AP Chem Syllabus

Course Outline for AP Chemistry

Instructor:  Scott Kindt

Contact Information:

scott.kindt@thompsonschools.org                                                              (970) 613-7743

Online information & Assignments found at:     www.rockymountainstars.com

Textbook:  Chemistry  Zumdahl / Zumdahl  7th Edition


Course Overview

AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year college general chemistry course.  The course will place special emphasis on applying mathematics to problem solving and as a means of expressing and modeling scientific inquiry.  The course will provide an in depth treatment of atomic structure, gas laws, thermodynamics, stoichiometry, kinetics, equilibria, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemistry.

Course Objective:

Develop students’ problem solving skills.  Provide laboratory experience that enables students to analyze collected data and arrive at logical conclusions.  Give students the background necessary to score well on the AP exam.  Prepare students for additional courses in science.  Develop students’ ability for independent and logical thought.  Increase students’ ability to apply math to physical sciences.

Required Materials

Dedicated Lab Notebook (graph or composition format) Scientific Calculator



Total Grade comes from: 75% Exams & Quizzes, 20% Lab Reports, 5% Homework

100%-90% A,    89%-80% B,     79%-70% C,    69%-60% D,   59%-0 F

There is a 10% deduction in points for each day an assignment is late.

AP Chemistry is a weighted course for grades C or higher.





Course Sequence 1st Semester

1st Semester

Intro/Review Unit:  Chapters 1, 2, & 3   Significant figures, Dimensional Analysis, Polyatomic Ions, Naming Compounds, Stoichiometry, Separation techniques, Naming Compounds, Stoichiometry

Associated Labs:  Chromatography, Emperical formula of PbNO3, Percent of Copper in Brass


Unit 1  Atoms, Elements & the Building Blocks of Matter,   Chapter 7

The Periodic Table, Coulomb’s Law, PES, Periodic Trends, Quantum Mechanics

Associated Labs: Periodic Trends


Unit 2  Bonding & Phases,   Chapters 5, 8, 9

Lewis Dot Stuctures, Kinetic Molecular Theory, Ideal Gas Laws, Dalton’s Law, Density, Solutions

Associated Labs:  Butane Lighter Lab, PES lab


Unit 3  Chemical Reactions, Energy Changes & Redox RXN,  Chapters 4, 6, 17

Types of Reactions, Chemical Equations, Enthalpy, Energy Diagrams, Catalyst, Oxidation States, Oxidation-Reduction reactions, Galvanic Cells,

Associated Lab:  Redox Titration, Galvanic Cell Lab


1st Semester Exam


2nd Semester

Unit 4  Kinetics the Rate of Chemical Reactions,   Chapter 12

Rate law using initial concentrations, Rate law using concentration & time, Collison theory, Beer’s Law, Reaction Mechanism, Catalyst

Associated Lab:  Rate of decomposition of Crystal Violet

Unit 5 The law of Thermodynamics & Changes in Matter,  Chapters 6, 16, 10

Energy vs Temperature, Energy Transfer, 1st & 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, State Functions, Heat of formation ΔH, Bond Energy, Hess’s Law, Thermodynamics of Phase Chage, Calorimetry, Entropy, Gibbs Free Energy ΔG,  ΔG ΔH and ΔS, Voltage & Spontaneity

Associated Lab:  Hess’s Law Lab & Calorimetry


Unit 6 Equilibrium, Acids & Bases, Titrations & Solubility,  Chapters 13, 14, 15,

Equilibrium Constant Keq Le Chatelier’s Law, The reaction Quotient Q, Solubility, Acids & Bases, pH, Weak Acids, Strong Acids, Kw, Buffers, Polyprotic Acids & Amphoteric Substances, Titrations

Associated Labe:  Titration of a Polyprotic Acid, Buffers, Le Chatelier’s Law


Final Exam



Laboratory Reports

There will be on average at least one chemistry lab per unit.  Some will be teacher directed while others will be student directed (inquiry based).  During a teacher directed lab, the students are given instructions on the operation of lab equipment and guidance in the lab procedure.  Student-directed labs are when the students are given an objective, e.g. “Determine how to make a buffer” and standard materials needed to conduct the lab.  Students are allowed to create their own experimental design, and collect data which can be analyzed through graphical methods.  Students work in groups, but each student must submit their own lab report in a lab notebook.


Each lab report must include the following components

  1.  Statement of the problem or purpose / objective
  2. Hypothesis
  3. Discussion or outline of how the procedure will be carried out
  4. Data collected from the experiment
  5. Data analysis
  6. Error analysis
  7. Conclusion
  8. Lab Questions