Co-curriculars & Google Classroom Codes:
Name: Timothy J Blockus
Classroom/Bldg.: AIT 615
Phone Ext: x422
AP Chemistry Course Philosophy
Material is covered very rapidly in this course. Typically, each class session will begin with students working
and explaining previously assigned homework problems on the white board. New material is then presented
using PowerPoint slides. Each student will be issued power point notes at the beginning of each chapter. In
addition, the power point slides may be available on the school website for out of class inspection.
Laboratory practice is an integral part of this course. Most lab reports will be a worksheet that each
individual student hands in. This worksheet will include hypothesis, data, discussion questions and
conclusion. The Guided Inquiry lab reports will be a single group lab handed in that includes the same as
above in addition to a detailed, step by step procedure. Each lab group will be required to make 1
presentation of a lab, in lieu of the formal lab report, during the year. This presentation can be by poster,
powerpoint, or other preapproved creative format.
“Hands-on” laboratory investigations are performed wholly by groups of 3-4 students using the Vernier
laboratory data acquisition system. Generally, each experimental lab occupies a full block (83 minutes).
The inquiry labs will require two (or more) blocks to complete. Lab reports may be of worksheet style,
formal lab report, or group presentation. You may want a composition notebook to write in data and
procedures for your labs. However, this is not a requirement.
Chemistry Course Philosophy
Chemistry I investigates a wide range of topics in the world of chemistry, including atomic structure, the
periodic table, bonding, reactions, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, thermodynamics, acids & bases, and
nuclear chemistry. This course will give students the necessary foundation in chemistry so they will be
prepared for further study in these areas at either UCVTS or in college. This class will focus on the
qualitative and quantitative analysis of these topics.
Chemistry I is a six credit laboratory class, 5 credits through class and 1 credit by mandatory cocurricular
recitation sessions. It is essential that students perform laboratory experiments to fully witness and
understand the theoretical science concepts being presented. Labs will include problem solving and
cooperative group work, since these skills are essential for becoming successful in any field of work.
Students will use various types of technology to collect, analyze, and present experimental data. In addition
to student performed labs, classes will also include teacher led demonstrations and individual and group
projects. It is also essential that students attend cocurricular recitation sessions.
While studying the theoretical concepts of chemistry, this course will apply these concepts to the real world
since an understanding of chemistry and its impact on our environment is essential for developing
knowledgeable young adults. We will discuss science topics in the news to make our students aware of the
significance of this subject.
Recommended Student School Supplies:
Spiral Notebook, 3-Ring Binder, Pencils, Pens, Calculator