Q: If I know that I am going
out of town, can I get my assignments ahead of time?
A: Yes. Everything that I can give you should be on-line.
However, I can't post copyrighted material; I can only post
assignments and notes that were written by me.
Q: Is there any extra credit that I can do to bring up my grade?
A: No. Turn in your missing work, if possible. If I see
improvement as the semester progresses, in some cases I can help
students who have borderline grades.
Q: If I flunk a test,
can I take a re-test?
A: No. Reason: If I
let you take a re-test, I have to let everyone have a re-test.
Q: If I miss a lab, can
I make it up?
A: No. The missed
lab will not count against your grade, but it can't be made up. Reason:
even if I designate one day per week for making up labs, inevitably not
every person can come in on that day due to the nature of our students'
Q: How do I calculate my grade?
1. Average all of your quizzes. Now multiply the average by (0.3).
Write that number down.
2. Average all of your tests. Now multiply the average by (0.5). Write
that number down.
3. Average all of your labs. Now multiply the average by (0.2). Write
that number down.
4. Add up the numbers from steps 1 through 3.
Q: How is the General Chemistry course
different from the Honors Chemistry course?
More topics will be covered in the
The same objectives will be covered in both General and Honors
Chemistry. However, the objectives will be covered in more
detail in the Honors course than in the General course. The
State of North Carolina has published detailed descriptions of
these objectives. These standards can be viewed on my website
or by visiting
There will be optional
topics which will be taught in the Honors
course, but not in the General course. Priority is given to the
topics that are currently part of the AP Chemistry curriculum.
1) Calculating average atomic mass of atoms from natural abundance
(%) and actual isotopic mass.
Names and formulas for other acids [besides HCl, HNO3,
Calculation of [gas molecule] speeds as a function of
4) Differentiate between ideal gas and real gas (conceptually, no
5) Coulomb’s Law (F=kq1q2/r2)
6) Lattice Energies
7) Expanded Octets
8) Valence bond theory: hybrid orbitals, sigma bonds, and pi bonds
9) Formal charge calculations
10) Calculations with Raoult’s Law
11) Examine shapes of orbitals [d and f, in addition
to s and p]
12) Molality [including freezing point depression and boiling point
13) Limiting reactant problems
14) Percent yield
15) Calculations with A=A0e-kt
Complex calculations with half-life
17) Balancing redox reactions by half-reaction method or electron
18) Acid-base equilibria; Ka, Kb, Kw
19) Lewis acid-base theory
20) Weak acids and weak bases in titrations
21) Buffer systems and Henderson-Hasselbalch equation
More – and more challenging –
laboratory exercises will be performed in the Honors Course.
Refer to the list of Honors lab exercises
in the Honors syllabus.
Q: Would you write me a
A: Generally, yes.
I would prefer that you let me know at least a week in advance, if possible.
Q: How many quizzes can
A: Two per nine weeks.
Q: Does that mean I can
just skip a quiz if I want to?
A: Yes, but I
suppose you could do that in any class, no matter the grading policy. It
would be better to take the quiz. If you think you're going to do
poorly, it can't hurt to take the quiz anyway -- what have you got to
Q: Can I drop a lab or a test instead of
the two quizzes? Can I just drop any two grades that I
Q: I've had two lousy
quiz grades, but they both showed up on my progress report. When are you
going to drop them?
A: I'll drop the lowest two quizzes
after nine weeks; I'll drop two more in the second nine weeks for a
total of four dropped quizzes.
Q: Will you collect the
A: Usually, no.
The quizzes are mostly identical to the HW, so I'll know if you
understood the HW from your quiz grade. I will go over the HW in class,
but when I do not do so the HW is usually written out and posted in the "Handouts & HW"
section of this site.
Q: Does anyone read FAQs on a
A: Usually, no. I can't say that I
blame them. Suggestion: stop
reading this and go to the beach.