UTC: Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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, […]

Online AP Chemistry Review Courses 2017

In the Spring of 2017 I will be offering the inaugural, Online AP Chemistry Review Courses for AP Chemistry STUDENTS. For many years I have offered the very popular Online AP Chemistry Summer Workshops for teachers, and now it’s time to boost AP scores from a student point of view. I will offer two, independent, six […]

AP Chemistry Summer Workshops 2017 Online

AP Chemistry Summer Workshops 2017 Online: Once again this summer, I plan to offer two, AP Chemistry Teacher Workshops, and I’d love to have you join me. These courses will be the 7th and 8th respectively, that I have offered online. Below you will find details of the workshops but, if after reading this post […]

Here’s the annual, November bonding rant!

Maybe I teach this topic really, really badly. I think what’s closer to the truth, is that it takes time for kids to get a good handle on the semantics and language of bonding terminology. Teaching AP Chemistry to sophomores that have no chemistry background, in one year, doesn’t afford us that luxury. I’ve written […]

AP Chemistry 2016 Exam debrief from BCCE 2016

Here’s my take on the 2016 AP chemistry exam debrief, offered by members of the College Board, that occurred at the 2016 BCCE meeting on the morning of Wednesday, August 3rd. As ever, these notes are made quickly at the time, and no recording is allowed. I mention that since if anyone finds anything that […]