UTC: Saturday, June 24th, 2017

2017 AP Chemistry Reading

With 2017 AP Chemistry Reading finishing a few days ago, we have now begun to hear from some of the readers with their notes and reflections regarding the grading of the 2017 Operational Exam. I wanted to collate all that I have heard about the reading in this blog post, together with some data released […]

Unofficial 2017 AP Chemistry Question Average Scores

Placed in the public domain by readers, here they are the unofficial 2017 AP Chemistry Question Average Scores. Honestly, not much to report here, but enjoy and please ask questions in the comments. Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Q6 Q7

Lamenting the loss of inorganic in AP Chemistry

The second week in May is always an odd time of year for me. With the administration of the AP exam behind me, the whole purpose of the majority of my teaching for the year has passed, and I am left to reflect. It’s this same time of year that I see my ex-colleagues across […]

2017 AP Chemistry Released Exam Draft Answers & Comments

My 2017 AP Chemistry Released Exam Draft Answers & Comments appear below. The questions are here. These are DRAFT answers and may change as errors are pointed out to me, and other thoughts come to my mind. Should you find an error PLEASE let me know by commenting on this post below, rather than emailing […]

Here’s a question that will be on the 2017 AP Chemistry Exam

The title of the this blog post, “Here’s a question that will be on the 2017 AP Chemistry Exam” should really be accompanied by the subtitle, “Wild speculation that will mot likely prove to be completely wrong!” – but it’s fun. right? So what’s this all about? It has become customary for Paul Price, co-chair […]

My Open Letter to AP Chemistry Students

Here is my Open Letter to all AP Chemistry Students, and a note about AP Chemistry Review. Dear AP Chemistry Student, Three weeks on Monday you will be sitting down to start the AP Chemistry Exam for 2017. Congratulations! Why congratulations? Well it is likely that you have worked very hard and have learned a […]

10 Top Tips to maximize your AP Chemistry Score

Maximizing AP Chemistry scores is not everyone’s goal (although I’m not at all sure why), but if it is, then you’d do well to bear a few of these pointers in mind before you take the AP Chemistry Exam. 10. READ the question, and then ANSWER the question! Yeah, sounds obvious I know, but the […]

WOT? No calculator? Hints & Tips for AP Chem MCQ’s

Wot? No Calculator? When students find out that they will not have access to a calculator on the MCQ section of the AP chemistry exam, they are often horrified. This speaks of course, to the bigger question of the reliance upon calculators in general, a point that I do not intend to address here. So, […]

LO 6.25….AGAIN!

Having looked at the “thermal energy” nonsense in LO 6.25 for around 5 years, and having written this blog post in Feb 2016, and this blog post in Feb 2015 (you should read them both), I still feel lost when it comes how TE might ultimately be assessed. With only one MCQ ever written about […]

My favorite element

When one does my job(s), and one writes the kind of stuff that I write, the question of what my favorite element might be comes up a lot – quite a lot in fact. Actually I don’t think that the question is one that I would have ever give any thought to were it not […]