Overview of the Course
The Collegeboard designed course aims to prepare students for advanced study of subsequent college Chemistry courses and as such the AP Chemistry course is equivalent to a two semester introductory freshman college course. The course focuses on fostering a deep and enduring conceptual understanding of the topics covered while spending much time on inquiry based learning to develop the reasoning skills that are essential for further college study in all science disciplines, such as experimental design, application of mathematical routines and analyzing data.The course focuses on topics such as Thermochemistry and Equilibrium, Atomic Structure, Bonding and Periodicity, Energetics and Rates of Reaction.
The class is taught in university level academic English. The students are required to understand written and spoken English and are given frequent homework assignments requiring both pre-class reading and post-class writing. Hence a strong focus on language skills permeates early stages of the course.