Completion of Algebra II, Alg II/Trig, or H Alg II/Trig (A or B recommended)
This course covers the 6 big ideas found in the CollegeBoard course framework. Topics include atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, aqueous reactions, thermodynamics, kinetics, gases, equilibrium, and electrochemistry. Generally, 25-30% of the grade is based on lab calculations and reports, 50-60% is exams entirely of AP questions (and curved appropriately), and the remaining grade for online problem assignments. There are also many practice opportunities that do not go in the grade.
Depending on the student, the workload for AP Chemistry is about 3-5 hours per week outside of class. The night before difficult exams, we host "chemistry parties," where Ms. Smith picks up many pizzas and we have office hours from 3-7:30 pm. Chem parties occur about 3-4 times per semester, and attendance is encouraged but not mandatory.
Ms. Smith is always working on increasing the available topics in her video lecture library, where you can watch the lectures ahead of time or if you miss class. There are tutorial videos available to help with the summer homework.