Grade: 11 or 12 Prerequisite: None Credit Value: 5
Length of Course: Academic Year
Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is designed as the equivalent of a first year college
chemistry course. The fundamental principles of solving chemical problems are addressed
through laboratory experiences. Students may complete a summer assignment and are
encouraged to take the AP Chemistry examination in May. Benchmark assessments are
employed to track individual student progress.
This course will consist of the following units of study:
Atomic Theory and Structure
Ideal Gas Laws
Solids, Liquids, and Solutions
Acids and Bases
Redox Reactions (Reduction/Oxidation)
The Great Copper Experiment
The student will demonstrate the ability to answer in detail the following essential questions:
How are mathematical models derived from experimental data?
What factors determine molecular polarity?
How does the Kinetic Molecular theory predict the behavior of gases?
How do pressure and temperature affect solubility?
What factors affect the rate of a chemical reaction?
How can the effect of a disturbance to the equilibrium of a system be predicted?
What is the relationship between pH and the concentrations of the hydronium and
What is the relationship among entropy, enthalpy, and Gibbs free energy in predicting the
spontaneity of a reaction?
Why is electron transfer fundamental to chemical reactions?
How can an element be transformed into various compounds with different properties and
reclaimed as in its original form?
What are the post-graduation and/or career options that apply to the course content?
A final average of 65% or better is required to be awarded course credit. Throughout the length
of this course, students may be evaluated on the basis of, but not limited to:
Formative Assessments, such as writing prompts, journals, and portfolios
Summative Assessments, such as quizzes, tests, and final examinations
Performance Assessments, such as projects and presentations
Technology-based Applications, such as electronic portfolios, Web Quests, ThinkQuest,
Course Grading Policy
Final course grades will be determined using board policy
Marking Period Grades will be determined using the following guidelines
60% Based on Marking Period Tests
20% Based on Laboratory Experimentation and Lab Report Writing
20% Based on Quizzes, Other Assessments and Homework