AP Chemistry Course Guidelines

Basic Course Background

AP Chemistry is an advanced course in chemistry that is designed to be the equivalent of a freshman college level general chemistry course. The course is designed to provide the students with an in-depth understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and build strong computational skills. It is designed to foster proper lab techniques and safety. Labs provide students with opportunities to physically manipulate equipment, make observations and draw conclusions from experimental data. The presentation of basic themes, labs and mathematical formulation of principles encourage students to reason through chemical problems, formulate opinions and express their ideas. The course has a self-pace aspect with the teacher’s roll being a facilitator or coach. The class is designed to meet a basic college chemistry course’s requirements, with both a lecture and a lab component. All students are expected to take the College Board AP exam in May 2017.

Course Materials

This year, we will use the textbook, Chemistry: The Central Science for most of our course content and homework assignments.  This book will be provided in class. We will also make use of content driven flash-drives for some activities and homework. These will be provided in class.  If students transfer out of the course before the year is over, they are expected to return both, the text book and flash drive, in the same condition it was received. 

Students will be expected to bring the following materials:

  • A folder (for notes)
  • Scientific calculator 
  • Reference tables (These will be provided.)

Grading Policy

The grades for the course will be calculated as a weighted average of the tests, quizzes, homework and labs.  The weights for each are shown below.

  •  Tests (50%)                . 
  •  Quizzes (25%)          
  •  Homework (10%)    
  • Labs (15%)   Some labs will involve formal write-ups               

Please take note of the following:

  • Late homework will not be accepted without a valid excuse.
  • No makeups of tests or quizzes will be given without a valid excuse.
  •  Students are required to complete a satisfactory laboratory report after the laboratory exercise to receive credit. Generally, 1 week is given to complete this report.



If a student is absent a day (or days) before a test, and no new material has been covered appears on the test, that student is expected to take the test the day it is scheduled. .  If a student is absent on the day a test is given, that student should expect to take a makeup the day he/she returns to class. Makeups of exams or quizzes will only be provided with a written excuse from a parent or doctor.  When a pattern of absences from tests or quizzes is noted, no makeup will be provided unless the student returns to class with a doctor's note. When makeups are provided, the test or quiz will be different from the original given in class.


Homework will be generally due, the same day as the test or quiz covering the material in the homework.  If the student was absent the day the homework was assigned, the homework is due on the 1st day after the student returns to class.


We will participate in roughly 15-20 labs throughout the year. As there is a significant number of laboratory based questions on the AP exam, it is important that students are present for these activities.


No makeups will be provided for students that have cut classes.

Additional Course Expectations

In addition to coming to class with the basic materials for the course, it is expected that students will follow a basic protocol which demonstrates a level of studiousness and maturity necessary for mastery of the course. This basic protocol includes:

·         Being on time and in one’s seat by the time the bell rings.

·         Waiting to be acknowledged (raising one’s hand) before asking or answering questions during recitation.

·         Managing to keep unnecessary talking to a minimum during recitation.

·         Using the bathroom pass sparingly.

·         Speaking to other students and the instructor in a respectful manner.

·         Following all safety rules to the letter.

Basic Course Curriculum

The following is a basic outline of the course curriculum for the year.  I reserve the right to change the sequence and time periods at any time. 

1. Introduction: Matter and Measurement                         1 week

2. Atoms, Molecules, and Ions                                                    1 week

3. Stoichiometry                                                                                2 weeks

4. Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry          2 weeks

5. Thermochemistry                                                                     2 weeks

6. Electronic structure of atoms                                                2 weeks

7. Periodic properties of elements                                          2-3 weeks

8. Bonding: General Concepts                                                   2-3 weeks

9. Molecular geometry and bonding theories                     1 week

10. Gases                                                                                                   1 week

Comprehensive Semester 1 Exam

11. Intermolecular forces, Liquids and Solids                  1-2 weeks

13: Solutions                                                                                     1-2 weeks

14. Chemical Kinetics                                                                  2-3 weeks

15. Chemical Equilibrium                                                           2-3 weeks

16. Acids and Bases                                                                       2-3 weeks

17. Applications of Aqueous Equilibria                                1-2 weeks

19. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy                       2-3 weeks

20. Electrochemistry                                                                    1-2 weeks



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