AP Chemistry Syllabus – James Madison High School – 2017/2018
Instructor: Dr. Joe Dungan Room: S 210 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference times: 2nd Period 9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Tutoring Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday - 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday – 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Other times available by appointment (even if later than 5:45 p.m.).
Text: Chemistry by Zumdahl, 9th ed., Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000. ISBN: 0-395-98581-1
- Course Description – AP Chemistry is a course designed much like a college
freshman chemistry course. It is set up to provide a student with a college level
introduction to chemistry. The course is designed to meet the needs of the
- The science oriented student who wants to increase his/her
skills and/or get advanced placement in college.
- The non-science oriented student who wishes college credit
for their basic science requirements.
- The intellectually curious student who wishes to increase
his/her knowledge of the world.
The major requirement for success in this course is a desire to learn and
a willingness to work.
II. Materials - two 3-ring binders with dividers
Composition notebook (or another 3-ring binder)
Scientific Calculator (Graphing calculator is preferrable)
Carbon capable lab notebook
III. Grading/Evaluation – Grades will be determined using the following
The two major areas that take time outside of class are in problem
solving and in writing lab reports. These two areas will be discussed first.
Homework and daily work (10 %) – Learning to do problems of all types,
quickly, will be one of the major goals of this class. Homework will be assigned
on a regular basis. Homework is designed to help you learn the material. There
are no assignments that can be easily done in a single evening. The AP booklet
states that students should spend at least 5 hours a week doing homework. All
homework is self-checked. I expect you to correct your mistakes, ask me for
help when needed, and turn it in when it is due. Late homework will be accepted in
accordance with the NEISD policy. The majority of the homework will be done
utilizing the UT Austin on-line homework system. Late homework will be taken
in accordance with district guidelines.
Laboratory work (30 %) – Laboratory work is assessed in many ways. Included
in these methods are formal laboratory reports, pre and post lab quizzes,
laboratory practical exams, and appropriate questions on unit tests. Laboratory
is an important section on the AP Exam. Only by spending significant and
thoughtful time in the lab do students truly become capable scientists.
In order to accommodate the time needed to develop excellent laboratory skills,
the AP student will often need additional lab time. We will spend a considerable
amount of time in laboratory. I expect them to behave in a responsible manner,
following procedures and safety cautions. I expect lab reports to be thorough,
with proper conclusions and error analyses. I expect lab reports to be turned in on
time. Each student will keep a formal laboratory notebook which acts as a performance
assessment. This notebook is graded with each lab. Many colleges are reluctant to
grant lab credit for AP courses without seeing a record of their work. The notebook
goes with the student to the University. It will be given to the chemistry department at
your college or university and be evaluated to decide upon credit or placement in a
college laboratory program. Therefore, keep it accordingly.
Quizzes (20 %) and Tests (40 %) - Formal tests and quizzes make up the
remaining 60% of the grade. Generally students can expect a test every 2-4 weeks
depending upon the material being covered. Major exams and quizzes will be over
textbook material, homework, lab work, and lecture material. All tests will contain
questions written in the format used by the Advanced Placement Exam. It will be
impossible to cover in lecture time all the material a student will need to know. It is
the responsibility of the student to read the textbook and lecture notes and make sure
that they understand the assigned portions. Quizzes may be given at any time, and
may be announced or unannounced. Students need to make up missed quizzes and
tests within one week of returning to class. Retakes on tests will be given according to
- Time Requirements: In order to address all the content areas and perform all the labs
required by the College Board, it will be necessary to meet at times beyond the
normally scheduled class times. This means either coming before or staying after class
or meeting additional times.
- Advanced Placement Exam - Students in Advanced Placement Chemistry are
expected to take the Advanced Placement Exam in May. If a student works hard
in this course they will be ready for the AP exam. The exam will be discussed
throughout the course. The composition notebook (or an additional 3-ring binder) will
be used to record practice AP exam problems and other pertinent material. If you or
your parents have any questions about the exam, please feel free to contact me.
As you can see, being successful in this course is going to require a strong
commitment on your part. As your teacher, I will commit to teach you to the very
best of my ability. I love Chemistry. I find it fascinating, meaningful, and a wonderful
lens through which to view the world. I hope to help you see it in the same light. I will
be available to help you both before and after school. I will do everything in my power
to assure that you are successful in this course and on the AP exam. If you are willing
to make the necessary commitment, there is no reason to believe that our goals will
not be achieved. I look forward to a successful and fun year ahead and welcome you
to my class.
Joseph M. Dungan, Ph.D.
AP Chemistry Teacher
James Madison High School
I have read the expectations of AP Chemistry and will do my best to meet them.
I have read the expectations of AP Chemistry and understand that my child is making this
commitment. I also understand that AP classes take additional time, and will discuss with
my child his or her overall schedule and the commitment involved.