AP CHEMISTRY 


COURSE:  SC45405  /  SC45406                       
CREDIT VALUE: One credit
                                     

OPEN TO:  Grades 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: Biology and Chemistry-“B” or better average in high school science courses or consent of instructor


What you will learn in this course:
This course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year.  The course centers around six big ideas:  Structure of Matter; Bonding and Intermolecular Forces; Chemical Reactions; Kinetics; Thermodynamics; and Chemical Equilibrium.  It aims to provide students with the conceptual framework, factual knowledge and analytical skills necessary to deal critically with subsequent college courses.

How you will learn in this course:
The course is taught through text, chapter summary review sheets, lectures, discussion and completion of sixteen required AP Labs as well as additional labs.

Why this course is important:  
This course is taken with the idea in mind that students will take the AP Chemistry Exam to receive college credit or placement at the student’s college of choice.  For some students, this course enables them to undertake, in their first year, second-year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite.  Credit and placement tied to the AP Chemistry exam could lead to students’ readiness for and engagement in the study of advanced topics in subsequent college courses and eventually the achievement of a STEAM degree and successful career.

Science Practices that will be covered:
    1.    Drawing, explaining, and interpreting representations    
    2.    Using mathematics and logical routines appropriately    
    3.    Asking and refining scientific questions    
    4.    Designing and implementing data collection strategies
    5.    Analyzing and evaluation data
    6.    Making predictions and justifying claims with evidence
    7.    Connecting chemistry concepts across the big ideas

This course is expected to devote 25 percent of instructional time to students performing a minimum of 16, hands-on lab investigations to support the learning objectives in the curriculum framework.  Additionally, teachers are expected to provide guided inquiry-based labs for at least six of the aforementioned 16 lab investigations.