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Advanced Chemistry


Advanced chemistry is not technically an honors class, but it is advanced in the sense that we will attempt to cover 95% of the textbook. As such, the class will be fast-paced. The reason for this goal is to provide future AP science students with the strong chemistry background that AP science courses require. The topics are interesting, and the course will be a lot of fun mixed with hard work.


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Major Topics


  • Atoms, elements, and compounds (1st semester)
  • Chemical equations, reactions, and stoichiometry (1st semester)
  • States of matter and thermodynamics (1st and 2nd semester)
  • Solutions, chemical equilibrium, and acids and bases (2nd semester)
  • Oxidation, reduction, and electrochemistry (2nd semester)
  • Carbon and organic compounds (2nd semester)

Grading


Overall grades are determined by the following types of assignments:
  • 45%: Chapter tests, quizzes, projects
    • There is generally one test per chapter consisting of a combination of multiple-choice, matching, short answer, and problem solving questions. The number of problem solving questions depends a lot on the chapter.
  • 25%: Labs
    • There is usually one laboratory exercise per chapter. Some labs require formal reports. I grade labs for accuracy and completion.
  • 10%: Homework
    • Homework generally consists of worksheets called Concept Review that I grade for completion. I plan to give all homework for a chapter at the beginning of the chapter as a packet, and the packet will be due on the day of the test. Students can work on the homework daily, and I usually allow some time at the beginning of class for questions about the homework.
  • 10%: Classroom participation
    • All students begin each week with an 80% in participation. If they do not participate, they will end the week with an 80%. Each time they participate positively (asking a question, answering a question, helping me or another student, etc.), I add 5 points to their grade. Each time they participate in class activities negatively (interrupting me or another student, goofing around during labs, etc.), I subtract 10 points.
  • 10%: Final exam
    • I do not know what the final will be like this year, but last year it consisted entirely of short answer and problem solving questions that linked concepts from half the chapters in the text book. It was challenging.