Syllabus for Pre-AP Chemistry by XIbuLw


									AP Chemistry                                                                              2012-2013
Mr. Kubicek                                                                 Hendrickson High School
         AP Chemistry is designed to provide the student with the equivalent of an introductory first year
course sequence in COLLEGE CHEMISTRY. The course is designed for college-bound students who
either would like to earn college credit (by AP examination) or would like to prepare for college chemistry
while in high school. This is accomplished through an intensive, in-depth approach.
         As many colleges recommend, the minimum time required for outside class work is 1.5 hours per
class hour, i.e. a minimum of 5 hours of homework per week. In addition to the normal homework, there
will be one independent student study packet each nine weeks. This packet will not be covered in class and
must be done by the students; however, tutorials will be available. This packet will take approximately, ten
to fifteen hours in the nine weeks.
         It is highly recommended that the student take the College Board's Advance Placement test in
Chemistry. The score on this test will be evaluated by the College Board and the scores reported to the
colleges of the student's choice. Scores of one and two on the test will general not qualify the student to
receive credit. Scores of three, four, or five (the maximum score possible) will generally allow the student
to place out of freshman courses. The amount of credit granted varies by grade and by university. The
grade earned in the class is independent of the Advance Placement test.
         The laboratory portion of this class is to be the equivalent of a college laboratory experience.
Because some colleges require proof of the laboratory portion of the course before granting credit, all
students will keep a laboratory notebook, provided by the teacher. Some of the laboratory investigations
will require the students to spend time in tutorials after school.
         During the second semester, weekly study sessions to review material for the AP Chemistry test will
be held. The times of these sessions will be determined by the students interested in taking the AP
Chemistry exam at the end of the year.

The nature of Chemistry requires the student to know certain basic facts that MUST be committed to
memory. The course also requires the student be able to solve problems WITH and WITHOUT a

Materials Needed: The following are the materials needed for this class.
  1.     Scientific Calculator (a graphing calculator is fine!)
  2.     Black or blue pens and #2 pencils with erasers.
  3.     Willingness to ask questions and participate in class.
  4.     Alert and active human brain.

SEQUENCE: The topics in italics indicate independent study packet.
1st nine weeks        Review of Chemistry-I, Laboratory Investigations, Nuclear Chemistry
2nd nine weeks        Solution Chemistry and Redox reactions, Kinetics, Gas Laws
3rd nine weeks        Equilibrium, Chemical Equations
4th nine weeks        Acid-Base Chemistry, Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry, Electron
                      Configuration and Periodicity
A typical nine weeks grading period would have:
      Tests 80%,
Tests: Tests will consist of two parts: Part one multiple choice without calculator and Part 2 free response
which can be with or without calculator.
      Labs, quizzes, independent study packets 20%
Within a grading period there will be generally no more than three major tests. There will be daily short
quizzes. Quizzes will be averaged per week and recorded as one grade. All of the tests will be in AP format
and will be graded according to AP standards. The grading procedures for this format will be explained
before the students take the exam.

Course Expectations:

   1. ALL students are expected to actively take notes during teacher presentation. Although a textbook
      will be given to students, some material will not be found in the book. It is important to pay attention
      in class and ask questions when you do not understand. The lecture notes are NOT A
      SUBSTITUTE FOR YOUR NOTES. They are an aid to help you, not the be all and end all.


   3. All tests are closed book and notes. As Chemistry is a course that builds upon itself, tests are
      cumulative. The only notes are your “AP sheets” for the free response sections of the AP test.

   4. Students are expected to take notes, be attentive, and contribute to the class. Students that honestly
      try and cooperate will always be given consideration when borderline grades occur.

   5. Labs are very serious and each student is expected to follow the PISD Laboratory Safety policies.
      Failure to do so will result in the removal of the student from the lab area and alternative written
      work will be assigned for the remained of the semester for each laboratory investigation.

   6. Calculator use is a privilege, not a right. Using a calculator to cheat or damaging a calculator will
      result in loss of the calculator privilege.

   7. Students scoring below “70” on a Major Grade shall be allowed to redo the assignment/test. To
      qualify, the student must attend 2 tutorial sessions, turn in any missing assignments, and will be
      required to take the make-up outside of normal class time. The higher grade, with a maximum of
      “70”, shall be recorded. Retesting/redoing should be completed within five school days of the
      original assignment.

   8. Students will not be allowed in class if they are not in the door when the tardy bell rings.

   9.    It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make-up work. One extra day is given for make-up work
        for each day absent. If absent on an A day pick up makeup work on the following B day. If absent on
        a B day pick up makeup work on the following A day.

   10. If students are absent the day before a scheduled test, they are expected to take the test the same day
       they return. In the case of sports or planned absences, work should be completed before leaving
       when possible.

Science Department, Room B202                                       Tutorials:
Phone: (512) 594-1268                                                      Tuesdays 8:15a to 8:45a
E-mail:                                             Thursdays 4:15p to 4:45p
                                                                           Or by appointment
Points to Ponder:

         o   Are you here to get college credit?
         o   Are you here to see the material before you get to college and take the class again?
         o   Are you here to get the T-shirt?
         o   What are your priorities?

     Please do not be afraid to make mistakes! If you were not supposed to make mistake, the erasers
      would not be on the pencils!

   I get paid to answer your questions…PLEASE make me earn my pay.

   This is a college course and as such, IT IS HARD.

   You will be expected to do a great deal of higher level thinking, and yes it will hurt your head

   Please look at this course as a bridge between high school and college. You get college work and
      material…with all of the safety nets of high school.

     Do you have a STUDY GROUP? It is good to work UT homework together. The UT homework
      counts as extra credit because I expect you to have worked together. However, if you just copy
      someone else’s UT homework, you may get a good grade, but you will fail the quizzes and/or tests
      and the extra credit will do you no good.

     To get a FIVE on the AP Chemistry exam  you need 63% correct on the test!

     To get a THREE on the AP Chemistry exam  about 45% correct on the test!

     Unlike me, you have a life outside of school. If you have something going on that will interfere with
      your ability to turn in work to me…let me know, we will try to work something out.

     My expectation is that ALL of you to take the AP Chemistry EXAM at the end of the year.

   If it wasn’t for people like me, your parents would never know you are normal.

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