Segment A of AP Chemistry teaches that the chemical elements are fundamental materials of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions. 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. Changes in matter involve the rearrangement of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons. The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter. Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

In Segment B, students learn that chemical equilibrium plays an important role in acid-base chemistry and in solubility. The atoms of each element have unique structures arising from interactions between electrons and nuclei. Energy is neither created nor destroyed, but only transformed from one form to another. The chemical elements are fundamental materials of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.

PRE-REQUISITES: Earth Science and Biology 1 recommended

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Chemistry – The Study of Change

  • Chemistry: The Study of Change
  • Atoms, Molecules, and Ions
  • Mass Relationship in Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Reactions and Equations
  • Reactions in Aqueous Solutions, Part I
  • Reactions in Aqueous Solutions, Part II

Gases, Thermochemistry, Quantum Theory

  • Gases
  • Thermochemistry Part I
  • Thermochemistry Part II
  • Quantum Theory and the Electronic Structure of Atoms
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Periodic Relationships Among the Elements

Chemical Bonding, Crystals, Phase Changes

  • Chemical Bonding I: Basic Concepts
  • Chemical Bonding II: Molecular Geometry
  • Chemical Bonding III: Hybridization
  • Chemical Bonding IV: Atomic Orbitals
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • Crystals and Amorphous Solids
  • Phase Changes and Diagrams

Solutions, Chemical Kinetics, Chemical Equilibrium

  • Introduction to Solutions
  • Colligative Properties of Solutions
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium I: Introduction
  • Chemical Equilibrium II: Relationship to Chemical Kinetics

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Acids and Bases, Entropy, and Electrochemistry

  • Acids and Bases I: An Introduction
  • Acids and Bases II: Acid Strength, Salts, Oxides, and Hydroxides
  • Acid-Base Equilibria
  • Solubility Equilibria
  • Entropy, Free Energy, and Equilibrium
  • Electrochemistry

Nuclear Chemistry, Metallurgy, Alkali and Metals

  • Nuclear Chemistry I: An Introduction
  • Nuclear Chemistry II: Fission and Fusion
  • Metallurgy
  • Alkali Metals and Alkaline Earth Metals

Organic Chemistry, Synthetic and Natural Organic Polymers

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Synthetic and Natural Organic Polymers

Preparing for the AP Chemistry Exam

  • Overview of the AP Chemistry Exam
  • Reviewing for the AP Chemistry Exam

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B