General Chemistry

Mount Vernon High School

Course Contact:

Trina Burling

Room 508


Phone: (903) 537-2546

Conference: 4th period 10:46 a.m. to 11:36 a.m.

Course Description and Unit Topics

Chemistry is the study of matter and the changes it undergoes. A basic understanding of chemistry is central to all sciences--biology, physics, Earth science, ecology and others.

Topics covered in the course include: Lab Safety and Management, Data Analysis, Matter's Properties and Changes, Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Chemical Bonding and Formulas, Mole Concept, Chemical Equations and Reactions, Stoichiometry, Gases, Acids and Bases, Thermochemistry and Nuclear Chemistry

Supply List

1.5 or 2 inch 3 ring binder

Pack of college ruled paper

5 Subject Spiral Notebook with 3 holes and plastic front cover for durability



One container of Clorox or Lysol Wipes

Behavior and Your Responsibilities

Our classroom is a laboratory and safety is our highest priority. If you are behaving in a manner deemed unsafe by Ms. Burling, you will be immediately dismissed from the class and given a lab grade of zero. Horseplay, threats and any comments made a student that would endanger other students will be taken seriously and reported to the office immediately.

  • If you miss a day of class it is YOUR responsibility to come to me and ask for your make up work. I will not remind you.
  • If you come to class unprepared and have to go to your locker to retrieve necessary items for class, you will be counted tardy.
  • We will have a review of material on the day before an exam. If you are absent the day before an exam you must still take the exam. I give a week's notice before exams.


Grading Scale and Late Work Policy


  • 60% Tests, projects and major labs
  • 20% Labs and Quizzes
  • 20% Daily Work.

LATE WORK: See attached Late Work Policy and late work slips.