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AP Chemistry (NCAA Approved)

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Open to: Grades 9 - 12

Prerequisites: Qualifying math score and completion of Algebra I 

Course Format: Session Based. See calendar for session dates and application deadlines.

Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year) or 12 weeks (intensive Winter, Early Summer, Mid-summer)

Recommended School Credit: One academic year

Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 12-15 hours per week for intensive 12-week sessions with no breaks, and 6-8 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.

Course Code: APCH

Course Description


The AP Chemistry course covers topics typically found in a first-year introductory college chemistry course and advances students' understanding of concepts normally covered in high school chemistry. It provides a solid preparation for the AP Chemistry exam and draws on software provided by Thinkwell.

Major course themes include:

  • relationships in the periodic table
  • atomic theory
  • chemical bonding
  • phases of matter and solutions
  • equilibria
  • reaction kinetics
  • organic chemistry
  • thermodynamics

Highly qualified instructors guide students through online lectures, readings, laboratory exercises, and other resources. Student knowledge is assessed through homework assignments and exams. This course includes a laboratory component designed to meet College Board standards and has been reviewed and approved by the College Board. Hands-on labs require a materials kit that must be purchased separately by the student.

Materials Needed

The following lab kit is required for this course:

Quality Science Labs: Micro Chem Kit, Advanced Placement Kit

Detailed Course Information

Course Details

An Introduction to Matter and Measurement

  • An Introduction to Chemistry and the Scientific Method
  • An Introduction to Chemistry
  • The Scientific Method
  • Properties of Matter
  • States of Matter
  • A Word About Laboratory Safety
  • CIA Demonstration: Differences in Density Due to Temperature
  • Properties of Matter
  • Scientific Measurement
  • The Measurement of Matter
  • Precision and Accuracy
  • CIA Demonstration: Precision and Accuracy with Glassware
  • Significant Figures
  • Dimensional Analysis
  • Mathematics of Chemistry
  • Scientific (Exponential) Notation
  • Common Mathematical Functions

Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

  • Early Atomic Theory
  • Early Discoveries and the Atom
  • Understanding Electrons
  • Understanding the Nucleus
  • Atomic Structure
  • Mass Spectrometry: Determining Atomic Masses
  • Examining Atomic Structure
  • CIA Demonstration: Flame Colors
  • The Periodic Table
  • Creating the Periodic Table
  • Chemical Nomenclature
  • Describing Chemical Formulas
  • Naming Chemical Compounds
  • Organic Nomenclature


  • Chemical Equations
  • An Introduction to Chemical Reactions and Equations
  • CIA Demonstration: Magnesium and Dry Ice
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • The Mole
  • The Mole and Avogadro's Number
  • Introducing Conversions of Masses, Moles, and Number of Particles
  • Solving Problems Involving Mass/Mole Relationships
  • Finding Empirical and Molecular Formulas
  • Stoichiometry and Chemical Equations
  • Finding Limiting Reagents
  • CIA Demonstration: Self-Inflating Hydrogen Balloons
  • Theoretical Yield and Percent Yield
  • A Problem Using the Combined Concepts of Stoichiometry

Reactions in Aqueous Solutions

  • An Introduction to Solutions
  • Properties of Solutions
  • CIA Demonstration: The Electric Pickle
  • Concentrations of Solutions
  • Factors Determining Solubility
  • Reactions Involving Solutions
  • Precipitation Reactions
  • Acid-Base Reactions
  • Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
  • Stoichiometry Problems in Solutions
  • Acid-Base Titrations
  • Solving Titration Problems
  • Gravimetric Analysis


  • Gases and Gas Laws
  • Properties of Gases
  • Boyle's Law
  • Charles's Law
  • The Combined Gas Law
  • Avogadro's Law
  • CIA Demonstration: The Potato Cannon
  • The Ideal Gas Law and Kinetic-Molecular Theory of Gases
  • The Ideal Gas Law
  • Partial Pressure and Dalton's Law
  • Applications of the Gas Laws
  • The Kinetic-Molecular Theory of Gases
  • CIA Demonstration: The Ammonia Fountain
  • Molecular Motion of Gases
  • Molecular Speeds
  • Effusion and Diffusion
  • Behavior of Real Gases
  • Comparing Real and Ideal Gases


  • An Introduction to Energy
  • The Nature of Energy
  • Energy, Calories, and Nutrition
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics
  • Work
  • Heat
  • CIA Demonstration: Cool Fire
  • Enthalpy
  • Heats of Reaction: Enthalpy
  • CIA Demonstration: The Thermite Reaction
  • Calorimetry
  • Constant Pressure Calorimetry
  • Bomb Calorimetry (Constant Volume)
  • Hess's Law and Enthalpies of Formation
  • Hess's Law
  • Enthalpies of Formation

Modern Atomic Theory

  • Electromagnetic Radiation and the Idea of Quantum
  • The Wave Nature of Light
  • Absorption and Emission
  • CIA Demonstration: Luminol
  • The Ultraviolet Catastrophe
  • The Photoelectric Effect
  • The Bohr Model
  • The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • The Wave Nature of Matter
  • Radial Solutions to the Schrödinger Equation
  • Angular Solutions to the Schrödinger Equation
  • Atomic Orbitals
  • Atomic Orbital Size
  • Atomic Orbital Shapes and Quantum Numbers
  • Atomic Orbital Energy

Electron familyigurations and Periodicity

  • Electron Spin and the Pauli Exclusion Principle
  • Understanding Electron Spin
  • Electron Shielding
  • Electron familyigurations through Neon
  • Electron familyigurations beyond Neon
  • Periodic Relationships
  • Periodicity
  • Periods and Atomic Size
  • Ionization Energy
  • Electron Affinity
  • An Introduction to Electronegativity
  • Group Trends
  • Hydrogen, Alkali Metals and Alkaline Earth Metals
  • Transition Metals and Nonmetals

Chemical Bonding: Fundamental Concepts

  • Valence Electrons and Chemical Bonding
  • Valence Electrons and Chemical Bonding
  • Ionic Bonds
  • CIA Demonstration: Conductivity Apparatus—Ionic versus Covalent Bonds
  • Lewis Dot Structures
  • Lewis Dot Structures for Covalent Bonds
  • Predicting Lewis Dot Structures
  • Resonance Structures and Formal Charge
  • Resonance Structures
  • Formal Charge
  • Electronegativity, Formal Charge, and Resonance
  • Bond Properties
  • Bond Properties
  • Using Bond Dissociation Energies

Molecular Geometry and Bonding Theory

  • Molecular Geometry and the VSEPR Theory
  • Valence-Shell Electron-Pair Repulsion Theory
  • Molecular Shapes for Steric Numbers -4
  • Molecular Shapes for Steric Numbers 5 & 6
  • Predicting Molecular Characteristics Using VSEPR Theory
  • Valence Bond Theory and Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Valence Bond Theory
  • An Introduction to Hybrid Orbitals
  • Pi Bonds
  • Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Applications of the Molecular Orbital Theory
  • Beyond Homonuclear Diatomics
  • CIA Demonstration: The Paramagnetism of Oxygen

Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

  • Looking In-Depth at Redox Reactions
  • Oxidation Numbers
  • Balancing Redox Reactions by the Oxidation Number Method
  • Balancing Redox Reactions Using the Half-Reaction Method
  • The Activity Series of the Elements
  • CIA Demonstration: The Reaction between Al and Br

Condensed Phases: Liquids and Solids

  • Intermolecular Forces
  • An Introduction to Intermolecular Forces and States of Matter
  • Intermolecular Forces
  • Physical Properties of Liquids
  • Properties of Liquids
  • CIA Demonstration: Boiling Water at Reduced Pressure
  • Vapor Pressure and Boiling Point
  • Molecular Structure and Boiling Point
  • Phase Diagrams
  • CIA Demonstration: Boiling Water in a Paper Cup
  • Solid State: Structure and Bonding
  • Types of Solids
  • CIA Demonstration: The Conductivity of Molten Salts
  • Crystal Structure
  • Calculating Atomic Mass and Radius from a Unit Cell
  • Crystal Packing
  • Ceramics

Physical Properties of Solutions

  • Characterizing Solutions
  • Types of Solutions
  • Molarity and the Mole Fraction
  • Molality
  • Energy and the Solution Process
  • Effects of Temperature and Pressure on Solubility
  • Temperature Change and Solubility
  • Extractions
  • Pressure Change and Solubility
  • Colligative Properties
  • Vapor Pressure Lowering
  • Boiling Point Elevation and Freezing Point Depression
  • Boiling Point Elevation Problem
  • Osmosis
  • Colligative Properties of Ionic Solutions
  • Colloids

Chemical Kinetics

  • Reaction Rates
  • An Introduction to Reaction Rates
  • Rate Laws: How the Reaction Rate Depends on Concentration
  • Determining the Form of a Rate Law
  • Orders of Reaction
  • First-Order Reactions
  • Second-Order Reactions
  • A Kinetics Problem
  • Temperature and Rates
  • The Collision Model
  • The Arrhenius Equation
  • Using the Arrhenius Equation
  • Reaction Mechanisms
  • Defining the Molecularity of a Reaction
  • Determining the Rate Laws of Elementary Reactions
  • Calculating the Rate Laws of Multistep Reactions
  • Steady State Kinetics
  • Catalysts
  • Catalysts and Types of Catalysts
  • A Word About Laboratory Safety
  • CIA Demonstration: Elephant Snot
  • CIA Demonstration: The Cobalt(II)-Catalyzed Reaction of Potassium Sodium Tartrate
  • CIA Demonstration: The Copper-Catalyzed Decomposition of Acetone

Chemical Equilibrium

  • Principles of Chemical Equilibrium
  • The Concept of Equilibrium
  • The Law of Mass Action and Types of Equilibrium
  • Converting Between Kc and Kp
  • Using Equilibrium Constants
  • Approaching Chemical Equilibrium
  • Predicting the Direction of a Reaction
  • Strategies for Solving Equilibrium Problems
  • Solving Problems Far from Equilibrium
  • An Equilibrium Problem Using the Quadratic Equation
  • Shifting Chemical Equilibrium
  • Le Châtelier's Principle
  • The Effect of Changing Amounts on Equilibrium
  • The Effect of Pressure and Volume on Equilibrium
  • The Effects of Temperature and Catalysts on Equilibrium
  • CIA Demonstration:
  • CIA Demonstration: Shifting the Equilibrium of

Acids and Bases

  • Acid-Base Concepts
  • Arrhenius/Brønsted-Lowry Definitions of Acids and Bases
  • Hydronium, Hydroxide, and the pH Scale
  • Acid and Base Strengths
  • Strong Acids and Bases
  • CIA Demonstration: Natural Acid-Base Indicators
  • Weak Acids
  • Weak Bases
  • Lewis Acids and Bases
  • Trends in Acid and Base Strengths
  • Polyprotic Acids
  • Acid-Base Properties of Salts
  • Equilibrium in Aqueous Solution
  • Reactions of Acids and Bases
  • Strong Acid-Strong Base and Weak Acid-Strong Base Reactions
  • Strong Acid-Weak Base and Weak Acid-Weak Base Reactions
  • The Common Ion Effect
  • Buffers
  • An Introduction to Buffers
  • CIA Demonstration: Buffers in Action
  • Acidic Buffers
  • Basic Buffers
  • The Henderson-Hasselbalch Equation
  • Acid-Base Titration
  • Strong Acid-Strong Base Titration
  • CIA Demonstration: Barium Hydroxide-Sulfuric Acid Titration
  • Weak Acid-Strong Base Titration
  • Polyprotic Acid-Strong Base Titration
  • Weak Base-Strong Acid Titration
  • Acid-Base Indicators
  • Solubility Equilibria
  • The Solubility Product Constant
  • CIA Demonstration: Silver Chloride and Ammonia
  • Solubility and the Common Ion Effect
  • Fractional Precipitation
  • Complex Ion Equilibria


  • An Introduction to Thermodynamics
  • Spontaneous Processes
  • Entropy
  • Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
  • Entropy and Temperature
  • Gibbs Free Energy and Free Energy Change
  • Gibbs Free Energy
  • Standard Free Energy Changes of Formation
  • Using Free Energy
  • Enthalpy and Entropy Contributions to K
  • The Temperature Dependence of K
  • Free Energy Away from Equilibrium


  • Principles of Electrochemistry
  • Reviewing Oxidation-Reduction Reactions
  • Galvanic Cells
  • Electrochemical Cells
  • Electromotive Force
  • Standard Reduction Potentials
  • Using Standard Reduction Potentials
  • The Nernst Equation
  • Electrochemical Determinants of Equilibria
  • Batteries
  • Batteries
  • CIA Demonstration: The Fruit-Powered Clock
  • Corrosion
  • Corrosion and the Prevention of Corrosion
  • Electrolysis and Electrolytic Cells
  • Electrolytic Cells
  • The Stoichiometry of Electrolysis

Nuclear Chemistry

  • Radioactivity
  • The Nature of Radioactivity
  • The Stability of Atomic Nuclei
  • Binding Energy
  • Rates of Disintegration
  • Rates of Disintegration Reactions
  • Radiochemical Dating
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Nuclear Fission
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Applications of Nuclear Chemistry

Chemistry of Metals

  • An Introduction to Metals
  • Metallurgical Processes
  • Band Theory of Conductivity
  • Intrinsic Semiconductors
  • Doped Semiconductors
  • Physical and Chemical Processes of Metals
  • The Alkali Metals
  • The Alkaline Earth Metals
  • Aluminum
  • CIA Demonstration: The Reaction between Al and Br


  • An Introduction to Nonmetals and Hydrogen
  • General Properties of Nonmetals
  • Hydrogen
  • Group 14: Carbon and Silicon
  • General Properties of Carbon
  • Silicon
  • Group 15: Nitrogen and Phosphorus
  • Nitrogen
  • Phosphorus
  • Group 16: Oxygen and Sulfur
  • Oxygen
  • CIA Demonstration: Creating Acid Rain
  • Sulfur
  • Group 17: The Halogens
  • Halogens
  • Aqueous Halogen Compounds
  • Group 18: The Noble Gases
  • Properties of Noble Gases

Instructional Laboratory Demonstrations

  • Laboratory Techniques
  • CIA Demonstration: Laboratory Safety
  • CIA Demonstration: Chromatography
  • CIA Demonstration: Distillation
  • CIA Demonstration: Pipetting
  • CIA Demonstration: Dilutions
  • CIA Demonstration: Titrations
  • CIA Demonstration: Extractions
  • CIA Demonstration: Filtrations
  • CIA Demonstration: Weighing on an Analytical Balance
  • CIA Demonstration: Recrystallization

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Technical Requirements

This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course requires that the student use a web browser with the Adobe Flash plugin. Note that many tablets and handhelds (particularly the iPad) do not support Flash and cannot view the lessons.

The student will need the Java Runtime Environment.

This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile appStudents who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.



Select the image below to view the online demo (requires Flash plugin).

AP Chemistry demo