Welcome to Chemistry I. This class is a lab-based introduction to quantitative science. It is college preparatory and is intended for students who wish to further pursue their interest in science or are looking to be inspired to do so. The first semester is more focused on chemistry foundations, while the second semester is fully focused on quantitative analysis.
Here is a link to OWL, the online textbook and automated practice problems. When creating the account, please use your ASD e-mail address, not your personal one.
All students must have a calculator capable of y^x and log. As a practical matter, this mean a scientific/trig calculator. Texas Instruments TI-30 series are inexpensive and available locally and on-line. GRAPHING CALCULATORS ARE NOT PERMITTED ON QUIZES AND TESTS. Please write your name and phone number on the calculator using a Sharpie.
This is the color version of the periodic table we use in class.
A note about Q: Q is handy. It lets you see the gradebook as it being worked on. Check it about once a week.
Homework assignments for this class are graded primarily for completion and are not accepted for any degree of late credit. This allows students the opportunity to make mistakes while they learn as well as providing a marker for staying current with classwork and concepts. After concepts are practiced, they are tested. Quizes and tests are graded for quality and make up about 70% of the overall grade.
Chemistry is an additive subject: one step builds on the next step. If you miss a step for any reason, it can be very difficult to stay current with class. If you miss a step, make sure you do the work and get up to speed. Mr. Maclean is available before school, during lunch, or after school to get you unstuck and running again.
For a more detailed discussion of class rules and procedures, here is a link to the class syllabus.
Click on this sentence to go the on-line class and assignment schedule. In the spreadsheet, click on the Chemistry I tab at the bottom of the page.
The schedule is written on the south wall of the classroom on Monday at the beginning of the week. It covers material to be done in class and due dates for the next seven days. On rare occasions (snow days, unforeseen lab adventures, etc.) the schedule may change. In those cases, due dates will almost always be pushed back and the classroom calendar will change before the on-line one.