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Chemistry defines nearly every element of our everyday live. From the reactions that fuel the sun to the biology of our bodies, to the technology in our gadgets, chemistry is at the heart of everything we do and is the science that unites biology, physics, geology, astronomy, medicine, and other fields. When you have learned to “read” the language of chemistry, you can begin to understand a huge variety of facts, changes, and conditions. 

Chemistry explains why things act the way they do: why a solid might be strong or brittle, why a liquid might be smooth or sticky, why a gas might be inert or explosive, benign or deadly. Chemistry directs you to understand how energy can be stored in matter (food, gasoline, wood…) and later extracted from it. Chemistry teach you how to model and conduct quantitatively precise experiments, make observations and predictions (hypotheses), and “infer” or “reason” about the microscopic changes in the matter from observations and your background knowledge.

This course covers principles of general chemistry with emphasis on making observations from laboratory experiments and classroom demonstrations, learning to record qualitative changes and quantitative laboratory measurements, and enabling the students to comprehend and analyze chemical concepts that affect chemical and physical phenomena of our environment (water, atmosphere, climate, etc.). 

The first and second semesters cover fundamentals of measurement and use of significant figures, energy relationships in physical and chemical changes, calculations involving formulas and balanced chemical equations based on laws of conservation of matter and energy, rules of stoichiometry, the atomic theory, the periodic table of elements, bonding between atoms and the structures of molecules, solutions and quantitative relationship between solute-solvent, chemical equilibrium, rates of chemical reactions, oxidation- reduction reactions, basic principles of nuclear chemistry, organic and biochemistry.


***Students will learn 12 principles of animation. This combination of art and science will develop visualizations of phis-chemical phenomena on microscopically level, and teach students to use computer technology for the course project.



1st Semester Topics 2nd Semester Topics


Heat/Energy and Chemical Reactions.

Atomic Model.  Quantum Theory.

Phases of Matter. Laws of Thermodynamic.

Ions/Isotopes. Nuclear Chemistry.

Atmosphere & its Composition.

Electron Configurations. Periodic Table. Trends.

Gases. Kinetic Molecular Theory.

What Holds Matter Together? Chemical Bonding/VSEPR.

Water. Solutions. Molarity/Dilution.

Four Classes of inorganic compounds.      Nomenclature.

Acid/Base. Rate of Reactions.

Equations/Reactions. Redox Reactions.

Interaction Between the Atmosphere & the Hydrosphere.

Metric system. Mole/Mass. Stoichiometry.

Organic compounds.

Introduction to Climate Change.

Applied Science Project




TEXTBOOK: Zumdahl, Zumdahl, and DeCoste, World of Chemistry. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002.

ATTENDANCE: Daily attendance and being on time are important aspect of learning. Good attendance is essential for grasping the material of this course. Tardiness will not be tolerated.


ASSIGNMENTS: Students will be expected to read and analyze scientific articles every week, and sketch, graph, and map the obtained information. Homework will be assigned at each class meeting, including Fridays.


To be successful, students should have a minimum of one hour of study a day. 


Students have to submit individual lab reports on the day the lab is completed. The group lab report has to be submitted by the assigned date. Late work will not be accepted.


Students will also be expected to present a course project that integrates the main concepts of chemistry, physics, biology, and environmental science. 


You will need a bound notebook for class notes and homework, and two composition-format notebooks for lab reports and comprehensive reading.


GRADES: The semester grade will be based on the proportion of the total possible points earned by the student in the course of the entire semester.


The grade components and their weights in the overall grade are as follows:           

¥    homework, control questions, and quizzes –35%   (the control questions and quizzes will be based on the homework assignments).

¥    chapter tests – 20%, 

¥    semester final exam – 20%, 

¥    lab work –10%, 

¥    course project – 15%.                                                         


The grade scale is as follows:

A 90-100%

B 80-89%

C 70-79%

D 69-60%


CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR: Students are expected to comply with the standards of good conduct stated in the California Education Code.


In the interest of safety, students are forbidden to eat or drink in the chemistry classroom at all times and required to use safety eyewear during the laboratory activities when indicated by the teacher. 

Cheating will not be tolerated.  

Safety contract 

Science is a hands-on laboratory discipline. The students in the chemistry class will be doing many laboratory activities requiring the use of hazardous chemicals. Safety in the science classroom is the #1 priority for students, teachers, and parents. To ensure a safe science classroom, a list of rules has been developed and provided in the student’s safety contract. These rules must be followed at all times. A copy must be signed by both a student and a parent (or a guardian) and submitted to me before a student can participate in the laboratory activities.

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT: I will be informing your parents about absences and tardiness, as well as about your progress in class.


Parents/guardians are welcome to take an active role in the student's work, particularly in the completion of homework.



*** Applies to 4th Period only.

Lab Work

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We are members of Science club


Dear parents/guardians,

A bi-weekly email report is being sent as a supplement to the regular report cards for your child. If you would like additional information regarding your child’s progress report or his/her performance in class, it is recommended that a conference is scheduled.


Please submit your email address to receive the progress reports by going to the link below.




Asya Landa

Abraham Lincoln High School

Science Department

Tel: (415) 759-2700 ext 3304