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Chemistry II Course Description

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International School of Bangkok – Science Department



Course Information – 2013-2014


Course Title:      Chemistry II                                            Course Length: ONE SEMESTER


Instructor:          Mr. David Young                                     email: davidy@isb.ac.th 

                             Rm 3-210, Office 3-213                        phone: 029635800 ext 3341


Course Description

Chemistry II is a one semester course designed to build on core chemistry concepts learned in previous courses and to prepare students for senior Chemistry courses.  The course focuses on several key concepts including

  • the particle nature of matter (atoms, molecules, and ions)
  • forces between particles (intermolecular forces and chemical bonds)
  • the mole concept and quantitative chemistry (stoichiometry)
  • energetics (temperature, endothermic and exothermic changes)


These concepts will be visited, developed and connected through 4 units of study


Unit 1 – Matter and Measurement

Unit 2 -  Mixtures and Solutions

Unit 3 -  Fuels and Combustion

Unit 4 – Metals and Electrochemistry



 Oxford University Press "Complete Chemistry for Cambridge IGCSE" by RoseMarie Gallagher & Paul Ingram

The text is used to support learning and students are encouraged to read when supporting information is required.  Look for the textbook icon in unit packets for direct reference to textbook pages.





Students will use and be expected to become proficient with data collection software (Vernier LoggerPro), MS Word, MS Excel, graphing software packages and additional topic specific simulations and applets.



Assessment in this course is categorized into either formative or summative.     

  • The primary purpose of formative assessment is to provide feedback to students on areas to improve understanding.  Formative assessment may be marked but contributes little to the overall course grade.  Examples of formative assessment include learning checks, homework assignments, diagnostic quizzes, and short lab notes that focus on a particular skill or concept
  • Summative assessments are opportunities for students to show understanding of course concepts as well as skill proficiency.  Summative assessments comprise the majority of the overall grade and consist primarily of unit tests, examinations and lab reports/notes.  


The grading each semester will be divided as follows:

Broad Learning Category

Formative Assessment

Summative Assessment


Knowledge and Understanding




Inquiry and Experimental Skills




Data Management and Processing






Final Exam

















Knowledge with Understanding

Includes summative assessment of content and understanding of the course syllabus objectives.  Assessment in this area looks at your knowledge of fundamental concepts in chemistry, appropriate use of terminology and symbols specific to chemistry, showing deeper understanding of core knowledge by making connections or through application.  The most significant summative assessments will be unit tests.  Expect a test at the end of each unit.   


Inquiry and Experimental Skills

 This broad learning category looks at the student’s ability to design and perform a controlled experiment in a safe and efficient manner.  Application of the scientific method in lab design and evaluation is assessed primarily through written lab notes.  Students are also continuously graded on their use of proper techniques, and appropriate laboratory behaviours.


Data Management and Processing

Includes all assessment of data processing primarily from lab investigations.  Students will be assessed on data organization and presentation and the processes used to manipulate and analyze raw data. 


Habits and Attitudes to Learning (HAL)

HAL is the component of assessment that addresses daily work habits such as attendance, preparation for class, homework completion, motivation, and behaviour.  Assessment in this area does not contribute directly to the grade calculation.  The HAL score ranges from 1-7 and reflects behaviours that are beneficial or detrimental to student success. A rubric with expectations will be provided to students early in the semester.



Grades may be viewed on PowerSchool and reflect progress to date.  The overall grade as it appears on PowerSchool is a dynamic value and will change continuously as the semester proceeds.  Only the overall final grade for the course appears on the ISB transcript.  Students and parents are cautioned that scores are mathematically calculated and can fluctuate dramatically, especially early in the semester.  For this reason grades will be entered in blocks (not immediately) and focus should be on consistent performance and improvement.


Failing Grades

If a student receives a failing grade on a summative unit test, retakes are not possible.  As an alternative, the student may negotiate for the option to complete and EXPLAIN corrections to Mr. Young within one week (from the date the assessment is returned) to receive a minimal passing grade. 


Note that the assessment structure is designed to inform students of their learning progress and to minimize surprises.  Students who are proactive about addressing poor performance on a formative assessment should improve on summative tasks.


Best Sustained Performance

Grades on Powerschool are mathematically compiled within grading categories and a weighted average is produced as an overall grade.  It can be extremely difficult to mathematically recover from a low test score.  Students are encouraged to take summative assignments very seriously as there may be few opportunities to mathematically compensate for a low score.

However, final grades may be modified in cases where the true ability of a student (often displayed on the semester examination or independent research projects) is not accurately indicated by the calculated grade.



Submission of Work and Absences

Students are expected to bring completed assignments and homework at the beginning of class on the date due.  Reports and lab notes should be printed prior to class and ready to hand in.


Students who fail to hand in work on time will be required to come to Mandatory Study Hall on the same day the work was due.  If work is not submitted to Mr. Young the following morning, MSH will be assigned for a second day.  All missing work (even if incomplete) must be submitted by 3:00 PM (the end of the second day in MSH) or a grade of zero will be awarded.   


Late work should be either given directly to Mr. Young or placed in his basket in the Science Office (3-213).


Incomplete homework severely affects student ability to participate and be meaningfully engaged in class.  If a student does not complete their homework, they will be required to come to Mandatory Study Hall.  Completing homework during the day (during or after class) DOES NOT excuse you from MSH.


Students will be informed of their obligations with regards to what is “complete” homework.  In most circumstances this means that there is clear evidence that the work has been attempted, and that the work is presented appropriately.  Students are encouraged to be proactive about seeking assistance prior to due dates (see extra help in next section).


Absences are unavoidable but students must be diligent about missed work and assessments.  If you know you are going to be absent, arrange to make up missed work in advance.    Read the make-up policy in your handbook.  PLEASE BE AWARE, THIS POLICY IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO DELAY YOUR LEARNING.


Unit test make-ups are usually scheduled during MSH on the day a student returns to school (except when absences are school sanctioned etc.


Extra Help

I can be found in Room 103 or in the science office 3-213, drop by, email or talk to me to make an appointment.


The best time to get 1:1 help from Mr Young is before school (6:30-7:00)


We are all busy people.  If you drop by for help and I cannot find the time, I will arrange an alternate meeting.  If I am not at my desk, leave me a note.  DO NOT GIVE UP EASILY AND MAKE EXCUSES.  For this reason, do not leave your questions till the last possible minute (like 5 minutes before a test).


Academic Malpractice

Read the section on cheating in your Student Handbook.  The consequences for offenses are clearly outlined on page 28.  It is imperative you avoid

  • any actions that lead to unfair advantage on tests or quizzes
  • plagiarism (make sure you write in your own words and properly reference sources)
  • collusion (make sure you do your own work, especially when working with a lab partner)


Instances of academic malpractice are most likely to occur on lab assessments.  You need to understand immediately that collusion (doing lab reports together with your lab partner) is a form of academic malpractice and will result in both individuals being penalized.


Reports and lab notes will be submitted electronically in PDF format using Haiku and Turnitin.com. 







A Road Map to Your Success

Success in Chemistry II is greatly increased the earlier YOU realize that chemistry requires proficiency in certain skill areas and a view of learning that focuses on understanding concepts rather than just memorizing them. 


As one of the goals of this course is to help students move confidently into IB Chemistry classes, it is important you realize that you will be challenged in new ways and success or proficiency may not be immediate.  You will be asked to think in ways you have previously not explored, and you will be required to understand key concepts or risk falling behind.  Over the semester you will be instructed on ways to improve performance on assessment items such as tests and lab reports.  Do not ignore these instructions, listen to your teacher, and make adjustments early. 


Expect to be challenged, expect to be frustrated, expect to learn lots.


Chemistry is important science to know but the primary focus in this classroom is understanding how to “learn” and “do” science.  The course material is a mode of transport between where you are now to where you need to be.  My job is not to fill your mind with answers but rather to provide you with core knowledge and skills and to help you enable yourself as a competent learner.  I encourage you to think, reason, and question.  Be flexible, diligent and perseverant.   


I want you to be a tenacious learner who embraces adversity!


Each and every day

  •  be prepared and on time for class
  •  share responsibilities the lab activity
  •  ask and answer questions ALL the time
  • learning is strongly correlated to time on task – do your best to avoid distractions (your computer) and stay engaged in the current lesson or activity.
  • contribute positively to small group discussions and decisions, LISTEN when others are speaking.


Lab Safety - Work Smart!!

  • Clean up your space BEFORE you leave.  USE RECYCLING BINS IF AVAILABLE.
  • If you are unsure . . . ASK (especially about chemical disposal)
  • Horseplay in the lab will NOT be tolerated.
  • Plan your work, work your plan. 


Required Materials for Class

You will need the following in class every day

  • Your laptop (+ USB stick, headphones)
  • Your homework/lab book and completed homework
  • A binder or folder with dividers to organize notes and other handouts
  • A scientific calculator (Texas Instruments)
  • A ruler, pencil, pen, eraser, whiteout etc.


Mr Young desires every student to be independently responsible for his or her own academic success.

Mr Young does not give out grades, YOU earn them.


Be proactive!  Be responsible for your own learning

DO NOT expect Mr Young to:

  • ask for assignments due on days you were absent
  • ask you when you can write a make-up test or complete a missed lab
  • remind you to submit late or missed assignments



Homework Expectations 

Routine homework assignments are checked for completeness.  No excuses!


“Complete” means:

  •  a reasonable attempt is made for all questions
  •  complete solutions are presented showing the required steps (just writing an answer is unacceptable)
  •  written answers “stand alone”.
  •  work is organized, neatly presented and ready for checking at the beginning of class


Anything other than complete automatically means MSH that afternoon



  • Ensure you read instructions carefully
  • Do ONLY what is required (I am conscious of your workload so don't overwork)
  • If a grading rubric is provided in advance, please take the time to read and utilize it to guide your work
  • Ensure you read instructions carefully


Always put your FIRST and LAST names and your BLOCK on each paper.

Sloppy work frustrates me.  Focus on QUALITY!



Mutual respect among all of us is essential for a great learning environment. Help each other.

    • If you have a problem, find a private time to talk to Mr Young (he doesn’t bite)
    • If you break something, let Mr. Young know immediately.
    • If you borrow something, put it back promptly and properly.  Keep lab equipment storage areas tidy.
    • If in doubt - think, then think again, then ask.
    • DO NOT ask to leave the room when we are in the middle of a discussion or teaching.  Leave during a suitable time (the activity or seatwork has started) and return promptly - YOU DO NOT NEED TO ASK!


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