Laboratory Emphasis:
The difference between AP Chemistry and the usual chemistry course is especially evident in the laboratory work. The AP Exam includes questions based on experiences and skills students acquire inthe laboratory. For example, making observations of chemical substances and reactions, recordingdata, and calculating and interpreting results based on the quantitative data obtained are all importantparts of the AP Chemistry class and the AP Exam.
Much of the laboratory for this class requires the use of special volumetric glassware such as pipettes,burets, and volumetric flasks. The quantitative aspect of the experiments require a high degree ofprecision involving the use of sensitive balances, spectrophotometers, pH meters, and calorimeters.Computers and Vernier Laboratory software are an integral part of laboratory testing equipment andresult preparation.
After completing the course, students will have had experience with filtration, titration, the collectionand handling of gases, colorimetry, potentiometric measurements, and the synthesis of compounds.
Laboratory work also involves the analysis of unknown mixtures by quantitative analysis. As mentioned in the introduction, AP Chemistry will meet for 50 minutes daily with a requiredadditional lab class held once a week before school or during lunch, depending on the class period in which you assigned.

Lab Safety:
Student safety is of the upmost importance in this class. All general safety rules outlined in the safetycontract must be followed at all times. This agreement must be signed by both student andparent/guardian and returned to Mrs. Lee. Students are also required to pass a safety test (during thefirst assigned laboratory period) based on this agreement prior to lab participation. Food and drink areprohibited in lab for the safety of all students. Instructions must be followed the first time given, if aquestion arises, please ask before proceeding. Pre-lab assignments must be completed prior to yourlab; not only to ensure proper procedure but also to ensure your safety. Clean up after a lab is alsonecessary for the safety of incoming students. Violations of lab safety and procedure will be dealt withseverely; Initially lab grades will be affected; repeated violations will result in your removal from thelab. The safety of all students relies on individual cooperation!

Laboratory Notebook:
A laboratory notebook should be used to explain laboratory procedures, record all laboratory data,show how calculations are made, discuss results of an experiment, and to explain the theoriesinvolved. A record of laboratory work is an important and a required document that will show thequality of the laboratory work that you have done. As you record information in your notebook, keepin mind that someone who is unfamiliar with your work should be able to use your notebook toevaluate your laboratory experiences in chemistry. The expected laboratory report format will becovered in detail during the second assigned laboratory period. An online version of the typical AP format will be used.

The format for the lab reports are outlined here:

Chemistry Lab Reports


AP Chem Lab #1: Redox Titrations

AP Chem Lab #2: Gas Laws

AP Chem Lab #3: Molar Volume of a Gas

AP Chem Lab #4: Redox Titrations

AP Chem Lab #5: Beer's Law

AP Chem Lab #6: Shapes of Molecules and Polyatomic Ions

AP Chem Lab #7: Molecular Orbitals

AP Chem Lab #8: Evaporation of Liquids