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Fewer calculations on the AP chemistry exam?

Are there really fewer calculations on the new AP chemistry exam? Ever since the new AP exam came into existence, there's been a lot of talk about the removal of a large chunk of quantitative...

AP Chemistry Summer Workshops 2016 Online

AP Chemistry Summer Workshops 2016 Online: Once again this summer, I plan to offer two, AP Chemistry Teacher Workshops, and I'd love to have you join me. These courses will be the 5th and 6th...

A word of warning to inexperienced #apchem teachers

So, you're new #apchem teacher, or perhaps you're a grizzled, old veteran who is coming back to teaching the new AP chemistry course after some time away from the AP classroom. Either way you're...

Titrations!

A couple of quick video clips of some AP students performing their first ever titrations. The sharpest end-points? Perhaps not, but some nice work for a first attempt. The reaction is the...

New and Odd AP Topic Review 2015

In 2014 I wrote this post in order to discuss some of the ‘odd/new' topics on the AP exam in 2014. What follows in this post is essentially identical to that one, but with a few tweaks here and...

Online AP Chemistry Workshops Summer 2015

Once again this summer, I plan to offer two, online AP Chemistry Teacher Workshops. I'd love to have you join me. Below you will find details of the workshops, but, if after reading this post (and...

A Brief History of the AP Chemistry Exam*

On this page you can read a brief history of the AP Chemistry exam as I currently understand it*. A few general notes; The large discrepancy in the number of questions on the exam when comparing...

Subscriber Updates (09-09-14)

OK, there have been quite a lot of significant additions and updates surrounding the intense activity of the opening of the school year. In the last couple of weeks you may have noticed the...

Online AP Chemistry Workshops Jul & Aug 2014

I have finalized a plan for two, online, AP Chemistry Workshops for the summer of 2014. Here is an outline of the course, with some details. If, after reading this post (and some of the anticipated...

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry – a few tips

With the SAT subject test in chemistry coming up again this week, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few specific tips for dealing with the exam. Every standard test/exam has its own...

Factoids 2014 – another REDUX

Below is the amended text of a post that I originally wrote in April of 2012. The degree to which such things will be at all relevant on the AP exam in 2014 and beyond is highly debatable (since...

New and Odd AP Topic Review 2014

All of the topics below are things that I consider to be ‘odd’, or that are new for 2014. These are brief comments that are expanded upon in my notes, and in the REA AP Chemistry Crash Course book...

AP Review 2013-14

Here's the AP Review schedule for the Spring of 2014. This is a first draft and some tweaking will almost certainly need to take place in the next four and a half weeks, but this will give a solid...

Organic Chemistry Options 2014-15

So you think that you might be interested in taking a high school, organic chemistry course, delivered by me either at The Westminster Schools, or as part the Global Online Academy? Great! You may...

Regular Chemistry 2013-14

Introduction TOPIC NOTES HOMEWORK TESTS & QUIZZES TOOLBOX WITH LINKS TOPIC 1 Matter & Measurement NOTES Worksheet 1a: 8/22 QUIZ 1: NONE TEST 1: 8/30 Multiple Choice Review Multiple-Choice...

Regular Chemistry Learning Objectives

REGULAR CHEMISTRY LEARNING OBJECTIVES The specific learning objectives for each topic in the Regular course are listed here. TOPIC 1 Introduction & Measurement The following list is a GUIDE to...

The Big Five. New emphasis?

For many years I have offered AP Chemistry Workshops for teachers. One feature of those workshops over the years have been sessions on what I call 'The Big Five'. These are the five large topic...

New emphasis outside of the Big Five

Putting the new emphasis amongst the Big Five aside for a moment, I also wanted to take a look at some other potential re-thinking that will have to be done with the new curriculum. I have split...

LOs? What The…….?

Just in case you don't know, there are now 117 Learning Objectives (LOs) (starting on page 100 of the new course description) defined in the new AP Chemistry curriculum. These statements are what...

The Spirit of the Question

My recent conversation with Eric Scerri that spawned this post, was initially provoked by his article from the previous week in Scientific American. It got me thinking about an old AP exam question...

….beyond the scope of this course and the AP exam

I am now getting into the nitty-gritty of the new curriculum as I prepare my materials for a huge overhaul and re-write. In general, exclusion statements are incredibly useful, and frankly should...

Subscriber Updates

With the addition of Regular worksheet 6d (Reaction Types) plus the answers, and the re-labeling of the "old" Regular worksheet 6d (Interactive Reaction Practice) as the new Regular worksheet 6e,...

AP TOPIC 12 notes adjusted

The Combination/Decomposition part of the Simple REDOX section of the TOPIC 12 notes has been adjusted to make it (hopefully) a little clearer. The notes may have been slightly ambiguous in as much...