Welcome to AP Chemistry 2021-2022
What is Advanced Placement Chemistry?
- Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first-year college general chemistry course.
- Students who enroll in AP Chemistry display a high level of competency in honors chemistry and a strong desire to pursue a major in the sciences as a college student.
- The course is designed around the content framework provided by the College Board.
- AP Chemistry is different from Chemistry Honors in that it goes more in-depth with some topics as well as covers topics that were not addressed during the honors class.
- To be successful, the student should demonstrate a high level of commitment, motivation, and academic maturity.
- All students enrolled in AP Chemistry will take the AP exam administered by the College Board. The AP Chemistry Exam is scheduled for Monday, May 2, 2022, at noon.
What should I expect?
- The topics are covered using a discussion-based model based on Slide presentations supplemented with assignments that integrate AP-type exam questions. Emphasis is placed on problem-solving skills that are needed for the types of problems that will be encountered on the AP exam. Students are encouraged to be accurate and succinct in their writing when answer questions about a topic.
- Laboratory work will be integrated throughout the course. Student laboratory investigations are designed to emphasize conceptual understanding coupled with inquiry and reasoning skills. This work helps form the foundation for student understanding of the topics presented during the lecture.
- The class will be administered using Canvas.
- Canvas is a web-based learning management system or LMS.
- For some students, this is their first exposure to such a system, but it is important to experience since many Universities use Canvas.
- All assignments will be submitted using Canvas.
- You will still be solving problems by hand and if you choose, you can do homework work on a separate page.
- What the Canvas submission requirement actually means is that anything that is to be turned in will be submitted electronically. For example, if you do your assignment in your notebook you will need to upload a copy of your work into Canvas.
- No handwritten assignments will be accepted.
- Grades will be posted using Focus. Even though Canvas does track grades, Focus is still the official grading program for Charlotte County Public Schools. So, the grade in Focus is it – the grade in Canvas tracks assignments, but again, may not be reflective of all course content.
- Why am I registered for two classes (AP Chemistry and Chemistry II Honors)?
- Great question and the simple answer is we need to schedule this way so that we can run our AP class in a full block for the entire year. If we did not, we would have to be done by the end of the first semester, which would not be good and impossible.
- You will receive a separate grade for Chem II Honors which will mirror your AP Chemistry grade.
- In essence, you are getting a 0.5 quality point boost for a class that you are basically integrating as part of AP. (Not a bad deal and it looks great on the transcript!)
- So, check your schedule closely! Make sure that you are registered for AP Chemistry period 1 and Chemistry II Honors period 2.
- Please be in the classroom, on time and prepared to begin class. You should be seated and ready to work when the bell rings. There will be assignments that you will have to begin when class starts.
- Any student involved in dishonest activities in tests or other assigned activities will receive a grade of zero (0) for that assignment.
- Questions and discussions help facilitate the learning process; class participation is highly encouraged.
- Cell phones/music media is prohibited unless it pertains to the assignment at hand.
- School issued Chromebook
- Scanner app for cell phone (for electronic submission of hand-written work)
- Writing utensils (pen, pencils, highlighters, etc…)
- Binder or folder – for in-class practice work, the periodic table, and AP Formula sheet
- Loose-leaf paper/notebook (bound or composition) for notes, homework, practice, etc.
- Graphing calculator
- Earbuds or headphones for use with Chromebook