Gateway Regional High School

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Brian Mai


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Google Classroom code - SVCD9S

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

Other forms of assessment include quizzes, laboratory worksheets and reports.

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. Students are only allowed one retake per test. 

It is understandable that circumstances arise which are worthy of flexibility in regard to above policies. Students should feel comfortable discussing their situation with me.

Grading categories

Primary grades       (tests, primary labs, and major projects)                     60%

Secondary grades   (quizzes, secondary labs, and minor projects)            30%

Support grades       (classwork assignments)                                                10%

Required and Recommended Materials 



There are many opportunities for extra help for students whether they are struggling with content or wish to enrich their understanding. I am also happy to sit down and discuss other issues such as careers, current science, etc. I am available after school and during the school day depending on my prep periods. Students should feel comfortable asking for assistance; we can surely arrange convenient meeting times. Of course, the sooner a request is made the easier it is to arrange a meeting time, but students should feel to ask for help anytime; I will make myself available as soon as possible. Directly requesting help is suggested since it is often easier for planning, but students and parents should feel free to e-mail or phone me.  

Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

The following is a list of rules students are expected to follow In order to achieve a positive and enjoyable learning environment. Cooperation is very much appreciated.  

1. When the bell sounds at the beginning of the period, students should sit in their assigned seat.

2. Due to safety concerns, backpacks or pocketbooks should not be placed on desks or tables.


3. Unless permitted, cell phones should not be used during lectures, labs, assessments, video presentation,



4. A pass is required every time a student leaves the classroom unless. Of course, if a student has an  

    emergency that requires leaving the classroom immediately, such as the result of feeling ill, he or she    

    should feel comfortable leaving without the pass. If a student wishes to leave the room, he or she should

    simply fill out the pass and then quietly leave. There is no need to request permission, but if a student

    wishes to visit the nurse, please let Mr. Mai or another adult present write out a specific pass.


5. Beverages (with a lid or cap), candy, and light snacks are acceptable in class but not during lab periods.

    Please do not leave containers in the room after class and dispose of wrappers. Under special

    circumstances, other foods will be permitted.


6. At the end of the period, everyone must be in his/her assigned seat before class is dismissed.


7. Work should not be completed for other classes unless students are finished all relevant course work.


8. Obey all safety rules as outlined in safety contract. Report any injury to Mr. Mai.


9. Lab stations should be cleaned up at the end of labs or activities.

An exhaustive list of consequences is not appropriate here due to varying circumstances, but it is understood that students are bound by the Gateway code of conduct. Failure to follow the rules outlined above can result in a discussion with Mr. Mai during and/or after school. If necessary, a parent or guardian will also be notified.