AP Lab Program

The Science Practices:
The AP Chemistry Lab Program is centered around 7 science practices. All of our labs will have ties to one or more of these practices.
  1. The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.
  2. The student can use mathematics appropriately.
  3. The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.
  4. The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question. [Note: Data can be collected from many different sources, e.g., investigations, scientific observations, the findings of others, historic reconstruction, and/or archived data.]
  5. The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence. 
  6. The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.
  7. The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.

This year you will learn how to keep a formal science notebook, how to write a formal lab report, how to write research questions and design experiments with proper variables, and how to identify and analyze different types of data using mathematics and spreadsheets.

Each of your full-length labs will require a formal lab report. You will be constructing reports in your lab notebooks to mirror the experience you will likely have in a college lab setting.

We will also do shorter labs that I call labettes. Labettes are lab type exploratory activities that will be completed in the lab notebook without any formal write-up.


Here are links to our individual labs:

 Unit of Study
 Labs and Labettes
Gravimetric Analysis of  Metal Carbonate
Finding the Ratio of Moles of Reactants in a Chemical Reaction

 Aqueous Reactions
The Gatorade Lab (CB Inquiry Lab 1)
Crime Scene Investigation: The Mass Percent of Copper in a Brass Shell Casing (CB Inquiry Lab 2)

The Molar Volume of a Gas
 Atomic Structure
The Hand Warmer Challenge
(CB Inquiry Lab 4)

Molecular Geometry Lab: Using VSEPR to Predict Properties of Chemicals


Crystal Violet: Finding a Rate Law (Inquiry Lab 7)


The Rainbow Lab: Le Châtelier's Principle (Inquiry Lab 8)

Determination of Ka of Weak Acids

Acid-Base Titration (Inquiry Lab 9)

Preparation and Properties of Buffer Solutions

Determination of a Solubility Product of an Ionic Compound


Conductimetric Titrations

Oxidation-Reduction Titrations