Chemistry AP

Chat times for 2017-2018
10:30am-noon ET/7:30am-9:00am PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Scholars Online Chemistry for 2017-2018

Course Overview for 2018-2019

In 2018-2019, Scholars Online will offer a two-level chemistry course. The Chemistry Core course will cover chemistry at the high school level. When combined with the AP Biology Option, the complete course will cover chemistry at a first-year college level meeting the AP Chemistry syllabus requirements. Both courses cover the following topics:

This course is an introduction to general chemistry. Lectures and text will cover the fundamentals of matter, atomic structure, and chemical reactions. Time permitting, we will also discuss some of the applications of basic chemistry to organic chemistry, biochemistry, and the characteristics of chemical families. Specific topics include

  • basic tools of measurement,
  • the atomic model, including basic concepts of atoms, elements, molecules and compounds,
  • the quantitative relationships between reactants and products (stoichiometry),
  • atomic structure and electron configurations,
  • patterns underlying chemical periodicity,
  • phase changes affecting gases, liquids, and solids,
  • the behavior of solutions,
  • chemical kinetics,
  • chemical equilibria,
  • acid-base and precipitation reactions,
  • electrolysis reactions,
  • the major characteristics of main group and transition elements,
  • and nuclear chemistry

We will approach this mass of material through our texts, through discussion, through guided Web Tours, and through lab experiences. As we learn about the concepts and methods of modern chemistry, we will try to put them into perspective by addressing these questions:

  • What is science?
  • What is scientific methodology?
  • How do we observe a natural object or event?
  • How do we use instruments to discover more detailed information about a living organism or process?
  • How do we evaluate and organize our knowledge?
  • What are hypotheses, models, theories, and natural laws?
  • How do we test, accept, or disprove a theory?
  • How does the very act of organizing knowledge limit or enhance the way we think about nature and ourselves?
  • What are the ethical implications of scientific investigations into chemical processes, especially those which affect the environment or living organisms?
  • What are our responsibilities as stewards of the natural resources of Earth?

Meetings: The Core Chemistry course meets in online chat sessions twice a week for a review of the material and open discussion of homework assignments or topics posing difficulties. Some time will be devoted to basic lab work. Students post homework problems to the course conference center to gain practice in explaining solutions. Students taking the AP option will attend a third session each week covering key topics in greater detail, discussing more extensive lab work, and involving further activities to help them prepare for the AP examination in Chemistry.

Credit: Students completing the core course will receive high school chemistry credit. Students taking the AP option and completing the AP section successfully will receive AP credit. Students who take the AP option but do not complete all AP requirements may receive honors credit for their additional work beyond the high school level.

You may review the letter of certification and the formal syllabus and for this course as approved by the College Board.

Standard Exam Preparation: Students taking the core course should be well prepared to take both the SAT II Chemistry Test. Students taking the AP option will be prepared to take the AP examination in Chemistry. Those interested in either exam should read the Chemistry Exam Preparation page, and contact the instructor if they have questions.

Prerequisites: Scholars Online Chemistry Core Course is designed to be an independent course for students who have completed a rigorous junior high school physical science course, or Scholars Online Natural Science I and II. The AP Option requires simultaneous enrollment in the Core Course.

Labs and Lab Equipment:

Students must have parental permission to perform labs in order to receive credit. The lab permission form and a list of required equipment and materials is available from the Lab Requirements page.

Need more information? Further details on this course are available at this site on course procedures and other frequently-asked questions.

Enrollment: To enroll in this course, or for further information on Scholars Online, please visit the Scholars Online Website.