Grading Policy:

1.The standard percentage scale is used for this class.  No rounding.

2.Grades are organized by the following weighted scale:

Homework/Classwork - 10%

Labs & Projects - 20%

AP Exam - 10%

Quizzes - 20%

Exams (midterm and final) - 40%

3.All assignments must be turned in on time for full credit.  Work that was due during an excused absence is due on the day you return to school unless other arrangements have been made prior to the absence.  Late assignments will lose 50% credit for being late.  After five (5) days the assignment will receive a score of zero. 

4.There will be a quiz every Thursday; the quiz may be moved based on scheduling requirements.  Students are responsible to make up any quizzes they miss at lunch on the day they return to school.  No exceptions.  Quizzes not made up the day they return will become a zero.  Students may drop one quiz of their choice at the end of the semester.  Pop quizzes may also be given.

Preparing for the AP exam: 

The goal of this course is to teach all of the major topics of chemistry, while preparing students for the AP exam.  There may be several weekends and after school practice exam sessions.  Students who complete the homework assignments and study for the exams will be better prepared for the AP exam.  

Course Description: AP Chemistry will meet daily for between 48 and 60 minutes.  We will have 25% of our instructional time devoted to working in the Lab, for some of these labs students will be expected to stay and work at lunch or after school (I will give advance notice of these dates).  AP Chemistry is taught as a first year General College Chemistry Course.  In May the students will take an exam to test what they have learned in the course and assess if they are eligible to receive college credit (at the discretion of the college they would be attending).  This is a second year course and will be built on the knowledge the students gained in Chemistry.  This class will focus on the six “Big Ideas” of chemistry:  structure of matter, properties of matter, chemical reactions, rate of reactions, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.


 Zumdahl & Zumdahl. (2007). Chemistry 7th edition. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company 

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Welcome to AP Chemistry 2017.  I am look forward to another outstanding year.  Please see the useful information below as well as the assignments page for links.  Be sure to check out the student resources page for helpful links.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.

-Mr. Taylor

AP Chemistry 

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