writing chemical formulas

C. Lewis structure

D. Metallic bonding and properties

E. Molecular geometry (VSEPR)

VI. Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry

A. Mole

B. Percent composition

C. Empirical and Molecular formulas

D. Law of conservation of mass

E. Balance chemical equations

F. Limiting reagents and percent yield

VII. Solutions

A. Properties of water

B. Solubility rules

C. Electrolytes

D. Factors affecting solubility

VIII. Acids and Bases

A. Properties of acids and bases

B. Neutralization reactions

C. Precipitation reactions

D. pH and pOH

E. strong and weak acids and bases

IX. Gases

A. Boyle’s Law

B. Charles’ Law

C. Avogadro’s Law

D. Dalton’s Law of partial pressures

E. Ideal Gas Law

F. Stoichiometric calculation involving gases

G. Kinetic Molecular Theory

X. Thermochemistry

A. Forms of energy

B. Heat transfer

C. Thermochemical equations

D. Endothermic and exothermic reactions

E. Specific heat calculations

F. Calorimetry

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