Topic outline

  • General

    MAY 1 2016--see scanned attachments for AP hints and AP lab questions

    Welcome to Advanced Placement Chemistry.  An updated syllabus will be added on August 14, 2015.  Due to the a concern for in-depth coverage of the NEW material---the summer assignment focuses on chapters 1-3. Chapters 4-7 will be reviewed quickly and then the pace will adjust to the newer material in chapter 8 and beyond.  Among the topics are colligative properties, kinetics, equilibrium, acids and bases, equilibria applications, spontaneity, entropy and free energy, and electrochemisty.

  • Topic 1

    SUMMER ASSIGNMENT//UNITS 1-3--(approx. 20 days with labs)

    This course actually begins with a Summer assignment which needs to be completed by the first day of the new school term.   This assignment involves reading and answering questions in the first 3 chapters in the text.  This is essentially a  review of the same material covered in the first semester of your advanced chemistry class.  Any academic students will have covered the material but not as in-depth.   

    The following labs will be performed: Basic Lab Techniques/Density/Hydrate and Chemical Formula Determination

    Students should be competent with the mole and % composition calculations, emperical and molecular formula determination, atomic mass calculation and the infamous stoichiometry calculations.

    AN ASSESSMENT WILL BE GIVEN ON CH. 1,2 AND PART OF 3 IN DAY 2 OF THE COURSE.  IF YOU ARE COMMITTED TO THIS AP COURSE YOU WILL BE PREPARED.

    We will revisit and emphasize elemental analysis, limiting reagents, % and theoretical yields. 

    A second test will cover the remaining topics in CH. 3.

  • Topic 2

    Moving on to Chapter 8 and 9(UNIT 8)---BONDING--(approx. 15 days with lab)

    Again this material should be familiar from Advanced Chemistry.  We will review ionic vs. covalent bonding, bond character and polarity, Lewis structures, resonance, octet rule and the exceptions like expanded octets, VESPR and LE models, hybridization and sigma/pi bonds.   There will be more emphasis on lattice energy, bond energy, molecular orbital theory and paramagnetism.

    Labs performed:  Geometric Structures of Molecules

    • Topic 3

      UNIT 10--LIQUIDS AND SOLIDS--(approx. 8 days)

      Here we will cover the following topics:  Intermolecular forces, Crystal structures, Types of solids--ionic/molecular/network/metallic, state changes, phase diagrams, vapor pressure and critical points.

      • Topic 4

        UNIT 11-PROPERTIES OF SOLUTIONS--(approx. 12 days with labs)

        Here we will emphasize new concepts like Raoult's Law/Henry's Law and build on previous learning regarding Colligative Properties.

        Labs performed:  Colligative Properties: Freeezing Point Depression and Molar Mass determination

        Beer's Law: Spectrophotometer

        • Topic 5

          UNIT 12-CHEMICAL KINETICS--(approx. 12 days)

          This is one of the major topics of the AP exam.

          Concepts include rate expressions/rate laws/rate constants/rate order/half-life/activation energy/reaction mechanism

          Lab performed: Determination of Rate Law

          • Topic 6

            UNIT 13--CHEMICAL EQUILIBRIUM--(approx. 10 days)

            This is another major topic!!  You will be referring to it a lot!!

            The concepts include: equilibrium expressions/equilibrium constants/Kc vs. Kp/ K vs quotient/ algebraic and quadratic problem solving for unknowns, Le Chatelier's Principle

            Lab performed: Le Chatelier's Principle

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