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					AP Chemistry
2011 - 2012
Jo Lee

Course Description
      The Advanced Placement Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general
chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. For some college freshmen, this
course will enable them to undertake second-year work in the chemistry sequence, or to register
for other courses where chemistry is a prerequisite. For others, the AP Chemistry course fulfills
the laboratory science requirement and frees time for other courses. AP Chemistry will meet for
50 minutes daily with a required additional lab class held once a week before school or during
       The AP Chemistry course is designed to be taken only after the successful completion of a
first year course in high school chemistry. Permission from your first year chemistry teacher and
an overall score of 84% is required. The math requirements for AP Chemistry can be rigorous at
times, therefore the successful completion of a second year of Algebra is also required.

Unit Information
Unit Name and Timeframe:
     UNIT 1-4: Chemical Foundations and Stoichiometry, Chapters 1-4: summer work,
       class review and test week 1 and 2
     UNIT 5: Gases, Chapter 5: week 3 and 4
     UNIT 6: Thermodynamics, Chapter 6 and 16: week 5, 6 & 7
     UNIT 7: Periodicity, Chapter 7: week 8 & 9
     UNIT 8: Bonding, Chapter 8 and 9: week 10,11 & 12
     UNIT 9: Liquids & Solids, Chapter 10: week 13 & 14
     UNIT 10: Solutions, Chapter 11: week 15 & 16
     SEMESTER EXAM (ACS exam): week 17
     UNIT 11: Chemical Equilibrium, Chapter 13: week 18, 19 & 20
     UNIT 12: Acids and Bases, Chapter 14: week 21
     UNIT 13: Acid-Base-Buffer - Ksp, Chapter 15: week 22, 23 & 24
     UNIT 14: Kinetics, Chapter 12: week 25, 26, & 27
     UNIT 15: Electrochemistry Chapter 17: week 28 & 29
     UNIT 16: Equations: week 30 & 31
     UNIT 17: Review: week 32-36
     FINAL EXAM week 37

Content and/or Skills Taught:

       The course stresses the importance of the theoretical aspects of chemistry. Topics such as
the structure of matter, kinetic theory of gases, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, and the
basic concepts of thermodynamics will be covered in considerable depth. This course
emphasizes chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles.
Laboratory Emphasis:
      The difference between AP Chemistry and the usual chemistry course is especially evident
in the laboratory work. The AP Exam includes questions based on experiences and skills
students acquire in the laboratory. For example, making observations of chemical substances and
reactions, recording data, and calculating and interpreting results based on the quantitative data
obtained are all important parts of the AP Chemistry class and the AP Exam.
      Much of the laboratory for this class requires the use of special volumetric glassware such
as pipettes, burets, and volumetric flasks. The quantitative aspect of the experiments require a
high degree of precision involving the use of sensitive balances, spectrophotometers, pH meters,
and calorimeters. Computers and Vernier Laboratory software are an integral part of laboratory
testing equipment and result preparation.
After completing the course, students will have had experience with filtration, titration, the
collection and handling of gases, colorimetry, potentiometric measurements, and the synthesis of
      Laboratory work also involves the analysis of unknown mixtures by quantitative analysis.
As mentioned in the introduction, AP Chemistry will meet for 50 minutes daily with a required
additional lab class held once a week before school or during lunch, depending on the class
period in which you assigned.

Lab List:
The following labs will be completed during the course of the school year:
     #1 Determination of a formula of a compound
     #2 Determination of molar mass by freezing point depression
     #3 Determination of molar mass by vapor density
     #4 Determination of the molar volume of a gas
     #5 Determination of concentration by redox titrations
     #6 Determination of the equilibrium constant for a chemical reaction
     #7 Determination of the rate of a reaction and its order
     #8 Determination of enthalpy change associated with a reaction
     #9 Separation and qualitative analysis of cations and anions
     #10 Analytical gravimetric determination
     #11 Colorimetric analysis
     #12 Separation by chromatography
     #13 Determination of electrochemical series
     #14 Measurements using electrochemical cells and electroplating
     #15 Synthesis, purification, and analysis of an organic compound

Lab Safety:

       Student safety is of the upmost importance in this class. All general safety rules outlined in
the safety contract must be followed at all times. This agreement must be signed by both student
and parent/guardian and returned to Mrs. Lee. Students are also required to pass a safety test
(during the first assigned laboratory period) based on this agreement prior to lab participation.
Food and drink are prohibited in lab for the safety of all students. Instructions must be followed
the first time given, if a question arises, please ask before proceeding. Pre-lab assignments must
be completed prior to your lab; not only to ensure proper procedure but also to ensure your
safety. Clean up after a lab is also necessary for the safety of incoming students. Violations of
lab safety and procedure will be dealt with severely; Initially lab grades will be affected;
repeated violations will result in your removal from the lab. The safety of all students relies on
individual cooperation!
Laboratory Notebook:
      A laboratory notebook should be used to explain laboratory procedures, record all
laboratory data, show how calculations are made, discuss results of an experiment, and to explain
the theories involved. A record of laboratory work is an important and a required document that
will show the quality of the laboratory work that you have done. As you record information in
your notebook, keep in mind that someone who is unfamiliar with your work should be able to
use your notebook to evaluate your laboratory experiences in chemistry. The expected laboratory
report format will be covered in detail during the second assigned laboratory period. An online
version of the typical AP format will be used.

Major Assignments and/or Assessments:
      Each of the first 15 units of this class will have a graded homework packet, quiz and
summative test. The first unit test will be given during the first week of school. The semester
exam will be an American Chemical Society Exam taken during our designated testing week.
The final exam will be a cumulative test meant to be final preparation before taking the AP
Exam. Unit tests can be corrected for partial credit and are expected for grades lower than a C+.
Test corrections must be thorough and detailed. Written explanations for all missed problems are
required on a separate piece of paper prior to the end of each quarter. Additional homework will
be assigned during each unit and will be checked randomly for completion. Answers for daily
homework will be provided; it is the responsibility of the student to check their homework and
request help with any difficulties.
     Tests -50% – Summative tests will be scheduled after every major topic and/or unit.
        They will most likely contain a variety of assessment tools. (true/false, short answer,
        essay, multiple choice, online activity, problem solving…etc.) Students can earn partial
        credit from content missed on the test by completing corrections.
     Quizzes/Class Activities -15% – Several quizzes will be scheduled for each of the nine
        weeks. Content for the quizzes will be based on homework assignments. One quiz from
        each reporting period can be corrected for partial credit.
     Labs -25% – Please see lab report rubric for expectations. Flow chart preparation may be
        a required pre-lab activity and may be a significant portion of the lab grade. Late labs
        will be accepted with penalty up until the labs are graded and returned to the class. Labs
        that are not turned in prior to the others being returned cannot and will not be accepted.

       Safety, Participation and Preparation– Active participation in labs and classroom
        activities is expected. Excessive trips out of the classroom for bathroom breaks etc.,
        distract from classroom activities. Most importantly, following safety guidelines in class
        are a must and violations will negatively affect your grade.
       Homework – 10% - Regular homework will be assigned, but may or may not be checked
        for completion. One homework packet will be graded for each of the units covered.
        Answers to homework problems will be provided for students to check and reference.
        Quizzes will cover assigned homework content.
       Extra Credit- Some extra credit will be available during the course of the school year. In
        order to be considered for extra credit, all assignments must be turned in and complete.

Test Correction/Retake Policy
   All tests can be corrected for additional points. If a score on a test is under 70%, that test is
   required to be corrected. Tests can be corrected and points ‘reclaimed’ under the following
       1) Test in question must be corrected with all missed problems worked out and
           explained in writing with detail.
       2) All classroom activities and assignments must be complete and turned in upon
       3) Missed questions from the test will be restated/discussed one on one to ensure
       4) Corrected test score and original score will be averaged for final grade.

Provided Course Materials
     Title: Chemistry, AP Edition
     Publisher: Brooks Cole; 8th edition
     Published Date: 2012
     Author: Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl
     Description: CHEMISTRY allows the reader to learn chemistry basics quickly and easily by
       emphasizing a thoughtful approach built on problem solving. For the Eighth Edition, authors
       Steven and Susan Zumdahl have extended this approach by emphasizing problem-solving strategies
       within the Examples and throughout the text narrative. CHEMISTRY speaks directly to the reader
       about how to approach and solve chemical problems--to learn to think like a chemist--so that they
       can apply the process of problem-solving to all aspects of their lives.

Student Solutions Guide
     Title: Chemistry
     Publisher: Brooks Cole; 8th edition
     Published Date: 2012
     Author: Steven S. Zumdahl, Susan A. Zumdahl
     Description: This book provides carefully worked out, complete solutions for all odd-
     numbered questions and exercises in the text. It also uses the same solution methods as the
     examples in the text.

Other Course Materials
       This class incorporates a website with a variety of information sources. Students will need
online access in order to complete assignments. Classroom laptops will be used frequently.
Software needed for this class will be provided on the classroom laptops and can optionally be
installed on home computers. Students must have a calculator capable of basic scientific
functions. A calculator similar to a Ti-84 is more than sufficient. I highly recommend the
purchase of Fast Track to a 5; Preparing for the AP Chemistry Examination test preparation book
by Knoespel, Sabatello, and Morlan. This AP Chemistry Exam preparation book is made to
accompany our textbook. It can be purchased in most bookstores or online. We will be working
through some of the problems in this book throughout the year but it will serve as a great review
before the test.

      We will use this website almost daily throughout the course of the year. This will be your
source for guided notes, lecture presentations, online quizzes, online tests, virtual labs and class
calendar. Most class materials will be presented in an electronic format. Students will need
online access in order to complete assignments.

Academic Misconduct
        Cheating/Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Please familiarize yourself with Grandview
Heights High School’s policy on cheating and plagiarism in the parent/student handbook. If
cheating or plagiarism is suspected, the policy will be followed without exception. It is
important for every student’s work to be his or her own. If at any time there is a question of
what constitutes cheating, please see me for clarification before proceeding. Examples of
cheating include, but are not limited to, copying homework, viewing a test prior to taking it,
using a phone or other device to get answers for a test. Not all assessments and activities for this
class will be for a grade, but all activities help to prepare students for an assessment that will be
for a grade. If students are turning in work, any work…homework, quiz, online activity, test or
lab… that has been copied, or modified with the help of another, it will give a false sense of
understanding on the part of the student and the instructor. Misconceptions and
misunderstandings that are masked by cheating cannot be caught and corrected; therefore a zero
tolerance policy for cheating, of any kind has been adopted.

Student Responsibilities
Make-up Work
        Missed work is the responsibility of the student. When an excused absence is planned,
work must be done prior to the absence unless otherwise approved by the teacher. When an
excused absence is unplanned, in accordance with school policy, you will have the same number
of days missed, up to a maximum of two weeks to make up your work. This class is an
advanced class and moves at an accelerated rate. Please see me if you are falling behind for any

Help and Questions
        If you need extra help, I will be happy to work with you before school, after school or
during lunch with prior notice. Please see me so that we can arrange a time that fits both our
schedules. If you are not doing as well as you had hoped or the material in class becomes too
difficult, I encourage you to take initiative and come speak with me about possible solutions.
Honors classes are meant to be rigorous and cover material above and beyond the usual class.
Concepts that are missed or misunderstood will affect future understanding and can affect your
grade repeatedly. Be an advocate for yourself and communicate about problems you may be
having in class!

            Contract for Students Participating in AP Chemistry
       AP Chemistry is an Honors class at Grandview Heights High School. The intent of
the Honors Curriculum is to provide enrichment experiences above and beyond what is
expected in the regular classroom to students having the interest and desire to explore
chemistry. Because of the nature of this course, and the amount of material covered,
summer assignments are given prior to the start of the school year. Failure to cover this
material prior to class would be a considerable disadvantage to the student and class
progress and are therefore required. There is also an expectation that students will
perform at or above an 85% on all summative assessments. Quizzes and tests that are
below this expectation are required to be corrected prior to the next unit test. Chemistry
content builds on itself and is often used repeatedly throughout the year. Review of
material not mastered is essential for success.

       I, the undersigned, understand the information and conditions outlined above for
the participation in AP Chemistry.

       _______________________________________   Date:__________________
                 student signature

                   printed name

AP Chemistry Summer Assignment

       Please read the following sections in the packet given to you. Each chapter has a
homework packet and an online quiz associated with it. Take your time to be thorough on
the homework packets and bring them to school the first day of class or email them to me
before August 12th. The online quizzes are available on the bobcat chemistry website under
the AP Chemistry Tab ( The quizzes can only be
taken once and must be taken all at once. The homework packets are also available online
for download. Once the homework is complete you can email them to me or bring them to
school on the first day of class. If you have any questions, concerns or technology issues,
please don’t hesitate to contact me at

Chapter 1: All sections
      Online HW Packet
      Online Quiz

Chapter 2: sections 2.4 – 2.8
      Online HW Packet
      Online Quiz

Chapter 3: sections 3.3 – 3.10
      Online HW Packet
      Online Quiz

Chapter 4: All sections
      Online HW Packet
      Online Quiz


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