Advanced Placement Chemistry
The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students should attain a depth of understanding of chemistry fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. The college course in general chemistry differs qualitatively from the usual first secondary school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory experience. We will move quickly through many topics including structure and states of matter, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry and thermodynamics. The goal is to provide you with a college level chemistry course as well as to prepare you to be successful on the AP Exam.
**The AP Chemistry exam is changing this year!!! The push is to require less memorization and more analysis and high order thinking. You will no longer need to memorize solubility rules and there will be some concepts we will not cover as thoroughly. If you are interested in the changes, visit AP Central (https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-chemistry).**
Textbook and materials: Brown, Chemistry: The Central Science AP 12th edition, calculator (I will be using a graphing TI84 in class), 2 composition notebooks (preferably one graph ruled for lab), and a 3-ring binder.
Grade Breakdown: 70 % – Tests/quizzes
30 % – Labs
Exams/Quizzes: Exams and quizzes will be given regularly. Quizzes may be announced or unannounced. Exams will be given at the end of a unit, will be announced, and will be taken directly from past AP tests.
Labs: Labs are an extremely important part of this course, and must be completed in your lab notebooks with a specific format. See lab notebook handout for details! If you do not clean up after yourselves in lab you should expect to stay after school to clean up my classroom. Expect notebook checks and lab projects as part of your lab grade.
Homework: Homework problems will be completed in your problem solving composition notebook. They will be collected before each quiz or test. If you do not keep up with the homework problems you will have trouble passing the quizzes and will quickly fall behind. This is a KEY to AP success!!!!
Attendance/Class Participation: You are expected to be in class ON TIME and participating in group problem solving, class discussions, and actively asking and answering questions everyday. If you do miss class, you must get notes/classwork from a classmate and make sure that you work to understand the missed material. Any missed tests and quizzes shall be made up within three days of returning to school. Students with extended, excused absence (three or more days) should arrange an appropriate make-up schedule after school. Missed labs must be made up within one week. Remember that the AP exam date does not change, so you need to be diligent about learning missed material!
Extra Help: I will be available at 7 am before school and after school as requested. You should plan on spending time in my classroom outside of class to study and work on lab.
Goals and Expectations:
MY GOAL: Every student passes the AP exam in May because of a year of learning and support!! We must all help one another and be dedicated to the course for a successful year. I will help you in any way possible and am happy to do so, provided that you have put in effort (this means attempting all problems and attending class and labs regularly prepared to work).
MY GOALS FOR YOU: Respect your teacher, classmates, and classroom/lab materials, and work hard!
• Arrive on time and be ready to participate during class.
• Attempt every problem and show all your work.
• Get help in a timely fashion and come to extra help PREPARED. Be responsible for your learning.
• Come prepared to class by always bringing your binder, lab materials, calculator, and writing utensil.
• Keep all electronics (cell phones/iPods) out of sight.
• Be positive!! Chemistry is challenging but is rewarding and fun! ?
School Wide Policies:
“Any attempt to gain academic credit for knowledge or work not genuinely a student’s own is considered cheating…The penalty for cheating and/or plagiarism is total loss of credit (“0”) for any test or assignment on which they were attempted.”
“Students who have been legitimately absent from school have the responsibility to consult with their teachers outside of class time in regard to all work missed during their absence. Upon returning to school the time limit for the completion of such work will be the length of the absence plus one day. Extension of this time limit will be granted at the discretion of the teacher involved. Work not made up by the given deadline will result in a zero.”
“Students who are truant from school and/or cut a class(es) will not be allowed credit for any work missed. There could be a significant drop in term grades when students choose to miss a class(es) on purpose.”
www.germainium.net – The AP tab will give you access to online quizzes, labs, homework, syllabus and AP exam information.
www.mrwoodchem.com– Check here for podcasts and their powerpoint files.