AP Chemistry

Credit Hours: 1.0

Course Length: 2 Semesters

Course Description

This Advanced Placement Chemistry Course is equivalent to a full-year Introductory Chemistry college-level course. The rigor and pace of this course is consistent with that of many major colleges and universities, and will prepare students for the Advanced Placement Examination in May. Upon successful completion of the exam, students may receive college credit and will be well-prepared for additional advanced chemistry coursework.

AP® Chemistry builds upon prior knowledge of Chemistry. Students will investigate topics such as chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic theory, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, thermodynamics, kinetics and equilibrium. This course incorporates a variety of textbook and multimedia resources and will require students to perform hands on and virtual experiments to develop a deeper understanding of chemistry. Students will engage in collaborative activities such as class discussions, contribute to class data and attend regular “lab meetings” throughout the course. AP practice quizzes and unit exams will help prepare students for the AP examination. Due to the rigor and pace of the content, this course is designed to challenge extremely motivated students who have a strong interest in Chemistry.

Course Prerequisites

  • One full year of high school Chemistry and one full year of high school Algebra 2.
  • The full year chemistry course must include a comprehensive, hands-on, teacher-supervised laboratory component to insure that students have mastered appropriate chemistry laboratory techniques including: quantitative liquid measurement and transfer, safe liquid heating, and familiarity with common chemistry glassware.

Required Textbook(s) and/or Materials

Students will need to access a number of YouTube videos throughout the course.

Major Concepts

To provide opportunity through advanced study of chemistry for students to engage in and develop seven key science practices:

  1. use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems
  2. use mathematics appropriately
  3. engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or guide investigations within the context of the AP course
  4. plan and implement data collection strategies appropriate to a particular scientific question
  5. perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence
  6. work with scientific explanations and theories
  7. connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts and representations in and across domains