AP Chemistry is an in-depth, fast-paced second-year
chemistry course for advanced, science-oriented students. The course will
provide students with a thorough grounding in chemical principles and
quantitative reasoning, with an emphasis on inorganic chemistry. The workload
is equivalent to a first-year college introductory chemistry course, including
an intensive and necessary laboratory component. The laboratory program may
require an extra time commitment, and students will be expected to maintain a
laboratory notebook. Self-motivated, independent learners who
have demonstrated strong abilities in previous science and math courses are
encouraged to take this rigorous, but rewarding course. All students enrolled in
this course are prepared for and expected to take the AP examination in May.
Many (but not all) colleges will accept a score of 3 or higher on the
for college credit, which may allow students to enroll in higher-level courses
as a freshman or fulfill a lab science requirement.
Grade of B+ or higher in Honors Chemistry OR A- or higher in
Chemistry CP, and completion of Algebra II, with instructor recommendation.
It is recommended that students concurrently enroll in
Honors Physics and have already completed or be currently enrolled in
Textbook Chemistry: The Central
Science (11th edition, 2007) by Brown, LeMay and Bursten.
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All AP Chemistry students are required to participate in the annual
Science Fair; this will be part of your final exam grade (students who
take the AP exam are exempt from a written final exam). Initial
project proposals are due early in the first marking period using the
documents available in Google Classroom. Experimental
projects with a clear chemistry tie-in are preferred. If you are
having trouble coming up with a good topic, contact Dr V.
Science Fair Project
Initial Proposal Form
Science Fair Revised Proposal Form
Science Fair Report
Instructions You need to have a written report present at the
actual science fair.
Updated Science Fair
Unit 5: Chemical Equilibrium
Unit 6: Acids and Bases
Unit 7: Thermodynamics
Unit 8: Electrochemistry
Unit 9: Atomic Structure and Periodicity
Unit 10: Chemical Bonding
Unit 11: Intermolecular Attractions
Unit 12: Solutions and Their Properties
- Lab #14: Separation of a Dye Mixture Using Chromatography (Guided
- Lab #15: Synthesis and Analysis of a
AP Exam Review
Balancing Nuclear Equations Module
AP Chemistry Summer Work
Unit 1: Stoichiometry
Unit 2: Thermochemistry
Unit 3: Gases