This is a second year chemistry course that offers the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful completion of the AP test in the spring. The class is equivalent to a first semester college course in chemistry. The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced coursework in chemistry.
Students will cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore content such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.
Key Course Learning Experiences
Examples of exciting and hands-on student lab experiences include:
Determining the number of Zinc atoms on a Zinc galvanized steel screw
Finding the unknown concentration of solution via a Redox titration in Acidic solution
Determining the molar mass of a gas collected via water displacement
Determination of Keq by reaching equilibrium of a reactions
Prediction of shifting equilibrium on the basis of Le Chatelier’s Principle
Determining the Ka and Molar Mass of an unknown Weak Acid via Titration of a Weak Acid with a Strong Base.
Determining the Ksp of Calcium Hydroxide via serial dilution
Calorimetry and Hess’s Law
Determining the sign of ΔH, ΔS & ΔG Thermodynamics involved in chemical reactions
In these lab experiences, students will learn to appreciate and use laboratory equipment safely and appropriately to make measurements of relevant data. Students will work collaboratively with peers to design and carry out investigations, perform data analysis, and draw conclusions based on evidence.
Essential Learning Goals
Explanation of Phenomena (30%) - Students will use models and representations to communicate explanations of scientific phenomena involving chemistry, as evidenced by correct explanations of observed data and phenomena.
Process of Inquiry (40%) - Students will ask questions, define problems, design and carry out investigations, and communicate the results of those investigations as evidenced by presentation of lab processes and results in written and/or verbal form.
Computational Thinking/Problem Solving (30%) - Students will use mathematics and computational thinking to solve problems as evidenced by articulating the process of solving a variety of problems, and by arriving at a correct answer.
Major Assessments and Success Criteria
Students will be assessed on their explanations of natural phenomena using chemistry principles, their solutions to a variety of problems, and on their conducting and communicating the results of laboratory investigations.