• AP Chemistry

    Course Requirements

    Grade: 11 or 12 Prerequisite: None Credit Value: 5

    Length of Course: Academic Year

    Course Description

    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.

    Course Content

    This course will consist of the following units of study:

     Stoichiometry

     Atomic Theory and Structure

     Ideal Gas Laws

     Solids, Liquids, and Solutions

     Chemical Kinetics

     Chemical Equilibrium

     Acids and Bases

     Thermodynamics

     Redox Reactions (Reduction/Oxidation)

     The Great Copper Experiment

    Course Objectives

    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

    hydroxide ions?

     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?

    Evaluation Process

    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,

    and podcasting

     Class Participation

     Homework

     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