Learning Recommendations: Due to safety concerns students must have taken SCI300 - Chemistry or an equivalent course. There are many labs that require a high degree of awareness and safe practices that can only be learned through experience. SCI300 - Chemistry covers all of the necessary laboratory safety requirements that are needed to take AP Chemistry.
Working knowledge of the fundamentals of basic chemistry taught in SCI300 - Chemistry is essential. It is unlikely that students who have not taken SCI300 - Chemistry will be successful. Grade of B or better in SCI300 - Chemistry is highly recommended. Ability to read content and volume of reading geared to a college-level course. Proficiency in fundamental lab techniques and lab safety. Proficiency in MTH300 - Common Core Algebra 2; successful completion of or concurrent enrollment MTH350 - Pre-Calculus is recommended. Although knowledge of calculus is helpful, it is not required for success.
General Description: This year-long course builds on concepts presented in SCI300 - Chemistry. It is designed for students of high ability and interest. This course is designed to provide a solid, first-year college chemistry experience, both conceptually and in the laboratory. The labs serve to supplement the learning in the lecture section of the course. Problem solving skills, both on paper and in the lab, are emphasized. There are weekly labs.
This course meets the descriptions of lab-based and algebra-based science courses for college entrance requirements, as outlined by the Washington Student Achievement Council.
Content: There will be accelerated review of the following:
- molar relationships
- electronic structure
- intramolecular and intermolecular forces
- molecular geometry
- gas laws
These topics will be new to students or will be studied in greater depth:
- chemical kinetics
- redox reactions and electrochemistry
- buffer systems
- coordination complexes
Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:
- Lecture/discussion I
- nquiry-based and guided laboratory work
- Inquiry and critical thinking exercises
- Interactive, student and teacher-led demonstrations
- Student projects and research with emphasis on communication
- Cooperative learning
Homework: Daily expectations: 30-45 minutes This is based on daily reading assignments, assigned problems, and student efficiency during and outside of class. Be aware that time spent on understanding concepts outside of class varies from student to student and greatly depends on daily active participation during class.
Course Fee / Materials: $40. Students are required to use a scientific non-graphing calculator during assessments. These will be provided in class. However it is recommended that students have such a calculator available at home to work on assignments. Some homework assignments will require internet access.
AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.