Thursday, July 24th, 2014

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 […]

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

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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 […]

SAT Subject Test in Chemistry – a few tips

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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 […]

Exam From Hell!

Exam From Hell

I finally got around to writing a few questions for the Exam From Hell, but it is not as comprehensive as I originally wanted it to be. Rather than the ‘Exam from Hell’, it’s more, ‘a few questions from Hell!’ Please note: This document is currently only available to subscribers and is definitely in a […]

Subscriber Updates (04-29-14)


A few extremely minor grammatical tweaks have been made to the Unit 2 notes.

Factoids 2014 – another REDUX

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Below is the amended text of a post that I originally wrote in April of 2012. The degree to which such things will be at all relevant on the AP exam in 2014 and beyond is highly debatable (since general chemical knowledge/recall seems to be frowned upon in the new curriculum and won’t fit many […]

Color factoids 2014


Less relevant than it used to be, I fear. It’s a shame, and it was always a relatively low priority, but the very best chemistry students know this kind of stuff. Don’t you want to be the best? Here’s a summary of colors that might still have some meaning on the AP chemistry exam.   […]