ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) CHEMISTRY
Holy Na m es Hi gh Sc hoo l
Sr. Ka re n C o nov er , B VM
COURSE INFORMATION & EXPECTATIONS
Chemistry: Principles and Reactions, Updated 5th Edition, by William Masterton and
Cecile Hurley. Thomson/Brooks-Cole, 2006.
The Ultimate Chemical Equations Handbook, by George R. Hague and Jane D. Smith.
Flinn Scientific, 2001.
COU RS E DE S CR IPTIO N
Advanced Placement Chemistry is a college-level chemistry course. It is designed to follow
Chemistry Honors and builds on all the information and skills developed during that course.
However, it differs qualitatively from the first year course with respect to the topics covered,
the emphasis on chemical calculations and mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind
of laboratory work performed by the student.
It covers all the major topics in a General Chemistry course at the introductory college level
(matter, the mole, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, atomic structure, the periodic table
of elements and periodic properties, chemical bonding, states of matter and their behaviors,
solutions, reaction equilibrium and rates, acid-base reactions, electrochemistry, and
introductory organic chemistry), with particular in-depth treatment of reaction kinetics,
spontaneity of reactions, thermochemistry, acid-base and solution equilibria, and
Significant laboratory work will occur throughout the course. Standard college-level
laboratory procedures and write-ups will be required.
It is expected that the student will take the AP Chemistry Exam in May.
The College Board has approved the syllabus and the AP Audit in May, 2007, as meeting the
requirements for designation as AP Chemistry.
SU PPOR T OF TH E ES LRs (E xp ect ed Sc ho ol wi de Lea r ni ng Re sults)
The material, activities, and philospophy of an Advanced Placement course support the ESLR:
A H ol y Nam es Hi gh Sc hool gra duate i s i nte l lect ual ly com pete nt.
She thinks critically and independently and applies these skills in problem solving.
• The study of college level chemistry demands constant critical thinking
in gathering information and applying that to various problem-based
situations. This is the most challenging aspect of the work in AP Chemistry
and the ultimate key to success in the course and on the AP Examination.
She expresses herself effectively orally and in writing.
• The emphasis on writing laboratory reports demands clarity of thought and
expression to precisely, effectively, and succinctly communicate the results
of the laboratory work.
She utilizes appropriate tools and technologies to locate, evaluate, and present
• Chemistry is primarily a laboratory-based discipline. Learning to use the
varied laboratory equipment and to employ computer-based analyses, as
appropriate, is integral to work in AP Chemistry.
She demonstrates intellectual curiosity and exercises her talents in pursuit of
• Being engaged in college-level chemistry work should lead the student to
continually employ the scientific method. The student should become more
skilled at observation and interpretation.
She collaborates with others and works cooperatively to achieve her goals.
• Laboratory work is, by its nature, a collaborative activity. Whether with a
partner, a group, or a class team, the investigation is pursued within a
“scientific community.” The challenge of the course content is engaged
with a study group, which greatly enhances each student’s success.
COMM ITM E NT FO R A P CHE MIST R Y
The student and her parents must understand that by enrolling in the course, a commitment is
made to a full year of a challenging, college-level course. The student must be willing to claim
most of the responsibility for her own learning. The teacher will act, for the most part, as a
guide to prepare the student to take the AP Exam.
Additional time beyond the regular class schedule will be required of students (i.e. June 2-6,
2008, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.; one morning every other week for laboratory work, beginning at
7:15 a.m., depending on the final course schedule; some afternoons during Midsession). There
will also be a mutually agreeable time to meet for 30-40 minutes weekly (possibly the same
day as lab work), whether for a student study seminar, or with the teacher, or for testing.
A P E XAM A ND CO LLE GE C RE D IT /AD V A NC ED ST A NDING
This course carries high school credit. The AP Exam is administered by the College
Board. Students receive a scoring on a 5-point scale:
A P G r ad e Qua li fic ati on
5 Extremely well qualified
4 Well qualified
2 Possibly qualified
1 No recommendation
College credit, advanced placement in college chemistry courses, or both are awarded by the
college or university, not by the College Board or the AP Program. It is recommended that the
chemistry department of the institution to which the student plans to apply be contacted
about their policy regarding the AP Chemistry class as well as the AP Chemistry Exam.
The quality and breadth of laboratory work performed during the AP course may also be
examined by the college or university to determine college credit, advanced placement, or
both. Therefore, the student may be required to present her laboratory notebooks. At the
end of the course, the instructor will write a letter to accompany these laboratory notebooks
to verify the scope and sequence of the laboratory work completed.
MAT ER IA LS
The following should be brought by the student to class each day:
•pens - blue or black (for good work); green (for corrections)
•pencil (number 2) and eraser
•calculator - graphing
•notebook - spiral or 3-ring, for chemistry class notes only
•quad-ruled spiral-bound notebook(s) (8-1/2 x 11”) for lab only
•pocket folder or 3-ring notebook for handouts and returned assignments
•looseleaf paper – white
CLA S SRO OM B EH AV IO R
All ordinary classroom expectations of Chemistry Honors apply.
LABOR ATO R Y WO RK a nd BEH A V IOR
SA FE T Y IS THE F IRST PR IO RIT Y. Therefore:
-No student is to be in the laboratory without the immediate supervision of
a science teacher.
-A laboratory apron and eye goggles are to be worn at all times.
-Each student is expected to come fully prepared for work in the laboratory;
this minimizes risks and hazards to herself and others.
-Laboratory data and results are to be kept in the class notebook. This forms
the basis of the separate report in the lab notebook.
-Each student is responsible for clean-up following a lab activity.
Every effort will be made to confine lab work to the ordinary class period, but it the student
will be required to devote some out-of-class time for the completion of laboratory work. Labs
will be scheduled to begin at 7:15 a.m. on a designated mornings, and continue through the
regular class time, provided the class is scheduled at a block which meets first.
Laboratory work is usually done in student pairs. Upon leaving the laboratory or class for that
day, each student is responsible to have her own copy of the lab data and observations.
HOME WO RK
Fr eq ue nc y /Ti me fra m e
•Homework will be assigned for each chapter. It is posted on the WEB.
•It is the expectation of the Advanced Placement, administered by the College Board,
that students will spend at least 5 hours of independent study per week. This will
require an almost daily commitment to the work for AP Chemistry. A reasonable “rule of
thumb” is that a student will expect to spend twice as much time outside of class as in-class
•Study time will include a variety of activities, such as (but not limited to):
reading and studying a portion of the text, writing answers to questions to ensure
comprehension, solving problems, using tutorial materials, preparing for laboratory
work, writing laboratory reports, and studying for tests or exams.
D ue D ate /T im e
•All written homework will be collected and checked for completeness and accuracy.
•Homework is designed to be an opportunity to practice the application of concepts and
synthesis of information on the part of the student. Since answers are provided to most
of the problems assigned, homework will not be corrected in detail by the teacher.
• Assignments are expected to be turned in on the due date.
•Homework will be returned within the week for student study use. Only a few questions
on homework will be able to be addressed during the class period, and not on a regular
basis. The student will need to be self-directed in searching out solutions to problems.
•Lab reports or assignments handed in one day late will carry a 10% deduction in credit.
No lab reports will be accepted more than one school day late.
F or m at - Ho m e wo r k
All chapter problems should be neatly completed in pencil.
Problem solutions should be thorough and logical in order, solved down. Enough of the
question or the “given” information should be included to make the solution understandable.
Chemical equations should be included, when appropriate.
Fo r mat – La bor ato ry r ep o rts
•Laboratory reports are to be done in the designated lab notebook, in ink, according to
the format presented.
DET ER MINAT IO N O F A CA D EMIC G RA D ES
•M ajo r ex a ms / F re e Re s po nse will be scored according to the rubrics of the AP EXAM.
•C hapt er te sts will be multiple choice questions, covering concepts and problem solving.
The test will then be given a value of 100 points. There may also be free-response
questions from a previous AP Exam included.
•C hem ica l e q uat io n practice will be counted (15-20 points each) in Second Semester.
•H om e wor k assignments will be given credit for completeness and accuracy.
•La bor ato ry r ep o rts will usually be given a value in the range of 50-70 points.
A lab report rubric will be provided.
Se me ste r gra de s will be determined by the following:
15-18% Major Exams (2 per semester; AP style questions and scoring)
32% Chapter Tests (approximately 9-10 per semester)
25% Laboratory Work (7-8 per semester)
25% Homework & other in-class activities (includes 1-2 problem sets per chapter)
3% Class work (Semester Two -- includes equation prediction quizzes)
Adjustments to this weighting may be done at the end of the semester to
more accurately reflect the quantity of work completed each category.
Scores are posted regularly on Powerschool and reflect the HNHS grading scale.
This will seem disconcerting and discouraging! The overall averages are manually overridden
and reflect the letter grades of a typical college grading scale. Students will need to translate
individual postings to the college scale.
85 – 100 A 55 – 69 C
70 - 84 B 40 – 54 D
Letter grades with + and – will show the upper and lower 5% of each grading
It would be anticipated that academic grades in the class approximately predict the score on
the AP Exam ( A = 5, B = 4, C= 3).
ATT E ND A NCE /M AK E-U P WO RK
Regular attendance is crucial for success in AP Chemistry. Absences should be only for real
necessity. School policy about maximum absences applies.
Students must present an admit slip to the teacher at the beginning of class immediately
upon returning from an absence (either from school or from the particular class.)
Students without such admit slips will be sent to the office and will be marked with an
unexcused tardy to class.
HOME WO RK : Homework is posted on the WEB, with any updates immediately following class.
It is the responsibility of the student to find out assignments and instruction were missed due
to absence and to make any necessary arrangements with the teacher. Students who are
absent from class should not expect that the teacher will provide private instruction to them
covering the missed work
TEST S / E XAM S : Major exams and chapter tests will be announced at least a week in
The student must make a special arrangement with the teacher on the day of her return
(whether or not the class meets that day) in order to schedule a make-up test.
If a student is absent only on the class day prior to the previously announced test, she
should expect to take the test on the regularly scheduled day. The instructor may alter
this stipulation, depending on the class work or review missed.
LABOR ATO R Y WO RK : Missed laboratory work must be made up. Arrangements with
the teacher for extra lab time must be made.
AC A DE MIC HO NE ST Y
It is expected that a ll wor k submitted to fulfill academic requirements (homework, lab
reports, tests, papers, assignments, etc.) represents the student’s own efforts.
Respect for self and others demands that no student copy another’s work nor allow her
work to be copied, whether homework, lab work or tests.
Cheating/copying will result in an “F” grade for that test or assignment for both/all
parties involved and the student will receive an “N” or “U” mark in citizenship. A disciplinary
referral may follow, if the incident is serious (i.e. involving Tests or Exams).
TEA CH ER AV A ILAB ILIT Y
The teacher is available to students for assistance by a pp oi nt me nt o nly before
school, at break, at most lunch periods, after school and during the teacher’s free blocks.
Parents with any concern may leave a message on Sr. Karen’s voice mail: (510) 450-1110,
Ext. 257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and the call or message will returned within 24
hours. An appointment for a conference, should that be necessary, can be scheduled for
before or after school hours.