• AP Exam for Chemistry


    Info will be posted soon 

    The registration deadline for the exam is in March and costs $88.00.

    If you register after the March deadline you will have to pay an additional $50.00!!


    Questions about registration should be directed to;

    Ms. Bentley, 541-386-2770.



    AP Chemistry Lab Dates

    We will have 2 lab activities each month. The dates will be posted soon. 



    AP Chemistry Labs

    Beers Law - January

    Investigating Indicators- February

     Titration Lab - February


    The Titration Lab is the biggest lab of the year. Be sure you are ready!

    I will be available everyday before and after school. It is O.K. to finish the  lab process early and use class time to finish the written requirements.



    AP Chemistry Syllabus



    Advanced Placement Chemistry

    Prerequisite: General Chemistry

    Textbook: Chemistry  The Central Science 10th edition by Brown, LeMay and Bursten

    Instructor: Ms. Runyan

    Prep. Periods 1st+ and 5th in K04



    General Course Structure and Assignments

     The AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of a general chemistry course usually taken during the freshman year in college. This is a very demanding class in both time and effort required. Students who are heavily involved in after school activities and /or jobs will have to learn to budget their time very carefully. Students MUST have time available before school or immediately after school to get extra help or make up lab work when necessary.


    Much of the work involves solving math-type story problems therefore students need to be concurrently enrolled in Algebra II or above.  Homework is assigned each day. It will include memory work along with web-based problem solving and is likely to take approximately one hour for every hour spent in class. Home work is due at the beginning of each class period. Late homework will not be accepted.


    Once each week the class will have a lab. If you are unable to complete the lab during class time you will be required to complete it after school.


    Course Outline


    Unit 1: Matter and Measurement (1.0 week)

    Review SI units and derived SI units; Uncertainty in Measurement, Significant figures and Dimensional Analysis (A3)


                       Solution Concentrations (A5 & A6)


    Unit 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions (1.0 weeks)

    Atomic Theory of Matter, Periodic Table, Molecules and Chemical Formulas, Nomenclature, Molecular and Empirical Formulas


                       Safety in the Lab

                       How to use equipment (A5)

                       Chemical Formulas (Experiment 5, BL) (A1 & A5)


     Unit 3: Stoichiometry (2.0 weeks)

    Chemical Equations, Avogadro’s number, Molar Mass, Quantitative Information from Balanced Equations (percent yield, limiting reactant). (A3)


                        Empirical Formula of Copper Sulfide. (A5)


    Unit 4: Aqueous Reactions and Solution Stoichiometry (2.0 weeks)

    Properties of Aqueous Solutions including; electrolytic, ionic, solubility. Oxidation-Reduction Reactions, Concentrations of Solutions.


                       Net ionic reactions (microscale) (A3)


    Unit 5: Thermochemistry (2.0 weeks)

    First Law of Thermodynamics, Enthalpy, Calorimetry, Hess’s Law, Heats of Formation, Bond Energies, Heats of Reactions. (A3)


    Calorimetry (This covers thermochemistry and solution stoichiometry). (A5)

    Thermochemistry and Hess’ Law (A5)


    Unit 6: Electronic Structure of Atoms (2.0 weeks)

    Wave Nature of Light, Quantized Energy, Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Orbitals. (A1 & A4)


                       Flame test for metals using spectroscopes (A5)


    Unit 7: Periodic Properties of the Elements (1.0 weeks)

    Periodic Table, Periodic Trends, group trends (A1 & A4)


                       Use manipulatives to show periodic trends (A4 & A5)


    Unit 8: Basic Concepts of Chemical Bonding (2 weeks)

    Lewis Symbols, Octet Rule, Ionic and Covalent bonds, Resonance Structures, Exceptions to the Octet Rule (A1)


    Unit 9: Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theories (2.5 weeks)

    Molecular Shapes, VSEPR Model, Multiple Bonds (A1)


    VSEPR model building using manipulatives. Students must make five geometries and be able to distinguish between electron and molecular geometry. (A5)


    Unit 10: Gases (2.0 weeks)

    Characteristics of Gases, The ideal Gas Equation, Gas Laws, Effusion and Diffusion, Real Gases, Kinetic theory of gases, etc. (A2)


                       Molecular mass of a Volatile Liquid


    Unit 11: Intermolecular Forces, Liquids and Solids (2.0 weeks)

    Molecular Comparison of Gases, Liquids, and Solids; inter and Intra molecular Forces; Vapor Pressure; Phase Diagrams; Unit Cells Bonding in Solids. (A2)


    Unit 12: Properties of Solutions (2 weeks)

    Solution Process; Solubility; Factors Affecting Solubility; Ways of expressing Concentration; Colligative Properties, Electrolytes and nonelectrolytes. (A2)


    Molecular mass determination by Freezing point Depression (C5)


    Unit 13: Chemical Kinetics (2 weeks)

    Factors that Affect Reaction Rates, Concentration and Rate, Change of Concentration with time, Half Life Reaction Mechanisms, Catalysis (A3)


    Unit 14: Chemical Equilibrium (2 weeks)

    The Concept of Equilibrium, Equilibrium Constant, terms of Pressure, Constants and Units, Le Chatelier’s Principle and how equilibrium is shifted by temperature, concentration etc. (A3)


                       Determination of the equilibrium constant (A5)


    Unit 15: Acid-Base Equilibria (2 weeks)

    Acid / Base Theory; pH; Acid –Base Behavior and Chemical Structure; Lewis Acids and Bases; Bronsted-Lowry Acids and Bases (A3)


                       Titration of a monoprotic acid

                       Titration of a solid acid to find its molecular weight (A5)


    Unit 16: Aqueous Equilbria (2.5 weeks)

    Common-Ion Effect; Buffered Solutions; Precipitation and Separation of Ions


    Unit 17: Chemical Thermodynamics (2.5 weeks)

    Spontaneous Process; Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics; Entropy, Gibbs Free Energy; Free Energy and the Equilibrium Constant (A3)


    Unit 18: Electrochemistry (2.0 weeks)

    Oxidation States; Balancing Oxidation-Reduction Reactions; Voltaic Cells; Cell EMF Under Standard Conditions; Free Energy and Redox Reactions; Batteries and Fuel Cells; Corrosion



                       Electrochemistry (A5)


    Review for the AP Exam (2.0 weeks)

    Students will have two practice exam opportunities, and receive instruction on the approach to answering the different types of questions.


    General Laboratory Expectations

    §         Making observations of chemical reactions and substances.

    §         Recording data.

    §         Calculating and interpreting results based on quantitative data obtained.

    §         Communicating effectively the results of experimental work.


    Students are required to submit a complete report for each lab experiment, including a hypothesis, procedure, observations/data, calculations and a conclusion. Reports are recorded in a lab notebook. Students will be called upon to make presentation to the class about their hypothesis, procedure, observations/data, calculations and conclusion. This will allow students to collaborate and gain insight s into variance and sources of error. (A5 &A7)



    Specific Lab Topics:


    1.     Titration of an unknown Acid and an unknown Base (R)

    2.     Determination of Molecular Weight (PH)

    3.     Chemical Formulas (BL)

    4.     Crystal Structures (PH)

    5.     Molar Mass Determination by Freezing Point Depression (PH)

    6.     Molar Mass of a Volatile Liquid (Flinn)

    7.     Water of Hydration (PH)

    8.     Thermochemistry and Hess’ Law (Flinn)

    9.     Empirical Formula of an Oxide (PH)

    10.   Disturbing Equilibrium (PH)

        11. Determination of a Solubility Product

    12.Oxidation-Reduction Reactions (PH)

    13.Corrosion (PH)

    14.Electrochemistry (PH)



    The Grades which students receive in the AP Chemistry course are independent of the grades they receive on the AP Chemistry exam. In fact, AP Exam grades are not announced until July, long after teachers have turned in their course grades. Students who work hard and keep up will receive either A or B grades. However, those who fall behind and give up on the course may receive grades lower than this. Grades are determined by tests (about 40%), lab reports (about 30%) daily homework (about 30%).


    The grading scale for this class is:

    80-100%: A

    70-80%: B

    60-70%: C

    50-60%: D

    Below 50%: Fail


    In addition, for the students who meet the following three requirements:

    1.     Complete ALL homework and lab work on time

    2.     All homework and lab work turned in is “of Quality”

    3.     Receive a “pass” (i.e. “3” or better)on the AP Chemistry exam

    their course grade will reflect an “A” grade. If necessary, their grade will be changed to an “A” grade in September after AP Exam grades are released.


    Quizzes will be given at random. Tests will be given at midterm and the end of all four quarters. Students will not be given chapter tests. No notes will be allowed for tests. Students will be given the same note sheet that is provided to them during the AP Exam. This policy is to help you become comfortable with the criteria for the AP Exam.