Welcome to AP Chemistry. This class is an approximation of a first year college-level chemistry class. It is extremely fast paced and focused on a quantitative approach to problem solving.
Is AP Chemistry a Good Fit For Me?
AP Chemistry students have excellent quantitative skills - both in terms of background as well as creative analytic ability. AP Chemistry students are self-starters, well organized, and ask questions. Although not required by ASD, it is incredibly strongly recommended that prospective students have already completed Chemistry I with a grade that reflects mastery of that introductory material before taking this class.
If you are wondering if this class is a good fit, here are a few assignments that are completed outside of class within the first week of school:
Mental Math Skills
Chemistry I Summer Review
Click on this sentence to go to the on-line class schedule. In the spreadsheet, click on the AP Chemistry tab at the bottom of the page.
Key Background Information and Links
All students must have a calculator. Here is the link to legal calculators on the free response portion of the AP Exam and for all free response tests in this class.
Please write your name and phone number on the calculator using a Sharpie.
There is no need to use a graphing calculator on the AP exam - in fact, getting fast with a good trig calculator can be an advantage in many ways. However, lots of students seem to prefer the TI-84 CE graphing calculator.
Here is a link to the periodic table and equation sheets for tests.
Bozeman Science has excellent podcast explanations organized by concept (although they are in a different order than we cover them in class). It is recommended to view these in conjunction with the textbook.
Here is a link to OWL, the online text book and practice problems. When creating the account, please use your ASD e-mail address, not your personal one.
Signing up for daily practice problems is an excellent way to keep material and skills fresh throughout the year.
It is also recommended that students purchase their own review book for the course. The Crash Course Guide is a condensed review with some clever approaches to certain types of problems. This book seems to be the best review guide out there now. The author, Adrian Dingle, has a web page that is one of the best AP Chemistry resources on the interwebs.