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

Description of course


This is a college-preparatory course, where UC awards an extra "grade point" for this course and fullfils part of its science course admission requirement. Excellent preparation for college chemistry,  a “gate keeper / weeder“ (1) course,  required in STEM majors (1).  For non-STEM majors, prepare for the rigor of college (e.g. graduation rate) and may develop your study skills.  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 %  85 - 100% exam = 50 %
  B = 80 - 89  70 - 84 class work / home work = 30
  C = 65 - 79  40 - 69 lab = 20
  D = 50 - 64  20 - 39    
  F = < 50  20    

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, but not in the online gradebook.  Also, the online gradebook would be updated on a more regular basis and will be more informative than the Synergy gradebook.

Course 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; more info) 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.

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.


class work / home work


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

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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