• Merrillville High School
    Course Scope & Sequence
    Chemistry I A
    Instructor:Luis Lopez


    Course Expectations, Goals & Routines

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    Course Description

    CHEMISTRY I (L)                                                                                       

    Chemistry I is a course based on laboratory investigations of matter, chemical reactions, and the role of energy in those reactions. Students enrolled in Chemistry I compare, contrast, and synthesize useful models of the structure and properties of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions.  In addition, students enrolled in this course are expected to: (1) gain an understanding of the history of chemistry, (2) explore the uses of chemistry in various careers, (3) investigate chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and societal issues, and (4) learn and practice laboratory safety.

    • Recommended Grade Level:  10
    • Prerequisite: Algebra I
    • Recommended: Geometry taken concurrently.
    • Credits: 2 trimester course for 2 credits
    • Fulfills a Chemistry I requirement for the Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, Core 40 with Technical Honors or a Science Course requirement of the General Diploma
    • A Career Academic Sequence or Flex Credit course

    Course Description: General Chemistry I, should allow students to synthesize useful models of the structure of matter and the mechanisms of its interactions through laboratory investigations of matter and its chemical reactions. Students should have opportunity to:

    1. Gain an understanding of the history of chemistry
    2. Explore the uses of chemistry in various careers
    3. Cope with chemical questions and problems related to personal needs and social issues, and
    4. Learn and practice laboratory safety.

    For a further description of the curriculum involved go to the curriculum map.

    Homework: Work will be given each day and a random number of assignments will be checked for accuracy and completion. The homework slip policy of the school will be enforced for those students that do not complete their homework. As a rule of thumb, homework is placed on the board for the week with due dates. The work is usually checked for completion and a percentage of the answers are checked for accuracy at the start of class. Students that are absent, but know that the assignment is due should have it the day they return. If a student is absent for more than one day he or she has as many days to have the assignment checked. It is the student's responsibility to have the homework checked upon return to class.

    It is important to understand that the homework is preparation for the exam and even though it is not for a grade it is vital that it is completed on time. It is in the best interest of the student to complete the homework accurately, completely and by oneself whether it is late or on time.

    Exam will be given at the end of each week and will cover the content of the week as well as content from the previous week. Note that the majority of the grade is based on the exam. One cannot pass the class without passing the exams. Exams vary in difficulty depending your background. So it is important to gauge your ability with the material by completing the homework and asking questions.

    Laboratories: A minimum of 6 laboratories will be performed for each marking period. The laboratories are broken down into several parts: lab activities,questions, write up that follows, and a quiz given two days after the lab. The lab itself and the questions that follow the lab are to be used as a study guide and notes on the quiz. (Lab quizzes are open note) The objective of the labs are to require you to be observant, meticulous in performing the lab, and solving problems. Remember that the lab quizzes are given two days after a lab so be sure some sort of help is in place whether it is science clinic, study group, mourning tutoring, etc

    A few things to remember before, during and after a lab:

    1. ·Be prepared before you enter the lab.
    2. ·The instructor will not help you in any way during the lab. The only thing the instructor will do is prevent you from blowing up.
    3. ·Complete the lab and questions that follow the lab, and get some help from one of the sources mentioned above if you have problems.
    4. Make sure you are not absent; making up a lab is difficult and usually requires that you stay after
    Instructional Content
    Activities, Readings, Labs, Interactive Notes, Assignments, etc.



    Scientific notation, units, Measurement of length/volume/mass, Uncertantity in measurement

     Homework problems:

    pgs. 48-49 #3,5,7,12

    Pgs. 49-50 #15, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45


    Lab equipment, safety and procedures quiz

    Density lab quiz

    Chapter 2 test

     C.1.2, C.1.1
    Significant figures, dimensional analysis, Temp conversions, Density
    Homework problems:

    Pgs. 51; #59e,f, 60c, d, 63, 65

    Pgs. 52; #67, 71, 73, 89, 91, 93

    Density lab

    Density lab quiz

    Chapter 2 test



    Matter, Physical and chemical properties and changes, elements, compounds, mixtures, pure substances, separation of mixtures


    Evidence for chemical change lab

    Homework problems:

    Pgs. 69; #1-9 odd, 17

    Pgs 70; #19, 2527,29, 31, 35, 57


    Evidence for chemical change lab quiz

    Chapter 3 test




    Elements, symbols for the elements, Dalton’s atomic theory, Formulas of compounds, Structure of the atom, Isotopes



    Isotope activity

    Homework problems:

    Pgs. 107-108; #9, 11, 13, 17, 19

    Pgs. 109; #21, 25, 29, 31-39 odd




    Intro to periodic table, ions, compounds that contain ions


    Homework problems;

    Pgs. 110; #43, 45, 49, 51, 53, 59

    Pgs. 111; #65, 67, 69, 73, 77, 81, 83


    Chapter 4 test


    C.1.6, C.1.7


    Naming compounds, naming binary compounds type 1 and 2, naming type three binary compounds, naming compounds that contain polyatomic ions, naming acids, writing formulas from names.


    Homework problems

    Pgs. 136; #3-15 odd, 17

    Pgs. 137; #23-29 odd, 35

    Pgs. 138; #41-49 odd


    Polyatomic ion quiz

    Chapter 5 test


     C.1.37, C.1.33,



    Rutherford’s atom, electromagnetic radiation, Emission, of Energy by atoms, energy levels of hydrogen, Bohr model, Wave Mechanical model, Hydrogen orbitals, electron arrangement in the first eighteen atoms, electron configurations and the periodic table, atomic properties and the periodic table


    Periodic trends lab

    Spectroscopy activity

    Homework problems:

    Pgs. 352-353 #1-10 all

    Pgs. 353; #11-27 odd

    Pgs. 354; #31-43 odd

    Pgs. 354-355; 45-53, 59, 61

    Pgs. 356; #75-81 odd

    Periodic trends lab quiz

    Chapter 11 test


    C.1.28, C.1.36


    Types of chemical bonds, electronegativity, Polarity and dipole moments, Stable electron configurations, charges of ions, Ionic bonding, structures of ionic bonds, Lewis structures, molecular structure using the VESPR model


    Ionic and Covalent bonding lab

    Homework problems;

    Pgs. 393 #1-10 all

    Pgs. 353; #11-27 odd

    Pgs. 354; #31-43 odd

    Pgs. 354-355; #45-53, 59, 61

    Pgs. 356; #75-81 odd


    Ionic and covalent bonding lab quiz

    Chapter 12 test



    C.1.3, C.1.10


    Evidence for a chemical reaction, chemical equations, Balancing chemical equations


    Balancing activity

    Homework problems;

    Pgs. 159; #7, 9, 13-23 odd

    Pgs. 161; #37, 39


    Chapter 6 test



    C.1.3, C.1.10


    Predicting whether a reaction will occur, precipitation reactions, reactions in aqueous solutions, acid/base reactions,


    Precipitation reaction lab

    Homework problems;

    Pg 195; #4, 6, 7, 11, 9, 21

    Pg. 196-197; #23, 26, 31-35 odd, 39, 40


     Precipitation lab quiz





    Oxidation reduction reactions,classification of reactions,


    Homework problems;

    Pg. 197; #41, 44, 45, 45-49 odd

    Pg. 198; #53, 59


    Chapter 7 test