This course prepares students for the AP chemistry exam and for the SAT subject test in chemistry. Students are assumed to have a baseline understanding of stoichiometry, chemical bonding and intermolecular forces, atomic theory, thermodynamics, gas laws, periodicity, and types of chemical reactions at the beginning of the course. These topics are reviewed briefly, and the following topics are studied in greater depth: acid-base chemistry, spectroscopy techniques, relationships between macroscopic and microscopic properties, kinetics, equilibrium, oxidation-reduction reactions, electrochemistry, and standard lab procedures. This is a fast-paced course with a significant laboratory component,and students are expected to design some of their own lab procedures and participate actively during all class sessions. Frequent written assignments are required, both on a weekly basis and over most vacation periods.
Students are required to complete a summer assignment in preparation for this course.
Open to: Sophomores, juniors, and seniors