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Southwest HS AP Chemistry Course Outline
Ms. Henry/Room 412

Course Objectives:
The purpose of this course is to give students the opportunities to demonstrate understanding of general chemistry concepts on a college level. In addition, students will have the opportunity to engage in problem-solving skills in a laboratory environment.

Course Description:
This is an advanced placement course that covers the concepts generally learned over the course of one year in a college environment. It is rigorous in math-based skills with a strong laboratory component. Emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving and analytical skills. Students will spend more time preparing for this course than what is required for a general high school chemistry course. In addition, students will be required to keep up with the required readings, practice problems, and lab reports.

Big Idea 1: Structure of matter
Big Idea 2: Properties of matter-characteristics, states, and forces of                              attraction
Big Idea 3: Chemical reactions
Big Idea 4: Rates of chemical reactions
Big Idea 5: Thermodynamics
Big Idea 6: Equilibrium

The district grading policy is 40% assessment and 60% daily work. Within those categories grades will be broken down as follows:
        Labs and Exams          40%
        All other assignments   60%

Laboratory Component:
The AP Chemistry Examination includes some questions based on experiences and skills students acquire in the laboratory: making observations of chemical reactions and substances; recording data; calculating and interpreting results based on the quantitative data obtained; and communicating effectively the results of experimental work.

Meaningful laboratory work is important in fulfilling the requirements of a college-level chemistry course. All students are required to write their lab reports in a bound composition book or a student laboratory notebook. Spirals are not sufficient for this purpose since the pages can easily be removed.

Lab safety rules will be reviewed and enforced before and during every lab activity. Goggles must be worn during every lab. No student may work in the lab without having a signed lab safety contract on file. Due to the emphasis on laboratory work, any student who cannot follow lab safety rules will be removed from the class.

General Rules
  • Come to class on time prepared to work.
  • All safety rules must be followed at all times.
  • Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Also, the academic dishonesty policy will be strictly enforced.

The text we will use is Chemistry (9th ed) by Steven S. Zumdahl and Susan A. Zumdahl (Brooks/Cole) published 2014. Most of our labs are AP topic labs from Flinn Scientific. We will be using some labs that have been developed by the College Board.

Also, you will need the following supplies for class:
  • 3-inch binder with three rings
  • 12 subject dividers
  • Composition book
  • Pencils
  • Eraser
  • Black or blue pen
  • Notebook paper

If you have your own graphing calculator, you may use it in class. I have a limited amount of TI 83 calculators for you to borrow, but they cannot leave my room.

You and your parents can reach me through email at chenry@swisd.net.
My website is at https://swisd.instructure.com/courses/360  Make sure you check it daily for updates, homework/class information, and calendar information.

I will post a tutoring schedule on the board every Monday. In addition, I will be holding tutoring sessions on some Saturdays, so be sure to check with me and the calendar on my website.

There will be times that we will have to finish labs before school (some of the labs take 2 hours). I will notify you in advance on the days that you need to come early to school.

Chemistry is my passion. I hope that you will feel the same way by May. Let’s have fun and enjoy the beauty of molecules!

Academic Dishonesty Policy (Cheating or Plagiarism)

From the SWISD Student Handbook:
Students caught cheating may receive zeros on their work. This applies to giving as well as receiving aid. Plagiarism is cheating. Plagiarism is the use of another person’s original ideas or writing as one’s own without giving credit to the true author. Plagiarism will be considered cheating and the student shall be subject of disciplinary action that may include loss of credit for the work in question.

There will be serious consequences for students that engage in cheating or plagiarism of any form. A zero will be assigned to the affected work, and students may not replace the zero with extra credit or with a makeup assignment. I will notify your parents and the Academic Dean and schedule a conference to discuss the issue with you, your parents, and the administration. If you are an AP student, this may affect your opportunity to receive college credit.

Forms of academic dishonesty (according to ACCD) include:
  • Cheating:  a deception in which a student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/ she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the instructor on assignments or examinations.
  • Academic misconduct:  tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.
  • Fabrication:  use of invented information or falsified research.
  • Plagiarism:  the unauthorized use of someone else’s thoughts or wording either by incorrect documentation, failing to cite your sources altogether, or simply by relying far too heavily on external resources.
I acknowledge that I understand the requirements and expectations for AP Chemistry/Pre-AP Chemistry, as well as the above information on plagiarism.  I understand that I am responsible for my actions and for my work in the class.

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Student signature                                       Date

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Big Idea
Lab Experiences
Chemistry Foundations
Nomenclature Review
2, 3
Net ionic equation
Writing and balancing equations (including redox)
Analyzing mass and volume relationships (mole, empirical formulas, limiting reactants, % yield)
Calculate and relate stoichiometric relationships
(1) Determining the Stoichiometry of Chemical Reactions (2 parts) (SP2, 3, 4,5)
(2) Gravimetric Analysis of a Metal Carbonate (SP 2, 3, 4, 5)
(3) Standard Titration (SP 2, 3, 4)
(4) INQUIRY: Representing Chemical Equations & Stoichiometry (College Board) (SP1, 6, 7)
Reaction Types
Identify and predict products of:
Acid-base (Arrhenius, Bronsted-Lowry, amphoterism)
Precipitation reactions
Redox reactions
Electrochemistry (including qualitative and quantitative predictions/analyzing cells)
Interpret energy Diagrams
(1) Acid-Base Titrations (3 parts) (SP2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
(2) INQUIRY: Oxidation-Reduction Titrations (SP1-6)
(3) Electrochemical Cells (SP 1, 4, 5, 7)
Calculate or estimate spontaneity
Calculate Gibbs free energy and determine favorability of process
Calculate or explain change in enthalpy
Calculate or estimate energy changes
Use representations or models to predict entropy change
Graphic application of Coulomb’s Law
Relate effects of temperature via particulate representations
Explain energy transfer, including magnitude
Use Le Chatelier’s Principle to make predictions
Design/interpret calorimetry
Explain how kinetics can influence a thermodynamically favored reaction
Calorimetry (SP 2-5, 7)
Big Idea
Lab Experiences

Connect ½ life to 1st order rxn
Calculate the rate of reaction
Identify, interpret, analyze reactant order, rate constants, rxn rate laws
Use energy profiles to predict temperature dependence
Connect Ea to orientation and speed of molecules
Translate Ea & catalysts and explain types of catalysts
Identify rate-determining step
Determine rxn intermediates
  • Kinetics of a reaction (2 to 3 periods) (SP 2-5 ,7)
  • Integrated Rate Law (SP 1-7)
  • Factors Affecting Reaction Rate (SP5, 7)
Equilibrium and Acids/Bases revisited
Explain dynamic equilibrium
Calculate equilibrium constants
Generate/use particulates to represent srong/weak acid vs strong base
Distinguish meaning of pH to strength
Identify/calculate pH and concentration
Interpret titration data
Design buffer solutions
Predict/interpret/analyze solubility data
Solubility product constants
Manipulate Q vs K
Calculate/determine magnitude of K
Connect kinetics to equilibrium using Le Chatelier’s Principle to explain the shift and identify conditions that will optimize shift

  • Selecting Indicators (SP 5, 6, 7)
Determination of
Ka (SP 2, 4, 5)
  • INQUIRY: Le Chatelier’s Principle (SP 6, 7)
  • INQUIRY: Buffer Design (SP 4,6)
Atomic Theory and Structure
Prove/disprove Atomic theory
Use PES to explain/model electronic structure of the atom
Describe electronic structure of the atom
Use Coulomb’s Law to explain electron energies and to develop models of electron spin/distribution
Interpret relationship between absorption and concentration (Beer’s Law)
Explain, predict, interpret, and apply periodic relationships (radii, ionization energies, electron affinities, oxidation states, electronegativity)
Use mass spec to identify elements

  • Beer’s Law Lab (SP1, 3, 4, 5)
  • INQUIRY: VSEPR Model (College Board) (SP 1, 7)
Big Idea
Lab Experiences
Chemical Bonding
Identify and explain bonding forces: ionic, Coulomb’s Law, Lewis Structures
Draw/explain representations of covalent bonds
Use models to explain metallic bonds/structures, alloys
Predict bonding based on electronegativities
Draw Lewis structures
Valence bond, hybridization, resonance, sigma and pi
Use VSEPR to predict geometry, dipole moments, isomerism
Draw/explain representations of ionic solids
  • Synthesis and analysis of a coordinate compound (SP 2-5)
  • INQUIRY: Bond Types (SP 6, 7)
  • 2
  • Gases
  • Analyze and calculate Real and Ideal gas laws
  • Calculate partial pressures
  • Understand and apply kinetic molecular theory
  • Apply math relationships to gas stoichiometry
Determination of the Molar Mass of Gases (2 periods) (SP 4, 5, 7)

Liquids and Solids
Draw/interpret Kinetic-molecular viewpoint
Explain/interpret Phase diagrams, critical point, triple point, vapor pressure
Explain trends/relationships in IMFs, types of solids
Evaluate particulate models
Apply Coulomb’s Law to solution interactions
Molar mass by Freezing Point depression
(SP 2-5)
Draw/interpret representations of solutions showing interactions between solute/solvent
Create/interpret particulate models of molarity
Interpret/design results of separation equipment (chromatography)
Explain effects of IMFs on solutions (boiling point, surface tension, capillary action, vapor pressure)
Explain properties affected by Coulombic interactions and LDFs
Differentiate Types of solutions
Explain factors affecting solubility, including intermolecular interactions
Methods of expressing concentration
Explain effects of colligative properties
Liquid Chromatography
(SP 3-7)

Last Modified: Aug 25, 2014

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