Mrs. Toth's AP Chemistry Class

  • INTRODUCTION: AP Chemistry is a second year course in chemistry equivalent to a first year college chemistry course covering the basic laws and theories of chemistry.  This course concentrates on chemical calculations, problem-solving, and analytical analysis of laboratory experiments.  Students wanting to take the AP test in the spring will need to spend additional time studying on their own outside of class time.   

    INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS: The textbook is Chemistry 10th Edition for Advanced High School Students by Zumdahl and Zumdahl.  Other materials will include POGIL activities, a laboratory manual, databook (graph paper composition book), two notebooks (3-subject spiral, college ruled), video notes, and the necessary equipment to perform experiments.  Each student will need to have a scientific calculator with them in class everyday.  

    EXAMS:  Exams will focus on the student’s ability to problem-solve using critical thinking skills in conjunction with chemical concepts. Each test is designed to mimic the AP test given in May. There will be NO exam make-ups for this course.  If a student is absent the day of an exam, their un-curved final exam score will be used for the grade on that exam.  The grade for that exam will remain a zero in the grade book until the final exam is taken for that semester.  Students may take exams early, with prior notice to the instructor. 

    DATABOOK: All experiments will be written up in the databook (graph paper composition book) following the correct format shown in the laboratory manual.  If a student’s databook is not present on a laboratory day, the student will be marked down by one letter grade for that experiment. Some labs cannot be made up if missed due to their complexity and nature of the materials used. In this case, students will be asked to write a 500 word essay about the topic of the lab experiment or complete a make-up version of the lab that they missed.   

    NOTEBOOK: Each student will be expected to maintain one notebook per semester (3-subject spiral, college ruled) containing all class notes and POGIL activities.  Points will be given each day at the beginning of class for completing the homework problems in the notebook.  Summary pages will be done for each chapter and each POGIL completed.  Notebooks will be graded on the day of the test for each chapter.  Students will not rip any pages out of the notebook for any reason. 

    HOMEWORK/MAKE-UP POLICY: Students will have about 45-60 minutes of homework per night depending on the level of difficulty of the assignment.  Studying for tests may require more than the regular study time.  All work will be completed on time and NO late work will be accepted (excluding excused absences).  It is the student’s responsibility to check with the teacher to determine what work needs to be made up for all absences.  

    STUDENT GRADES: Grades are based upon the following: tests, databooks, quizzes, homework assignments, and notebooks.  The REVHS science department standard grade percentages will be utilized. 

    100.00 to 92.00=A, 91.99 to 90.00=A-, 89.99 to 88.00 = B+, 87.99 to 82.00 = B, 81.99 to 80.00 = B-, 79.99 to 72.00 = C, 71.99 to 70.00 = C-, 69.99 to 68.00 = D+, 67.99 to 62.00 = D, 61.99 to 60.00 = D-, 59.99 to 0.00 = F. 

    Grades will be weighted as follows:  Tests = 40%,  Labs = 20%,  Assignments = 15%,   Final Exam = 25%

    CLASS RULES: The class will follow the rules established by the REVHS attendance and discipline policy.   Tardies and absences may affect a student’s grade because of missed class participation. Any cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated.  All students involved will receive a zero grade on that assignment/lab/quiz/exam.