AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry 2015

Forest Hills Eastern High School


Welcome to AP Chemistry!  This is a national curriculum class that is similar to a first year college level chemistry class.  There is a rigorous math component to this class along with a strong lab component. 

The following list of topics for an AP course is intended to be a guide to the level and breadth of treatment expected rather than to be a syllabus.

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

Science Practices for AP® Chemistry

Science Practice 1: The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems

Science Practice 2: The student can use mathematics appropriately

Science Practice 3: The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course

Science Practice 4: The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. [Note: Data can be collected from many different sources, e.g., investigations, scientific observations, the findings of others, historic reconstruction, and/or archived data.]

Science Practice 5: The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence

Science Practice 6: The student can work with scientific explanations and theories

Science Practice 7: The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains

Due to the nature and the breadth of material, it is expected that students will devote at least 1 hour a night studying.


Grades will be earned on a point system.  All points will be added together and the points earned by the student will divided by the total number of points.  The school grading scale will be followed.  Tests are given at a level of the AP Exam.  This means that they are very difficult. 

At the completion of the first semester and exam will be given over the contents of the first semester.  The exam policy will follow the school district expectations.


 The AP Chemistry text will be needed on a daily basis.  A calculator will be needed for the math component. Please note that on the AP exam, some questions will not allow the use of a calculator.  Please plan accordingly! Optionally an AP Chemistry study guide may be purchased, but is not a requirement.  No one book is better than others, they all cover the same material.  PLEASE note that any guide book that is purchased must be for the 2014 or later exam.  The 2013 exam is longer in place.  Things are different.


Please note that this is a 2 hour block class.  We will take breaks when it is appropriate for us, and not necessarily when the bell rings.

Please plan to work all problems to the best of your ability.  This will help you on the AP Exam.  While working with each other is a great way for you to learn, you must make sure that you learn what you are supposed to.  The problem portion of the AP Exam is worth 50%.


If you are sick, you certainly missed something.  Please find out what is was and take care of it.  You have as many days as you were absent to make it up.  This includes quizzes and tests.


 If you need help, PLEASE ask for it!!!!  I am available before school, and after school by appointment.  In other words, I am not always here after school.  I have access to my email at home.  rvandenberg@fhps.net

 If you are really stuck call me before 10 p.m.  616.647.7627


 Your first assignment is to email me the following.  Put your hour in the subject line. (See e-mail above) 

Name:  Your first and last name

Nickname (What do you want me to call you):  if different than above

Class Period:  

Name(s) of the parent(s) that you live with:  if you live with both, give both names

Daytime phone number(s) for the parent(s) listed above:

Email address(es) for the parent(s) listed above:

What are your goals for this class?

What do you want to be doing in 10 years:  

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