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AP Chemistry

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 AP exam 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 Pre-Calculus.

Textbook Chemistry:  The Central Science (11th edition, 2007) by Brown, LeMay and Bursten.

Questions?  Need help?  E-mail Dr. Vanderveen

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Current Course Assignments

Unit 9:  Atomic Structure and Periodicity


Course Materials



  • 2018-2019 Science Fair

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 Timelines

     Science Fair  Initial Proposal Form

        Science Fair Revised Proposal Form

        Poster Board--Experimental Projects

        Poster Board--Research Projects

        Science Fair Report Instructions  You need to have a written report present at the actual science fair.

        Updated Science Fair Judging Rubrics



Upcoming Units



Unit 10:  Chemical Bonding


Unit 11:  Intermolecular Attractions


Unit 12:  Solutions and Their Properties


AP Exam  Review

SATII Review

Balancing Nuclear Equations Module

Descriptive Chemistry

Past Units


AP Chemistry Summer Work





Unit 1:  Stoichiometry 

Unit 2:  Thermochemistry

Unit 3:  Gases 


Unit 4:  Reaction Kinetics

Useful links for Ch. 14

Unit 5:  Chemical Equilibrium


Unit 6:  Acids and Bases

Unit 7:  Thermodynamics



Unit 8:  Electrochemistry




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