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Summer AP Chemistry 1999
at
Benton High School

First Meeting:  Wednesday, June 2
                       9:30 a.m.
                       BCHS Room 123

Topics to be covered:

    Thermochemistry

    Thermodynamics

    Chemical Kinetics

    Electrochemistry

Additional Information:

    At our first meeting on June 2, I will give you your copy of our textbook.  It's the same book used by our AP Chemistry class.  We will cover four or five chapters that you normally don't get to cover during the school year.  In addition, I will try to prepare you for some of the tests that you normally take throughout the year in chemistry.  These tests include the Advanced Placement exam (which you will hopefully take in May of next year), the WYSE Chemistry Tests (which you will probably take at Rend Lake, SIU, and U of I next spring), the SEMO Chemistry Bowl Test (taken in Cape Girardeau in March), and the Murray State Scholarship Examination (given in November).
 
What I Expect:

    Since this summer program is purely voluntary, I will expect you to be willing to work hard so that you can succeed in the months to come.  However, I recognize that this is the summer, and you deserve some time off.  Therefore, our atmosphere will always be relatively informal, and you should feel free to ask questions any time.
    However, I will still be assigning homework problems, and sometimes I will assign a take-home quiz or some other type of out-of-class assignment.  Please do the assignments, because the time and effort you put in now will pay off down the road.  I am confident that you will do so.  This course is open to students by invitation only, and you wouldn't be here unless you were a hard worker and were capable of doing the work.
    If you come to class, do the work, and work hard to succeed in this class, I am sure you will learn a lot of chemistry this summer and prepare yourself for success next year and in the years to come!

Grading Scale:

    A = 85 - 100
    B = 70 - 84
    C = 55 - 69
    D = 45 - 54
    F = 0 - 44

Class Meeting Times:

    TBA
    Only the first class meeting time has been set.  At the first class session, we will arrive on a consensus for our meeting time.  Normally we meet twice a week for 90 minutes for seven or eight weeks.

Web-based Experiences:

    If you have internet access, you will be able to follow along with the course on this website.  You will be able to access different chemistry-related websites.  Also, I have prepared many instructive problems, lessons, and other helpful items for the site.  This may continue into the 1999-2000 school year this fall.  I'll tell you more about this later in the summer.