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Course Description: Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year, general chemistry, college level course. This course is intended for students who have taken Regents Chemistry as the concepts learned in Regents Chemistry will serve as the foundation of the concepts learned in AP Chemistry. Topics of study will include: structure of matter, states of matter, reaction types, descriptive chemistry and laboratory work.
Text: Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy. Chemistry, The Central Science. New Jersey: Prentice Hall. 2009. 11th ed.
- Tests/Quizzes 70%
- Labs 20%
- Homework 10%
- Scientific or Graphing Calculator
- Composition Notebook (Quad – Ruled)
- 3 – Ring Binder
- Review Book - TBA
- Study – It is expected that each student will spend a number of hours outside of the class reading and doing problems to help facilitate success.
- Books – Students must bring binders, lab notebooks, and text books to class every day.
- Lab Work – See below.
- Attendance/Absence – It is expected that students will make up missed work due to absence in a timely manner. Students will have one day to make up work for every day they were legally absent. For example, if a student is out for two days, that student will have two days to make up all missed work (tests, quizzes, homework, labs, class work)
- Behavior – Treat everyone with respect and how you would like to be treated. Respect the personal property of other. No eating or drinking during lab activities. Bathroom and vending machine needs should be taken care of before you get to class. Do not use personal electronic devices during class.
- Extra Help – I am available most days after school until at least 3:30. Students should seek extra help as soon as difficulty arises. Do not wait until the day before a test/quiz.
AP Chemistry is recognized as one of the more difficult subjects in the AP curriculum. This course is a college level course and will reflect that of a 1st year college chemistry course for science majors. However with consistent effort and a positive attitude, AP Chemistry can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Laboratory Expectations and Guidelines
The AP Chemistry Exam includes some questions based on experiences and skills students acquire in the laboratory: making observations of chemical reactions and substances; recording data; calculating and interpreting results based on the quantitative data obtained; and communicating effectively the results of experimental work. In order to prepare for this material a variety of laboratory investigations will be conducted; the results of which will be recorded in a lab notebook.
The laboratory notebook should be neat and organized. It should also be written in a scientific manner, meaning that the writing is objective and uses the past tense. All entries into notebook are to be hand written (no cutting and pasting of computer print outs). Keep a running table of contents with page numbers on the very first page of your notebook.
- Title/Partner Name/Date *
- Purpose *
- List of Materials *
- Safety Considerations *
- Procedure *
- Data Table(s) *
- Results and Discussion
- Answers to Questions
*items that must be prepared before lab is to be performed
NOTE: Some colleges will require an AP Chemistry student’s lab notebook before giving credit for a general chemistry lab. It is vital that this notebook be kept neat and organized, and explicitly follows the outline described above.