• Chemistry Syllabus

    Instructor: R. Melinek, Ph.D.


    305-532-4515, X-2378


    Aim of the course: Students in this course will understand the nature of matter and energy and the interactions between them. In doing so they will gain an appreciation of the scientific process that has resulted in the body of knowledge that we have today.

    Students will use conceptual and physical models to understand natural events and utilize critical thinking skills and the scientific method to solve problems.

    Students will use mathematical tools to solve scientific problems, create graphs and interpret graphed data.





    1.                  Scientific method; laboratory safety

    2.                  Measurement and Calculations

    3.                  Matter

    4.                  Atomic Structure

    5.                  Nuclear Chemistry

    6.                  Modern Atomic Theory

    7.                  Periodic Table

    8.                  Chemical Bonding

    9.                  Nomenclature

    10.              Chemical Reactions

    11.              Reaction Rates

    12.              Moles

    13.              Stoichiometry

    14.              Energy in Chemistry

    15.              States of Matter

    16.              Gases

    17.              Solutions

    18.              Acids and Bases

    19.              Redox Reactions



    Textbook: Pearson Chemistry 2012 (available through the student portal)


    Supplies needed: Students need a spiral-bound notebook or composition notebook, a folder with loose-leaf lined paper, pens, pencils and a calculator.


    Grades are based on class-work, homework, lab reports and tests.  Each assignment is worth one grade; lab grades are doubled; test-grades will be tripled. A science current event will be due about every two weeks.