Chemistry (W10:45)

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Teacher: Kathryn Romanoff
Date/Time: Wednesday - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM
Recommended Grades: 10th, 11th, 12th
Department: Science
Grade Level: High School (9th-12th)
Maximum Enrollment: 16

GA DOE 40.05100

Mrs. Romanoff has tried to instill a sense wonder in the classroom for over thirty years. Lectures and laboratory experiments will provide the foundation for the class. Mrs. Romanoff believes the laboratory experience is essential to science. In addition, her desire is to assist her students to master the course material; today’s’ technology makes that possible via email, video conferencing, and phone conversations. Chemistry encompasses the study of matter and its properties. We will explore the atom and its structure, bonding , and reactions: their spontaneity, energy exchanges, and speed. To round things out we will cover solutions, gases, and stoichiometry (quantitative tracking of chemicals in a reaction.)

Prerequisites:

1) Mastery of Algebra 1. A weakness in math might require an extra year of math to ensure confidence.

2) This is a rigorous course which requires organizational skills and the discipline to complete homework assignments on time in a thorough fashion.

3) Three math worksheets should be completed after registration that will review concepts, as well as identify strengths and weaknesses in graphing data, utilizing a calculator, and working with the metric system.

4) Summer memory work. This is list of over 60 elements and their symbols as well as 11 polyatomic ions and their symbols that must be memorized before class.

5) There are 2 Preliminary Classes in late August: These classes allow for some basic concepts to be mastered prior to the start of the regular class. It also permits the student and teacher to become acquainted with one another and determine if this class is a “good fit.” They are mandatory. Required memory work (click to download):

• Summer Memory Work Document

Homework requires approximately 4 hours of study a week outside of class.

Text: Exploring Creation with Chemistry (2nd Edition with Solutions Manual) by Dr. Jay Wile.

( Note: Dr. Wile’s new text book Discovering Design with Chemistry 2015 is under consideration.)

Supplies: Scientific Calculator needed ($10.00 variety is sufficient), Loose-leaf notebook, Approximately 10

sheets of graph paper.

Tuition: $675 if paid by the beginning of the school year, two payments of $345, or $80.00 for 9 months beginning Sept. 1

Lab/ Supply Fee $50 a year.

Class size: minimum of 8, maximum of 14.