MHS AP Chemistry
Mr. Zahm
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Course Outline & Schedule, with Chapter and Lab links
The course outline is adapted from Syllabus 2, by Karen Campbell, in the College Board "Teachers' Guide to AP Chemistry."
Text:  Chemistry: The Central Science, 8th ed., by Brown, LeMay, & Burstein.  We will use the Laboratory Manual and Student Work Study Guide that is published with the text.
QUARTER ONE   In Lab Book In AP List Date
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2: Introduction to Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
Basic concepts of measurement, atomic structure, the periodic table, and nomenclature.

Lab: Paper Chromatography 10 18 09/05

Lab: Determination of the Formula of a Compound 05 01 09/16

Lab: Determination of Percentage of Water in a Hydrate   02 09/16
Chapter 3: Stoichiometry
The mole concept, empirical and molecular formulas, and calculations based on balanced equations.

Test: Chapters 1-3     09/21
Chapter 4: Solutions
Properties of solutions, simple solution chemistry, acid-base, redox, and precipitation reactions.

Lab: Determination of Mass/Mole Relationships Ag/Cu RedOx, or Mn/Cu RedOx   09 09/24

Lab: Determination of Concentration by RedOx Titration 35 08  

Lab: Qualitative Analysis of Ions 29, 30 14 10/07

Lab: Analytical Gravimetric Determination 08 16 09/16

Lab: Determination of an Electrochemical Series 15 20 10/16

Test: Chapter 4     10/20
Chapter 5: Energy Relationships in Chemical Reactions
Endothermic and exothermic reactions, enthalpies of reaction, and Hess’s Law.

Lab: Determination of Enthalpy Change for a Reaction 26 13 10/24

Test: Chapter 5     10/31x
Chapter 6: and Chapter 7: Electronic Structure of the Atom and Periodic Properties of the Elements
The quantum theory and behavior of electromagnetic waves, and trends in atomic properties revealed in the periodic table.
  Lab: Diffraction Grating Calibration     11/18
  Lab: Analysis of Hydrogen Spectrum     11/18
  Lab: Spectrophotometric Determination of Iron 31 17 11/26
  Test: Chapters 6-7     12/03


Chapter 8 and Chapter 9: Bonding and Molecular Geometry
Basic bonding, Lewis structures, resonance structures, polarity of molecules, molecular geometry, and molecular orbital theory.
  Test: Chapters 8-9     12/11
Chapter 25: Organic Chemistry
Structures, nomenclature, basic functional groups, and common hydrocarbons.
  Lab: Synthesis of an Ester
Cool ester reference page (The Good Scents Company)
39 22 12/15
Chapter 10: Gases
Gas laws and kinetic molecular theory.
  Lab: Finding the Molar Mass by Vapor Density 13 03 12/16
  Lab: Determination of the Molar Volume of a Gas   05 12/19
  Lab: Determination of R 14   01/07
  Test: Chapter 10     01/10
Chapter 11: Intermolecular Attractive Forces
The types of attractive forces between molecules, phase diagrams, and changes of state.
  Lab: Determination of the Size of a Molecule     01/12
Chapter 13: Properties of Solutions
The solution process, methods of expressing concentration, and colligative properties.
  Lab: Molecular Mass by Freezing Point Depression
Lab: Molecular Mass by Boiling Point Elevation
Lab: Identification of a Solvent by Determination of kf
19 04 01/21
  Test: Chapters 11-13      
MIDTERM EXAM       01/27
Chapter 14: Kinetics
Rates of reaction, rate laws, and reaction mechanisms.
  Lab: Determination of a Rate Law 27, 28 12  
  Test: Chapter 14      

Chapter 15: Chemical Equilibrium
The essentials of equilibrium and Le Chatlier’s Principle.

  Lab: Determination of an Equilibrium Constant  25 10  
  Test: Chapter 15      

Chapter 16 and Chapter 17: Acid-Base and Other Aspects of Equilibrium
Weak acids, weak bases, and pH. Also, titration curves, buffers, solubility product constants, and the common ion effect.

  Lab: Standardization of a Base 20A 06  
  Lab: Titration of a Strong Acid with a Strong [Standardized] Base 20B 07  
  Lab: Titration of a Weak Acid with a Strong Base 22  07  
  Lab: Preparation and Properties of a Buffer Solution 24  19  
  Lab: Determination of Appropriate Indicators for Titration   11  
  Lab: Identification of a Diprotic Acid by Titration      
  Test: Chapters 16-17      
Chapter 19: Thermodynamics
Entropy and Gibbs free energy.
Chapter 20: Electrochemistry
Balancing of RedOx reactions, cell emf, electrolysis, and the Nernst Equation.
  Lab: Electroplateing/Measurement using Electrochemical Cells 16 21  
Chapter 24: Chemistry of Coordination Complexes
  Lab: Synthesis & Analysis of a Coordination Compound 34 15  
State Chemistry Competition Preparation
State Chemistry Competition
NECAP Science testing (Juniors)

Pilot labs - any ideas?

Helpful Documents - tools, references, & tutoring
Rules for Recording Data
Nomenclature Summary
Periodic Tables (Excel)
Many Data Tables (Excel)
Solubility Rules  
Sample Lab Report (Word 2000) for styles (right click, and save as)
Rules for Making Graphs
Metric Prefixes
Chem Equations (Word)
Rules for Showing Calculations
Scientific Notation
Periodic Data & Trends (Excel)
Cool 3-D periodic trends (Excel 5.0)
NEWEST & COOLEST version of 3-D Trends (by Levi J Hoiriis - Thank You!)
Significant Digits
chemistry tutor/self-testing
Chem & Research Links
Interesting Documents
NEW November 2009 - Periodic Table street art
NEW November 2009 - Element 112 proposed name "Copernicum"
A cool Element Name Quiz - try it! (I had 92/111 with 1:10 left)
Trans-Uranic Elements
The Wave Equation (Word)
A Wooden Periodic Table?
Mr.. Zahm's Temperature-Dependent Periodic Table Program (& read me)
Suggested Reading - fiction and non-fiction
AP Chemistry in the MHS Schedule
A List of Recommended Labs from the College Board
Mission Statement & Student Learning Expectations
Labs I Have Written or Modified
Gas Producing Contest
Liquid Separations
Efficiency of a Bunsen Burner
MW of Burner Gas 01
Titration of Vinegar
Graham's Law
Formula of a Hydrate
Reaction Patterns
10 Solutions
Heat of Fusion of Ice
MW of Burner Gas 02
Titration of Polyprotic Acid
14 Chemical Reactions
Colligative Properties #1
Titration Contest
Identifying a Liquid and Solid Unknown
Young's Experiment
Optical Spectrum Lab
Synthesis of an Ester
Acidic Waste Disposal
ID Unknown Polyprotic Acid
Colligative Properties #2
Sulfur Combustion Analysis
Lab 2 Chooser Tool (Excel)
Activity of Ag & Cu
Heat of Neutralization
Extraction of Fat
Indicator Report
Activity of Mn & Cu
Prince Rupert's Drops
Alka-Seltzer fun
Silly Documents
Are YOU a nerd?
THE 5 Answers
Should We Ban Water?
New Math ?
Chemistry Puns
My pi-finding programs
Discontinued Stuff
Project Ideas
Project Guide
Syllabus Grade Grids
Syllabus 12

Syllabus 25

The Soluble Song