About the Course: AP® CHEMISTRY
AP Chemistry is a rigorous course designed to be comparable to a first-year college course for chemistry, biology, or engineering majors. The first semester of the course reinforces many of the fundamental concepts and basic principles studied in the first-year course while the second semester explores more challenging topics that are usually new to our students. 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. Successful students devote considerable out-of-class time to reading, problem completion, and lab data analysis. 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.
Students have access to a working document of a calendar for the course. Each semester has its own tab (on the bottom). This is a working document, meaning that it frequently changes. Finalized assignment dates and due dates are ALWAYS posted on myUS as the official location. This document can:
- Give an idea of what is to come in order to best manage time.
- Include more general, spread out homework/practice recommendations.
Class plans can be accessed from any unit page by selecting the icon on the top right of the page or accessed by clicking here.
Below is a selection of course policies for 2020 - 2021 academic year. Please find a complete and official version in the course syllabus which can be accessed here.