Pre-AP Chemistry

This course includes all of the topics covered on an SAT II chemistry exam. Some topics, like nuclear chemistry, will be an overview. Test taking strategies will be taught and opportunities for taking practice exams will be available for those interested in taking practice exams at the conclusion of the course.

Each week students will find all of the assignments listed on the class website (see below).

Chem modules

When a student clicks on the weekly assignment link, like “Week #1 –Module 1A Homework Info,” a new page will open.  On that page the student will find a listing of the homework and a suggested daily breakdown of the reading and homework question assignments (example below) for that week. When a student clicks on the “Module 1A – Video Lecture and lecture Questions” link, a recorded lecture giving an overview of the text material and drawing attention to important concepts to be covered during the reading that week will be displayed. There will also be several lecture questions that students earn homework points for answering as they watch the lecture.

Chem weekly work

You can watch the video lecture right on the Canvas class website or by clicking on the link to watch it on a full screen site (see below). To watch a preview of the lecture below, click on this link: http://www.screencast.com/t/jopsFALjF

Chem video lectChem additional helps

Also, additional material on the website—including videos, interactive links, and practice problems—allow students to further investigate the concepts covered (examples right and below).

Homework each week consists of 10-15, short answer questions, and problems covering concepts studied.  Other homework includes handouts and webquests designed to aid student understanding (a scanner will be necessary for submission of assignments­—most printers are equipped with scanners). All homework will be graded with comments and returned to the student within 48 hours so that understanding of concepts is achieved before beginning new material. There will be module exams that will consist of the same type of questions found in the homework.

Chem additional helps2There will be approximately 12 labs during the course. The labs will use easy to acquire materials (I will provide you with a list of materials and where you can purchase harder to find items) and will be hands on in nature. Graphing and data analysis/interpretation will be taught as part of the lab work. Several webquest mini-labs using interactive sites help students visualize concepts (example below).

Live discussions will be held as needed (usually weekly or every other week) to review material, work through problems, consider current event case studies, or answer student questions. WebEx will be used for these live group discussions and these will be recorded as well. A link to the recording will be sent to any student unable to attend the live discussion.

I am always available to students via email, Skype, Canvas “office hours,” or by phone if additional help is ever needed. Science is my passion, and it’s my goal to help all of my students enjoy science as they learn.

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