AP® / UNDERGRAD CHEMISTRY

Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I.

Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water.

Together they make a placid and unpoisonous material, table salt.

Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called chemistry.


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About the Course: AP® / UNDERGRAD CHEMISTRY

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is based on the College Board's Advanced Placement® Chemistry curriculum which is comparable to a first-year undergraduate inorganic chemistry course for chemistry, biology, or engineering majors. The first half of the course reinforces many of the fundamental concepts and basic principles studied in the first-year course while the second half explores more challenging topics that may be more novel. Some of the topics explored include chemical reactivity and bonding through the development of the modern theory of quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetics, chemical equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Laboratory investigations are extensive and often inquiry-based.

The College Board has designed the AP® Chemistry curriculum around six Big Ideas and seven Science Practices that integrate throughout the course. The curriculum framework incorporates the design of these elements in addition to a strong inquiry wet-lab work focus.

The following are popular textbooks that this course teaches with: