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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; covid safety information (cdph;   sfusd; e.g. mask policy & screening ("new"))

Course description 


The course satisfies the SFUSD high school graduation requirement and meets the UC admission requirements. The course is based on the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) chemistry / earth & space science standards and includes various concepts described in the appendix (in the NGSS chemistry textbook) and it is somewhat "non-traditional".  CSU validation policy.

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

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

Textbook:  SFUSD NGSS chemistry / earth & space science textbook; online access (to both student or teacher version).  Supplemental textbook:  Zumdahl et al.  World of Chemistry (online version is different edition)

additional resources; e.g.

videos: Khan Academy, Sophia, & my covid screencasts

ebooks: chemwiki @ UCDavis ; CK12 chem


  A = 90 - 100 % 85 - 100 % exams = 30%
  B = 80 - 89 70 - 84 class work / HW = 50
  C = 50 - 79 40 - 69 lab = 20
  D = 20 - 49 20 - 39    
  F = <  20    

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. As the Synergy gradebook grade cut-off does not match the above cut-off, there might be an error in the Synergy gradebook, but not the online gradebook. Also, the online gradebook will be updated on a more regular basis and will be more informative than the Synergy gradebook

Class policies 

print your name (and as appropriate, all group members' names) on anything that is turned in; otherwise, no points.  Deadline to turn-in / correct any missing items / errors in the online gradebook, respectively, is on the last day of the grading period  

academic integrity (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.
  • plan to reduce (or eliminate) CW / groupwork by changing to CW / HW, so student(s), who don't contribute might have their name absent in the submitted assignment; thus, getting a score = 0             
  • 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. 
  • work to be done in your science notebook (NB; see textbook apprendix B2.  Science notebooking).    *all* members of a group have their own science NB.  may attach handouts / other items to your science NB.  Science notebook can be either a bound notebook  or  a binder with sheets of paper, so turn-in your CW / HW as either your (bound) notebook (use post it note or equivalent to identify the location of your work) or specific sheet(s) of binder paper.  

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 (NB), which maybe separate or combine with your science NB.
  • 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 science NB, calculator, chemistry periodic table, ngss chem textbook, and any textbook appendix supplements
  • may include lab / integrate prior related chemistry content 
  • potential group test / quiz  (might discontinue group test) & begin potential (usual) weekly quiz (on the 1st school day of the week @ the beginning of the class period; the weekly quiz will be based on prior week's content; open notes; tardy student score = 0 unless made-up during lunch on the day of the quiz)
  • Final exam is cumulative; no cumulative final exam

Any exceptions to the policy in the syllabus requires prior teacher approval.  Syllabus might be revised after its distribution.

Fill-out survey & signature form.

Tentative sequence of topics: Chemistry / earth & space science [below links = goes to TE]





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