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The AP Chemistry course is designed to simulate the freshman inorganic chemistry class in college. AP Chemistry should be taken after a first year chemistry course and is suitable for chemistry students that have strong study skills and a desire to continue science education. The course is fast-paced, however there are many resources available to assist students. It is expected that students spend a minimum of 5 hours per week on AP Chemistry studies outside of class. A passing score could earn college credit for Chemistry 120/121 AND 220/223.
Welcome AP Chemistry Students!!!! I am very excited about starting the year with you in August!
The first unit will be fast paced and incorporate many of the concepts that should have been covered in pre-AP chemistry. If some of you are rusty or feel hesitant, check out and complete the practice problems in the optional summer assignment; that will be similar to the first unit exam. We will be covering chapters 1-3 (Brown-Lemay textbook) in the first weeks of school. Although I am not taking the summer assignment for a grade, it is expected that AP students have mastered the stoichiometry from first year chemistry prior to the start of class. The answers are provided, but feel free to email this summer if you have questions.
In this course, it will be your responsibility to watch the lecture videos and read the chapters outside of class time using Google Classroom. Class time will be reserved for specific instruction on homework, AP free responses, practice multiple choice, and other clarifications from the text and videos. I do not spend as much time during class lecturing, but would rather focus on working through practice problems and labs
I have searched for a review book that best reflects the course changes since the 2014 redesign, and I recommend that you purchase any review book published after 2014 (the newer the better). I personally like 5 steps to a 5.
If you are an avid reader and have the time this summer, I recommend reading Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks;
Have a GREAT summer break!!
- AP Chemistry Syllabus and Course Outline
Contains a course description, grading policy, and couse outline.
- Summer Assignment
This assignment should be printed, completed, and kept as part of your notes. It will not be checked for homework completion, but you will have an exam within the first week of school.
- Brown and LeMay Online Homework
This website will allow immediate feedback on homework problems using the Brown-LeMay textbook. This is excellent practice for calculations!
- Safety Contract
It would be helpful if the safety contract was printed, signed, and brought to class on the first day of school. Students will not be allowed in the laboratory until the contract is submitted.