"10 AP Chemistry Course Description"
AP Chem – Ross AP Chemistry Course Description (8848) I. Description A. Equivalent to a freshman college chemistry course i. Rigorous math ii. Strong laboratory component B. Prepares for the AP Chemistry Examination in May i. Fee is approximately $75 ii. Earn college credit for a minimum score* II. Work Expectations A. Complete work on time i. Labs will be due two school days after completion unless announced otherwise ii. Late work will receive the grade of ZERO (i.e. it is not accepted) B. School policy is followed regarding school absences i. Graded – make up will take place at the convenience of the instructor during the school day or might be replaced with another activity ii. Nongraded – get the information from another classmate immediately upon return because ALL information is fair game for testing C. There is usually a “buffer” day prior to regularly scheduled tests so an absence should not prevent you from taking assessments. D. Work should be neat and orderly i. Explanations in sentence form ii. Calculations CLEARLY shown (set-up, units, sigfigs, identify answer) Example: Determine the density of Aluminum in lb/in3 2.70 g x 1 kg x 1 lb x 1 mL x (2.54 cm)3 = 0.0975 lb/in3 1 mL 1000 g 0.4536 kg 1 cm3 (1 in)3 or 2.70 g 1 kg 1 lb 1 mL (2.54 cm)3 0.0975 lb 3 3 1 mL 1000 g 0.4536 kg 1 cm (1 in) in3 E. Come prepared daily (book, calculator, writing utensil, handouts, etc.) F. Arrive on time, be in assigned seat and ready to work when the bell rings G. Keep detailed notes i. Daily questions ii. Demonstrations iii. Examples H. Considerable independent work i. Study, complete assignments and read material prior to its discussion in class ii. http://www.webassign.com iii. http://uhs.ucfsd.org (moodle) I. Volunteer Chemistry Help i. Solidifies concepts ii. Serves as an excellent review for the AP exam iii. Two hours per semester required *Students should contact the individual institutions in which they are interested in attending to find out their most current policies regarding their acceptance or use of AP grades. III. The Four R’s A. Rules (including safety) B. Respect C. Responsibility D. Rights i. The teacher has the right and obligation to teach ii. Every student has the right to learn If there are violations of any of the four R’s, the consequences will be unpleasant, but logical. In general, if the students disrupt the teaching and learning process for any reason, the teacher has the right and obligation to eliminate the disruption. IV. Honor A. You are permitted to work with other students, often encouraged in doing so; however, the work must be your own wording and calculations. You and your lab partner will have the same data; however, everything else should be completed individually unless stated otherwise B. Cheating is using or giving “unauthorized help” and will not be tolerated. i. Putting your name on a group project in which you did not fulfill ii. Informing others about specific test questions (yes… this is cheating!) C. If honor is broken, disciplinary action will be taken and you will receive a zero for the assignment and a Saturday detention with loss of Honor Society V. Grades A. Viewable on SAM (Student Access Management) System B. Percentage = points earned / total points x 100 C. “Get out of Jail Free” card allows each student one “Excuse” for the school year i. Get one extra day to study for a test ii. Take a retest (grades will be averaged) iii. Get a one day extension on an assignment D. Multiple assessments (tests and quizzes ~ 70%, projects and lab reports ~ 20% homework ~ 10% of grade) E. Extra credit should not be expected VI. Hall Pass A. Anytime except the first and last five minutes of each class B. Sign out prior to leaving and upon return C. Take pass and five minutes maximum, please VII. Questions A. Avoiding certain questions are appreciated (some examples follow) i. Did I miss anything important when I was gone? ii. Can I turn this in late or by the end of the day? iii. Do I need to know this for the test? iv. Do you have an extra book? Pencil? Calculator? Handout? v. Are we doing anything today? Do we have to…? vi. Are we blowing anything up today? Can we blow something up today? vii. Can I have extra credit? viii. What are we doing after the AP exam? May, 10