About the Course:  CHEMISTRY

The core Chemistry course at St. Andrew's Episcopal School is designed for all students in the development of chemical scientific literacy. The course is usually taken in the sequence of: biology, physics, chemistry. Students develop an understanding of the fundamental properties of matter that provides the foundation for the development of quantitative models of chemical systems. The laboratory component of the class aims to introduce students to demonstrations and laboratory investigations where students have the chance to experience the practical application of concepts discussed in class and design methods and procedures to test and gather data in order to respond to a question and/or objective. 

Going Beyond Chemistry ... 

All students must take this course for graduation. Some hate science. Some love science. Some would take this class if not required, others would not dream of taking it.  The goals of this class are:
  1. to provide you with useful chemical knowledge that you will (hopefully) use in your life and 
  2. some skills (that especially hopefully) you will use as well. 

These are some skills that go beyond chemistry which we think are important if you identify as human:
  • SENSE-MAKING.  ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed 
  • SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE.  ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions. 
  • NOVEL & ADAPTIVE THINKING.  proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based.
  • CROSS-CULTURAL COMPETENCY.  ability to operate in different cultural settings
  • COMPUTATIONAL THINKING.  ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning. 

Unit Content
Curriculum is organized into units. Often there will be a cumulative project or test that assesses the understanding of the material in that unit.  You can select a unit below or on the drop down menu on the navigation at the top. 

   Unit 1: Measurement & Observation
Unit 2: Gases
Unit 3 Bonding, Molecular Shapes, Attractions
Unit 4: Nomenclature & Bonding
Unit 5: Types of Reactions (Redox, Kinetics)
Unit 6: Mole
Unit 7: Stoichiometry 
Unit 8: Electrochemistry 
Unit 9: Acids and Bases

U1 - Measurement & Observation
U2 - Gases
U3 - Atomic Structure
U4 - Nomenclature, Bonding
U5 - Types of Reactions (Redox, Kinetics)
U6 - Mole
U7 - Stoichiometry
U8 - Solutions & Reactions
U9 - Acids & Bases


The exploration of chemistry is best done through discovery.  Efforts are made to have students explore and see how the macroscopic physical phenomena result from the interaction and behavior of atoms and molecules on an atomic level.  Students are expected to engage in the various laboratory experiences provided  

Laboratory safety is of utmost importance – any student not following lab safety rules is placing themselves and others in danger. Breaking safety rules will most likely result in behavior and academic consequences (including being asked to leave the lab area and possibly receiving a zero on the assignment). All students must sign a lab safety agreement before performing any laboratory assignments. 

Class Plans
Students have access to a working document of a calendar layout of the course.  Each trimester has its own tab. This is a working document, meaning that it frequently changes. Finalized assignment dates and due dates are ALWAYS posted on mySAS as the official location. This document can:
  • Give an idea of what is to come in order to best manage time
  • Include more general, spread out homework/practice recommendations.
Class plans can be accessed from any unit page by selecting the following icon on the top right of the page.

Course Policies

Grading Policy
It is your responsibility to complete all assignments by the posted due date. Many answers on assignments are calculations; you will not receive credit on problems for which you do not show your work/calculations. Grades are calculated using a total point average. Homework for a missed day is due on the day of your return when you have that class. After a school-sponsored absence, students are granted one class period to catch up on content. Any assignment due that class is then due the next class.

Tests and Major Projects (~ 100 pts. each)
You will have 3 to 4 tests per trimester. You may retake any test once for up to 90% by the given due date.

Daily (~ 3-20 pts. each) (occasionally a daily assignment may be worth more due to scope of assignment)
This category includes all homework problems, worksheets, in-class assessments (pop quizzes) and others. WebAssign homework – No late work without an explained absence will be accepted. All work must be submitted for each WebAssign. Some WebAssign assignments will be offered for extra practice -- these are for your benefit.

*One (1) WebAssign will be dropped in each trimester*

Laboratory Assessments (~ 15 - 60 pts. each)
We have frequent laboratory work and you will turn in report sheets that range from one page worksheets to multi-page formal reports. Any late labs will be accepted with a 10% penalty if not turned in at the assigned time. (Unless you are absent, then a new due date will be assigned by the teacher.)

If you are absent the day of a lab:
    • It is your responsibility to schedule an appropriate time to complete your lab.
    • Upon returning to school come to a chemistry room and perform the lab during your free period/before/after school (be sure to schedule a time in advance with your teacher). 
    • If you fail to complete in a timely manner (as the lab may no longer be set up for you), you will not be allowed to physically perform the lab, but instead be given class data to complete the lab questions, the highest grade you can earn on the lab is an 80%.

View the complete 2018-19 Course Syllabus here.

Optional Text:

General Chemistry,  4th edition, Donald A. McQuarrie 


Instructions on registering for WebAssign

Other required course material includes the following:
  - Scientific/ graphing calculator 
  - RocketBook

The goals for this course can be summarized by Hubert Alyea, late professor of Chemistry at Princeton University: 

         15% Arouse 
         15% Observe 
         15% Understanding 
      + 45% Think