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Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Honors Chemistry 2021 - 2022




Respect everyone in class.

Students are responsible for all aspects of the class.

Follow all laboratory safety rules.

Description of course


This is a college-preparatory course, where UC awards an extra "grade point" for this course and fullfils its science course admission requirement. Excellent preparation for college chemistry,  a “gate keeper / weeder“ (1) course,  required in STEM majors. for non-STEM majors, prepare for the rigor of college (e.g. graduation rate). Due to the culumative nature of chemistry, strongly recommend forming a study group (password = 94109G) for chem tutoring.

Textbook: SFUSD NGSS chemistry textbook; online access.    Chemistry; Glencoe (online; readme)

supplemental resources (recommend download / save):  openstax online textbook;   chemwiki @ UCDavis;  Khan Academy videos; atom-first electronic textbook; my covid screencasts

prerequisite: algebra I (B or higher); recommend: (i) concurrent enrollment in advanced algebra and (ii) students with a D or F in fall honors chem to enroll in spring ngss chem rather than spring honors chem.


  A = 90 - 100 % exam = 50 %
  B = 80 - 89 class work / home work = 30
  C = 65 - 79 lab = 20
  D = 50 - 64    
  F = < 50    

semester- and grading period- grades are 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.

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.

write your name(s) & period on all turned-in material; otherwise, no points.

Based on the benefits of group work, up to three students may work in a group for their prelab and / or lab report and / or HW assignments (excludes test / quiz).

late work (i.e. homework, prelab, or lab report) due to an absence is due on the day of your return to class and write "absent" on it and write the score on any HW assignments; otherwise, no points.


  • score = 0 for being absent on day of exam / quiz unless other arrangment is made
  • weekly quiz on Monday (Tuesday if Monday = holiday); may use 1- page / 1- side notes
  • may use a calculator, periodic table  for exam; may write notes on this paper.  may use photocopy of textbook appendices, but no notes may be written on it.
  • may include recent lab and / or integrate prior related chemistry content
  • retest (teacher discretion); record highest score
  • Final exam is cumulative & multiple choice format

class work / home work

  • include HW score on HW:  2 points for trying each problem, 1 point for trying part of a problem, 0 point for no attempt on a problem; any multiple-part problem is still worth 2 points. write your HW score at the top of the assignment; otherwise, your score = 0.
  • bring your textbook to class on the day of HW collection.


  • turn-in prelab assignments & lab reports at the beginning of class
  • prelab due on the day of the lab; lab report due date on course website
  • no make-up labs, but can get lab data from a classmate and to avoid plagirism, cite data source & state absence
  • read lab notebook rubric / scoresheet and lab safety rules; sign & attach to the end of your lab notebook; otherewise, no lab notebook points
  • to prepare your lab report, use Word (include equation editor) & Excel as appropriate
  • lost of prelab / lab report points for improper sequence of content

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

Fill-out survey & signature form.

tentative sequence of topics: Honors Chemistry





ch. 4 atom

ch. 5* electron configuration

ch. 6 periodic trends

ch. 8* & 9* chemical formula / name

ch. 8* & 9* chemical bonds

ch. 13 intermolecular forces

ch. 10 chemical equations / reactions

ch. 20 redox reactions

ch. 2 dimmensional analysis

ch. 5* light & spectroscopy

ch. 11 moles

ch. 12 stochiometry

ch. 14 gas

ch. 15 solutions

ch. 16 thermodynamics

ch. 25 nuclear chem

ch. 17 kinetics

ch. 18 equilibrium

ch. 19 acid / base