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    Contact Information:
    Department: Science  
    Room(s):204 and 208
    Email Address: llyness@bhpsnj.org
     Please direct all questions and concerns via email, and I will get back to you as soon as possible during school hours.
     All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom.
    You have been invited to joined your Google Classroom for Chemistry, If you did not receive an invite use the code below to join your class.

    To access your "classroom" go to classroom.google.com
    Sign into Google using your GL information
    User: your GL email address (e.g., jdoe22@bhpsnj.org)
    Password: your six-digit student id followed by "BH" or "bh"
    Click on "student"
    Enter your "class code"
    Chemistry Honors A- goojevf 

    Chemistry  B- 3vjd6d2

    Chemistry D- gdgk67t

    Chemistry E - 7qws33p

    Chemistry G- lxbk6qg


     Normal School Schedule - extra help is available by appointment the first half of lunch day 1, or the second half of lunch on days 2 and 4. Email and wait for my reply or speak with me to set up an appointment and a location for a meeting.


    Hybrid Schedule- help is available during afternoon remote sessions or at a mutually convenient time.


    Remote schedule- Please email me to set up a Zoom meeting at a mutually convenient time.




    Chemistry Blocks  and 2021-2022

    Rooms 204 and 208

    This year in Chemistry, we will be developing an understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry and demonstrating how chemistry is present in our lives. Along the way, we will also be encouraging the development of scientific thinking and using the scientific method for problem-solving. The textbook is Inspire Chemistry. There is a classroom set of textbooks and your student will have digital access to his/her own copy. Your student has a copy of the course outline available on Google Classroom.  See the course outline below for specifics on topics during the year. The final exam may be cumulative and comprehensive. In order for your student to perform well on the exam, they will need to maintain all of their materials and notes in an organized fashion. The following materials will help them to do so:

    The following materials are required  for Chemistry Class:

    • Three-ring notebook with dividers- can be kept at home for any hard copies of materials that your student may want to print. All classwork will be digital.
    • Lined paper
    • Pencils- required for all calculations!
    • Marble Composition Notebook, for use every day and for use during labs.
    • Scientific Calculator- TI-30x or better (These calculators can be found for $9-15 at local retailers) All instructions for calculations will pertain to TI scientific calculators.

    ***Please have your student equipped with these items for the first day of class for the week of  9/20/21 returning to school.   

    *If you have any problems obtaining anything on this list, please contact me at llyness@bhpsnj.org.

    Students have access to class information through Google Classroom

    • Assignments will be posted. Tests will be announced in advance, usually 1 week or more.

    Course Outline For Chemistry 2020-2021

    Safety iv-v


    Scientific Notation 

    SI Units 

    Metric Conversions & Dimensional Analysis Append. 

    Significant Figures & Uncertainty *


    Physical & Chemical Properties 

    Physical & Chemical Change

    Elements & Compounds 

    Mixtures & Pure Substances 

    Separation Techniques 

    Single Atom  & Diatomic Elements 

    Unstable nuclei and radioactive decay*


    Light and quantized energy*

    Quantum theory and the atom

    electron configuration

    Development of the modern periodic table

    Classification of elements

    Periodic trends

    Ionic compounds and Metals

    Ion formation


    Ionic bonds and Ionic compounds

    Names and formulas for Ionic compounds

    Metallic bonds and the properties of metals

    covalent bonds

    naming molecules

    molecular structure

    molecular shapes*

    Electronegativity and polarity*

    Reactions and equations

    Classifying chemical reactions

    Reactions in aqueous solutions*

    Measuring matter

    Mass and the mole

    Moles and compounds

    Empirical and molecular formulas*

    Formulas of hydrates**

    Defining stoichiometry

    Stoichiometry calculations*

    limiting reactants**

    percent yields


    Forces of attraction**

    Liquids and solids

    Phase change**

    The Gas Laws*

    The Ideal Gas Law*

    Gas Stoichiometry**

    Types of Mixtures

    Solution concentration*

    Factors Affecting Solvation*

    Colligative properties of solutions**



    Thermochemical equations*

    Calculation enthalpy change**

    Reaction spontaneity**

    Model for reaction rates

    Factors affecting reaction rates*

    Reaction rate laws**

    Instantaneous reactions rates and reaction mechanisms**

    Chemical equilibrium and dynamic balance*

    Factors affecting chemical equilibrium*


    Using equilibrium constants**

    Introduction to acids and bases

    Strength of acid and bases

    Hydrogen ions and pH


    Oxidation and Reduction*

    Balancing Redox equations**


    Hydrocarbons- and implications in climate change.




    Hydrocarbon Isomers

    Aromatic hydrocarbons

    Substituted hydrocarbons and their reactions*


    Nuclear radiation**

    Radioactive decay**

    Nuclear reactions and their applications**


    no asterisk- covered in both Chemistry and Honors Chemistry.

    * Topic will be covered in more depth in Honors Chemistry.

    **Topic in Honors Chemistry only.

    Absence Policy

    • Absent students have the number of days they were absent plus one to make up the homework.
    • A student absent one day has two days to complete the work regardless of whether their class meets the day that they return to school.
    • It is the student’s responsibility to see me at an appropriate time to find out what material he/she missed.
    • If a test is missed because of an excused absence, the student must meet with me and arrange a time to make up the test after or during school.
    • Missed papers will be in the class folder on the bulletin board.
    • Students will not be able to make up any work if they have an unexcused absence.  Students will earn a “0” for those assignments.

    Tardiness Policy

    • Students are expected to be in their seats before the bell. Tardiness will be handled in accordance with the school tardiness policy as explained in the Student Handbook.
    • Students are expected to be on time for all remote Zoom meetings

    Academic Integrity

    • See the Student Handbook for the policy on Academic Integrity.


    Electronic Device Policy:

    • Charged iPads are needed in class every day.
    • Headphones are required every day.
    • IPads/phones will remain closed.
    • IPads may be used only when specific instructions are given for usage.
    • When iPads are used in class, all other applications must be closed.
    • No game playing will ever be permitted in the classroom.


    • Warning- Students have been warned. (See PowerPoint on google classroom)
    • Inappropriate use may result immediately in the following:
    • Confiscation of device.
    • Conference with Student
    • Referral to Administration
    • Detention and Parent Contact
    • *Electronic devices may be sent to the vice principal’s office for the remainder of the day.

    Class Rules:

    Classroom rules are posted on the wall:

    • Bring all necessary materials to class.
    • Arrive on time.
    • No food or drink is allowed in labs. Water permitted.
    • Always act and speak in an appropriate way.
    • Do your own work.
    • Obey all safety rules during class and labs.
    • Obey all School rules
    • No electronic devices are permitted unless specifically stated by the teacher.


    • Homework will be collected in class or on Google Classroom on its due date.
    • No homework turned in on the due date will incur a “0” grade.
    • Homework handed in late will receive less than full credit.


    Grades are determined by the number of points earned divided by the total possible points possible in the marking period.

    • Tests              30-100 points
    • Classwork       5- 10 points
    • Homework       2-10 points
    • Quizzes           10- 25 points
    • Labs                10-25 points
    • Formal Labs     50 points

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.