Chemistry Syllabus

Instructor: Mr. Jacques M. Patterson

E-mail [email protected]

Telephone: 718 639 1752 ext. 118


Length of Course 1 year


Required Textbooks- Davis, Raymond E. Modern Chemistry. Student ed. Alexandria, VA: Not

Avail, 2002. Print. ISBN: 0030565375.


Work Book: Kavanah, Patrick, Brief Review in Chemistry: The Physical Setting 2016Edition:

New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 20014. ISBN: 0131260936

Class Materials: Textbook, Workbook, Notebook, Scientific Calculator, Pens (Only black or blue ink acceptable) and pencils.


NAD Standards:

New York State Core Standards

STANDARD 1—Analysis, Inquiry, and Design Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.


STANDARD 2—Information Systems Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.


STANDARD 6—Interconnectedness: Common Themes Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.


STANDARD 7—Interdisciplinary Problem Solving Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.


Course Description:

The Chemistry curriculum deals with twelve major topic areas. The twelve topics include: the atom, formulas and equations, the math of formulas and equations, physical behavior of matter, the periodic table, bonding, properties of solutions, kinetics and equilibrium, oxidation-reduction, acids/bases/salts, organic chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Each topic requires a conceptual understanding of the material as well as the mathematical skills to resolve simple problems involving general chemical phenomena.


Quizzes, homework, and lab activities (1200 minutes mandated for regents classes), are required in this course. Chemistry can be fascinating and fun; however, it is a higher-level science course and therefore requires genuine commitment to hard work. It should also be noted that to pass NY State Regents’ Examination a minimum score of 65% must be earned.


  1. The chemistry course will help the student to achieve the following:
  2. Understand the basic laws and theories that apply to chemistry.
  3. Use conceptual models in the study of chemistry.
  4. Understand the structure and/or characteristics of matter and energy.
  5. Use mathematics as a tool to interpret experiments and understand chemistry.
  6. Observe phenomena and record data; then organize, interpret, and draw valid conclusions based on that data.
  7. Safely use laboratory instruments, equipment, and materials.
  8. Use reference materials to secure information necessary to understand a particular aspect of Recognize the importance of continued scientific research to help solve chemistry-related problems in society.
  9. Internalize an ethical approach to use and disposal of chemicals.
  10. Recognize career and vocational opportunities in chemistry-related fields.


Homework will be assigned on a regular basis and should be handed in completed with full effort. These assignments reinforce the lesson and will be checked. A homework grade will be figured into your final average. Homework not completed by the assigned due date without acceptable excuse will either result in a reduction of grade as per Greater New York Academy grading policy.

Classroom Management:

Respect should be given to your instructor, your classmates, classroom facilities and all education materials at all times. We are working together as a team and we need everyone to cooperate.


Assessment in this course will be based on tests and quizzes, class work and homework and laboratory assignments.


Topic 1:

Introduction to Chemistry and Matter

Definitions of:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Matter & its properties
  3. Elements

Test on The definitions of Chemistry and related concepts


Topic 2:

Measurements and calculation:

  1. The Scientific method
  2. Units of Measurements
  3. Using scientific Measurement

Cumulative test up to measurement


Topic 3: Atoms

The Evolution of the Early Studies of the Atom

  1. Early Studies of the atom
  2. The structure of the atom
  3. Subatomic Particles

Electron Arrangement

  1. The Development of New Atomic Models
  2. Emission spectrum
  3. The Quantum Model

Research project on the scientists contributing to the understanding of the atom.

Cumulative test up to the atom


Topic 4:

The Periodic Law / Table

  1. History of the Periodic Table
  2. The Electronic Configuration and the Periodic Table
  3. Classifying Elements
  4. Periodic Properties
  5. Chemical symbols

Special Projects:

  1. The Alien Periodic table Assignment.
  2. The ionic and atomic radii graphing project.


Cumulative test up to Periodic Table

Topic 5:

Chemical Bonding

  1. Introduction to Chemical Bonding
  2. Types of bonding and the basis for the type of bond formed.
  3. Properties, mechanics and types of Covalent bonds.
  4. The Octet rule
  5. Lewis Electron Dot Diagram
  6. Introduction to Ionic Bonds and Ionic Compounds
  7. Properties, mechanics and types of Ionic bonds.
  8. Comparison of Ionic and Covalent bonds by bond properties.
  9. Properties, mechanics and types of Metallic Bonds.
  10. Other types of bonding.
  11. Molecular geometry


Special Project

  1. Bond drawing exercise
  2. Cumulative test up to bonding


Topic 6:

Topic Acids and Bases

Properties of Acids and Bases

  1. Acids
  2. Nomenclature
  3. Common Acids
  4. Bases
  5. Arrhenius Acids & Bases

Acid-Base Theories

  1. Bronsted-Lowry Acids and Bases
  2. Lewis Acids and Bases

Acid-Base Reactions

  1. Conjugate Acids and Bases
  2. Amphoteric Compounds
  3. Neutralization Reactions


Acid Base Titration and pH

  1. Aqueous Solutions and the pH concept
  2. Hydronium Ions & Hydroxide Ions
  3. The pH Scale

Determining pH by titrations

  1. Indicators and pH meters
  2. Titration
  3. Molarity and Titration
  4. Buffers
  5. Ionization Constant of water
  6. Hydrolysis of salts

Solubility Equilibrium

  1. Solubility Product
  2. Calculating Solubilities
  3. Precipitation Calculation
  4. Limitation on the use of Ksp

Cumulative test up to acids and bases


Topic 7:


Reaction Energy and Reaction Kinetics

  1. Heat and Temperature
  2. Heat capacity and specific Capacity
  3. Heat of reaction
  4. Heat of Formation
  5. Heat of Combustion
  6. Calculating Heat of Formation
  7. Determining heat of Formation

Cumulative test up to Thermochemistry

Topic 8:

Oxidation and Reduction

  1. Oxidation state
  2. Oxidation
  3. Reduction
  4. The Process

Balancing Redox Equations

  • Half Reaction Method

Oxidizing and Reducing Agents

  1. Strengths of Oxidizing and reducing Agent
  2. Auto-oxidation

Electro Chemistry

Electrochemical Cell

  • Voltaic cell
  • Electrolytic cell
  • Electrode Potential

Cumulative Test up Redox


Topic 9:

Chemistry of Carbon and Hydrocarbon

Abundance and Importance of Carbon

  1. Structure and Bonding of carbon
  2. Allotropes of carbon

Organic Compounds

  1. Carbon bonding and the diversity of organic compounds
  2. Structural Formulas
  3. Isomers

Saturated Hydrocarbons

  1. Alkanes
  2. Cycloalkanes
  3. Systematic Names
  4. Properties and Uses of Alkanes

Unsaturated Hydrocarbons

  1. Alkenes
  2. Alkynes
  3. Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Other Organic Compounds

Functional Groups and classes of Organic Compounds

  1. Alcohols
  2. Alkyl Halides
  3. Ethers
  4. Aldehydes and Ketones
  5. Carboxylic Acids
  6. Esters
  7. Amines

Organic Reactions

  1. Substitution Reactions
  2. Addition Reactions
  3. Condensation Reactions
  4. Elimination Reactions


  1. Polymer thermal properties and structure
  2. Addition Polymer
  3. Condensation Polymers

Cumulative Test up to Organic Chemistry


Topic 10:

Nuclear Chemistry

The Nucleus

  1. Mass Defect and Nuclear Stability
  2. Nucleons and Nuclear Stability
  3. Nuclear Reaction

Radioactive Decay

  1. Types of radioactive Decay
  2. Half Life
  3. Decay Series
  4. Artificial Transmutation

Nuclear Radiation

  1. Radiation Exposure
  2. Radiation Detection
  3. Applications of Nuclear Radiation

Nuclear Fission and Nuclear Fusion

  1. Nuclear Fission
  2. Nuclear Fusion

Cumulative test up to Nuclear Chemistry

Final Semester


Materials presented under all the headings will be covered for the Regents examination.


Grading System:

The Following System of marking and recording Grades will be used, Numerical equivalents are also indicated.


Letter Percentage Honor


A 93-100 4.00

A- 89-92 3.66

B+ 86-88 3.33

B 83-85 3.00

B- 79-82 2.66

C+ 76-78 2.33

C 73-75 2.00

C- 69-72 1.66

D+ 66-68 1.33

D 63-65 1.00

F 62 or less 0.00


  • Homework 20%
  • Test 30%
  • Class Work 30%
  • Project 20%

Classroom Management:

Respect will be given to your instructor, your classmates, classroom facilities and all education materials at all times. We are working together as a team and we need everyone to cooperate.


 Assessment in this course will be based on tests and quizzes that will be announced. Also, class work and homework assignments will be counted as well as some group work assignments.


There will be a grade penalty for work missed due to being tardy without adequate excuse