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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.
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    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.  It is HIGHLY recommended that you read the text, work practice problems, AND watch the instructional videos from the wikispace Livescribe link to the right of the page.  Livescribe contains videos specific to chapters and units, and it contains the printable pdf files for notes; you will need a password to access the videos...email me directly for the password.  You need to watch the first set of videos for chapters 1-3 and work the summer assignment prior to class the first weeks of school to stay on track with the course.  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.  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

    You can access the summer assigment and the video links on the right hand side of the page, but you will need to join the Edmodo group using a code to post questions or gain other information (email me for the code). I will maintain communication with you throughout the summer and the school year using posts on Edmodo.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to post on Edmodo!

    I have searched for a review book that best reflects the course changes since the 2014 redesign, and I recommend that you purchase a copy of The Princeton Review "Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam" 2015 Edition.  This review book offers the most comprehensive review for the new AP Chemistry curriculum and provides sample tests that reflect the AP Exam (unlike many of the other review books that still reflect the old exam format).  You can purchase the book for less than $20 at Amazon.


    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!!

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    • 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.
    • 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.
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