AP Chemistry

at a glance


The purpose of the class is to provide a college-level course in chemistry and to prepare the students to seek credit and/or appropriate placement in college chemistry courses. This course is structured around the six big ideas articulated in the AP chemistry curriculum framework provided by the College Board.

The Big Ideas are:

#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.

# 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.

# 3 Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

# 4 Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

# 5 The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.

# 6 Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

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