New Fairfield High School                       Advanced Placement Chemistry                       Mrs. Jean Gephart      ...
Laboratory Materials: We do not use one single laboratory manual, but utilize a collection of labs from a variety of sourc...
4. Student presentations enhance student learning: Students are given the opportunity during each        unit to present d...
The following is true for Honors and Regular Chemistry Students, but does not apply to Accelerated Chemistrystudents (Acce...
 Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)      Determining Mass Percent of Magnesi...
Suggested Activity    Drawing Lewis Structures Unit 7: Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories………………………………2 double class ...
Unit 11: Chemical Equilibrium…………………………………………………………………….14 class periods Concept of equilibrium, the equilibrium constants...
for a Faraday and Avogadro’s number. UNIT EXAM FIVE: NEW MATERIAL AND 40% OLD MATERIAL (ENTIRE YEAR) Unit 15: Chemistry of...
Laboratory Work: The College Board requires the completion of 21 labs in chemistry to assure better understanding forthe A...
hold review sessions for the AP Exam during the month of April both during school, after school and on the weekends. Itis ...
The Extra Block of TimeAP Chemistry is scheduled for a double block of time each and every day. We will use this time as w...
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  1. 1. New Fairfield High School Advanced Placement Chemistry Mrs. Jean Gephart Science Office: (203) 312-5846 Email: jgephart@new-fairfield.k12.ct.us Website: www.newfairfieldschools.org/subsite/nfhMission: New Fairfield High School strives to provide a safe educational environment in which students respectthe right for all to become engaged lifelong learners and responsible citizens who belong, excel and leadwithin a diverse society and changing world. OVERVIEW OF AP CHEMISTRY The advanced placement chemistry course is comparable to a first year general chemistry course taken at the college level. Students who take advanced placement chemistry should exhibit a depth of comprehension of fundamental chemical concepts and an aptitude in problem solving. As students progress through the course they will develop the skills to clearly express their ideas, orally and in writing. COURSE DESIGN: Advanced placement chemistry is designed to be taken after the successful completion of a first year general chemistry course in high school. It is also recommended that the students have successfully completed a second year algebra course. The class meets every other day for a scheduled double block period. Each block of time consists of 81 minutes of class time. Laboratory periods will be held once per two weeks and will be held during a double 81 minute block of time (162 minutes available). Students will evaluate their data using graphical and spreadsheet analysis during this time. Students will also be expected to report their findings at the end of the laboratory period. In addition to weekly laboratory periods, students will also utilize the double block of time to problem solve. The atmosphere of the class is such that the students work collaboratively and strengthen one another’s approach to problem solving. As we progress through the course it is evident that the students gain confidence in their ability to think logically and analytically. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS Text: Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene Lemay, Bruce E. Bursten, and Julia R. Burdge. Chemistry: the Central Science. 9th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2003. Annotations by Linda S. Brunauer, Santa Clara University Brown, Theodore L., H. Eugene Lemay, Bruce E. Bursten, and Julia R. Burdge. Chemistry: the Central Science. 10th ed. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Education, Inc., 2007.AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 1
  2. 2. Laboratory Materials: We do not use one single laboratory manual, but utilize a collection of labs from a variety of sources.These include: AP Teacher Education Handouts, Taft Educational Center, Summer 2006/2010 Fossett, David Hostage and Martin. Laboratory Investigations AP Chemistry. Saddle Brook, NJ: Peoples Education, Inc, 2006. Richard Bauer, James P. Birk, Douglas Sawyer. Laboratory Inquiry in Chemistry. Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2009 . Sally Ann Vonderbrink, PhD. Laboratory Experiments for Advanced Placement Chemistry, 2nd Ed. Batavia, IL: Flinn Scientific, 2006. TEACHING STRATEGIES: I use the following teaching strategies when teaching my AP Chemistry course. I believe that they are important to the success of each student. 1. Student AP practice: Students are given the opportunity to practice AP style questions right from the beginning of the year. Multiple choice questions are taken without calculators so that students may practice mathematical computation and problem solving skills. Strategies are taught to save time and to complete the questions quickly and accurately. Mock AP exams are given at the midterm and during the third quarter so that students may learn how to properly pace themselves during the exam. In addition to AP practice, students are given online and written homework assignments. Practice is essential to student success and students must independently practice. Online homework will be given using www.webassign.net and written homework may be in the form of my own problems, practice AP problems, or laboratory practice. 2. Encourage students to work together in order to learn: It is important that students develop good study habits early in the year. For most students it is helpful to work with classmates to discuss problems, study, work on reports et cetera. Arrange times to meet with your group and help each other. Remember that you are not in competition with your classmates. Work together and help support each other by making sure you all understand the material. Students will work in laboratory and problem solving groups as well as presentation groups within the classroom. Study groups are encouraged both after school and on the weekends. 3. Laboratory is central to the learning of chemistry: Labs support the concepts and principles of chemistry learned during lecture/demonstrations. Students are expected to connect what is learned in the classroom to what is performed in the laboratory. Students maintain a laboratory notebook and are expected to write formal laboratory reports. Student discussion must connect what is learned in the classroom to what is performed in the laboratory. Laboratory skills are enhanced by student led guided inquiry.AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 2
  3. 3. 4. Student presentations enhance student learning: Students are given the opportunity during each unit to present different problems assigned to them. During the presentations, students demonstrate their problem solving strategies and their understanding of the problem. Students are then asked a series of conceptual questions based upon a concept or principle presented within the question. Students are also asked to present their laboratory data and findings to the class. Students are graded based upon their knowledge of the problem and their answers to the content based questions. Most demonstrations are done in groups/pairs. 5. The Laboratory notebook is a professional journal: Students are expected to maintain a laboratory journal for each and every lab that they do. MSDS for each chemical that they use needs to be placed in their notebooks prior to the lab and will create a safety diary in their notebook. Graphing and analysis will be done utilizing computer technology programs (i.e. Microsoft Excel). Students will NOT be allowed to complete a laboratory assignment if the MSDS is not complete! The laboratory notebook must be initialed by me at the end of each laboratory session to ensure that all laboratory data was collected directly into the laboratory notebook AND by each individual student.GRADING CRITERIA:Each assignment will be evaluated using a point system. Each grade is found by dividing the total number ofpoints earned by the student by the total number of points possible. Grades will designated into thecategories below, but the final grade will be based upon total points earned divided by total points available. Homework and Classwork Homework assignments, graded group work and classwork, presentation problems, research article assignments, etc. Laboratory Work and Reports This includes the laboratory component of the Advanced Placement chemistry program. (Laboratory reports, quizzes, and notebook). Quizzes and Tests This includes the unit exams, daily quizzes, and online tests/quizzes. COURSE OUTLINE AP Chemistry is taught as a second year chemistry course. As such, all students have previous knowledge of:  History and evidence of atomic theory  Parts of the atom and isotope abundance  Measurement and significant figures  Nomenclature of compounds  Chemical Equations: balancing and types of reactions  Mole relationships and limiting reactant  Molar concentrations and solution chemistryAP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 3
  4. 4. The following is true for Honors and Regular Chemistry Students, but does not apply to Accelerated Chemistrystudents (Accelerated Chemistry students will need to read chapter material more thoroughly):  Electronic structure  Periodicity  Ionic and molecular bonding  Intermolecular forces  Molecular geometry  Nuclear chemistry The course takes full advantage of the students’ first-year chemistry course because, although these topics are covered in detail in this course, we go over them quickly. Students are given a summer assignment that covers the first three chapters and part of the fourth:  Chapter 1: Introduction: Matter and Measurement – dimensional analysis, uncertainty and significant figures.  Chapter 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions – atomic structure, masses, and nomenclature  Chapter 3: Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations – formula masses, mole to mole relationships, empirical formulas, limiting reactants, and theoretical yields  Chapter 4: Aqueous Reactions and solution stoichiometry—concentrations of solutions, solution stoichiometry, precipitation reactions, net-ionic equations, acid-base reactions, and single- replacement (RedOx) reactions. Unit 1: Review of First Year Chemistry……………………………………………………….8 class periodsReview of the above material. Students will review summer assignment and will be given the opportunity togo over any questions. A quiz will be given on each section of the homework so that further testing ofunderstanding can be done. A unit exam will be given at the end of the 8 class periods.Review includes: • Measurement, Matter, Atoms and Ions o This section includes a review of significant figures, dimensional analysis, nomenclature and isotope abundance. • Chemical Reactions and Descriptive Chemistry o Chemical reactions in aqueous solution, including metathesis reactions, precipitation reactions, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions. o Chemical reactions of metals & nonmetals, chemical reactions by group/family. • Stoichiometry: Calculations with Chemical Formulas and Equations o Problem solving using balanced chemical equations. Includes: empirical formulas, quantitative relationships, combustion analysis and limiting reactants. Suggested Experiments  Safety in the lab  Copper Cycle: A review lab about the types of chemical reactions (Gephart)AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 4
  5. 5.  Determination of the Empirical Formula of Silver Oxide (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Determining Mass Percent of Magnesium Hydroxide in an Antacid Tablet (Fossett) UNIT EXAM ONE: EXAM WILL BE ANNOUNCED 1 WEEK PRIOR Unit 2: Properties of solutions………………………………………………………………3 class periods Review of the solution process, saturated solutions and solubility, factors affecting solubility, ways of expressing concentration, Beer’s Law, Raoult’s Law and colligative properties. Suggested Experiments  Determination of the Concentration of a Solution using a Spectrophotometer  Analysis of Commercial Bleach (Sally Ann Vonderbrink) Unit 3: Gases ……………………………………………………………………………………….5 class periods Review of first year chemistry: characteristics of gases, pressure, the gas laws, Ideal-Gas equation, gas mixtures and partial pressures, kinetic molecular theory, molecular effusion and diffusion, Real gases: deviations from ideal behavior Suggested Experiments  Molecular Mass of a Volatile Liquid (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Molar Volume of a Gas (Sally Ann Vonderbrink) UNIT EXAM TWO: INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL AND 30% OF EXAM INCLUDES OLD MATERIAL Unit 4: Electronic Structure of Atoms…………………………………………….. 2 double class periods Review of first year chemistry: the wave nature of light, quantized energy and photons, line spectra and the Bohr Model, the wave behavior of matter, quantum mechanics and atomic orbitals, representations of orbitals, electron configuration, and electron configuration and the periodic table. Suggested Activity  Solving energy equations Unit 5: Periodic Properties of the Elements and the chemistry of metals and non-metals…..3 class periods Review of first year chemistry: development of the periodic table, effective nuclear charge, size of atoms and ions, ionization energy, electron affinity, metals, nonmetals, and metalloids, group trends for active metals and selected non-metals. Periodic trends and chemical reactions, hydrogen, Group 18, Group 17, oxygen and other group 16 elements, Nitrogen and other group 15 elements, carbon and other group 14 elements and the metals. Unit 6: Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding …………………………………..3 double class periods Review of first year chemistry: chemical bonds, covalent bonding, Lewis structures, Octet Rule, ionic bonding, bonding polarity and electronegativity, resonance structures, exceptions to the Octet Rule.AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 5
  6. 6. Suggested Activity  Drawing Lewis Structures Unit 7: Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories………………………………2 double class periods Review of first year chemistry: molecular shapes, VSEPR Model, molecular shape and polarity, covalent bonding and orbital overlap, sigma and pi bonds, hybrid orbitals, and multiple bonding Suggested Activity Building Molecular Models and Molecular Geometry Unit 8: Intermolecular forces, liquids and solids………………………………….3 class periods Review of first year chemistry: molecular comparisons of liquids and solids, intermolecular forces, properties of liquids, phase changes, vapor pressure, phase diagrams, and bonding and structure of solids. Suggested Experiments  Analysis of a Volatile Liquid (Fossett) UNIT EXAM THREE: INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL AND 40% OF EXAM WILL INCLUDE OLD MATERIAL Unit 9: Chemical Kinetics …………………………………………………………………….…8 class periods Factors affecting reaction rates, reaction rates, concentration and rate, change of concentration with time, temperature and rate, reaction mechanisms, and catalysis. Suggested Experiments  Kinetic study of thiosulfate in acid o The acidification of thiosulfate solutions leads to the formation of colloidal sulfur. The rate of this reaction is studied by measuring the time required for the reaction mixture to become so turbid that is ceases to transmit light.  Study of the kinetics of a Reaction (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Laboratory Practical Exam: Iodine Clock Reaction Unit 10: Nuclear Chemistry………………………………………………………………….. Independent Review Students complete this chapter as an independent study during winter recess. The packet includes nuclear reactions and types of radioactive decay, patterns of nuclear stability (neutron- proton ration, radioactive series), nuclear transmutations, rates of radioactive decay (dating, half-life), energy changes in nuclear reactions, and nuclear fission/fusion/reactors. UNIT EXAM THREE: ONLY INCLUDES NEW MATERIAL (KINETICS AND NUCLEAR) AP PRACTICE EXAM: PRACTICE NUMBER ONE INCLUDING ALL TOPICS ABOVE AND COUNTS AS A DOUBLE EXAMAP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 6
  7. 7. Unit 11: Chemical Equilibrium…………………………………………………………………….14 class periods Concept of equilibrium, the equilibrium constants, heterogenous equlibria, calculating equilibrium constants (Kc, Kp, Ka, Kb, Ksp), Le Chatelier’s principle, strong acids and bases, weak acids, weak bases, relationship between Ka and Kb, common-ion effect, buffered solutions, acid- base titrations, pH, pK, solubility equilibria, factors that affect solubility, precipitation and separation of ions, and qualitative analysis for metallic elements. Suggested Experiments  Equilibrium and Le Chatelier’s Principle (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  The Determination of Keq for FeSCN2+ (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Determination of Ka of Weak Acids (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Determination of the Solubility Product Constant of an Ionic Compound (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Preparation of a Buffer Solution at a Given pH o Students will be required to prepare a buffer solution that has a specific pH value. o Students will use different combinations of acetic acid, sodium acetate, hydrochloric acid, and/or sodium hydroxide to attain the specified pH. UNIT EXAM FOUR: EQUILIBRIUM (ONLY CONTAINS EQUILIBRIUM) Unit 12: Thermochemistry-------------------------------------------------------------3 class periods The nature of energy, the First Law of Thermodynamics, enthalpy, enthalpies of reaction, calorimetry, bond energy, Hess’s Law, and enthalpies of formation. Suggested Experiments  Thermodynamics—Enthalpy of Reaction and Hess’s Law (Sally Ann Vonderbrink) Unit 13: Chemical Thermodynamics………………………………………………………………3 class periods Spontaneous processes, entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics, entropy changes in chemical reactions, Gibbs Free Energy, Free Energy and Temperature, Free Energy and the Equilibrium Constant. Unit 14: Electrochemistry ……………………………………………………………………………5 class periods Oxidation-reduction reactions, balancing oxidation reduction reactions, effect of concentration on cell EMF, batteries, corrosion, electrolysis, Nernst equation, and prediction of direction of redox reactions Suggested Experiments  An Activity Series (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Redox Titration: Standardization of KMnO4 and the percent Fe2+ in Iron Pills o Students will standardize a KMnO4 solution (using FAS) and then titrate with an iron pill to determine the mass percent of Fe2+ in the iron pill.  Electrolysis, the Faraday, and Avogadro’s Number o Students will separate a conducting solution by electrolysis, determine what products are formed during the oxidation and reduction steps, calculate the experimental valuesAP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 7
  8. 8. for a Faraday and Avogadro’s number. UNIT EXAM FIVE: NEW MATERIAL AND 40% OLD MATERIAL (ENTIRE YEAR) Unit 15: Chemistry of Coordination Compounds………………………………….2 class periods Metal complexes, ligands, nomenclature of coordination chemistry, color and magnetism. Suggested Experiments:  Preparation and Analysis of Tetraamminecopper (II) Sulfate Monohydrate (Sally Ann Vonderbrink) Suggested Experiments (laboratory experiments will take longer than one week)  Qualitative analysis of Anions (Sally Ann Vonderbrink)  Qualitative Analysis of Cations (Sally Ann Vonderbrink) Unit 16: Organic Chemistry………………………………………………………..2 double periods This unit is completed as both a study packet and is collected and assessed. It includes the general characteristics of organic compounds, introduction to hydrocarbons, alkanes, unsaturated hydrocarbons, functional groups including alcohols and ethers, and compounds with carbonyl group. AP PRACTICE EXAM TWO: HIGHEST GRADE OF TWO PRACTICE EXAMS WILL BE COUNTED AP Exam Review…………………………………………………Remainder of time until exam (approximately 2 weeks) Writing net ionic equations, solving equilibrium problems, exam pacing by doing released exams. One complete exam will be done under testing conditions. Students will score each other to better understand the scoring rules and the need for clear, concise answers. AP Chemistry Exam: Monday, May 6th 8am!!  It is the first exam of the AP testing period.NOTES:Comprehensive Exams: will be announced at least 3 days in advance. All exams will mimic the format of the AP examwith multiple choice and problems. I normally have students decide on the date of the exam as a class. There will be oneexam for each unit that we study (exception is bonding and molecular geometry which will be assessed together).Quizzes: Quizzes will be given almost on a daily basis. Students may retake quizzes up to one week after the original quizis given. Students must retake quizzes on their own time and not during regular class time. I will take the highest gradeon all quizzes. Quizzes may include questions on the previous night’s homework or may just be one question long.Homework: Online homework assignments will be assigned weekly and expected to be completed by the date/timeassigned. Homework is an important part of AP Chemistry and provides practice for students. All online assignments areavailable 24hrs/day and are expected to be completed on the due date. Illness and excused absences will be given anextension based upon the time missed. Written homework must be completed on a separate piece of paper in the eventthat it is collected. Written homework is graded randomly. Homework completion issues will have a direct effect on youroverall comprehension. If you feel that homework given is too easy or is repetitive, then please let me know. I would behappy to give you an alternative assignment that better suits your needs!AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 8
  9. 9. Laboratory Work: The College Board requires the completion of 21 labs in chemistry to assure better understanding forthe AP Chemistry exam in May. As such, every student is expected to complete EVERY LAB. If a student is absent, he/sheis required to speak to the teacher regarding making up the lab work. Some labs are too long to make up after schooland will be made up in an alternative fashion. Laboratory reports will be discussed below.Laboratory Notebook: A professional laboratory notebook will be maintained in this class. It is important that eachstudent complete his/her own laboratory notebook. Many colleges require the notebook as evidence of completed labwork for college credit. Laboratory notebooks are required for each lab class and post-lab discussions. A student withoutthe laboratory notebook for lab will NOT be able to complete the lab during class time AND will receive a 50 pointdeduction from the laboratory report. In addition, all students will complete the MSDS for ALL chemicals used during thelaboratory period. Students will not be allowed to begin the laboratory work if the MSDS is not included prior to thebeginning of the lab. Once students have included the MSDS, then the lab may be started. Students may share MSDSwith each other with no penalty. Data will be shared as directed by the teacher. At the conclusion of each laboratorysession, students are expected to get Mrs. Gephart’s signature in his/her laboratory notebook. This assures thatlaboratory data was collected during the laboratory period and by each and every student. It is the responsibility ofEACH group member to write down laboratory data as it is collected. Laboratory Reports: There are two different types of laboratory reports: formal and informal. Laboratory reports willbe required of all labs completed in this class, but not all of them will require a formal laboratory report. The laboratoryreport is due one week from the day that the lab is completed. The formal laboratory report will contain an Abstract andthe following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Please examine theclass website for more information. The informal laboratory report will include a written Introduction, Materials andMethods, Results, and Conclusion all written directly in the laboratory notebook. Formal laboratory reports will becollected from each student after one week and informal laboratory reports will be collected from each student severaltimes during the marking period.Make-up work:There is a difference between a planned absence and an absence due to illness. Any test/quiz that is missed due toillness will be made up within a time suitable to the illness. Any test/quiz that is missed due to a planned absence (fieldtrip or college visit) must be made up upon your return! If this cannot be done it is the responsibility of the student totalk with his/her instructor to explain the extenuating circumstances, otherwise a zero will be given.Laboratory reports will be turned in on time for all planned absences. If a student is absent due to illness, thensubmission will be dependent upon the time lost due to illness and will be handled individually.Homework must always be handed in on time. If a student is absent he/she will be given an extension (1 or 2 days) inwhich he/she must complete and hand in the missing assignment. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that theassignment is handed in and given credit.The Two-Day Pass: Many students in this class are either studying for SAT’s or getting ready to apply to colleges. Assuch, there is much stress during this time. In order to help you do your best in all areas, I provide each student with“The Two-Day Pass.” Each student is given one “Two-Day Pass” each quarter. This enables the student to put off anexam or laboratory report for two days (excluding weekends). The decision on the exam does not have to be made untilthe day of the exam, but I ask for a reason for the delay (to see if I can help with anything). This enables me to make surethat the delay is not due to lack of understanding/confidence. Students are expected to make up the exam on their owntime and the time must be agreeable with my own schedule. The make-up exam will NOT be identical to the exam thatwas given during the regular class time and may contain extra questions.AP EXAM: This year the AP Chemistry exam will be given on Monday, May 6th. Since passing the AP exam may qualifythe student to by-pass a first-year college chemistry course, AP Chemistry should not be considered "college prep."Rather, this is a college class, with college level expectations for behavior, participation and effort. Students will need towork outside of class and complete readings independently in order to learn and understand all of the material. I willAP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 9
  10. 10. hold review sessions for the AP Exam during the month of April both during school, after school and on the weekends. Itis highly recommended that students attend as many review sessions as possible. Students who practice during this timereceive higher grades on the AP exam!! There is specific information regarding the AP Exam on the class website. Pleaseexamine further.A NOTE ABOUT COMPUTERSWe currently live in a technological world and as such all work that is handed in (except homework problems) will bedone utilizing a computer. It is highly recommended that all work completed be saved periodically during the completionof the assignment. Assignments should not be completed last minute! If a student experiences a computer error (i.e.loses work) it is extremely important that he/she notifies me immediately so that we can figure out a fair way ofhandling the situation. IMPORTANT!! Running out of ink in your printer does NOT constitute a computer error!!! If it isan emergency, either send your paper via email to school by the due date OR bring it in on a flash drive to print atschool. It is the STUDENT’S responsibility to have the assignment printed on time!Graphing: ALL graphs will be generated using Microsoft Excel or another graphing program. Students will be instructedon how to use Excel and will be expected to make all graphs utilizing the program. Students may come for extra help ifthey need help with using Excel!Email: I love email! It allows students to have access to me after school hours. I encourage students to use email as amethod of communication. I check my email several times during the day and will answer questions as my scheduleallows. I encourage students to email me long-term assignments (i.e. Lab Reports) early so that I may give themfeedback and help them to learn from their mistakes. Assignments that are emailed for review must be emailed at least2 days prior to the due date! Students will receive a return email from me to notify them that I have received theirwork. Please email to: mrsghelp@gmail.comInternet: The internet is an amazing resource! Students need to be aware that some websites contain incorrectinformation. Students should look for reliable websites from unbiased resources. .gov and .edu sites are usually goodresources. Students should also be careful of being part of what I call the “cut and paste generation.” All resourcesutilized in any written work need to be documented utilizing the MLA form of documentation. This includes informationparaphrased in their reports. If a student has a question, he/she may ask for guidance and I would be more than happyto help out!Moodle: I have created a Moodle site for AP Chemistry. It is a work in progress, but will contain important informationand course materials for this course. I am trying to model an actual college level course in order to prepare you for thefuture. Please keep up with the work and visit the site regularly. You will be given a log-on and password in order toaccess the site.Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a serious offense, especially for students about to enter the University level. Plagiarism issomething that is a major problem at the high school level and with the internet, it is easier to do without realizing it!Please refer to the Plagiarism.org website for the different types of plagiarism:http://www.plagiarism.org/plag_article_types_of_plagiarism.html. Plagiarism also includes laboratory reports that arewritten together. ALL laboratory work is done together, but laboratory reports are written separately. Consider this yourwarning. Laboratory reports that are too “similar” will share the highest grade. For example, if one paper receives a 75and the other receives an 80 then each student will receive a final grade of 40%!A Note about the SEE Project for the seniors in AP Chemistry:The SEE Project is a wonderful compellation of all that you have learned during your four years of high school! I amfortunate to work with students as a SEE mentor each year! Your AP Exam will be the last chemistry assignment that youwill accomplish during your time at NFHS. I ask that you continue to do your best. It is difficult to believe that you will bedone with high school in May, but please wait until May to be done with high school. Preparing for the AP exam is thebest practice that I can give to you for college. Many college courses require comprehensive exams that count as 50-60%of your final grade. Please complete all homework and study! You will be better prepared for the following year andyour college experience!AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 10
  11. 11. The Extra Block of TimeAP Chemistry is scheduled for a double block of time each and every day. We will use this time as we need to in order tocomplete laboratory work, classwork, or exams. Once we are done with the work of the day, the remainder of the timecan be used as a study period for any class. Attendance will be taken by me and I will be the teacher who gives youpasses to the library or to guidance. Other students may visit during the study period and work with you in theclassroom as long as they have passes from their study. Seniors who have early release will be able to leave once allwork is completed for the day. Seniors with early release who choose to not leave and need to go to the library willrequire a pass from me. Please do not use early release to hang out in another part of the high school building!One last note:I know that all of this information is overwhelming, but I am trying to help you learn not only chemistry, but a lot aboutyourself as a student. This course is rigorous and will challenge you with both its content and its demands. Creatingstudy groups are helpful! Always ask for help when you need it! I am here to help you, please do not be afraid to ask forhelp. And remember that hard work pays off. It will take work on your part to be successful on the AP Exam. Read,practice, and learn how to study!! These skills are extremely important to have as you head off to college!!AP Chemistry Syllabus 2012-2013 Page 11

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