Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Subscriber Updates (08-12-14)


A few minor tweaks have been made to the Unit o notes, including an additional problem added to Task 0Biv Q1., a light editing of the History of the Atom, and the addition of a LO reference.

Why you (probably) shouldn’t worry about the new AP Chem Labs at ALL

CB Lab Manual

Let’s start with a total non-negotiable of me. Lab work has NEVER been important to AP exam success; and by success I mean scores. I think there’s a pretty good consensus on that position across most, knowledgable groups. I’ve written (and talked and presented) about this time and time again, and the essence of my […]

Chemistry Venn’s

Venn Google

Today is the 180th birthday of John Venn, the Englishman who invented the Venn diagram. Today’s Google Doodle celebrates this fact. This led me to this little piece in The Guardian – a nice read! So, OK, all well and good, but what does that have to do with chemistry? Well actually, nothing per se, but […]

Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellowship 2014-15

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On July 15th I learned that I has been awarded the 2014-15 Société de Chimie Industrielle Fellowship to be completed at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. My accepted proposal outlines plans for a book that links the discovery of the chemical elements to the people and stories behind them, all in a way […]

The ‘final’ ending – AP Chemistry Scores 2014

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Today marks another ‘ending’ to the inaugural, AP Chemistry course that examined the new curriculum for the first time in May of 2014. I say ‘another ending’ since there have been at least two other ‘endings’ up this point. The first ending was when I finished teaching the course, the second ending was when the […]

Online AP Chemistry Workshop – Pointers & Quick Start Guide

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If you have signed up for the online, AP Chemistry Workshop, here are a few, quick pointers to help you get going. You will receive an email invitation to join the course. The sign up is simple and self explanatory. Once you’ve joined the course, you’ll see a screen with a navigation bar to the […]

A quick follow up on my AP Draft Answers for 2014

V 1.0 Scoring Standard for 5d 2014

Following the publication of this post after this years AP exam, I wanted to follow-up, now that a little more information is in the public domain. Yesterday, as part of the latest Dog & Pony show tactics, The College Board asked teachers for their input on what students should score on the free response questions […]

Online AP Chemistry Workshops Jul & Aug 2014


I have finalized a plan for two, online, AP Chemistry Workshops for the summer of 2014. Here is an outline of the course, with some details. If, after reading this post (and some of the anticipated FAQ’s) you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks for taking the time to check […]

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry – a few tips

College Board SAT RA Q's

With the SAT subject test in chemistry coming up again this week, I thought it would be a good idea to post a few specific tips for dealing with the exam. Every standard test/exam has its own idiosyncrasies, and this one is no exception. There’s still time for you to grab this book which would […]

2014 Released Free Response Comments & (draft) Answers


Below you will find my initial comments (there will likely be more after some reflection) and draft answers to the 2014 Free Response questions that were released by the College Board earlier today. As ever, these are in draft form and I would be happy to receive comments and corrections. General comments Based upon the […]