AP Chem week of May 18 – Last Post of the Year

GRADES: The only outstanding assignment would be for students who did not submit their AP Chem Test. Otherwise, grades are final. Please take time to review your My Work screen in Edsby (Assessments tab) to ensure that I have no errors or haven’t missed late/resubmitted assignments. Send me an Edsby message (not a message via the My Work Screen) with the assignment name that needs to be fixed. This is the last week to take care of any outstanding assignments that can be done. I will post letter grades as I did for Third Quarter at the end of this week.

Here are some educational and hopefully entertaining videos for you to enjoy the next two weeks (or over the summer):

The Poisoner’s Handbook: In the early 20th century, the average American medicine cabinet was a would-be poisoner’s treasure chest, with radioactive radium, thallium, and morphine in everyday products. The pace of industrial innovation increased, but the scientific knowledge to detect and prevent crimes committed with these materials lagged behind until 1918. New York City’s first scientifically trained medical examiner, Charles Norris, and his chief toxicologist, Alexander Gettler, turned forensic chemistry into a formidable science and set the standards for the rest of the country.

The Poison Squad: By the close of the Industrial Revolution, the American food supply was tainted with frauds, fakes, and legions of new and untested chemicals, dangerously threatening the health of consumers. Based on the book by Deborah Blum, The Poison Squad tells the story of government chemist Dr. Harvey Wiley who, determined to banish these dangerous substances from dinner tables, took on the powerful food manufacturers and their allies. Wiley embarked upon a series of bold and controversial trials on 12 human subjects who would become known as the “Poison Squad.” Following Wiley’s unusual experiments and tireless advocacy, the film charts the path of the forgotten man who laid the groundwork for U.S. consumer protection laws, and ultimately the creation of the FDA.

Professor Brian Cox A Night With The Stars: For one night only, Professor Brian Cox goes unplugged in a specially recorded program from the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In his own inimitable style, Brian takes an audience of famous faces, scientists and members of the public on a journey through some of the most challenging concepts in physics. With the help of Jonathan Ross, Simon Pegg, Sarah Millican and James May, Brian shows how diamonds – the hardest material in nature – are made up of nothingness; how things can be in an infinite number of places at once; why everything we see or touch in the universe exists; and how a diamond in the heart of London is in communication with the largest diamond in the cosmos. *One of the Taits favorites!

Einstein’s Big Idea: Over 100 years ago, Albert Einstein grappled with the implications of his revolutionary special theory of relativity and came to a startling conclusion: mass and energy are one, related by the formula E = mc2. In “Einstein’s Big Idea,” NOVA dramatizes the remarkable story behind this equation. E = mc2 was just one of several extraordinary breakthroughs that Einstein made in 1905, including the completion of his special theory of relativity, his identification of proof that atoms exist, and his explanation of the nature of light, which would win him the Nobel Prize in Physics. Among Einstein’s ideas, E = mc2 is by far the most famous. Yet how many people know what it really means? In a thought-provoking and engrossing docudrama, NOVA illuminates this deceptively simple formula by unraveling the story of how it came to be.

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AP Chem week of May 11

May 11–May 15 Where To Do Office Hours
Monday Demo site Practice submitting a Practice Test from last week to the demo site using the exact device(s) & method you plan to use tomorrow 1–2 PM
Tuesday Email and/or AP Classroom Locate your e-ticket 2–3 PM
Wednesday Checklist Complete the Exam Day Checklist 12–1 PM
House Gather and print all materials you intend to have available during the exam
Thursday E-ticket AP CHEMISTRY EXAM—click e-ticket at 1:30 PM (note office hours, I will be available until 2 for help!)Upload a copy of your answers to Edsby starting Thur 4 PM (due by Fri 2 PM) 1–2 PM
Friday House Treat yourself to something nice! 12–1 PM
  • Zoom ID: 265 940 8696
  • Password: taitl

OPTIONAL PRACTICE:

  • Work on additional FRQs in AP Classroom, the assignment is called “All Unit 1-7 FRQs” in addition to all of the multiple-choice Progress Checks.
  • There are other FRQs that are flagged with green target/bullseye icon. You are able to check answers even before you “submit.”
  • AP Chem FRQ Explanations (This document has links to each individual FRQ, the scoring guideline for that FRQ, and, for some questions, links to videos reviewing the answers)
  • Five different practice tests created by another teacher: Test 1, Test 2, Test 3, Test 4, Test 5
  • Another teacher made test and key
  • MacroLeraning Test & teacher made key

TUESDAY NOTES:

  • I have intentionally left this week light, but I STRONGLY suggest you do some additional problems for practice.
  • I also STRONGLY suggest you test on the demo site for submissions in the EXACT manner you plan to use it on Thursday (same devices, same scanning/taking photo, same transferring of documents to a computer if needed, same timing yourself to get it done in under 5 minutes).
  • I want to remind you that College Board has said REPEATEDLY that you do not have to finish to get a 5. When you hit the 5-minute warning, STOP!!! It is not worth it to miss the submission window when you’re work could have earned you a 3, 4, or 5 even while incomplete.
  • An AP Chem teacher has done a yearly AP Chem Review Tip Line where he sends quick, important things to remember for the AP Chem exam (think “breaking bonds requires energy” type stuff, but for the whole year). He has moved to Twitter this year, @APChemTipLine. He sends a tip about every 5 minutes on Wednesday 5/13 from 1 PM to 9 PM. It’s a great way to get some last minute reminders before the big day! (His tips come from a Facebook thread a few years ago where a bunch of teachers shared their best tips.) If you don’t have Twitter, let me know and I’ll see if I can pass them along.

WEDNESDAY NOTES:

  • If you want to download any resources from my shared folder, please do so before noon Thursday. I will take them down so as to not violate College Board guidelines. You should do the same with any other resources you are currently storing in the Cloud.
  • Starting at 4 PM on Thursday, you will need to upload a copy of answers to both questions to Edsby for a grade. If you have technical issues, then you will upload screenshots of the completed Make-up Request form and confirmation page after sending it. If you do not upload by 2 PM Friday, you will be given an alternative assessment to complete next week.
  • Talk to anyone who has already taken an AP exam to find out how they submitted answers and what did/did not work. It’s also been suggested that you have a back-up method for submitting should your 1st choice have problems. Emailing photos to yourself may not be the best option. Having your device hardwired to the computer you are viewing questions on may be the best (as long as you have practiced where to find the photos).

THURSDAY NOTES:

  • Today is the day! Make sure you click on your e-ticket at 1:30 PM as students have indicated the whole 30 minutes is needed for pre-registration.
  • Expect that there will be multiple forms given.
  • Start submitting as soon as the 5 minute warning appears.
  • See the Edsby group page for a few more notes regarding submissions and confirmation screens.
  • After 4 PM, upload a copy of your answers to BOTH questions to Edsby. If you do not upload by 2 PM Friday, you will be given an alternative assignment to complete next week.
  • GOOD LUCK!! I believe you all can be amazing today!

FRIDAY NOTES:

  • Be sure to upload your answers to both questions of the AP Exam to Edsby by 2 PM today.
  • Please take time to review your My Work screen in Edsby (Assessments tab) to ensure that I have no errors or haven’t missed late/resubmitted assignments. Send me an Edsby message (not a message via the My Work Screen) with the assignment name that needs to be fixed.

 

AP Chem week of May 4

May 4–May 8 Where To Do Office Hours
Monday Zoom Exam Day Zoom Session @ 2 PM (Mrs. Tait would like ALL students to attend – password taitl) 1–2 PM
EdPuzzle Timed AP Exam Practice #1 (due in EdPuzzle by Tue 10 AM; upload image of work to Edsby by Tue 10:15 AM)
Tuesday EdPuzzle Review of Timed AP Exam Practice #1 (due in EdPuzzle by Wed 10 AM; upload image of corrected/scored work to Edsby by Wed 10:15 AM) 12–1 PM
Wednesday EdPuzzle Timed AP Exam Practice #2 (due in EdPuzzle by Thur 10 AM; upload image of work to Edsby by Thur 10:15 AM) 2–3 PM
Thursday EdPuzzle Review of Timed AP Exam Practice #2 (due in EdPuzzle by Fri 10 AM; upload image of corrected/scored work to Edsby by Fri 10:15 AM) 12–1 PM
Friday EdPuzzle Final Lesson – Tips, Tricks, and Best Wishes! (due in EdPuzzle by Sun 11 PM) 1–2 PM
  • Zoom ID: 265 940 8696
  • Password: taitl

EdPuzzle

To access EdPuzzle and Mrs. Tait’s class, go to edpuzzle.com/join/tezejai and create an account. If you already have an account, the Join Code for Mrs. Tait’s class is tezejai. Please make sure your account has your correct last name.

For this week, you need to watch the videos in EdPuzzle. This website tracks and records that you watched the entire video. Watching the videos will be incorporated into your grade. Each video will not be available in EdPuzzle until 11 AM on the day they are assigned and you have 23 hours to get each assignment done and submitted in Edsby. Note the due dates have changed to AM times on the following day of the assignment.

On Monday and Wednesday, a Practice Test will be presented in the video and a timer will be on the screen for you to track your time. Please treat this like the real test and STOP WORKING once the timer expires. You may even want to practice submitting to Edbsy within 5 minutes. Then, on Tuesday and Thursday, the video will review the answers to the Practice Test. You are to follow the same directions for scoring/marking your paper as you did for the FRQs last week (except you don’t have to indicate the total time because you will stay within the window allotted in the video on Monday and Wednesday). Each day you will need to upload an image of your work (answers only for Monday’s and Wednesday’s video and scored/corrected work for Tuesday’s and Thursday’s video). PLEASE TREAT THESE AS MUCH LIKE THE TRUE EXAM DAY EXPERIENCE AS POSSIBLE!

Zoom Meeting

On Monday at 2 PM, I am having a live Zoom meeting with all of you to discuss exam day procedures and answer questions you may have. I strongly encourage ALL of you to attend and the meeting should not last longer than 30 minutes. Note, this is a different Meeting ID than my usual office hours.

Topic: AP Chemistry Exam Details
Time: May 4, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 833 2324 1565
Password: taitl

TUESDAY NOTES:

  • Deadlines matter! Please pay close attention to them.
  • You should have uploaded BOTH questions from the Practice Test #1 to Edsby by 10:15 AM today. You have until 10:15 AM tomorrow (Wed) to upload the same Practice Test #1 questions, but with added corrections/score/notes/etc.
  • Remember, each day’s EdPuzzle will not go live until 11-11:30 AM. I am assigning in EdPuzzle and will update the links above to go directly to the video.
  • I had to re-record my Zoom session yesterday due to a technical glitch (darn you Zoom!), but as with anything, my second recording was better. Thus, even if you attended the Zoom session, you may find re-watching the video beneficial to address questions or confusions.

WEDNESDAY NOTES:

  • Today’s submission deadline: Upload Review of Practice Test #1 by 10:15 AM
  • Assigned today: Do Practice Test #2 (treat it like the real exam!)
  • Watch the EdPuzzle videos until the very end or points will be deducted. Part of the logic for the Mon/Wed Practice test videos is to have the timer and to treat it like exam day.
  • I did not realize Mr. Farabaugh was not going to assign points, so you only need to submit corrections and notes in a 2nd color for the Review of the Practice Tests (assigned Tue and Thur).

THURSDAY NOTES:

  • Submit your Practice Test #2 by 10 AM and then later watch the Review of Practice Test #2 to make corrections.
  • Remember on exam day that each question will start a new page, do not write on the back of pages, and you must have AP ID, initials, and page # at the top of each page (page # are per question).
  • CB reversed their decision and .pdf of handwritten work is allowed. While you know my preference for the .pdf format, I will leave it to your discretion to use the option you are most comfortable with.
  • Many AP teachers are indicating that their students had a hard time finishing the Practice Test #2. So either you guys rock or you are not holding yourself to the time limit. Remember you can question hop (not do the parts in order) in order to maximize points earned. Just clearly label the part on which you are working.

FRIDAY NOTES:

  • You have until Sunday night to watch the last EdPuzzle video of the week.
  • I shared some more details regarding submissions on the Edsby group. Please check there for reminders, links, and some directions shared by Trevor Packer (the big man in charge at CB).

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AP Chem Exam Details

Please watch the following video with all the current details regarding the AP Chemistry exam. Links are down below.

(To join Mrs. Tait’s EdPuzzle: edpuzzle.com/join/tezejai or class code tezejai)

AP Testing Guide

Keyboarding Tip Sheet for the 2020 AP Chemistry Exams

AP Student Exam Day Checklist

More Links directly connected to College Board:

Demo for answer submission

AP 2020 Testing Guide

2020 AP Exam Day Checklist

Explainer Videos

Confirm Your Email Address

Tips for Open Book Tests

References and Guides

Accommodations

Exam Security

Report Cheating

Makeup Request

AP Chem week of April 27

April 27–May 1 FRQ (year.question) Scoring Guidelines (a-year.question) Deadline Office Hours
Monday Directions for FRQ Completion 2–3 PM
18.1 a-18.1 Wed 11 PM
Tuesday 19.4 and 19.6 a-19.4 and a-19.6 Thur 11 PM 12–1 PM
Wednesday 19.2 (not b) a-19.2 Fri 11 PM 1–2 PM
Thursday 19.7 and 18.4 a-19.7 and a-18.4 Sat 11 PM 2–3 PM
Friday 17.1 a-17.1 Sun 11 PM 1–2 PM
  • Zoom ID: 265 940 8696
  • Password: taitl

You should have a periodic table and formula sheet printed and available for these FRQs as well as on exam day May 14th. Perhaps check out the amp’ed up version I shared along with these awesome resources.

TUESDAY NOTES:

I cannot stress enough the importance of being able to submit your work in the best way possible to College Board on May 14. To this end, here is what I’d like you to do with the FRQs assigned this week:

  1. Hand-write responses, not type. Even though College Board has said you will not be drawing or graphing, they have made mention of using superscripts and subscripts on the keyboard. Also, College Board also indicated that math problems would be such that typing would not be unreasonable. HOWEVER, why would you dare take the chance of losing time trying to deal with digital formatting when you have the most practice and comfort with writing out responses. And no, you cannot do a hybrid of typing and hand-writing (according to CB).
  2. Create a single file, not multiple. You will only be given 5 minutes to upload your responses per question. Hopefully your responses will fit on one side of a paper only. But in the case they do not, it logically will take longer to upload two files versus one. No one knows how long the upload process will take if 150,000+ students are all trying to upload at the same time. Practice making a single file!
  3. Create scanned PDF files, not image files. The clarity of PDF files from scanned papers is far superior to images captured via pictures which can often be blurry, cut off portions of the paper., or have hand shadows. Some of you have been putting images into PDFs, but this is not the same as “scanning” a document to PDF. Likewise, some of you have pasted images into Word documents, which I no longer recommend. Image file quality often makes it difficult to read. I can make a list of students doing this well already and share if you are interested in hearing how they are creating good quality PDF scans. **You can scan with color!
  4. Check page orientation. Make sure your file has all pages oriented the correct way. This usually happens during the scanning process with whichever app you are using.
  5. Practice the process. Practice getting files from your phone, to your computer, and submitted to Edsby in 5-minutes or less. This is the recommended time to upload on exam day. The more practiced you become now, the less stressed and error-proned you will be on game day. You play like you practice! **You are able to access the exam questions from a mobile device, which may cut out the need to get files from a mobile device to another computer. I am concerned that questions won’t…look nice?…on a small mobile device like a phone. Maybe a tablet with necessary apps and a web browser is a compromise?

WEDNESDAY NOTES:

  • First FRQ is officially due by 11 PM tonight. You must Submit to the correct assignment on Edsby on time and follow the directions provided in Tuesday’s notes. (Do NOT Edsby message me)
  • If you are unsure of whether your response would earn points given the scoring guideline, you need to ask me! Either send an Edsby message or visit during office hours to get clarification.
  • You may include corrections at the end of your original responses if there is not enough room. Be sure to label the question part to which the correction applies.

THURSDAY NOTES:

  • Please check out the post and video I made yesterday regarding the AP exam. It seems there is some confusion about uploading PDFs of handwritten work. I have tweeted Trevor Packer directly, so hopefully he responds.
  • To that end, I am being more lenient about file uploads. I just ask to keep one page answers to one page files or one page in a PDF (a two page answer could be two files or two pages in a PDF) and proper page orientation. Make sure I can see color!
  • There were additional recommendations from College Board about images posted in the Edsby group.
  • I unlocked a BUNCH of stuff on AP Classroom for optional practice. I feel my required assignments are pretty light given I usually have class time and homework when school is in session. I suggest you get some additional practice where you can.

FRIDAY NOTES:

  • Pay attention to deadlines! There are 5 sets of FRQ assigned this week with one due each day starting Wednesday. This means Sat 11 PM is a deadline also!
  • Be sure you are following the directions posted above all of the assigned FRQs. I am deducting points for not following them, including scoring yourself incorrectly. When in doubt, ask me! Some of you are being overly generous. I also have strong suspicions about those of you just looking at the scoring guideline. There is what CB writes and there is what I’ve taught and sometimes the two are not in alignment (though still earn full points).
  • While there is still discussion, I am now suggesting that you either type (boo) or submit .jpg/.jpeg/.png image files of hand written work.

 

 

 

AP Chem Week of April 20

April 20–April 24 To Do Office Hours
Monday No School NA
Tuesday Units 1-4 Study Guide (upload as a single file to Edsby Thur by 11 PM) 2–3 PM
Wednesday Units 1-4 Study Guide 1–2 PM
Thursday Units 5-7 Study Guide (upload as a single file to Edsby Sun by 11 PM) 12–1 PM
Friday Units 5-7 Study Guide 1–2 PM

Here are some additional resources for your reference when either creating these study guides or generally preparing for the exam.

  • Zoom ID: 265 940 8696
  • Password: taitl

MONDAY NOTES:

  • Please follow all directions provided in the Unit Study Guide document to ensure full credit. Please message me with questions.
  • Upload this as a single file per study guide. See the Edsby group with solutions for how to combine two images into a single file.

WEDNESDAY NOTES:

  • Each study guide is a single page only. This means the first study guide should devote about half a page per unit (using front and back). The second study guide may not fill two sides of one paper, but they are also longer units.
  • I had incorrect due dates in Edsby for the Study Guides. PlantLectures had the correct dates and Edsby was updated just after 4 PM Tuesday to reflect the correct dates.
  • If you are assigned an AFU for a Progress Check, you will receive a direct Edsby Message, there will be a note on the Progress Check grade, I will put a zero in the gradebook for the AFU assignment with a note that you are required to do it.

THURSDAY NOTES:

  • Units 1-4 Study Guide due today. Be sure to submit via the assignment and do NOT send me an Edsby message. You can find the Submit button on the Edsby Class Page (not group page) or via the Edsby Calendar.
  • Some have expressed concerns about fitting 4 units on a single paper. Two things of note.
  • First, you may keep and even use study guides you have created on your own to use during the AP exam and these do not need to meet my requirements. 
  • Second, it is my intent to have you create a short, dense study guide that prioritizes and emphasizes the most relevant information pertaining to each unit and your needs. This can be a difficult task and will be personalized in terms of not only what YOU find to be most important but also things that you may need more help with. For example, I have asked for key terms but this does not mean you need to include every key term that may apply to that unit. Perhaps only include the ones that you feel are likely to appear on the exam or ones that you think having a well-worded definition nearby would be most helpful during the exam. I hope this helps.

FRIDAY NOTES:

  • The College Board review videos of all units is officially done for Units 1-7. There are some videos pertaining to Units 8 & 9, but those units are NOT tested this year. Videos will continue next week, are labeled AP Exam Review, and I have no idea what they will entail. I’ll have to follow-up next week after the 1st one.

Commentary after grading Units 1-4 Study Guide:

  • One page only
  • Use color
  • Upload a single file
  • Individualized comments are made with the grade

 

 

 

 

AP Chem Week of April 13

It seems most students are using Edsby for messaging as its functioning has improved. For this reason, I am turning off the ability to comment on PlantLectures posts.

April 13–April 17 Where To Do Office Hours
Monday AP Classroom Complete Unit 5 Progress Check (due by Wed 11 PM) 2–3 PM
Tuesday Crash Course Unit 6: Read Ch 18, 19, 20 12–1 PM
YouTube 6.1–6.5 and 6.6–6.9
Wednesday AP Classroom Complete Unit 6 Progress Check (due by Fri 11 PM) 1–2 PM
Thursday Crash Course Unit 7: Read Ch 23, 24 2–3 PM
YouTube 7.1–7.6 and 7.7–7.10 and 7.11–7.13 and 9.1–9.3, 9.5, 7.14 (only 7.14 applies)
Friday AP Classroom Complete Unit 7 Progress Check (due by Sun 11 PM) 1–2 PM

Please note the change in deadlines!

  • Zoom ID: 265 940 8696
  • Password: taitl

Remember to upload a SINGLE file that contains answers to ALL  parts of all questions per Progress Check. Do NOT type any answers into AP Classroom. Progress Checks can NOT be submitted late!

TUESDAY NOTES:

  • Note the change in office hours Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • I have finished grading Unit 3 Progress Checks and have left feedback for EVERYONE!
  • The most pressing issue is formatting. From this point forward, please write ALL your answers on paper and upload a single file (regardless of the number of questions).
  • Do not include any answers in provided text boxes on the website.
  • If two images are needed to capture the front and back of a piece of paper, upload the two images separately to the same question part.
  • This upload process will most closely resemble what you will be doing for the real exam on May 14th.
  • I STRONGLY suggest that everyone hand write responses as time will definitely be a factor in a 45 minute exam and producing answers digitally will most assuredly take longer than hand writing.
  • Also don’t forget that an AFU assignment can be triggered for particularly low scores on Progress Checks.

WEDNESDAY NOTES:

  • Today is your first non-Sunday deadline. Remember Progress Checks cannot be submitted late. Get them done well before 11 PM to avoid technical difficulties.
  • Generally speaking, you only need to earn half of the points on an Progress Check to earn full credit and not trigger an AFU. Please do your best, use your notes, and DO NOT CHEAT! You only hurt yourself in the end.
  • I will start deducting points for not following directions on submission for Progress Checks. I have provided feedback within AP Classroom when you have not followed directions including a reprint of the directions and I still have students submitting new Progress Checks not following directions. READ YOUR FEEDBACK, FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!

THURSDAY NOTES:

  • I have posted information shared with teachers Tuesday night about the AP exam on the Edsby group. Please let me know if you have any questions that haven’t been address by the infographic and PDF shared on the Edsby group already.
  • I’ve also shared info on the Edsby group about scanning to PDF from a mobile device that allows you to add multiple pages to the same document. Some of you are already doing this and please feel free to share with others. A single file upload to CB on May 14th will reduce the opportunity for things to go wrong versus two separate uploads for the same question.

FRIDAY NOTES:

  • You have a Progress Check due by 11 PM tonight. You must hit submit before 11 PM and I am deducting points for improperly formatted uploads/responses. These deductions will increase in magnitude if you continue to not follow directions.
  • There is no “school” on Monday. However, I will still post my schedule for the week for those that would like to start early.

 

 

 

AP Chem week of April 6

WEEKLY GOAL: Review and practice FRQs pertaining to Units 3, 4, and 5 (The YouTube videos are falling behind my schedule, so I’d rely on the Crash Course as your primary means of content review this week)

Please endeavor to stick to this schedule as much as possible. I expect to see regular progress throughout the week. The Sunday deadlines are to accommodate unforeseen complications. Mrs. Tait’s Message!

April 6–April 9 Where To Do Office Hours
Monday Crash Course Unit 3: Read Ch 7, 8, 10, 21   OR 2–3 PM
YouTube 3.1–3.3 and 3.4–3.6 and 3.7–3.10 and 3.11–3.13
Tuesday AP Classroom Complete Unit 3 Progress Check (due by Sun 11 PM) 1–2 PM
Wednesday Crash Course Unit 4: Read Ch 6, 11, 12, 13   OR 12–1 PM
YouTube 4.1–4.4 OR 4.5–4.9
Thursday AP Classroom Complete Unit 4 Progress Check (due by Sun 11 PM) 11–12 AM
Crash Course Unit 5: Read Ch 14, 15, 16, 17   OR
YouTube 5.1–5.3 and 5.4–5.9 and 5.5–5.11

New abbreviation to be used with feedback: ATFQ is a common teacher abbreviation used for “Answer the question.” This means that you either have included extra details that the question did not require or you did not fully answer all parts of the question.

Unit 3 Progress Check: Please write all responses within the website when able. Write Q1 parts (a)(i), (a)(ii), (b), and Q2 parts (a), (c) with correct formatting and upload these responses as a single file under Q1(a)(i) while leaving the other written parts blank. I am scoring and providing feedback as they are submitted, so please be sure to review your feedback.

Unit 4 Progress Check: Please write all responses within the website when able. Write Q1 parts (b), (d), (e), (f), (g) with correct formatting and upload these responses as a single file under Q1(b) while leaving the other written parts blank. I am scoring and providing feedback as they are submitted, so please be sure to review your feedback.

Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

Practice Unit 2 FRQs

Weekly Schedule

The Unit 2 Progress Check is a single questions where parts (a), (c), (d), and (e) require file uploads of answers. Please write ALL of the answers on a single sheet of paper and then upload that paper to part (a), leaving parts (c), (d), and (e). Otherwise, not only do you have to upload four separate files but the I have to download four separate files per student! If you are typing responses, the I expect proper formatting (i.e. making numbers superscript as opposed to typing the ^). You are usually better off writing on notebook paper. ONE UPLOAD ONLY PER PROGRESS CHECK! The other parts should be typed directly into the website.

I am leaving feedback on all of the submitted FRQs within AP Classroom. Please refer back to your submitted work to view the scoring guidelines and see my specific feedback.

The office hour today is from 10-11 AM. You only need attend if you have questions or issues to discuss. Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

Focus on reviewing Unit 2 content

**Effective immediately: grading for this quarter will be done on a strictly point basis. This means grades are calculated by dividing total points earned by total possible points. There will be no weighting of specific types of assignments, though they may be assigned varying points possible.

Weekly Schedule

College Board’s YouTube account seems to be ahead of or on track with my schedule. I encourage you to do as much review as you can between the Crash Course and YouTube videos.

I am grading submitted work as it is submitted (i.e. those who had submitted Unit 1 Progress Checks before Wednesday office hour had their FRQs scored prior to the start of the office hour). Please check back with AP Classroom to see your scores and seek additional explanations if needed.

For those looking ahead, the Unit 2 Progress Check is a single questions where parts (a), (c), (d), and (e) require file uploads of answers. Please write ALL of the answers on a single sheet of paper and then upload that paper to part (a), leaving parts (c), (d), and (e). Otherwise, not only do you have to upload four separate files but the I have to download four separate files per student! ONE UPLOAD ONLY PER PROGRESS CHECK!

The office hour today is from 11-12 PM. You only need attend if you have questions or issues to discuss. Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

Practice for Unit 1

Weekly Schedule

Again, please utilize the office hour for questions and/or issues. I updated Monday’s post with videos pertaining to Unit 2 (for later in the week).

The office hour today is from 12-1 PM. You only need attend if you have questions or issues to discuss. Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

AP Classroom may require assistance…use the office hours!

Please refer to Monday’s post for this week’s schedule.

Please be sure to communicate with me regarding AP Classroom issues. Remember: to make the grading process easier, please upload a SINGLE FILE for the FIRST response that requires a file upload in the Progress Checks. For example, if Question 1 part (b), (e) and Question 2 part (a), (b), and (c) all required a file upload, submit a single file with work for all five parts under Question 1 part (b) and leave Q1(e), Q2(a), (b), and (c) blank. 

I have the ability to schedule posts on PlantLectures but not on Edsby. Thus, your PlantLectures post will go live daily at 12:30 AM but I may not post the link to Edsby until 8-9 AM. Right now you have no specific use of Edsby save for checking grades and direct messaging of personal questions (please use PlantLectures for more general ones like how to do something on AP Classroom). You can also use email for personal communication (Lindsay.Tait@sdhc.k12.fl.us). If that changes, I will let you know.

Office hours are from 2-3 PM today. You only need attend if you have questions or issues to discuss. Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

AP Chem week of March 30

WEEKLY GOAL: Review and practice FRQs pertaining to Units 1 and 2

March 30–April 3 Where To Do Office Hours
Monday PDF1, PDF2 Read tips for writing good FRQ responses 1–2 PM
Crash Course Read Ch 1, 27, 28
Tuesday Crash Course or YouTube UNIT 1: Read Ch 2-5 or watch Video 1 and Video 2 from College Board 2–3 PM
Wednesday AP Classroom Complete Unit 1 Progress Check (due by Sun 11 PM)** 12–1 PM
Thursday Crash Course or YouTube UNIT 2: Read Ch 9, 10 or watch Video 3 and Video 4 from College Board 11–12 AM
Friday AP Classroom Complete Unit 2 Progress Check (due by Sun 11 PM)** 10–11 AM

Zoom ID for all office hours: 265 940 8696

You can access Zoom via a computer at zoom.us or you can download the Zoom app for a mobile device. You need to input the Meeting ID above to join a “meeting.”

**To make the grading process easier, please upload a SINGLE FILE for the FIRST response that requires a file upload in the Progress Checks. For example, if Question 1 part (b), (e) and Question 2 part (a), (b), and (c) all required a file upload, submit a single file with work for all five parts under Question 1 part (b) and leave Q1(e), Q2(a), (b), and (c) blank. 

Electrochem II

Video: This video covers the Electrochem II Notes packet that was distributed on Thursday before break. It is also located on the Worksheets & Handouts page with a password. You should break up the video over two days (54 minutes each day) or three (36 minutes each day) using the weekend.

Zoom: If you have not done so for another class, I encourage you to download the Zoom app to your computer or mobile device. Search your app store or go to www.zoom.us. I will use the program for office hours.

Reminder: Assignments using the Crash Course book are coming next week.

Announcement: Third Quarter Grades are final and posted as an assignment in Edsby. Edsby messages have been sent to those where it raised your letter grade (no message = no change).

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Continuation of Electrochem I Notes

Video: Finish watching the second half of the Electrochem I video. (use the jump link below: this page loads quicker when no videos have to load)

Reminder: Make sure you can log into myap.collegeboard.org with your username and password used to check PSAT, SAT, and AP scores. Assignments via this website will be coming next week.

Announcement: Last call for incentive cards. Message me with the card color. Also message me if you do NOT have your Crash Course review book with you. I expect FRA6 grades up late in the day or Friday morning.

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Electrochem I Notes

Video: Here is a video covering the Electrochem I Notes packet that was distributed on Thursday before break. It is also located on the Worksheets & Handouts page with a password. You should break up the video over two days (45 minutes each day).

Reminder: Make sure you can log into myap.collegeboard.org with your username and password used to check PSAT, SAT, and AP scores. Assignments via this website will be coming next week.

Announcement: If you would like me to check on using incentive cards, please send me a direct Edsby message or email with the color of you incentive card. Teachers are being provided directions for how to ensure students are only able to drop the appropriate number of tests. I am not finished grading FRA6 or the peer grades.

As per the new normal, comment below or use the Edsby group for questions.

Still easing into it

Video: Here is a video reviewing the Half Reaction Method for balancing redox reactions.

Reminder: Make sure you can log into myap.collegeboard.org with your username and password used to check PSAT, SAT, and AP scores. Assignments via this website will be coming next week.

Announcement: If you would like me to check on using incentive cards, please send me a direct Edsby message or email with the color of you incentive card. Teachers are being provided directions for how to ensure students are only able to drop the appropriate number of tests. I am not finished grading FRA6 or the peer grades.

COVID-19: Day 1

This week is intended primarily for teachers to prepare for online instruction and to get students acclimated to what online learning might look like. Thankfully for you all, this transition won’t be a traumatic experience.

1) If you have not seen my earlier Edsby group post about the AP exam, please check it out. Yes, there is an exam that will be different than in years past. College Board will continue to share more info as decisions are made.

2) I still intend to present information on our last unit, Electrochemistry. Although it is no longer going to be assessed, it is still part of the curriculum and would be very helpful at the college level. Plus, it’s one of the cooler and more applicable units–batteries! However, I will shorten this time frame to only covering the content and less practice problems (i.e. NO MORE MASTERING!!).

3) Then it is full on exam review time. There will be several resources I intend to utilize during this period (listed in order of importance):

  • The Crash Course test prep book
  • AP Classroom (please make sure you can still login to www.myap.collegeboard.org)
  • Previously released FRQs (links will be provided)
  • Additional practice that would be provided via PDFs
  • The Test Prep book that aligns with your textbook

If you do not have either of your test prep books, please let me know in the comments below as I am reaching out to admin about how to best handle the issue.

4) I am looking into options for office hours where I would be available real-time to answer questions and review topics. Many teachers are using Zoom. Let me know in the comments if you have other ideas or preferences.

The commenting feature is turned on within PlantLectures now so that we can avoid heavy traffic at Edsby. Please feel free to respond to this post with any other questions you might have and I will do my best to answer them. I will try to monitor both PlantLectures and Edbsy for comment but DMs in Edsby or email are still best for personal communications. Hope you all are doing well!

Mrs. Tait

Thermo & Half Reaction Practice

#94 Thermodynamics Practice FRQ (due M 3/23)
#97 Half-Reaction Methods WS (due M 3/23)

Reminders
Last chance MstChm: message by end of 3/22
R 3/26: MCA20
Current Reading: Ch 20

MCA, start Electro: half reactions

Collect Peer Grade
MCA19, review
#95 Unit 14 Divider
#96 Balancing Equations by the Half-Rxn Method HO
Rest of papers for Unit 14

Reminders
Last chance MstChm: message by end of 3/22
R 3/26: MCA20
Current Reading: Ch 20

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