Observations about TOPIC and LO oddities in the CED

Observations about TOPIC and LO oddities in the CED

The CED (Course and Exam Description) for AP chemistry is chock-full of edubabble BS and always has been. So in and of itself, coming across weird stuff that makes no sense is nothing new, but recently a couple of things came to my attention that had escaped me...
The literal application of a pnictogen

The literal application of a pnictogen

EDIT 01/26/24: Yesterday, the state of Alabama completed the execution of Kenneth Smith via nitrogen hypoxia. What do China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the USA and Iraq have in common? They all appear in the Death Penalty Information Center’s (DPIC) top 6...
State Symbols and the AP Exam

State Symbols and the AP Exam

A  common post in the AP Chemistry Teacher Facebook group goes something like, “Are state symbols required in chemical equations?” There’s a temptation to answer question with a blanket, “no”, since when you read the scoring standards...
Fever Trees and Quinine

Fever Trees
and Quinine

I love writing about chemistry, more than anything I’ve ever done professionally. In part that’s because I learn stupid stuff, an example of which occurred again yesterday. I was writing a larger piece about quinones and related compounds and I got to thinking about...