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Advanced Chemistry

Mrs. Kelly Weston

2010-2011 School Year

Faculty Contact Information

Phone: 724-452-6041 x1085 Email:


General Course Information

Meetings: 1 credit, meeting daily in room 326. Follow your printed schedule for appropriate periods/times.

Pre-requisites: 74% or better in Chemistry or Honors Chemistry or 83% or better in Principles of Chemistry

Course Description from Program of Studies: This course is a second-year chemistry course focusing on topics that apply to the biological and health sciences. Topics include kinetics, equilibrium, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. There is an emphasis on understanding reaction mechanisms - what exactly is occurring at the molecular level when a particular reaction takes place. Students with an interest in health fields and biological sciences will find this course to be good preparation for college. Topics in this course are covered in freshman and sophomore college chemistry.

Textbook: General, Organic, and Biochemistry by Denniston, Topping, and Caret. McGraw Hill.

Suggested Texts, Readings, & Materials: Student Study Guide Manual

Assignments & Academic Calendar

I. Inorganic Chemistry

  1. Chemical Bonding – 3 weeks

  1. Electron configurations

  2. Covalent bonds

  3. VSEPR theory

  1. Nuclear Chemistry – 2 weeks

  1. Radioactivity

  2. Nuclear processes

  3. Applications

  1. Thermochemistry – 1 week

  1. Entropy, Enthalpy, and Gibbs Free Energy

  2. Applications

  1. Kinetics – 1 week

  1. Reaction Rates

  2. Spontaneity

3. Applications

  1. Equilibrium – 2 weeks

  1. LeChatelier’s Principle

  2. Buffers

3. Applications

II. Organic Chemistry

  1. The Chemistry of Carbon and Alkanes – 3 weeks




  1. Unsaturated Hydrocarbons and Aromatics – 3 weeks




  1. Alcohols, Phenols, and Ethers – 2 weeks




  1. Aldehydes and Ketones – 2 weeks




  1. Carboxylic acids and their derivatives – 3 weeks




  1. Amines and Amides – 2 weeks




III. Biochemistry

A. Carbohydrates – 3 weeks

  1. Functions

  2. Applications

B. Lipids – 2 weeks

  1. Functions

  2. Applications

C. Proteins – 2 weeks

  1. Functions

  2. Applications

D. Enzymes – 2 weeks

    1. Functions

    2. Applications

Course Procedures

Grading policy: Grading will be a percentage grade. A student’s grade will be determined by dividing his total points by the total possible points x 100. The district’s grading scale will be used. The grade will be determined by the following graded items:

  1. Tests (40 – 100 points)

  2. Weekly Quizzes (10 – 30 points)

  3. Homework (10 points)

  4. Experiments (20 – 50 points)

  5. Special Projects / Assignments (vary)

  6. Comprehensive Midterm and Final Exam

Description of graded items


All tests will be announced in advance. All tests must be taken! Tests cover the sections and chapters that have just been discussed in class, lab, and in the text. Recall questions from prior sections may also be included.


Quizzes will be given weekly and are open notebook, closed textbook. Keep all of your completed homework assignments and notes neatly organized in your notebook. The quiz will include several homework problems that were recently assigned. In other words, if you keep your assignments up to date and your notebook organized, you should be able to score very well.


Homework will be collected and graded. Five points will be for the completeness of the homework; the other five points will come from the grading of specific problems for accuracy.


You will work with a lab partner on all experiments. If you are absent the day of the lab, it is your responsibility to re-schedule. Labs must be made up within one week of the original lab period; otherwise, a zero will be given. Because of the time required, labs must be made up after school. Experiments will be graded three ways: technique, results, and write-ups.

Special Projects:

There will be at least one project per quarter. These projects will require you to complete the majority of the work outside of class and must be your own original work. I do not tolerate plagiarism and forgery. According to SV student handbook, plagiarism is defined as “taking or imitating the ideas, thoughts or language of another to represent them as one’s original work.” Be sure to document borrowed information appropriately. For the first offense, a zero will be given for the work and a parent will be notified. A failing grade for the year may occur for subsequent offenses.


There will be bonus opportunities presented throughout the nine weeks. No bonus will be accepted the last five days of the nine weeks. In addition, bonus will not be awarded to students who have not completed 5 or more assignments.

Comprehensive Midterm and Final:

The midterm will cover information from the first semester, and the final will cover information from the second semester. These grades will be included in the final grading scheme.

Course Expectations:

  1. Be prompt. The bell is the signal to begin class. All students should be seated quietly, with their assignment on their desk, prepared to begin class. Those who are tardy more than two times per quarter will be subject to disciplinary action.

  2. Students are expected to arrive at class prepared for the day’s activities. Students who fail to bring the required materials to class or arrive without assignments will be penalized points.

Course Website: All materials for the course can be downloaded from the website. It is your responsibility to visit the site to get materials as and when they are needed. In addition to the course material you will find a large amount of other helpful information there. You are required to visit regularly. You may access the site by clicking on my website link on the Teacher WebSites page.

Student obligations: I hope it goes without saying that attendance, punctuality, courtesy and good behavior of the highest levels are expected at all times. On the occasions when it is unavoidable that a class is missed it remains the responsibility of the student to catch up with any material missed.

Laboratory safety is always of paramount importance. You exemplary behavior and observance of safety procedures is required at all times.

The very nature of the AP Chemistry program, attempting as it does to mimic a college chemistry course, requires students to learn and apply some college style learning skills. More specifically taking the initiative for one’s own learning and being prepared to think around problems to find solutions. Please seek help if you are having difficulties.

Late Work, Make-up Exams & Incomplete Grades: If you are absent from class you are responsible for making up all work missed. Handouts and worksheets that are given out during your absence will be located in your period’s folder in the Missed Work Bin. If you miss the day of a test or quiz, you will be expected to take it immediately upon your return. A variation of the test or quiz may be given. If you will be missing class for a field trip or other school activity, you are responsible for having the work completed when you return.

When students are legally absent from classes, it is his/her responsibility to arrange with his/her teachers to make up work missed in each class. The amount of time given to make up this work depends on the amount of time that the student was absent and the circumstances surrounding the absence. For instance, if the student is legally absent for two school days, the student shall receive two school days to make up the work, if necessary. If this work is not completed within the given time period, a student may receive an “incomplete” grade. At the end of the grading period, or at the interim report, the “incomplete” grade is changed to a failing grade for work that has not been completed. Students will not receive credit for any class work that takes place during unexcused class absences. Students are required to make up any missed assignments. If a student is missing due to a pre approved vacation/field trip they must follow district policy.

Work that is one day late will be penalized 50%. Work that is 2 or more days late is 0%.

Class Attendance: As per Seneca Valley School District Policy #204, a student shall not be granted credit for any semester course if absences from that course total more than ten(10) periods per semester or for any full year courses that total more than twenty (20) periods for the year. Class period absences may include but not be limited to illness, truancy, vacations, parent sponsored educational experiences, college visitations, service related tests or physicals, and doctor appointments.

In addition, student(s) will not receive credit towards graduation for any class(es)from which the student(s) is illegally absent (confirmed truancy or class cut) more than three times during a semester class or more than 6 times during a full year course. The lack of sufficient credits in any particular school year could result in a student being denied promotion to the next grade level/building and/or graduation. If a student loses credit, he/she will remain in the class and the grade earned will impact the students GPA.

Field Trip Policies, Off-Campus Instruction & Course Activities: The Seneca Valley School District recognizes the value and encourages the opportunities for students to participate in pre-planned trips and educational experiences during the regular school year. Pre-approval forms are available from the building principal, to be completed by the school-approved adult supervisor of the trip.

If a proposed trip has been approved by the principal, written permission from a parent or guardian must be obtained. This permission must indicate understanding of the date, time, cost (if applicable), method of travel, and purpose of this trip. Pupil participants are subject to the supervision of the school-approved adults, who may require a dress code for the occasion. At all times the school code of conduct will be enforced.

Each month throughout the school year a list of those students who have been absent or tardy 15% of the days is generated. The principal or designee will determine individual student participation on the basis of prior attendance records, previous requests, frequency of such requests, academic progress to date, and the educational value of the requested experience.

Technical Support: If you experience any problems with your account you may send an email to: or call the SHS Technology Facilitator at 724-452-6040 X455.

Student Conduct, Discipline, and Behavior Management:

  1. I expect you to behave like mature adults. Respect yourself and others.

  2. Sleeping in class will not be tolerated. If you sleep in class, you will be turned into the office.

  3. Working on other work during class or writing notes will not be tolerated. If you are caught working on another teacher’s work, it will be collected and you will receive a detention. The same policy will be used for writing notes.

  4. No electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, handheld games, etc. are to be on, used or visible during class. Ear buds must be removed from your person upon arrival to class. If I see any of these, I will collect it and hold on to it until the end of the period. Second and subsequent offenses will involve the item being turned into the office and a discipline referral form filled out.

  5. Do not touch any apparatus, equipment, or chemicals without my permission.

  6. Never bring food or drink into the chemistry classroom.

  7. Take care of all personal needs before class. There is no need for you to be in the halls during class. No hall passes will be given for you to go to your locker. Up to 3 emergency restroom passes will be written for you per nine weeks. When you use the pass, you must sign out and sign back in.

Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism is defined as taking or imitating the ideas, thoughts or language of another to represent them as one’s original work. It is imperative that all work submitted by a student be representative of his/her own ideas, thoughts and especially language capability. Therefore, plagiarism is strictly prohibited in all work pertaining to school. A grade of “F” or zero will be awarded for any submitted work which is found to be the work of another (student, author, encyclopedia, internet, etc.) and subsequent offenses will be dealt with accordingly.

If the ideas, thoughts or language from another source must be used in the work being done, it is the student’s responsibility to footnote or annotate the information appropriately. Plagiarism software will be used in various classes.

Technology Usage: There are computer labs in the building for student use. Students whose teachers use the lab in their curriculum use courseware specifically designed for that curriculum during scheduled class times. Students are also permitted to use the labs for class or research during study halls as space is available. In addition, there are computers in the library for research purposes plus a workstation in every classroom for teacher and/or student use. The labs are monitored at all times.

All enrolled students have an account on the networked system for file storage and software access. All student accounts are password protected. These passwords are to be kept confidential to protect unauthorized use.

The labs are a privilege provided for the students to enhance the academic curriculum. Games that are not specifically used in the curriculum are not allowed on the system. Individual files are not considered to be personal property. These files may be accessed at any time by teachers, administrators or the system manager. Students are not permitted access to other students’ files. Tampering with files, copying of copyrighted software, downloading or installing games, password tampering, accessing unauthorized directories or removing equipment or software will be considered theft. Tampering with any hardware or equipment or violating policies and/or guidelines governing the use of networks, Internet or software programs are also considered offenses and will be dealt with Per Seneca Valley policy #218. Violators may also be prosecuted under applicable local, state or federal civil or criminal law. Students must show their ID card to gain access to the computer lab.

Email Use: Students are encouraged to contact the instructor when they have questions about assignment and coursework. Email use is expected to be polite and maintain high standards of decorum.


Analyze lab data to prove scientific laws and test theories. S11.A.1.1.1

Use models to illustrate the behavior of atoms. S11.A.1.1.5

Map the parts of a system so that relationships are evident. S11.A.3.1.1

Explain similarities and deviations of models compared to observed behavior. S11.A.3.2.1

Illustrate abstract chemical concepts with models. S11.A.3.2.3

Demonstrate chemical periodicity. S11.A.3.3.1

Explain a substance’s properties based on chemical periodicity. S11.A.3.3.2

Relate chemical bonding patterns to physical macroscopic properties. S11.C.1.1.2

Differentiate compounds based on bond character. S11.C.1.1.3

Apply scientific and mathematical concepts to explain real world problems. S11.A.1.1.4

Use models to illustrate the behavior of atoms. S11.A.1.1.5

Relate scientific concepts to a societal issue after reading or viewing a case study. S11.A.1.2.1

Document the economic or environmental impact of a possible solution to a real-world problem. S11.A.1.2.2

Plot data and analyze the graph of resource use versus supply. S11.A.1.3.4

Discuss the impact of nuclear energy or petroleum. S11.C.2.2.1,

Use data and calculation to predict changes (e.g. phase changes, aqueous systems, gas systems). S11.A.1.3.1

Compare and contrast how the efficiency and precision of data collection is enhanced through the use of lab technology. S11.A.2.2.2

Construct tables and graphs to predict changes (e.g. phase changes, aqueous systems, gas systems). S11.A.3.1.3

Calculate the energy released in a reaction by measuring the heat gained by the surrounding. S11.C.2.1.3

Use data and calculation to predict changes (e.g. phase changes, aqueous systems, gas systems). S11.A.1.3.1

Select appropriate devices to measure chemistry data. S11.A.2.2.1

Interpret the effects of manipulating chemical variables in a system. S11.3.1.4

Distinguish among factors that affect the rate of a reaction. S11.C.1.1.6

Determine what variables can be tested in an investigation. S11.A.1.1.3

Interpret changes that occur when an additional reactant is added to a system. S11.A.1.3.2

Last updated 8/31/2010 by K. Weston


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