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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

NGSS Chemistry 2021 - 2022


Course expectations


Respect everyone in class.

Students are responsible for ALL aspects of the course.

Follow all laboratory safety instructions.

Course description 


The course satisfies the SFUSD high school graduation requirement and should meet the UC admission requirements. The 2019 - 2020 school year was the first year of the implementation of this NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) chemistry course in the school district.

course pedagogy group work and PBL (problem based learning); e.g. high school math  (see: textbook), high school chemistry (read first five paragraphs; follow links in "textbook"), and medical school; e.g.  harvard & hawaii.  Also, develop students' (science) information literacy

recommend forming a study group (password = 94109G) for chem tutoring.

Textbook:  SFUSD NGSS chemistry textbook; online access

additional resources; e.g.

videos: Khan Academy, Sophia, & my covid screencasts

ebooks: chemwiki @ UCDavis & CK12 chem


  A = 90 - 100 % exams = 30%
  B = 80 - 89 class work / HW = 50
  C = 70 - 79 lab = 20
  D = 60 - 69    
  F = <  60    

the semester grade and grading period grades are based on the above components and it's cumulative from the beginning of the semester, thus the semester grade may not be the average of your grading period grades.

Class policies 

print your name (and as appropriate, all group members' names) on anything that is turned in; otherwise, no points 

academic integrity (example; potential consequence; e.g. 1): Cheating on an exam or plagiarism (lack of appropriate quote marks / citation (e.g. in-text citation and a reference list; inlcude url for websites) in a lab assignment; potential consequences (teacher discretion):  (i) score = 0 (default, which can't be dropped), (ii) negative points, (iii) lower semester grade by 1 level, and (iv) semester grade = F.

class work / homework assignments

  • classwork / groupwork: all members of the group have the same points.  for an "attempt", there is 1 point / question or 1 point / part of a problem - which ever is larger.             
  • homework textbook problems: 2 points / question or problem for an "attempt", while one point for a partial attempt and no points for no attempt. multiple part question or problem is still up to 2 points.  You have the option of submitting homework assignments as either groupwork or as an individual.  
  • scores will be based on effort, where CW / HW is an opportunity to learn content, so the score does not necessarily reflect your understanding / acquisition of the content; i.e. your response might be invalid.  You are responsible for the content in these assignments.   include score on assignment; otherwise, score = 0. 

lab assignments

  • prelab assignments; submit on separate sheet of paper; due at the beginning of the period on the day of the lab                 
  • lab reports: use Word (or equilvalent) and as appropropriate, use Excel (or equivalent);  i.e. no handwritten lab report will be accepted; due at the beginning of the period
  • record your laboratory observations / data in your lab notebook.
  • You have the option of submiting prelab and / or lab reports as either groupwork or as an individual  
  • read lab notebook rubric / scoresheet and lab safety rules; sign & attach lab safety rules at the end of your lab NB.  attach lab NB rubric to the end of your lab notebook; otherwise lab NB check score = 0
  •  lost of prelab / lab report points for improper sequence of content  

 test / quiz 

  • may use your group's (printed; not online) notes, calculator, chemistry periodic table, and textbook appendix
  • may include lab / integrate prior related chemistry content. 
  • potential group test / quiz  
  • Final exam is cumulative

Any exceptions to the policy in the syllabus will require a note (stating your name & description of the situation) signed by me and attached to the item in question.. 

Fill-out survey & signature form.

Tentative sequence of topics: Chemistry 





unit 1. what is an atom ?

ch. 1. density

ch. 2. periodic table essentials

unit 2. from stars to atoms

ch. 3. stars inside and out

ch. 4. radiation

unit 3. Diving into materials

ch. 5. bond

ch. 6. shape of things

ch. 7. I'm between molecules

unit 4. chemical reactions: energy & mass

ch. 8. accounting for mass and energy

unit 5. introduction to climate change

ch. 9.humans and climate change

unit 6. earth's energy

ch. 10 sea level change

ch. 11 earth's energy balance

unit 7. atmosphere

ch. 12 atmosphere

ch. 13 fuels

ch. 14 rate & equilibrium

unit 8. water

ch. 15 water quality

ch. 16 ocean acidification