The text book we use is Tro, Chemistry: A Molecular Approach 3e MasteringChemistry
Dear prospective A.P. Chemistry students and
am glad you are considering the challenge of A.P. Chemistry. I believe it can be a very rewarding
experience if you choose to take the course.
The basic prerequisite is successful completion of Honors Chemistry and
approval by that teacher.
you know the idea is to give college level material in a high school
setting. I believe that the A.P.
Chemistry curriculum compares well with the freshman level chemistry taught to
chemistry majors at most universities. It
is possible to earn up to 10 semester hours of chemistry. Topics covered by quarter are as follows.
First quarter: chemical foundations, atoms, molecules and ions, stoichiometry, types
of reactions, solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic structure and periodicity; Second quarter: bonding: general concepts, covalent
bonding: orbitals, organic chemistry, gases, liquids and solids, properties of
solutions, chemical kinetics; Third quarter: chemical equilibrium, acids and bases,
applications of aqueous equilibria; Fourth quarter: spontaneity, entropy and
free energy, and electrochemistry and several weeks of review for the exam in
May. The depth of understanding of each
topic will be much greater than in first year chemistry. Because of the broad scope of the topics
covered the pace will be challenging as well.
curriculum looks daunting but let me assure you that with hard work and
perseverance it can be conquered. Students
who have had a year between first year chemistry and A.P. Chemistry are at a
slight disadvantage but they seem to do as well as others in the long run. There is disagreement among my students as to
how much time the class takes, but there is agreement that consistent effort is
necessary. Our success rates on the exam
have shown that Milford
High school students are
up to the challenge.