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Writing good answers to AP Acid-Base problems

Here’s the latest in the ‘writing good answers’ series, Writing good answers to AP Acid-Base problems. It’s probably the toughest topic on the exam for students, or at least it seems to be, so here are a few pointers that might help when answering questions on acid and bases on the AP chemistry exam. 1. […]

Writing good answers to AP Equilibrium problems

Here’s the latest in the ‘writing good answers’ series, Writing good answers to AP Equilibrium problems. This post only deals with aspects of equilibria such as Kc, Kp, Ksp and Le Châtelier’s Principle – I’ll deal with Acid-Base equilibria in a separate post. So, here’s a list of some pointers to make your AP equilibrium […]

Writing good answers to AP Kinetics problems

Here’s the latest in the ‘writing good answers’ series, Writing good answers to AP Kinetics problems. Most of these tips are based upon free response questions from the old curriculum, simply because as yet we having nothing else to go on, but having said that, all of these ideas are likely to still remain relevant […]

Writing good answers to AP Bonding problems

Updated 11/16/13 After the positive reaction to this post, @mcford19 suggested that I write another, similar one about writing good answers to AP Bonding questions. Here it is. Again, here I am not really trying to address the chemistry per se, rather I’m trying to address the way kids write their answers. The language, phraseology, […]

Writing good answers to AP Periodicity problems

In my experience, the majority of kids understand most of the chemistry behind the periodic trends typically asked in AP, free response questions, but way too often they cannot express that knowledge in succinct, meaningful English that allows (and encourages) the graders to award credit. As a result, students tend to score poorly on a […]