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AP Chemistry


AP Chemistry


Evangeline R. Mangune

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Grade Level

11 or 12

Course Overview

    This is an elective AP science course taken by juniors and seniors in preparation for the AP Chemistry Exam.  The course meets all the standards and requirements outlined by the AP Program.  All students enrolled in the course are required to take the AP Chemistry Exam at the end of the school year.

Course Outline

    This course is structured around the six big ideas and the enduring understandings identified in the Curriculum Framework.  The teacher will instruct and teach all information essential for the understanding of the Curriculum Framework.

The six Big ideas are:

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 for 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 inter-molecular attraction that can be formed can be broken.  These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.