Pre-AP Chemistry & Chemistry
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Chemistry: This class is designed to cover the physical science requirement as dictated by the Kentucky Department of Education graduation requirements.
Pre-AP Chemistry: This course is designed to prepare students to be successful in AP Chemistry. (It is a pre-requisite for AP Chemistry, along with sufficient grades in mathematics.) That being said, this course will move much faster and be more rigorous than the Chemistry course that I teach. Be prepared for more in-depth lab reports, weekly quizzes, more memorization of formulas, rules, nomenclature, etc. and work that requires higher order thinking. It is assumed that all students who take this course will be moving on to take AP Chemistry. This does not mean that if you do not intend to take AP Chemistry you can't take the course, but you will still be expected to keep up with the pace of the course.
- Get ready for August!
One of the most difficult tasks for students is memorizing all of the elements and polyatomic ions needed for the course. Look under class assignments for lists to go ahead and start memorizing!
- Element quizzes starting soon!
We will begin taking eweekly element quizzes beginning Friday, August 23. Students whould know the first 40, as these will be considered fair game for the quizzes. Quizzes will occur weekly from this point on. Students should know the remainder of the elements by September 7. A comprehansive list of elements, polyatomic ions, and acids can be found under the Links section.
- School Supplies
All students enrolled in Pre-AP Chemistry will need the following items for class. They should expect to bring these with them EVERY day in order to be fully prepared to learn.
* paper (a notebook JUST for chemistry or a binder with looseleaf paper)
* folder for holding handouts and worksheets (not needed IF using a binder)
* 3-prong folder with looseleaf paper to be used exclusively for laboratory
* pencil or pen (however, pencils are better for problem solving becuase they erase)
* calculator (all calculations can be done with a cheap, 4-function calculator but a TI-30 or greater can be used if it is what you have for your math class)
* textbook - this will be provided on the first day of class
- Unit 1: Scientific Thinking, Data, & Matter
- Unit 2: Atomic Theory Development & Nuclear Chemistry
- EOT 1 Review
- Unit 3: Electron Arrangement & The Periodic Table
- Unit 4: Bonding & Molecular Geometry
- Unit 5: Chemical Reactions & Rates
- EOT 2 Review
- Unit 6: The Mole & Stoichiometry
- Unit 7: States of Matter & Gas Laws
- Unit 8: Solutions, Acids, & Bases
- EOT 3 Review
- Elements, Polyatomic Ions, and Acids
A list of elements, polyatomic ions, and acid names to know.
- IMF Jigsaw
Click here for the in-class jigsaw activity.
- Library of Common Chemical Compounds
This site allows you to type in a chemical’s common name and instantly receive the correct chemical name, formula, synonyms, some physical data (appearance, density, formula mass, etc.), thermodynamic data (enthalpy of formation, entropy, etc.), and common uses.
- Wikispaces for AP Chemistry
This is a site that I use primarily for AP Chemistry, but I will occasionally use resources from this site for Pre-AP Chemistry. Also, this is a great resource for students who are already planning on taking AP Chemistry next year who want to get a head start. There are tons of notes and examples to get you going.
- Research Project Resources
- Chemistry Fun Links