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AP Chemistry

Course Description

The AP Chemistry course is designed by The College Board to be taken only after the successful completion of a first course in high school chemistry. AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course typically taken during the first year of college. Students will refine and master their experimental and analytical abilities through laboratory and problem-solving situations. For many students, successful completion of this course enables them to take second year college work in the chemistry sequence. The course is structured around the six big ideas stated in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework provided by the College Board with special emphasis on the seven science practices also published therein. At least 25% of classroom instructional time will be dedicated to laboratory work. Students are expected to dedicate 30-60 minutes of independent work outside of class time at least five times per week.

Grade Level(s): 11th-12th

Curricula for Advanced Placement (AP) courses are created by the American College Board, which offers high level coursework and exams to high school students.  Colleges and universities may grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on examinations.  Curriculum for each subject area is created by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study.  The Course Overview for AP Chemistry can be viewed HEREThe Course & Exam Description (CED) can be found HERE.  

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

  • Unit 1: Atomic Structure and Properties
  • Unit 2: Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties
  • Unit 3: Intermolecular Forces and Properties
  • Unit 4: Chemical Reactions
  • Unit 5: Kinetics
  • Unit 6: Thermodynamics
  • Unit 7: Equilibrium
  • Unit 8: Acids and Bases
  • Unit 9: Applications of Thermodynamics

Date Last Updated: 2014