AP CHEM INFO

I teach accelerated, gifted, and AP Chemistry at Lakeside High School in Atlanta, Georgia. I am also the Senior Class sponsor and the gifted liaison.

Contact Information: I can be reached at Nancy_H_Brim@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us or 678-874-6767.

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AP CHEMISTRY

There is a calendar of assignments: https://nancyhbrim.wordpress.com/ap-chemistry-calendar/

REMIND 101:  You have the ability to receive texts from me reminding you of various assignments.  Text @63820 to 470-315-7303. You can begin receiving the text messages.

Tips for Success: Here are some tips for success for both students and parents: A Guide for Success

Syllabus Fall Semester: Information about required materials, late assignments, make-up policy, redo policy, homework, laboratory reports, and agenda book use can be found on the syllabus for this course given to each student the first week of each semester.Fall Syllabi – AP – Brim2014 (fall) and (spring) Gifted Syllabi – AP – Spring 2015

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REGISTERING FOR THE TEST

If you do not take the AP test, then you will take a final exam with me.

The information on how to register AP classes is below:

Link: http://www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/110184

Exam Dates:   http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/about/dates

Cost: $99; all DeKalb county students will receive one free exam (paid for by the county); students on the reduced/free lunch program will receive an additional free exam (paid for by the state) and will receive a reduced rate for any subsequent exams.

Payment: Students may pay for the exams using a credit/debit card or mail a check to the Total Registration company.

Deadline: The registration site will close at 11:59PM on Friday, March 13.  Please iterate to your students that there will be no late registrations.

Pre-Administration meetings: Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors will have a pre-administration meeting during 7th period on Wednesday, April 22; Seniors will have a pre-administration meeting during 7th period on Thursday, April 23; attendance at the pre-administration meeting is mandatory.

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Course Description: The course covers six big ideas from which all studies derive.

Big Idea 1: The chemical elements are fundamental building materials of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.

Big Idea 2: Chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules and the forces between them.

Big Idea 3: Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

Big Idea 4: Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

Big Idea 5: The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.

Big Idea 6: Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

 AP Chemistry Exam: 60 Multiple Choice questions (90 minutes – 50%) and 7 Free Response questions broken into 3 multi-part and 4 single part (90 minutes – 50%).  Test is Monday, May 5, 8:00 a.m.

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GRADING CATEGORIES GRADE PROTOCOL
Formative Assessment (Pre-Assessment) – 0%Assessment During Learning – 25%Guided, Independent, or Group Practice – 45%Summative Assessment or Assessment of Learning– 30% A            90 – 100B            80 – 89

C            71 – 79

D            70

F             Below 70

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Tips for Success:

  1. Form a Study Group: Study groups allow study and preparation to become a social activity and enable you to learn by both helping and being helped by others. Experience has shown that those students who have a network of social and study contacts within the class are much more successful than those students who try to “go it alone.”
  2. Do the Homework: Remember that the AP test will be both multiple choice and free response. The only way to get better that this is to practice. Start your homework the night it is assigned, and bring your questions to class.
  3. Supplement your learning with a Study Guide: Buy a study guide from Barron’s, Princeton Review, etc. This way you have another way to get the content.
  4. Ask Questions: You cannot get help unless you ask.
  5. Read: Do the assigned READING before attempting the problems related to that reading
  6. Book: Take advantage of the example problems in the book .
  7. No Late Work: Turn in all work on time
  8. Help: Take advantage of tutorial times.
  9. Keep Up: Do not allow yourself to fall behind. Getting “caught up” is harder than keeping up

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RESOURCES TO REVIEW WITH

Sample Multiple Choice in a variety of topics.

Data Table Practice Multiple Choice on a variety of topics.
AP Central’s database of Free Response questions and sample questions

 

 

Revised 2-24-15

Subject to change without notice

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