Gateway Regional High School

Course Information

Epley AP Chemistry


Melody Epley


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Course Website

Google Classroom Codes  ilef27

Remind - Text the following code to 81010


Course Description

        The AP Chemistry Course has been designed by the College Board, as a course equivalent to a first year college-level chemistry class. At the end of the course, students will take the AP Chemistry Exam    (May 1, 2018), which will test their knowledge of both the concepts taught in the classroom and the ability to connect theses concepts into Big Ideas.

Course Expectations and Assessments

Big Idea 1 – The chemical elements are fundamental building blocks of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.

             Big Idea 2 – Chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules and the forces between them.

             Big Idea 3 – Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

             Big Idea 4 – Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

             Big Idea 5 – The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.

             Big Idea 6 – Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken.  These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

Course Policies 

        Homework is a very important in science. It is your opportunity to make sure that you understand what was done in class or it allows me to see what knowledge you have on a topic prior to learning it during class. Some type of homework is assigned every day.  

Students are responsible for all work missed while they are absent.  Work should be made up the day after you return.   Students should schedule another period or after school, to complete missed work so that they do not miss anything else.  Late work will be accepted but the grade will reflect the lateness.

The retake must be completed within a reasonable time frame - typically within one week.  All quizzes must be taken prior to any test. HW must be completed prior to the original test. The highest of the 2 test grades will be recorded. You are only allowed one retake per test. 

Required and Recommended Materials 


I am available for extra help after school most days.  It is the student’s responsibility to ask for extra help.  If you have questions about an assignment or extra help  please text me via Remind or email me.  


Classroom Behavioral Expectations and Rewards/Consequences

Failure to follow these basic classroom expectations will result in appropriate actions – a conversation with Mrs. Epley,  parent phone calls, teacher detentions, school write ups,  etc.