AP Chemistry (offered alternating years 2017-18, 2019-2020)
Pre-Requisite: Physical Science, Biology and Chemistry
AP Chemistry builds upon the skills learned in General Chemistry while preparing students for the Advanced Placement Chemistry test given to students in May. AP Chemistry will provide students with a variety of learning experiences, including classroom discussions, laboratory exercises, and group problem solving. Students should expect to be in a laboratory setting several days every week. Classroom lessons are reinforced through various activities, including laboratory and other inquiry-based projects. Many different types of laboratory activities are completed throughout the course, and Vernier LabPro technology is referenced and used often, including the use of temperature, pH, and voltage sensors as well as colorimeters.
Concepts that are discussed in this class are closely related to the AP Chemistry Content Outline and include:
- The structure of matter, including atomic theory & atomic structure, chemical bonding, and nuclear chemistry
- States of matter, including gases and the ideal gas law and the kinetic molecular theory, liquid and solid state chemistry, and solution chemistry
- Chemical reactions, including reaction types, stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, and chemical kinetics & thermodynamics
- Descriptive chemistry, including relationships in the Periodic Table and an introduction to Organic Chemistry
- Proper laboratory techniques, including proper safety techniques
The Advanced Placement Chemistry exam, written by the College Board, is administered to high school students during one half day in May, with students earning a passing score (depending on their post-secondary education choice) earning college chemistry credits. Students in AP Chemistry will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook, which will demonstrate their knowledge of the Scientific Method and following proper laboratory protocol.