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At Lisgar we divide the AP Chemistry curriculum into two courses: Pre-AP Chemistry, SCH3UR is available in a student’s grade 11 school year, and AP Chemistry, SCH4UR is available in the student’s grade 12 year.

Pre-AP Chemistry emphasizes the integration of content with science practices—powerful reasoning tools that support students in analyzing the natural world around them. Having this ability is one of the hallmarks of scientific literacy and is critical for numerous college and career endeavors in science and the social sciences. Rather than seeking to cover all topics traditionally included in a standard chemistry textbook, this course focuses on the foundational chemistry knowledge and skills that matter most for college and career readiness. The components of this course have been crafted to prepare not only the next generation of chemists, but also a broader base of chemistry-informed citizens who are well equipped to respond to the array of science-related issues that impact our lives at the personal, local, and global levels.

AP Chemistry enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

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Areas of Focus

Based on the Understanding by Design® (Wiggins and McTighe) model, this course framework provides a clear and detailed description of the course requirements necessary for student success. The framework specifies what students must know, be able to do, and understand, with a focus on big ideas that encompass core principles and theories of the discipline. The framework also encourages instruction that prepares students for advanced chemistry coursework.

The AP Chemistry framework is organized into nine commonly taught units of study that provide one possible sequence for the course. As always, you have the flexibility to organize the course content as you like.

Unit Exam Weighting
Unit 1: Atomic Structure and Properties
Unit 2: Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties
Unit 3: Intermolecular Forces and Properties
Unit 4: Chemical Reactions
Unit 5: Kinetics
Unit 6: Thermodynamics
Unit 7: Equilibrium
Unit 8: Acids and Bases
Unit 9: Applications of Thermodynamics

The AP Chemistry framework included in the CED outlines distinct skills, called science practices, that students should practice throughout the year—skills that will help them learn to think and act like chemists.

Skill Description Exam Weighting (Multiple Choice) Exam Weighting (Free Response)
Models and Representations
Describe models and representations, including across scales.
Question and Method
Determine scientific questions and methods.
Representing Data and Phenomena
Create representations or models of chemical phenomena.
Not Assessed in Multiple Choice
Model Analysis
Analyze and interpret models and representations on a single scale or across multiple scales.
Mathematical Routines
Solve problems using mathematical relationships.
Develop an explanation or scientific argument.

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