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Chris Owens

 

Currently, I teach Chemistry and Introduction to Engineering at Ridgeview High school.
Classroom A303
Telephone Number:  276-835-1600
email: cowens@dickenson.k12.va.us

Class Schedule: Block 1- Chemistry II
                                                                 Block 2- Chemistry I                                    
                                           Block 3- Chemistry I           
                                          Block 4- Intro. Engineering 
   
There is a google classroom for each class. Please email me and I will arrange for parents and guardians to get reports for their students through google classroom.

Chemistry I syllabus-

Instructor:

Christopher L. Owens

Phone:

276.835.1600

Location:

Ridgeview High School

Room #303

310 Wolfpack Way

Clintwood, Virginia 24228

E-mail:

cowens@dickenson.k12.va.us

 

 

 

 

Description:

Welcome to the amazing world of Chemistry!  Chemistry is all around us, from the air that we breathe to the water that we drink.  This course will explore the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes.  Students will focus on several foundational concepts such as the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical formulas, balanced equations, molar relationships, and the kinetic theory.  Students will be performing laboratory exercises that correlate with the material being focused on for that particular section.  Students will be quizzed and tested over material on a weekly basis.  During the latter part of the course specific emphasis will be focused on course review for the Virginia Standards of Learning final examination.  So hold on and lets all become scientific investigators as we embark to study the composition of matter and how manipulation of that matter affects life on Earth.

 

Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s) 2010 covered by this course:

  • CH.1 - The student will investigate and understand that experiments in which variables are measured, analyzed, and evaluated produce observations and verifiable data.
  • CH.2 - The student will investigate and understand that the placement of elements on the periodic table is a function of their atomic structure.
  • CH.3 - The student will investigate and understand how conservation of energy and matter is expressed in chemical formulas and balanced equations.
  • CH.4 - The student will investigate and understand that chemical quantities are based on molar relationships.
  • CH.5 - The student will investigate and understand that the phases of matter are explained by kinetic theory and forces of attraction between particles.
  • CH.6 - The student will investigate and understand how basic chemical properties relate to organic chemistry and biochemistry.

Text:

Sarquis, M., & Sarquis, J. L. (2012). Modern Chemistry. Orlando, Florida: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

 

Daily Required Materials:

 


  • 3 Ring Binder w/ tabbed dividers
  • Paper
  • Writing utensil
  • Textbook
  • Imagination & Creativity

Evaluation of Student Performance:

Your grade will result from your performance on the following assignments… 

Exams:                                  45% of each grading period

 

Quizzes:                                15% of each grading period

 

Homework:                          25% of each grading period

 

Notebook:                            15% of each grading period

 

Grade Assignments: as printed in Dickenson County Policy Manuel…

 

A+ 100-99           B+ 92-91              C+ 85-84                              D+ 77-76                             F below 70

A    98-95              B   90-88               C   83-80                               D   75-72

A-  94-93              B- 87-86               C- 79-78                               D-  71-70

 

Attendance Policy:  please refer to the Attendance Regulations in the Dickenson County Student Handbook

Classroom Rules:

 

  • Be on time!  Be in your assigned seat before the tardy bell sounds with all the materials you will need.  You may not return to your locker for any reason after the tardy bell sounds.  The only time students will be allowed to leave the classroom is to use the bathroom or in the case of an emergency.  On the rare occasion that you must leave the room, you must obtain permission from Mr. Owens and explain your purpose for leaving.  Remember to remain seated until the end of the block and wait to be formally dismissed.

     

  • Be prepared!  Bring your text, paper, pencil, dedicated three-ring binder, and homework to class every day.

     

  • Respect the rights of others and of yourself!  Raise your hand to be recognized and respond to questions using appropriate language, negative comments and attitudes will not be tolerated.

     

  • Respect the property of others and of the school!  Keep your feet off of the furniture.  Do not sit on the laboratory tables.  Be extremely careful with computer equipment.  No games are to be played on the computers.

     

  • Be responsible!  Turn all assignments in on time unless otherwise directed by Mr. Owens.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless approved by the teacher.  You are responsible for all material presented in class.  Therefore regular attendance is expected and required.  If you miss a class, you miss the learning whether your absence is excused or unexcused.
  • Cell Phones!  Students are not allowed to use their cellphones in class unless it is part of an assignment.  The cell phone policy will be strictly enforced.

     

  • The Laboratory is NOT a restaurant!  NO FOOD or DRINKS in class.
  • This is NOT a call center!  Please turn OFF cellular phones while in class, if phone goes off during class, it will be confiscated and given to Mr. Edwards.

     

  • Cheating for this class is defined as either giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during a quiz, during an examination, or in the preparation of the introduction and conclusion sections of laboratory assignments.  CHEATING IS STRICKLY PROHIBITED!!!

     

  • The area between Mr. Owens’ desk and the chalk board are off limits to students unless they have been granted permission to be there.

I have high behavioral expectations for my students and an extremely low tolerance for distractions from learning.  Let’s have a great semester of accomplishment, fun, and success together.

Chemistry II syllabus-

CHEMISTRY  II ~ Syllabus

Instructor:

Christopher L. Owens

Phone:

276.835.1600

Location:

Ridgeview High School

Room #303

310 Wolfpack Way

Clintwood, Virginia 24228

E-mail:

cowens@dickenson.k12.va.us

 

 

 

 

Description:

Welcome to the amazing world of Chemistry II!  Chemistry is all around us, from the air that we breathe to the water that we drink.  This course will explore the study of the composition of matter and the changes that matter undergoes.  Students will focus on several foundational concepts such as the periodic table, atomic structure, chemical formulas, balanced equations, molar relationships, and the kinetic theory.  Students will be performing laboratory exercises that correlate with the material being focused on for that particular section.  Students will be quizzed and tested over material on a weekly basis.  There will be a focus on laboratory techniques and formal laboratory write-ups. 

Text:

Sarquis, M., & Sarquis, J. L. (2012). Modern Chemistry. Orlando, Florida: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

 

Daily Required Materials:

 


  • 3 Ring Binder w/ tabbed dividers
  • Paper
  • Writing utensil

     

  • Textbook
  • Imagination & Creativity

Evaluation of Student Performance:

Your grade will result from your performance on the following assignments… 

Formal Lab Work:             45% of each grading period

 

Quizzes:                                15% of each grading period

 

Homework:                          25% of each grading period

 

Notebook:                            15% of each grading period

 

Grade Assignments: as printed in Dickenson County Policy Manuel…

 

A+ 100-99           B+ 92-91              C+ 85-84                              D+ 77-76                             F below 70

A    98-95              B   90-88               C   83-80                               D   75-72

A-  94-93              B- 87-86               C- 79-78                               D-  71-70

 

Attendance Policy:  please refer to the Attendance Regulations in the Dickenson County Student Handbook

Classroom Rules:

 

  • Be on time!  Be in your assigned seat before the tardy bell sounds with all the materials you will need.  You may not return to your locker for any reason after the tardy bell sounds.  The only time students will be allowed to leave the classroom is to use the bathroom or in the case of an emergency.  On the rare occasion that you must leave the room, you must obtain permission from Mr. Owens and explain your purpose for leaving.  Remember to remain seated until the end of the block and wait to be formally dismissed.

     

  • Be prepared!  Bring your text, paper, pencil, dedicated three-ring binder, and homework to class every day.

     

  • Respect the rights of others and of yourself!  Raise your hand to be recognized and respond to questions using appropriate language, negative comments and attitudes will not be tolerated.

     

  • Respect the property of others and of the school!  Keep your feet off of the furniture.  Do not sit on the laboratory tables.  Be extremely careful with computer equipment.  No games are to be played on the computers.

     

  • Be responsible!  Turn all assignments in on time unless otherwise directed by Mr. Owens.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless approved by the teacher.  You are responsible for all material presented in class.  Therefore regular attendance is expected and required.  If you miss a class, you miss the learning whether your absence is excused or unexcused.
  • Cell Phones!  Students are not allowed to use their cellphones in class unless it is part of an assignment.  The cell phone policy will be strictly enforced.

     

  • The Laboratory is NOT a restaurant!  NO FOOD or DRINKS in class.
  • This is NOT a call center!  Please turn OFF cellular phones while in class, if phone goes off during class, it will be confiscated and given to Mr. Edwards.

     

  • Cheating for this class is defined as either giving or receiving unauthorized assistance during a quiz, during an examination, or in the preparation of the introduction and conclusion sections of laboratory assignments.  CHEATING IS STRICKLY PROHIBITED!!!

     

  • The area between Mr. Owens’ desk and the chalk board are off limits to students unless they have been granted permission to be there.

I have high behavioral expectations for my students and an extremely low tolerance for distractions from learning.  Let’s have a great semester of accomplishment, fun, and success together.


Intro.  Engineering syllabus-

Course Syllabus:

Engineering Explorations

Mr. Owens • cowens@dcps.k12.va.us • Room 303 • 2016-2017

Course Description

This course will enable students to examine technology and engineering fundamentals related to solving real-world problems. Students will be exposed to a variety of engineering specialty fields and related careers to determine whether they are good candidates for postsecondary educational opportunities in engineering. Students will gain a basic understanding of engineering history and design, using mathematical and scientific concepts. Students will participate in hands-on projects in a laboratory setting as they communicate information through team-based presentations, proposals, and technical reports.

Course Outline

  1. Orientation
  2. Introduction to Engineering
  3. Foundational Skills & Safety
  4. Engineering Fundamentals
  5. Engineering Design
  6. Engineering Design Projects

Class Rules

  • Treat EVERYONE with respect
    • Be nice to your classmates / NO vulgar language
  • Keep food and drink outside of the classroom
  • You are RESPONSIBLE for any equipment you are using:
    • Report broken equipment immediately
    • If you break something through misuse or negligence, you must replace it.
  • Be on time.
  • Get the teacher’s permission before leaving the room for any reason.
  • All rules set forth in the student handbook are in effect at all times.

Class Procedures

  • Come to class with the required materials (see below)
  • Be seated and ready for work when the tardy bell rings.
  • Remain seated until dismissed by the instructor, not the bell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills

The Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills will help you succeed in the career of your choice, and will be emphasized throughout the course.

Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Personal Qualities and People Skills

  1. Demonstrate positive work ethic.
  2. Demonstrate integrity.
  3. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
  4. Demonstrate self-representation skills.
  5. Demonstrate diversity awareness.
  6. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  7. Demonstrate creativity and resourcefulness.

    Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Professional Knowledge and Skills

     

  8. Demonstrate effective speaking and listening skills.
  9. Demonstrate effective reading and writing skills.
  10. Demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  11. Demonstrate healthy behaviors and safety skills.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of workplace organizations, systems, and climates.
  13. Demonstrate lifelong-learning skills.
  14. Demonstrate job-acquisition and advancement skills.
  15. Demonstrate time-, task-, and resource-management skills.
  16. Demonstrate job-specific mathematics skills.
  17. Demonstrate customer-service skills.

    Demonstrating Workplace Readiness Skills: Technology Knowledge and Skills

     

  18. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies common to a specific occupation.
  19. Demonstrate information technology skills.
  20. Demonstrate an understanding of Internet use and security issues.
  21. Demonstrate telecommunications skills.

Grade Determinants

Grade Weighting

30% Workplace Readiness Skills

30% Class Work

20% Tests

20% Portfolio

100% Total

 

Grading Scale

The grade scale used in Dickenson County Public Schools will be used in this class

 

Late Assignments

  • All late work must be submitted 5 Days  after the assignment is missed.
  • Students with multiple late / missing assignments are expected to turn them in as soon as each one is completed.
  • Submitting many late assignments at end of a grading period may not allow me to get all of them graded in time.

 

 

 

 

 

Class Materials

You are required to bring these materials to class every day:

  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Composition Notebook (preferably Graph Ruled)
  • Ruler (with millimeters and inches)

 

These supplies are optional, but many students find them very helpful:

  • Colored pencils/pens/markers
  • Calculator
  • Protractor

Participation

I expect you to PARTICIPATE in this class and take an active role in the classroom.

  • Ask questions if you are not sure or feel stuck.
  • Complete all of your assignments on time.
  • Pull your weight in group work.

 

Attendance

I expect you to attend every class. We move very quickly and do a lot of group work in this class. Absences will leave you with a lot of catching up to do and a group that feels you let them down.

The only acceptable absences are excused through the attendance office. It is your responsibility to notify me after an excused absence from the attendance office and to retrieve your missed work.

Make-up work

If you have an excused absence, it is expected that you will make up all missed work. Make-up work must be completed within five (5) days of your return to school.

Any make-up work is due at least one week before the end of the grading period.

Extensions

If you need more time in order to turn in an assignment at a level where you are happy with it, let me know before it is due. Be prepared to share what you have already completed in order to get an extension.

Integrity

I expect you to do your own work.

Show me that I can trust you by being honest.

If you copy someone else’s work or allow someone to copy your work, you will receive a zero for the assignment and your parents will be notified.
Engineering  Explorations

Syllabus  Signature  Sheet

By signing below, I agree that I have read, understand, and will abide by the terms of this syllabus.

 

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