Chemistry in The Community (ChemCom)

Course Syllabus



Objective:  ChemCom examines the principles of chemistry as they are used in society.  Students investigate typical community issues using chemistry concepts to help them reach conclusions.


ChemCom is designed to meet the needs of students who may not be taking science courses beyond high school, but still need to meet the state graduation standards.  Students choosing to take ChemCom as their option to meet the science requirements must pass two semesters of ChemCom.  One semester will be offered each academic year. Students may take courses in any order.


Through a combination of classroom discussion, lecture and inquiry-based activities students will leave this classroom having met state and national standards in physical science.


Course Expectations: 

Classroom: Students are expected to come to class with appropriate materials and mental preparedness.

Students are expected to participate in class work, discussions and activities.  Lecture materials, handouts and notes are the students’ responsibility.


Lab: There will be a number of lab activities in this course.  A signed lab safety contract must be turned in before a student is allowed to participate. Lab activities are a required part of course work and must be made up in the event of an absence.  Any student displaying unsafe behavior in the lab will be subject to disciplinary action.


Students are expected to keep their lab area tidy and to put away all materials after lab activities. 


General Rules: At all times students are expected to be respectful.

  • Respect adults in the classroom
  • Respect materials in the classroom
  • Respect peers and their possessions
  • Respect self


Absences:  Students who are absent are responsible for getting their assignment(s) from the instructor and completing their work within the timeline stated in the handbook.  Students may need to stay after school to complete missed lab work or tests.


Late work:  Any work not handed in by the due date will be worth 50% of the points earned.  Work not handed in by the end of the current chapter will not be accepted for any points.



            Tests: 40%

            Homework: 25%

            Lab & Projects: 35%