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AP Chemistry II

Prerequisite: Honors Chemistry

AP Chemistry II is offered in grades 11 or 12 for students who have successfully completed Chemistry Honors in grade 10. Students selecting AP Chemistry II should have a strong interest in the sciences and must possess excellent math ability. AP Chemistry II is the second part of a two year course designed to prepare students for the AP exam in Chemistry. The AP Chemistry II curriculum was written to include a brief review of concepts covered in Honors Chemistry and then quickly progress to cover material presented in the second semester of a college course in Chemistry. Topics include but are not limited to chemical equations and reactions, aqueous solutions and colligative properties, advanced bonding concepts, thermochemistry, rate of reaction, gaseous equilibria, acid-base equilibria, precipitation equilibria, spontaneity of a reaction, electrochemistry, nuclear reactions, and organic chemistry. The class meets seven periods each week. Students are required to complete weekly experiments and lab reports. The AP Chemistry course is designed around the six “Big Ideas” and seven “Science Practices” identified by the College Board in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework.

Big Idea 1: The chemical elements are fundamental building materials of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.

Big Idea 2: 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.

Big Idea 3: Changes in matter involve the rearrangement and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.

Big Idea 4: Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.

Big Idea 5: The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.

Big Idea 6: Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are in a dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.

Science Practice 1: The student can use representations and models to communicate scientific phenomena and solve scientific problems.

Science Practice 2: The student can use mathematics appropriately.

Science Practice 3: The student can engage in scientific questioning to extend thinking or to guide investigations within the context of the AP course.

Science Practice 4: The student can plan and implement data collection strategies in relation to a particular scientific question.

Science Practice 5: The student can perform data analysis and evaluation of evidence.

Science Practice 6: The student can work with scientific explanations and theories.

Science Practice 7: The student is able to connect and relate knowledge across various scales, concepts, and representations in and across domains.