AP Chemistry Syllabus


Walla Walla Public Schools

Walla Walla High School

AP Chemistry 1A-2A Course Syllabus

 

 

 

Teacher Name

Room

School Year

Mr. Carlsen

S-6

2009-2010

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES

AP Chemistry 1A-2A (SCI591) is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college general chemistry course and follows the College Board’s AP Chemistry Topic Outline. As such, the course is suitable only for high school students who exhibit high levels of commitment, motivation and academic maturity. This course presents a rigorous treatment of the following concepts: the nature of matter, gas laws, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, bonding, chemical kinetics, chemical equilibria, and more. This course requires the successful completion of CP Chemistry 1-2 (SCI568 or SCI587) and Algebra 3-4 (MAT455 or MAT485). Any exceptions must receive prior approval from the teacher. Students are expected to be motivated and spend extra time studying outside of class. The problem-solving strategies obtained during this course will prepare college-bound students for careers in the sciences, medicine, engineering, and other technical areas. It is suggested that you have met standard on the science WASL prior to enrolling in this class.

BASIC INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

·         Text: Zumdahl, Steven, and Susan Zumdahl. Chemistry. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. 2000. 5th ed.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

·         AP Chemistry Free Response Questions: Selection of AP Chemistry Free Response Questions from 1961-2009 made available for classroom instruction by the College Board

·         Kits: Molecular Modeling Kits

·         Laboratory Equipment and Chemicals: supplies necessary for laboratories provided by teacher.

·         Laboratory Text: Vonderbrink, Sally. Laboratory Experiments for Advanced Placement Chemistry. Batavia, IL: Flinn Scientific, 2006. 2nd. Ed.

·         Magazine: ChemMatters. Washington: American Chemical Society. 1983-2009.

·         Videos: Chemistry Videos currently approved by the School District and those from Wa-Hi Media Center

SUPPLIES REQUIRED BY STUDENTS

·         Calculator: scientific or graphing. Basic calculators are not acceptable. Calculators on cell phones, PDAs and other electronic devices are not acceptable. Students must have calculators with them on a daily basis.

·         Composition Notebook: lined or quadrille acceptable. Loose leaf not acceptable for laboratory use. Required daily.

·         3 Ring Binder: Required daily.

·         Writing Utensils: pen or pencil acceptable. Pencil preferred. Required daily.

·         Glue Sticks: required daily.

·         Sticky Notes: required daily.

·         Highlighters: required daily.

·         Whilst not an absolute requirement, it is very strongly recommended that students invest in one of the AP Chemistry course preparation books currently on the market. There are several available and each student should examine the titles and select one based upon personal preference. It is not a good idea to wait until two weeks before the examination to purchase the book. Buy it at the beginning of the course and use it regularly throughout the year. I have a copy of five examples available, so that you can make an educated decision before purchasing. Examples of such books include, but are not limited to:

o        Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2009 Edition by Princeton Review (Author: Paul Foglino)

Publisher: Princeton Review; ISBN: 0375428860; (January 2009)

o        Barron's How to Prepare for the AP Chemistry Examination by Neil D. Jespersen

Publisher: Barron’s Educational Series; ISBN: 0764136852; 4th Edition (September 2007)

o        Cliffs AP Chemistry (Cliffs Advanced Placement) by Gary S. Thorpe

Publisher: Cliffs Notes; ISBN: 047013500X; 4th Edition (December 2007)

o        5 Steps to a 5: AP Chemistry, 2008-2009 Edition by John Moore and Richard Langley

Publisher: McGraw-Hill; ISBN: 0071488553; 2nd Edition (December 2007)

o        Kaplan’s AP Chemistry, 2009 Edition by David Wilson

Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; ISBN: 1419552406 (January 2009)

 THE ADVANCED PLACEMENT TOPIC OUTLINE FOR 2009-2010

The following list describes the topic outline provided by the College Board in the AP Chemistry course description (AKA The Acorn Book). The outline is designed to be a guide to the breadth and depth of an AP Chemistry course and is not to be viewed as the absolute syllabus. This syllabus is published at the start of the course and should be viewed as provisional and as such is subject to alteration from time to time. Students will always be given sufficient notice of any changes. For changes to the course syllabus, see my web page at http://resources.wwps.org/wwhs/tcarlsen/

This outline describes the five major areas listed below plus a list of types of chemical calculations one might to encounter in an AP Chemistry course.

I. Structure of Matter

II. States of Matter

III. Reaction Types

IV. Descriptive Chemistry

V. Laboratory Work

Chemical Calculations

I.    Structure of Matter (20% of multiple-choice questions)

A.   Atomic theory and atomic structure

1.         Evidence for the atomic theory

2.         Atomic masses; determination by chemical and physical means

3.         Atomic number and mass number; isotopes

4.         Electron energy levels: atomic spectra, quantum numbers, atomic orbitals

5.        Periodic relationships including, for example, atomic radii, ionization energies, electron affinities, oxidation states

B.   Chemical bonding

1.         Binding forces

a.   Types: ionic, covalent, metallic, hydrogen bonding, van der Waals (including London dispersion forces)

b.   Relationships to states, structure, and properties of matter

c.   Polarity of bonds, electronegativities

2.         Molecular models

a.   Lewis structures

b.   Valence bond: hybridization of orbitals, resonance, sigma and pi bonds

c.   VSEPR

3.        Geometry of molecules and ions, structural isomerism of simple organic molecules and coordination complexes, dipole moments of molecules,

             relation of properties to structure

C.   Nuclear chemistry: nuclear equations, half-lives, and radioactivity; chemical applications

II.         States of Matter (20% of multiple-choice questions)

A.   Gases

1.         Laws of ideal gases

a.   Equation of state for an ideal gas

b.   Partial pressures

2.         Kinetic-molecular theory

a.   Interpretation of ideal gas laws on the basis of this theory

b.   Avogadro's hypothesis and the mole concept

c.    Dependence of kinetic energy of molecules on temperature

d.   Deviations from ideal gas laws

B.   Liquids and solids

1.         Liquids and solids form the kinetic-molecular viewpoint

2.         Phase diagrams of one-component systems

3.         Changes of state, including critical points and triple points

4.         Structure of solids; lattice energies

C.   Solutions

1.         Types of solutions and factors affecting solubility

2.         Methods of expressing concentration (The use of normalities is not tested.)

3.         Raoult's law and colligative properties (non-volatile solutes); osmosis

4.         Non-ideal behavior (qualitative aspects)

III.       Reactions (35-40% of multiple-choice questions)

A.   Reaction types

1.        Acid-base reactions; concepts of Arrhenius, Brönsted-Lowry, and Lewis; coordination complexes; amphoterism

2.         Precipitation reactions

3.         Oxidation-reduction reactions

a.   Oxidation number

b.   The role of the electron in oxidation-reduction

c.    Electrochemistry: electrolytic and galvanic cells; Faraday's laws; standard half-cell potentials; Nernst equation; prediction of the direction of redox reactions

B.   Stoichiometry

1.         Ionic and molecular species present in chemical systems: net ionic equations

2.         Balancing of equations including those for redox reactions

3.        Mass and volume relations with emphasis on the mole concept, including empirical formulas and limiting reactants

C.   Equilibrium

1.         Concept of dynamic equilibrium, physical and chemical; Le Chatelier's principle; equilibrium constants

2.         Quantitative treatment

a.   Equilibrium constants for gaseous reactions: Kp, Kc

b.   Equilibrium constants for reactions in solution

(1)        Constants for acids and bases; pK; pH

(2)        Solubility product constants and their application to precipitation and the dissolution of slightly soluble compounds

(3)        Common ion effect; buffers; hydrolysis

D.   Kinetics

1.         Concept of rate of reaction

2.         Use of differential rate laws to determine order of reaction and rate constant from experimental data

3.         Effect of temperature change on rates

4.         Energy of activation; the role of catalysts

5.         The relationship between the rate-determining step and a mechanism

E.   Thermodynamics

1.         State functions

2.        First law: change in enthalpy; heat of formation; heat of reaction; Hess's law; heats of vaporization and fusion; calorimetry

3.        Second law: entropy; free energy of formation; free energy of reaction; dependence of change in free energy on enthalpy and entropy changes

4.         Relationship of change in free energy to equilibrium constants and electrode potentials

IV.        Descriptive Chemistry (10-15% of multiple-choice questions)

Knowledge of specific facts of chemistry is essential for an understanding of principles and concepts. These descriptive facts, including the chemistry involved in environmental and societal issues, should not be isolated from the principles being studied but should be taught throughout the course to illustrate and illuminate the principles. The following areas should be covered:

1.        Chemical reactivity and products of chemical reactions

2.        Relationships in the periodic table: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal with examples from alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, halogens, and the first

             series of transition elements

3.        Introduction to organic chemistry: hydrocarbons and functional groups (structure, nomenclature, chemical properties).

V.         Laboratory Work (5-10% of multiple-choice questions)

The differences between college chemistry and the usual secondary school chemistry course are especially evident in the laboratory work. The AP Chemistry Examination includes some questions based on experiences and skills students acquire in the laboratory:

Colleges have reported that some AP candidates, while doing well on the examination, have been at a serious disadvantage because of inadequate laboratory experience. Meaningful laboratory work is important in fulfilling the requirements of a college-level course of a laboratory science and in preparing a student for sophomore-level chemistry courses in college. Because chemistry professors at some institutions ask to see a record of the laboratory work done by an AP student before making a decision about granting credit, placement, or both, in the chemistry program, students should keep reports of their laboratory work that can be readily reviewed.

Chemical Calculations in Sections I–V above

The following list summarizes types of problems either explicitly or implicitly included in the topic outline. Attention should be given to significant figures, precision of measured values, and the use of logarithmic and exponential relationships. Critical analysis of the reasonableness of results is to be encouraged.

1. Percentage composition

2. Empirical and molecular formulas from experimental data

3. Molar masses from gas density, freezing point, and boiling point measurements

4. Gas laws, including the ideal gas law, Dalton's law, and Graham's law

5. Stoichiometric relations using the concept of the mole; titration calculations

6. Mole fractions; molar and molal solutions

7. Faraday's law of electrolysis

8. Equilibrium constants and their applications, including their use for simultaneous equilibria

9. Standard electrode potentials and their use; Nernst equation

10. Thermodynamic and thermochemical calculations

11. Kinetics calculations

AP EXAMINATION FORMAT

The AP Chemistry examination format

The AP Chemistry exam is divided into two sections.

Section I: (90 minutes in length, 50% of the total grade, no calculators allowed)

75 Multiple choice questions. Select the best answer from a choice of 5 (A-E).

The questions cover the whole course and are scored 1 point for a correct answer, 0 points for a blank answer and -0.25 points for a wrong answer.

The College Board quote with reference to this part of the exam;

“…the test (Section I) must be so comprehensive that no student should be expected to make a perfect or near perfect score"

Section II: (95 minutes in length, 50% of the total grade)

PART A: (55 minutes of the 95, calculators allowed)

Question 1: The Equilibrium Question (Compulsory, 20% of the 50%)

Since the introduction of a new examination format in 1998, question 1 has asked about some aspect of equilibrium and associated questions.

Questions 2 and 3: The Calculation Questions (Compulsory, 20% each of the 50%)

In question 2 and 3 expect CALCULATIONS to be involved. A question based upon laboratory procedure could be asked here (calculation based), or in Part B (non-calculation based).

PART B: (40 minutes of the 90, NO calculators allowed)

Question 4: The Net Ionic Equation Question (Compulsory, 10% of the 50%)

Since the introduction of a new examination format in 1998, question 4 had asked candidates to convert five out of a choice of eight word equations into symbol equations. Equations were written as answers and did not need to be balanced. Only extensively ionized species were shown as ions and spectator species were omitted. In 2007, there was a change to this question. Now candidates are asked to write three, balanced, net ionic equations AND to answer a short question that follows each equation.

Questions 5 and 6: The “Essay” Questions” (Compulsory, 15% each out of the 50%)

Since the introduction of a new examination format in 1998, question 5 has asked about a laboratory situation or experiment. Laboratory questions WILL still be asked, but they may be the subject of question 2 or 3 and have a calculation component. Question 5 and 6 are not “essays”, but this term is often used to distinguish them from calculation-based questions.

Chapter Covered from Chemistry (Zumdahl, 5th Ed., 2000)

Sections Covered

Duration

1. Chemical Foundations

1.3-1.9

1 week

2. Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

2.2-2.8

1 week

3. Stoichiometry

3.1-3.9

2 weeks

4. Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry

4.2-4.10

2 weeks

5. Gases

5.1-5.8

2 weeks

6. Thermochemistry

6.1-6.4

2 weeks

7. Atomic Structure and Periodicity

7.1-7.9,7.11-7.13

2-3 weeks

8. Bonding: General Concepts

8.1-8.13

2-3 weeks

9. Covalent Bonding: Orbitals

9.1-9.2

1 week

10. Liquids and Solids

10.1-10.2,10.8-10.9

1 week

Comprehensive Semester 1 Final Exam

 

 

11. Properties of Solutions

11.1,11.3-11.7

1-2 weeks

12. Chemical Kinetics

12.1-12.4, 12.6-12.8

2-3 weeks

13. Chemical Equilibrium

13.1-13.7

2-3 weeks

14. Acids and Bases

14.1-14.9, 14.11

2-3 weeks

15. Applications of Aqueous Equilibria

15.1-15.6,15.8

1-2 weeks

16. Spontaneity, Entropy, and Free Energy

16.1-16.6, 16.8

2-3 weeks

17. Electrochemistry

17.1-17.4, 17.7-17.8

1-2 weeks

21. The Nucleus: A Chemist's View

21.1-21.2

1 week

22. Organic Chemistry

22.1-22.3, 22.5

1-2 weeks

Comprehensive Semester 2 Final Exam

 

 

GRADING POLICY

Semester Grading Scheme

70%

Tests, Quizzes & other Performance Based Assessments, Finals

15%

Labs, Hands-On Activities, Group & Individual Projects, Classroom Demos

10%

Homework and other In-Class Work

5%

Evaluation of participation and effort given in class

100%

Total

·         Students with unexcused absences can not make up any graded assignment or participation that took place during the period of unexcused absence. (Wa-Hi Student Handbook, page 11)

Grade Distribution

93.0-100.0%

A

77.0-79.9%

C+

A grade of “I” will not be issued to students who simply have missing

90.0-92.9%

A-

73.0-76.9%

C

assignments. A grade of “I” will only be issued under the following

87.0-89.9%

B+

70.0-72.9%

C-

the following circumstances:

83.0-86.9%

B

67.0-69.9%

D+

· A major medical condition arises which prohibits the student from

80.0-82.9%

B-

60.0-66.9%

D

completing significant work during the grading period

 

 

<60.0%

F

· A student has an unanticipated, yet excused, absence from the

 

 

 

 

semester final exam

 

 

 

 

· Special situations as approved by the principal

CLASS ASSESSMENTS

·         Students will receive assessments in the form of quizzes, tests, projects, lab write-ups, etc.

·         Unit tests are usually given after the completion of a chapter in the textbook, but the tests may include information from more than one chapter. These tests will model AP testing conditions. Half of your test will be multiple choice questions similar in difficulty to those questions that would be found on the AP Test. The other half of your test will resemble the free-response questions. At least one question on the free response section will be calculator-based.  At least one question on the free response question will resemble the “essay” questions.

·         Grading on tests will resemble the grading that is assigned to the AP Chemistry test. In other words, there are 0.25 point deductions for wrong answers on the multiple choice questions, and there will be a “curve” reflecting the difficulty of the test.  You do not need to get 93% to get an “A” on a test. Details of scoring will be given after each test.

·         In addition to the above described assessments, a comprehensive final exam will be administered at the close of each semester.

·         While not required, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED that each student commit his/her self to taking the AP examination in May 2010.

LABS

·         Labs provide students with hands-on learning that promote scientific inquiry and can be very enjoyable. The scientific community is dependent on collaboration between peers. To this end, you will be working with a lab partner as you gather data in the laboratory. You will also find it very useful to work together after the lab has been completed.

·         You will need to keep a bound copy of your lab work as the year proceeds. You should also keep a portfolio of lab reports. Many colleges will require a copy of you lab work to assure that you indeed had an appropriate college chemistry lab experience. You may not be granted college credit without it.

·         I will not tolerate any inappropriate behavior in the lab.

·         Behavior that endangers the safety of others will not be tolerated.

·         Intentional damage to equipment will require replacement at your own cost.

·         Lab safety will be reviewed at the beginning of the year.  Students will be required to sign a safety contract that must also be endorsed by their guardians.

·         Serious violations or repeat offenses in the lab may result in a zero for all labs for the remainder of the quarter or semester as I deem appropriate.

·         Most labs can be made up upon return. Some labs, however, cannot be made up if you are absent. If this is the case, you will receive an alternate assignment that you must do in order to receive an excused grade for a lab.

The AP Chemistry curriculum is very lab intensive, and the College Board is intent on making the AP Chemistry class equivalent to a first-year college chemistry course. To that end the following guidelines have been set forth. The following is quoted directly from the AP Chemistry Course Description:

“Developing the requisite intellectual and laboratory skills required of an AP Chemistry student demands that adequate classroom and laboratory time be scheduled. Surveys of students taking the AP Chemistry Exam indicate that performance improved as both total instructional time and time devoted to laboratory work increased.

At least six class periods or the equivalent per week should be scheduled for an AP Chemistry course. Of the total allocated time, a minimum of one double period per week or the equivalent, preferably in a single session, should be spent engaged in laboratory work. Time devoted to class and laboratory demonstrations should not be counted as part of the laboratory period. (p. 6, 2009-2010 course description)

Flexible or modular scheduling must be implemented in order to meet the time requirements identified in the course outline. Some schools are able to assign daily double periods so that laboratory and quantitative problem-solving skills may be fully developed. At the very least, a weekly extended laboratory period is needed. It is not possible to complete high-quality AP laboratory work within standard 45- to 50-minute periods.” (p. 31, 2009-2010 course description)

The College Board has provided a list of 22 recommended experiments to be performed during the course of a year. We will touch on all of the following aspects throughout the year.

We will be using an excellent lab manual entitled, Laboratory Experiments for Advanced Placement Chemistry, 2nd. Edition by Sally Vonderbrink. It provides excellent coverage of all of the recommended labs by the College Board. After the completion of the labs on this list, there will hopefully be time at the end of the year for you to perform experiments of your choosing. This will of course, be subject to teacher approval and with consideration for available supplies and equipment.

Experiments to Be Performed Over the Course of the Year

Minimum Time Required (Minutes)

1. Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide

100

2. Analysis of Silver in an Alloy

80

3. Gravimetric Analysis of a Metal Carbonate

50

4. Analysis of, AlK(SO4)2•12H2O Alum

100

5. Finding the Ratio of Moles of Reactants in a Chemical Reaction

50

6. Thermodynamics: Enthalpy of Reaction and Hess's Law

50

7. An Activity Series

100

8. Determining the Molar Volume of a Gas

50

9. Determination of the Molar Mass of Volatile Liquids

45

10. Liquid Chromatography

45

11. Molar Mass by Freezing Point Depression

90

12. Kinetics of a Reaction

100

13. The Determination of Keq for FeSCN2+

100

14. Determination of Ka of Weak Acids

50

15. Acid-Base Titrations

90

16. Selecting Indicators for Acid-Base Titrations

100

17. Preparation and Properties of Buffer Solutions

100

18. Determination of the Solubility Product of an Ionic Compound

45

19. Separation and Qualitative Determination of Cations and Anions

200

20. Oxidation-Reduction Titrations

90

21. Analysis of Commercial Bleach

50

22. Electrochemical Cells

90

23. Electrolysis

100

24. Preparation and Analysis of Tetraamminecopper(II) Sulfate Monohydrate

75

25. Synthesis, Isolation, and Purification of an Ester

90

26. Predicting the Products of Chemical Reactions and Writing Chemical Equations

100

HOMEWORK POLICY

·         Homework is a constructive tool in the learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Purposeful assignments not only enhance student achievement but also develop self-discipline and associated good working habits. Homework provided will be planned and organized; will be purposeful to the students; and will be evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner. Successful homework completion and study will enable students to master chemical principles and to develop powerful problem-solving skills.

·         Homework may be assigned for one or more of the following purposes:

o        Practice -- to help students to master specific skills which have been presented in class;

o        Preparation -- to help students gain the maximum benefits from future lessons;

o        Extension -- to provide students with opportunities to transfer specific skills or concepts to new situations; and

o        Creativity -- to require students to integrate many skills and concepts in order to produce original responses.

·         It is assumed that students will spend at least five hours a week in unsupervised individual study.

·         You should keep a portfolio of all returned assignments until after the semester grade is issued. This is your evidence to refute any errors that may arise in evaluating your grade for the class. Please contact me as soon as possible if you suspect errors in your grade.

BLUEPRINT AND THE CULMINATING PROJECT

·         All students currently attending Wa-Hi will have to complete a culminating project as a graduation requirement. You will need to over the course of your career at this school collect evidence of the learning and skills that you have acquired while at high school. This class will provide ample opportunity to for such evidence. All laboratory investigations in which you put forth your best effort qualify as possible candidates for your portfolio. Group projects and individual reports are also possibilities for your portfolio. If you have any questions pertaining to the inclusion of work from this class in your portfolio, please do not hesitate to ask.

LATE WORK POLICY

·         Late work will receive a 20% reduction for each school day the assignment is late after the accepted due date.

·         I will not accept any late work unless you write LATE on the top and include the date you handed the assignment in.

·         Late work will not be accepted after the completion of a unit. This means no late work accepted after the administration of a unit test.

MAKE UP POLICY

Illness/Unforeseen Event

·         If you are absent due to illness or some other unforeseen event, you will receive one day to make up missing assignments (homework, tests, quizzes, labs) for each day you have missed. (i.e. if you are sick for two days, you have two school days to make up missing assignments until you are caught up.)

·         Any additional days past those given to make up assignments, will be treated the same as late work (see Late Work Policy above).

·         If you are sick for more than one day, you should call the school and get a homework request from all of your teachers.

·         You must talk with me the day of your return in order to receive your missing assignments.

Other Absences

·         Vacations, Sporting Events, Field Trips and other Absences that require a pre-trip authorization, are not included as absences subject to the Make Up Policy. All missing assignments work must be submitted the day upon return, or it will be subject to the Late Work Policy.

·         Tests or Quizzes missed while absent must be made up on the day of your return.

·         Keep in mind that 12 or more unexcused absences in a class during a semester will result in a grade of NC (no credit).

·         If you miss an assignment that is based upon classroom participation, you may not be able to make this up. If this is the case, please talk to me about it.


RETAKE POLICY

·         Students may retake tests or quizzes once.  You will receive an alternate assessment that tests the same concepts.  Questions may or may not be used from the original test.

·         Retakes are subject to a 10% deduction off the corrected score.  It is therefore assumed that the maximum score on a retake is 90%.  It is usually not beneficial to retake quizzes or tests that you have received a score of 80% or better on.  (i.e. You get an 80% score on your original test.  You decide to retake the test and receive a score of 90% on the retake.  After a 10% deduction, your score will be 81%.  Your overall grade on the test improves by 1%.  This is usually not enough to make any difference on your grade.)

TARDIES

·         Tardiness is an undesirable behavior in all academic settings. Students are expected to be in their seats before the bell rings and ready to learn.

·         Consequences of being tardy may be the forfeiture of taking a quiz or receiving other assignments given at the beginning of class.

·         Those individuals exhibiting habitual tardiness (more than 3 times in a quarter) will be assigned detention and receive a deduction in their participation grade.

HALL PASSES

·         Hall Passes may be used to get a drink of water or to go use the restroom. It is recommended that you only use them in dire emergencies. There will be a check in and check out procedure each and every time you need to leave class

·         You are permitted three passes per quarter. Once your three passes are used, any additional hall passes require a deduction in your participation grade.

PARTICIPATION POINTS

·         You start off each semester with 100 participation points (20 participation points is equal to 1% of your overall grade).

·         Every time you have an unexcused absence, I will subtract 10 points from your overall participation grade.

·         Every time you have an unexcused tardy, I will subtract 5 points from your overall participation grade.

·         Every time you use a hall pass after the first 3 will cost you 3 points from your overall participation grade.

·         If you disrupt the learning environment in the classroom, you will first be given a warning. Each additional disruption will result in a 2 point deduction on your participation grade.

·         Every day you come unprepared will cost you 1 point from your overall participation grade.

EXTRA CREDIT

·         Extra Credit may be assigned to raise your grade.  You will not be able to take advantage of these opportunities if you are missing any assignments.

·         Only those students that are not missing any assignments will be allowed to gain extra credit.  It is therefore important that you turn in all of your assignments if you wish to take advantage of this opportunity.

TECHNOLOGY

·         Cell phones may not be used in any way during the class period. If it is out or rings during my class, I will give your cell phone to Mr. Jameson for safe keeping until your parents/guardians talk to me or him about getting it back.

·         Use of school computers and laptops is subject to school policy.

·         Calculators are scientific/mathematic tools that can be very useful in the school setting. Games on calculators are, however, unacceptable. If I see games on your calculator in my class, I will clear the memory on your calculator. Repeat offenders will have their parents contacted.

·         Apart from your calculator, no use of any other electronic devices in class will be permitted. This includes, but is not limited to: Gameboys (Original, Pocket, Color, Advance, Micro), Nintendo DSs, PSPs, iPods, mp3 players or other digital music/video devices, cassette players, CD players, portable DVD players, 8–track devices, record players, laptops, etc. Headphones must be put away as well. Your calculator is the one device to which you are limited. Hearing aids and pacemakers are also acceptable.

FOOD/DRINK

·         No food or drink is allowed by students in class, except during class sponsored activities (food labs, parties, etc.)

·         Water bottles are acceptable in class, provided they have lids and are kept out of the way.

·         Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in the lab. This includes water bottles and gum as well.

WEBASSIGN

Completing homework assignments in a college level science class takes dedication and a sufficient amount of time. I would like to work with all students individually, but time will not permit such a luxury. Due to the large number of students enrolled in AP chemistry this year, I want to present you with an opportunity to get more feedback as you complete your textbook assignments. I have elected to use WebAssign this year as an online homework tool. It is an affordable alternative to costly tutors and is available at your convenience 24 hours a day/7 days a week. In essence, WebAssign delivers customized versions of the textbook problems from your AP Chemistry Book (Zumdahl, 5th Ed.). It allows you to focus on the solution to problems and not just on the answer to problems. This is a useful skill that will allow you to be successful in AP Chemistry and future science classes.

Benefits

·         Easy to use and available 24/7

·         Homework graded instantly and automatically

·         Instant feedback on performance

·         Ask the instructor a question with a single click

·         Request an extension with a single click

·         Password-protected access to your class scores

·         Student-centered support available live 6 days a week

·         Detailed online documentation

Cost

·         $10.50 for the entire school year (this is nearly 75% off of the normal cost for college students).

·         Pay by check or cash to the ASB office and bring me a receipt.

·         Online Homework Fee for AP Chemistry

GETTING HELP

·         I’m usually available a half hour before and a half hour after school every day.

·         I’m also available during 1st lunch by appointment.

·         I’m available almost every day during 7th period.

·         If you cannot find me during these times, drop a note or write a message on the white board.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Please try to contact me by any of the following means if you have any questions or unresolved issues:

e-mail:                         tcarlsen@wwps.org

phone (work)                527-3020 ext 4655

web page:                    http://resources.wwps.org/wwhs/tcarlsen/