• Chemistry Syllabus


    Teacher’s Name: Mrs. Seay  -- Room 34 and 35                              Bassett High School

    email:  lseay@henry.k12.va.us                                                      Go Bengals!!!

    Course Description

    Chemistry is designed to provide students with a detailed understanding of the interaction of matter and energy. This interaction is investigated through the use of laboratory techniques, manipulation of chemical quantities, and problem-solving applications. Scientific methodology will be employed in experimental and analytical investigations, and concepts will be illustrated with practical applications.

    Technology, including graphing calculators and computers, will be employed where feasible. Students will understand and use safety precautions with chemicals and equipment. The course emphasizes qualitative and quantitative study of substances and the changes that occur in them. Students will be encouraged to share their ideas, use the language of chemistry, discuss problem-solving techniques, and communicate effectively. 

    Course Textbook and Required Materials

    Text:   Zumdahl  World of Chemistry


    Materials List:

    • 3-ring binder (1 inch binder)
    • Loose leaf paper (wide ruled or college ruled)
    • Pens (black or blue), pencils
    • Scientific calculator (This may be checked out from the media center.)
    • Colored pencils (optional, unless you want your own. I have a classroom set.)
    • Highlighters (optional)
    • Any donations of hand soap or sanitizer, tissues, baby wipes, or paper towels are gratefully appreciated. (optional) This will be for the lab.



    The following methods of evaluation will be used to determine the grade:

    • class assignments and participation
    • activities/ scientific news articles
    • laboratory exercises/ laboratory write-ups
    • homework assignments
    • tests and quizzes
    • home/class projects
    • Bellringers
    • SOL Practice Quizzes
    • SOL Test
    • Final Exam (if applicable)


    Grade Assessment:

    30%  Tests and Projects

    30%  Quizzes

    25%  Labs and Activities

    15%  Homework and Other Assignments


    Policy for Missing Assignments

    • Students are responsible for informing the instructor of any planned absence, whether it is personal or a student activity, and to obtain the work in advance.
    • Assignments are due when the bell rings to start class.  Points will be deducted as follows for late assignments:

                       Late during the class that the work is due             -20 points

                       No Name on work                                               -10 points

                       Late 1 day                                                          -30 points

                       Late 2 days                                                         -40 points

    No work will be accepted more than 2 days late.

    • Homework, which was assigned the last day the student was present, is due the day the student returns.
    • Students have up to 3 days to make up any missed work from an excused absence.
    • Assignments must be turned in on the date due if a student is present in school but misses this class for whatever reason, or the assignment will be graded as late.


    Classroom Rules:

    • Be seated at your desk with all needed materials out ready to begin class when the tardy bell rings: If you are late, you must have a pass upon entering the classroom.
    • Place your book bag, gym bag, etc. in the designated area of the room prior to being seated.
    • All CELL PHONES must be placed inside bookbags before the start of class. No electronic devices are allowed unless specified by the instructor.
    • Check the board for daily assignments, homework, and dates of tests or future events. Write homework assignments on your Homework Calendar daily.
    • Turn your work in on time.
    • Do your own work – NO COPYING. Copying someone else’s work does not help you learn the material yourself. You are here to learn!! Don’t cheat yourself out of this opportunity.
    • Make sure that your name, date, and block are in the upper right corner of all papers.
    • Keep you work area clean. Do not mark on the furniture!! Replace chairs/stools under the desks/tables at the end of class. All equipment must be returned to the proper place and work areas cleaned up before students will be dismissed by the teacher.
    • Closed-toed shoes are required in the Chemistry Lab on lab days.
    • NO food, drinks, or gum in class.
    • Students will not be allowed to leave class the first 30 minutes or last 30 minutes of class.
    • Work quietly and be respectful of others in the classroom. This includes no bad language or negative comments. If you have nothing constructive to add, then nothing should be said. Raise your hand if you have a question or constructive comment. You are expected to conduct yourself in a manner that is conductive to learning.
    • Be alert and participate in class.


    Class Expectations:

    • Excellent behavior and cooperation
    • Be present and on time for class [Students who miss five (5) or more unexcused days within a semester will receive a grade of 59.  Attendance appeals are due by the last day of the semester.]
    • Complete all assignments on time and turn them in to be graded
    • Do your best on all assignments, quizzes, and tests
    • Keep your area clean
    • Pass the Chemistry SOL Test (if needed) -- only those who pass the SOL test may qualify to be exempt from the final exam



    • Individual Warning/ Loss of Lab Privileges
    • Contact parent/ guardian
    • Office Referral
    • Possible failure of course



    • I am looking forward to a semester of learning and engaging Chemistry activities which will take cooperative effort and active learning on everyone’s part.
    • I will be available every morning from 8:00 to 8:20 to discuss additional help or make-up work with students.
    • I can be reached at BHS at 629-1731 if you have any concerns or need to arrange a conference.