Gateway Regional High School

Course Information



Melody Epley


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Google Classroom Codes 

Honors period 2       9upqf8

Honors period 5       y7u49og

Chemistry period 3     2g24om

Chemistry period 8     nsxkbn6

Remind - Text the following code to 81010

Honors- @ephonors

Chemistry-  @epleychem

Course Description

        This course is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed for a comprehensive chemical background. Chemistry is a study of the composition of substances and the changes they undergo. The students are given the opportunity to develop descriptive qualitative, quantitative, and symbolic understanding of chemistry. The course is designed to give the student an understanding of the fundamental principles of inorganic chemistry through the development of the laws and theories. Students also use computers for gathering and processing lab data. Writing skills are enhanced by lab reports written on a weekly basis using word processing programs.  Major units of study include: measurement, mathematical concepts, chemical formulas, gas laws, periodic table, bonding, solutions, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, oxidation and reduction, matter and energy, atomic structure, phases of matter, solutions, acids, bases and salts, formulas and equations, redox and electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Students are exposed, through the curriculum, to scientists and possible career choices in the scientific field.


Course Expectations and Assessments

Unit 1: Structure & Properties of Matter Benchmark Assessment

Unit 2: Energy in Chemical Systems, Thermochemistry Thermodynamics Benchmark Assessment

Unit 3: Bonding and Chemical Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, PE Diagrams, Rates of Reactions, Equilibrium, Le Chatelier Benchmark Assessment

Unit 4: Matter and Energy Transformation in Living Systems Benchmark Assessment

Unit 5: Nuclear Chemistry Benchmark Assessment

Unit 6: Human Impact: The Chemistry of Sustainability Benchmark Assessment

Course Policies 

        Homework is a very important in science. It is your opportunity to make sure that you understand what was done in class or it allows me to see what knowledge you have on a topic prior to learning it during class. Some type of homework is assigned every day.  

Students are responsible for all work missed while they are absent.  Work should be made up the day after you return.   Students should schedule another period or after school, to complete missed work so that they do not miss anything else.  Late work will be accepted but the grade will reflect the lateness.

The retake must be completed within a reasonable time frame - typically within one week.  All quizzes must be taken prior to any test. HW must be completed prior to the original test. The highest of the 2 test grades will be recorded. You are only allowed one retake per test. 

Required and Recommended Materials 


I am available for extra help after school most days.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for extra help.  If you have questions about an assignment or extra help  please text me via Remind or email me.  


Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Failure to follow these basic classroom expectations will result in appropriate actions – a conversation with Mrs. Epley,  parent phone calls, teacher detentions, school write ups,  etc.