Showing posts with label Honors Chemsitry. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 20, 2018

An Honors Chemistry Project

An Honors Chemistry Project
Description:  Working solo or with a partner, research, write a paper and create a presentation that describes how a medication/drug, that is connected to you or your family, impact human life and society. The paper is about 3-5pages in length and the presentation is about 3mins.
Due date:  Presentations start Wednesday May 30 and will continue through the week until all groups are done.  Presentation order will be by random draw or volunteer-based.  All groups should be ready to present on that day.  All groups will be turning in a hard copy (especially for live performances) or a cd or file (especially for recorded performances) by the final exam day. 
·         A description (in your own words!) that answers the following questions
1.       What is the medication/drug?  (Facts, structure, description etc)
2.       How is this medication/drug developed?
3.       What are the pros and cons (side effect included)?
4.       Why is it matter?
5.       What is the income of this medication/drug just over last year and lifetime?
6.       What is the expectation of this medication/drug prospect?  (Future demand)
7.     How is this medication/drug contribute to your family, community and society?
8.     What did you learn from this research?
·         Presentation to the class that is 4-7 minutes long.  The presentation should have a title.  Be creative with your presentation.  Presentation format may include but is not limited to:
1.       Make a Video/Tri-fold/Poster
3.       Power point/Photostory/Moviemaker Commercial
4.       Write and Recite a Poem or a Rap –This will be a long poem but could and should be both informative and entertaining.
5.       Write and Perform a Song – well, if you can!  Or record yourself singing about the career – you can use the tune of some WELL KNOWN song that I would recognize
6.       Any other presentation formats must be cleared with me.

·         All sources must be cited. 
1.    If your presentation is a video, powerpoint, photostory, or moviemaker, include all source citations within the final product.
2.   If your presentation is live, turn in a separate typed paper with all citations included.
3.    You must have at least three sources.  The more sources the better and the more things you will learn about this career.  If you are doing an interview, the person you are interviewing counts as one source. 

·        Just a recommendation – DO NOT pick something because you think it will be easy.  Choose something you will have fun doing and others will enjoy learning about as you present. 
·      Check yourself against the rubric frequently as you research and prepare your presentation.  Just meeting minimum standards will not earn an A. 

·         “There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.” Make it interesting and have fun making it.  Make your presentation great!

Rubrics: I will used MYP5 Interdisciplinary Learning Assessment Criteria. I'll grade Criteria A, B, and C. You'll grade Criteria D - Reflecting. 

The paper worths 35 points and the presentation worth 15 points.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Honors Chemistry Course Outline and Syllabus 2015 – 2016

Honors Chemistry Course Outline and Syllabus 2015 – 2016

Science Department - Mira Loma High School

Teacher: Phe Bach, Ed.D.

Email:; Room: D-4

Twitter/Instagram/fb/Linkedin @PheBach

MLH Vision/Mission Statement:

Embracing diversity and valuing excellence, Mira Loma High School's mission is to inspire and educate each student toward academic achievement, critical thinking, intrinsic success, and responsible contributions to a peaceful international society by providing innovative, rigorous, student-focused instruction through a rich tradition of high-quality programs and dynamic activities in a safe, compassionate, and collaborative learning community.

Course Goals:

- Achieving the defined California State Standards for High School Chemistry.

- Fulfilling the requirements of IB Middle Years Programs.

- Preparing students for college and presenting chemistry material that applies to their daily life with a positive attitude.

Organization/Course Standards: This course is followed closely the Foundation of College Chemistry textbook.  It is organized into ten units according to California State and SJUSD’s Standards for chemistry.  Students will understand the following topics:

Unit 1 – Introduction to the Methods of Chemistry:

Measurements and Calculations; Lab Equipment and Lab Safety

Unit 2 – Matter and Changes / Scientific Measurement:

            Matter, elements and compounds, mixtures, chemical reactions. Measurements and their uncertainty, Basic SI systems, Density.

Unit 3 – Atomic Structure, Electrons and Periodic Behavior

Atoms – The building blocks of Matter; Structure of the atoms; arrangement of Electrons in Atoms, the Periodic Law, Periodic Trends

Unit 4 –Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure:

Chemical bonding; Structure of Covalent Molecules, Salts, and Metals

Unit 5 – Chemical Names and Formula/Conservation of Matter:

Chemical Formulas and Compounds, Chemical Equations and Reactions.

Unit 6 – Stoichiometry

            The arithmetic of equations, chemical calculations, limiting reagent and percent yield.

Unit 7 – Gas Laws / Gas Behavior:

Physical Characteristics of Gases, Gas Laws, Molecular Composition of Gases

Unit 8 – Solids, Liquids and Solutions / Acids and Bases:

Liquids and Solids, Properties of Solutions and Solution Concentration, Acids and Bases,  Characteristics of Acids and Bases, Titration, calculating pH, neutralization of acids and bases.

Unit 9 – Electrochemistry, Thermochemistry and/or Nuclear Chemistry

Electrochemical cells, reduction-oxidation reactions; The flow of energy, heat in changes of states, nuclear radiation, nuclear transformations, Fission/Fusion of Atomic nuclei.

Unit 10 – Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry.

Subjects outside of the State Standards, covered after the Content Standards Test in early May.


The Academic grades will be based on the following breakdowns:

a.     Classwork/Homework, standards testing, presentations 25%

b.     Portfolio, Quizzes, and Unit Tests 25%

c.     Laboratory notebook, lab quizzes, project and lab reports 25%

d.     Comprehensive final exam 15%

e.   Participation and attendance 10%

Grading Scale: Course grades will be assigned according to SJUSD’s standard grading practice:

100% - 90% = A || 90% - 80% = B || 80% - 70% = C || 70% - 60% = D || Below 59.9% = F

I’ll use the normal grade scale with “plus” and “minus”.

I’ll not curve my tests, but I DO give extra credits.

Extra Credits:

            You made earn up to 0.5% per semester. Bonus points are awarded from time to time at the instructor’s discretion for a variety of little extra reasons such as bring materials for the lab, writing summary of science/chemistry articles, asking brilliant questions and seeking the answer, helping out the room/lab, etc… or conducting an original research or writing an exceptional research paper and this work is no “Mickey Mouse” project. Ask the instructor for more information.


Your classroom behavior, attendance and working ethic determine your citizenship grade.

Besides HONESTY and PERSONAL INTEGRITY, RESPECT is the key. Being courteous, mindful and respectful to fellow students, T.A., substitute, your instructor, and our classroom settings are expected at all times. Unnecessary acting out, put down, talking, trashing class/campus, or other immature behaviors will lead to lowering of your citizenship grade. Finally, the citizenship grading policy will comply with Mira Loma and San Juan School Districts’ policies. This includes adhering to all rules in our handbook. For example, after 3 tardies (<30mins) results in parent-called plus 1 hour detention and after each truancies (>30mins) will results in lower 1 citizenship grade.


When you are absent, it is your responsibility to turn in work that was due during your absence the following day you’re back. If you missed a lab/test, it must make up within ONE week or it will results in a zero. Late works will NOT be accepted unless it is an excused absence. Homework are turn in every Wednesday and Friday. Late work is no longer accepted. All grade discrepancy must take care of within one week of posted grade. I’ll be available to help before school ‘til 7:45AM, during lunch or by appointment. (Just letting me know or emailing me you’re coming).

Code of Conduct: Classroom policies, policies on attendance, tardiness, dress code, and behavior, are addressed in the student handbook, will be implemented along with district policies.


  1. Good website to learn:
  2. Khan Academy:
  3. All classroom lesions/presentations and resources can be downloaded under classroom notes:
  4. Games for your brain:
  5. Mr. Bach’s other corner: