Chem Pre-AP Syllabus



Mrs. O. Garza

Location: Room 158

Office Hours: 7:15 am – 8:00 am & After School as Needed

E-mail: -------- x 1400


Welcome! Chemistry is involved in almost every aspect of your life, from the food you eat and digest to the CDs and MP3s you listen to for entertainment. This science is required for careers in medicine, oil industries, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and other related jobs. Chemistry is math driven. If you have MATHAPHOBIA, I will help you overcome it. Chemistry can be an interesting and even a fun subject! You can take full advantage of what this course has to offer if we follow a few guidelines.


Materials Needed:

  1. Textbook: Modern Chemistry – Sarquis/Sarquis
  2. Binder 1-1.5 inches
  3. Dividers (5)
  4. Periodic Table (will be provided)
  5. Ruler (12 inch English/Metric) optional
  6. Scientific Calculator (It would be best if you got your own)
  7. Pencils and Pens (pens need to be blue or blank ink only)
  8. Paper (to take notes)

Classroom Rules:

  1. Materials mentioned above must be brought everyday to class. Failure to complete any assignment because of missing materials will result in a zero for that day of work.
  2. Be prompt and never be late to class. Be in your seat when the tardy bell rings. The classroom door will close and lock at the bell. You will not be allowed into class without a permission slip, detention slip, or administrator pass.
  3. Stay in your seat during lecture. Do NOT disturb class during lecture. Bathroom passes will only be given for emergency purposes and those needs need to be taken care of during passing periods. Only one person at a time may be excused to the restroom. Raise your hand to speak in class and ask permission to move around the classroom.
  4. No late work will be accepted. If you are absent and it is excused, you will have the next day to turn in your assignment or tests you have missed.
  5. The teacher’s desk, files, cabinets, grade book etc, are strictly off limits to all students unless given permission. DO NOT TOUCH chemicals or equipment on the lab tables unless instructed to do so.
  6. No drinking or eating in class except for water.
  7. Pick up trash around your area.
  8. When the bell rings remain seated until permission is given to leave.
  9. CELL PHONE USE WILL NOT BE TOLEARATED. Confiscation and fines explained by school policy will apply.
  10. All other school policies will apply.



Lab work can be the most enjoyable and fun part of this course; however, the chemistry laboratory can be a dangerous place when people are careless or ignorant. The teacher reserves the right to deny any student access to the lab if she/he feels that the student’s behavior is inappropriate. The student will receive a zero for any grade recorded in the lab. The student will be financially responsible for any damage to equipment, except in those cases of normal use.


Grade Distribution

  1. Daily grades: The average of the daily grades will be worth 40% of the semester grade. Daily grades include classroom assignments, homework, quizzes and labs. Homework and quizzes are the most important tool you have that prepares you for major exams.

     2. Exams and Major Assignments: the average of tests and major assignemnts taken over lecture material will be worth 60% of the         semester grade.

  1. Binder: The binder will be graded as a test and will count not higher than 10 points of your highest test grade. This will not count towards exemption. Binder dividers are as follows:

    1. Reference Sheets
    2. Notes
    3. Assignments
    4. Quizzes and Tests
    5. Labs


     4.At the end of each semester, the average of daily grades, and tests will be 80% of the semester

  1. Semester Exam: The semester average is worth 20%. Your final exam will be comprehensive.

Please ask Questions! However, it would be appreciated if you do NOT ask the following:

  1. Did I miss anything important while I was gone?
  2. If I turn this in, will it raise my grade?
  3. Is there anything I can do for extra credit?
  4. Do I need to know this for the tests. 

What I dislike about teaching chemistry?

  1. Students being late or absent from class.
  2. Grading late assignments and tests.

What I like about teaching chemistry?


  1. Classroom discussion
  2. Your presence in my class. Never being late or absent and assignments and tests are on time.
  3. Giving you the tools in chemistry to help generate new ideas about the Earth you live in.



        Please feel free to email me at any time with concerns about homework, lab reports, or any questions you may have on anything.

        Please keep in mind that I am always in contact through email and phone with parents whether it’s a good review on a student, a bad review, or simply to keep them informed.