Sparkman High School AP Chemistry Course Syllabus Ms. Emily Pate, Science Hall - Room 227

Sparkman High School AP Chemistry Course Syllabus Ms. Emily Pate, Science Hall - Room 227

Sparkman High School
AP Chemistry
Course Syllabus
Ms. Emily Pate, Science Hall - Room 227

Course Objectives:
To cover and understand the six “Big Ideas” by using the seven “Science Practices” listed below.

Big Ideas / Science Practices
1. Structure of Matter / 1. Drawing, explaining, and interpreting representations
2. Bonding and Intermolecular Forces / 2. Using mathematics and logical routines appropriately
3. Chemical Reactions / 3. Asking and refining scientific questions
4. Kinetics / 4. Designing and implementing data collection strategies
5. Thermodynamics / 5. Analyzing and evaluating data
6. Chemical Equilibrium / 6. Making predictions and justifying claims with evidence
7. Connecting chemistry concepts across the big ideas.

Course Description:
This is a college level course taught in high school, so it is very demandingboth in time and
effort. Remember that this is not an advanced high school course, it is a college course that is
analogous to a first year chemistry course.Be prepared to invest a good deal of time into both classwork and homework; especially for tests and the AP Exam. Students will have to budget their after-school time very carefully.AP Chemistry will teach you to advanced cognitive skills. You will learn to think and apply conceptsto new situations, and even derive your own theories from application. This is excellentpreparation for skills required in college and various career paths.

Required Class Materials:

  • A binder with loose-leaf paper.
  • Blue or black ink pens and pencils with erasers
  • Scientific Calculator such as a TI-30X (can be used for other classes)
  • One pack of Index Cards (3x5)
  • A roll of paper towels for the lab

Requested Items:
Classroom/lab supplies and activities enhance the learning experience not available in the traditional classroom, but funding is limited for these expenses. The Madison County Board of Education allows teachers to collect contributions on a voluntary basis to purchase needed items for their classrooms. Ms. Pate’s classroom is in need of Voluntary Contributions for lab materials/equipment and classroom operations. Donations of the following would also be appreciated.

  • Box of tissues and hand sanitizer
  • Office supplies (i.e. white copy paper, pencils, pens, staples, dry erase markers)
  • Monetary contribution: $20 paid on MySchoolFees (on Sparkman Website)

Remind Messaging:
I will use the Remind App/Messaging to communicate important information to students. Please join by using the following code for your class.
A Day Classes: Text @pateaday to 81010B Day Classes: Text @patebday to 81010

Chemistry The Central ScienceAP Edition, 13th Edition, Pearson Publishing
Online componentswill be accessed by students. The setup of that account will happen in class.

Classroom Rules:
All school policies and procedures will be enforced in this classroom. For learning to take place, the student must come prepared to each class. This is the same policy observed by the teacher. You come prepared. I come prepared. Learning will happen.

Behavioral Expectations:
Be On Time, Be Prepared, Be Responsible, Be Respectful

Cell Phone Policy:
Cell phones will be put away in a closed book bag or purse during instructional time. If cell phone use occurs in the classroom that is an immediate referral to an administrator. Per the student handbook, students will be allowed to use electronic devices, for instructional purposes onlyand during the last five (5) minutes of class with permission from the classroom teacher.

Discipline/Consequences for failure to follow rules and expectations:
FIRST OFFENSE: Verbal warning by the teacher
SECOND OFFENSE: Parental Contact
THIRD OFFENSE: Referral to Administrator

Bathroom/Hall Passes:
According to school policy, hall passes are not to be issued unless it is a true emergency. Notify the teacher and school nurse of any medical conditions the student may have. The first and last five (5) minutes of class are “dead time” and no passes will be issued out of class. Emergencies will be taken into consideration.

Grading Policy:
Grades are calculated using the points system (i.e. some grades may be worth 100 points, others 10 points, etc). NO LATE WORK IS ACCEPTED. This does not include excused absences.
Tests,Quizzes, Projects -60% of the total course grade
Daily Grades (class/homework, pop quizzes, and labs) - 40% of the total course grade

Absences and Make-up Work:
Work missed may be made up. Students will be able to turn in missed assignments upon returning to school. Make up quizzes and tests may be different than the original given in class and arrangements MUST be made with the teacher upon return to class for that makeup assessment. The timeframe to make up the quiz or test is based on school policy and the scheduling is at the discretion of the teacher.
I am happy to help students! I am available for tutoring sessions BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Morning sessions are from 7:30 – 8:15 am and afternoon sessions are from 3:30 – 4:15 pm.