Mrs. Toth's Honors Chemistry Class

  • INTRODUCTION:  Honors Chemistry is a college preparatory laboratory science course that explores the nature of matter and its interaction with energy.  This course concentrates on chemical calculations, problem-solving and laboratory experiences.  This course is designed to fulfill the laboratory class requirement for entrance into most four-year universities and colleges. Honors Chemistry moves at a faster pace, covers more topics, and goes more in depth than Regular Chemistry.  

    INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS:  The textbook is Chemistry: Matter and Change by Dingrando, Hainen, Tallman, and Wistrom. Other materials will include POGIL activities, a laboratory manual, databook (graph paper composition book), notebook (5-subject spiral, college ruled), and the necessary equipment to perform experiments.  Each student will need to have a scientific calculator with them in class everyday. 

    HOMEWORK POLICY:  Students will have about 30-45 minutes of homework per night depending on the level of difficulty of the assignment.  Studying for tests may require more than the regular study time.  All work will be completed on time and late work will be accepted for a maximum grade of 50% (excluding excused absences).  It is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher to determine what work needs to be made up for all absences.   

    TESTS: Tests will focus on the student’s ability to problem-solve using critical thinking skills in conjunction with chemical concepts.  And will cover all material from notes, labs, POGILS, and assignments. 

    DATABOOK: All experiments will be written up in the databook (graph paper composition book) following the correct format shown in the laboratory manual.  If a student’s databook is not present on a laboratory day, the student will be marked down by one letter grade for that experiment.  Labs cannot be made up if missed due to their complexity and nature of the materials used. When a student is absent for a lab, the student will have to write a 500 word essay about the topic of the lab experiment that they missed or complete a make-up version of the lab that they missed to earn credit for the lab.  

    NOTEBOOK:  Each student will be expected to maintain one notebook per semester (5-subject spiral, college ruled) containing all class notes and POGIL activities.  Points will be given each day at the beginning of class for completing the homework problems in the notebook.  Summary pages will be done for each chapter and each POGIL completed.  Notebooks will be graded on the day of the test for each chapter.  Students will not rip any pages out of the notebook for any reason.

    STUDENT EVALUATION:  Grades are based upon the following:  homework, quizzes, databook, notebook and tests.  The REVHS science department standard grade percentages will be utilized. 

    100.00 to 92.00=A, 91.99 to 90.00=A-, 89.99 to 88.00 = B+, 87.99 to 82.00 = B, 81.99 to 80.00 = B-, 79.99 to 72.00 = C, 71.99 to 70.00 = C-, 69.99 to 68.00 = D+, 67.99 to 62.00 = D, 61.99 to 60.00 = D-, 59.99 to 0.00 = F. 

    Grades will be weighted as follows:  Tests = 50%,  Labs = 30%,  Assignments = 10%,   Final Exam = 10%

    CLASS RULES:  The class will follow the rules established by the REVHS attendance and discipline policy.   Tardies and absences may affect a student’s grade because of missed class participation. Any cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  All students involved will receive a zero grade on that assignment/lab/quiz/exam.