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AP Chemistry

Missi Blackstock
2017-2018 School Year


Course Description


The objective of AP Chemistry, a laboratory-based physical science, is to examine and investigate the properties and reactions of matter.  AP Chemistry is built around six BIG ideas and seven SCIENCE PRACTICES. 

Big Idea 1:  The chemical elements are fundamental building materials of matter and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms.  These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.

Big Idea 2:   Chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules and the forces between them.

Big Idea 3:  Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

Big Idea 4:  Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

Big Idea 5:  The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.

Big Idea 6:  Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken.  These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.


Science Practice 1:  The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.

Science Practice 2:  The student can use mathematics appropriately.

Science Practice 3:  The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.

Science Practice 4:  The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question.

Science Practice 5:  The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.

Science Practice 6:  The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.

Science Practice 7:  The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains. 

A minimum of twenty-five percent of instructional time will be spent in the laboratory. Laboratory work will be incorporated to directly observe and predict the behavior of matter.  There will be a need for knowledge of Algebra II.  The AP Exam will be the first week of May.


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