AP Chemistry Syllabus 2010-2011

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					                           AP CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS 2010-2011
                                       Mrs. Louie—Room NE 241
                          Tutorials: Mondays and Thursdays 2:30 PM—3:15 PM
                                Webpage: Http://

AP chemistry is a second year course designed to provide students with a solid first-year college chemistry
experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory. At the end of this course, students should be able to
earn college credit by examination and enter college well prepared.

Concepts covered in first year chemistry will be reviewed and extended upon to include more complex
concepts such as equilibrium, kinetics, thermodynamics, REDOX, electrochemistry, buffers, etc.
Laboratory experiences may require additional time outside of class to complete. Saturday review sessions
are mandatory in the spring semester.

Visit the teacher’s webpage for information about the format of the AP chemistry exam in May. All
summative assessments and class work given will be similar in style and content as the AP exam.

Students will need to keep notes of class discussion and practice. Organization of class papers will be up to
the individual student. A bound lab notebook (graph composition book) will be required. Assigned
textbooks may be kept at home. A graphing calculator will be provided for in-class use only. Personal
graphing/programmable calculators are not permitted during testing situations. Students should check the
teacher’s webpage regularly for announcements and assignment updates.

1. Each nine weeks grades can be calculated by the following:
          Summative: 60% (assessments will be similar to the style and content of the
                       college board advanced placement chemistry examinations)
          Formative: 40% (formal lab reports, quizzes, class work, homework, and reading notes)
2. Each semester grade is calculated by:
          0.8 (average of nine week’s grades) + 0.2 (final exam)
4. Points may be deducted from student papers for the following reasons:
     a. incomplete, incorrect, or illegible responses
     b. incorrect use of significant figures
     c. incorrect spelling or grammar
     d. not following prescribed format
     e. failure to show logical progression of work
     f. failure to follow safe laboratory procedures as prescribed in the laboratory safety contract
5. All assignments (including tests) must be completed on time. LATE WORK WILL NOT BE
ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT! Students who are absent the day an assignment is due are expected to hand
in the assignment upon their return to class.
6. An absence prior to a test or quiz will excuse the student from the test or quiz only if they missed new
instruction (not review).
7. A student absent on the day of the test is expected to make up the test during class upon their return.
1.    Refer to the student handbook.
2.    Students are TARDY if they are not in the room at the last sound of the bell.
3.    Students shall keep an accurate record of their grades to monitor their average.
4.    The student will receive a consolidated printed progress report for all seven classes as close as possible
      to the three week and six week mark of a grading period. Parents of failing students should contact the
      teacher as soon as possible.
5.    The teacher will announce all major tests at least two class days in advance.
6.    Students should attempt to resolve any misunderstandings concerning grades with the teacher during
7.    Tutorials will be available to all students on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM.
8.    Fairness and courtesy are essential for productive student-teacher-parent interactions.

1.    NOTIFY THE TEACHER IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT (including any spills or breakages)!!!
2.    Notify the teacher of any allergies to latex, copper, etc. When in doubt, ask!
3.    Follow ALL instructions given by the teacher.
4.    Read and understand all lab procedures before working in the lab.
5.    Safety goggles will be worn when burners, glassware, or caustic chemicals are in use in the lab.
6.    Long hair must be tied back.
7.    Closed -toe shoes MUST BE WORN in the lab at all times.
8.    Long sleeves must be rolled up when using burners or chemicals.
9.    Eating and drinking are prohibited during lab (including chewing gum.)
10.   DO NOT sit on the lab tables or student desks.
11.   Handle hot glassware with appropriate tongs or gloves.
12.   Never pick up reagent bottles by the lid.
13.   Pour acids slowly into water with constant stirring.
14.   Be sure that all clamps are secure before beginning an experiment.
15.   Flush any chemical spills on the skin with plenty of water and notify the teacher.
16.   In the event of any chemical contact with the eyes, use the eyewash and notify the teacher.
17.   Use the automatic shower in the event of large quantities of caustic chemicals splashed on the body. If
      fire is involved, follow the steps as described in class.
18.   Never taste chemicals or directly inhale the fumes of chemicals.
19.   Never return unused chemicals to the original reagent bottles.
20.   Dispose of chemicals appropriately as instructed by the teacher.
21.   Carry only the quantity of equipment that can be safely handled.
22.   Never perform unauthorized experiments.
23.   Disruptive conduct will not be tolerated and will result in the expulsion from lab and all materials
      turned in immediately for evaluation. Proper lab procedure is worth 50% of each lab grade.
24.   Failure to comply with any of the above safety rules will be dealt with in the same fashion as
      disruptive conduct.
25.   Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for information about chemicals used in the lab.
                               AP CHEMISTRY SYLLABUS 2010—2011

                                       Mrs. Louie—Room NE 241

PLEASE NOTE: Due to large classes, safety is extremely important for laboratory work. Please review
and follow all safety rules listed in the syllabus. This document must be signed and returned before the
student is allowed to participate in laboratory activities.


We the undersigned have read, understood, and agree to abide by the guidelines described in this document.

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Student Signature: ____________________________________________________ Date: _____________

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