AP Chemistry

The text book we use is Tro, Chemistry: A Molecular Approach 3e MasteringChemistry 

Dear prospective A.P. Chemistry students and parents,

 

I 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. 

 

As 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.

 

The 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.

 

If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at by email (French_d@milfordschools.org), or at home (373-3467).

 

 

David French

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