AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry: An 11th or 12th grade Core/Elective Course*

Teacher: Mr. Coulombe; E-mail: SCoulombe@mvusd.net

 AP ChemistryTextbook: Chemistry-Zumdahl, S.


1. Students are expected to exhibit high levels of commitment, motivation, and academic maturity. The College Board makes the following statement in the course description in relation to student commitment: “Students in an AP Chemistry course should spend at least five hours a week in individual study outside of the classroom.”

 2. Students are expected to play an active role in their study by reading around the subject and taking an enthusiastic and proactive approach to all their work.

 3. It is the responsibility of the student to keep up with the lecture and obtain assignments missed due to excused absences.

 4. Students will be given a class set of notes in a 3-ring binder. Each student can insert extra pages. Keeping a complete and organized notebook is essential for successful preparation for the AP Chemistry exam.

 5. While not an absolute requirement, it is very strongly recommended that students invest in one of the AP Chemistry course preparation books currently on the market. There are several available and each student should examine the titles and select one based on personal preference. It is not a good idea to wait until a few weeks before the examination to purchase the book; buy it at the beginning of the course and use it regularly throughout the year.

  •  Example: AP Chemistry Crash Course-Author Adrian Dingle

 There will be online assignments from “Cengage Brain” which are called “Owl assignments”

 Required Materials:

Scientific calculator

One spiral notebook for daily chemical reaction problems

One notebook for notes(provided)

Course Grade Description:


20%-Laboratory work/lab reports

15%-Homework/class assignments/class participation/notebook grades

15% online assignments

 Unit 0

Review of some 1st-year chemistry

 Unit 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.

 Unit 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.

 Unit 3

 Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

 Unit 4

Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

 Unit 5

The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter

 Unit 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 

 Final Grades

 If a student scores a “3” on the AP exam they are guaranteed a grade no lower than a “B”

If a student scores a “4” or a “5” on the AP exam they are guaranteed a grade no lower than an “A”


 *AP Chemistry will meet one year of the two years of laboratory science mandated by the A-G requirements. Students who wish to have a STEM major in college are recommended to take 5 years of science in high school, meaning that some of their electives will have to be filled with a science course.