« Return to AACT homepage

AACT Member-Only Content

You have to be an AACT member to access this content, but good news: anyone can join!

Need Help?

Teaching Methods

Order of Topics for AP Chemistry

Started over 4 years ago by Diana Simpson.

As the year starts to wind down, I start thinking about how the year has gone. I was wondering what the order of topics is that others follow in their teaching? I have tried a variety of ways over the years of my teaching to introduce topics into my AP Chemistry curriculum and am curious how others approach this.


  • Sherri Rukes

    Posted about 4 years ago

    For the last couple of years I have been toying with going in the order of the big ideas or just do the more traditional route.  This is what I decided to do this year:
    Unit 0 - Skills and Processes - for examples, sig figs, measuring, lab skills, units, molarity, dilutions, solutions, spec 20, naming, etc.
    Unit 1 - Fundamental Building Blocks - for example - properties of matter, mixtures, mole, stoic, density, separation techniques, some reactions, etc.
    I am combining 0 and 1 on a test.
    Unit 2 - A closer look at matter - atomic theories, history, mass spec, quantum, periodic table trends, bonding, Dot Diagrams, IMF, states of matter, etc
    Unit 3 - Kinetics and nuclear
    Unit 4 - Equilibrium and thermo
    Unit 5 - A/B and Ksp
    Unit 6 - Redox
    However, I might be changing things around.  I know I already added a little bit of reactions into my Unit 0 because of a lab.  

  • Kaleb Underwood

    Posted over 4 years ago

    I used a new sequence this year that I really like! I'll avoid going in to LO-specific detail for now, please ask if you want more detail or further reflections. I do plan to tweak a bit over the summer.
    Here is the general sequence.
    Topic 1 - Aqueous Reactions, Stoichiometry
    Topic 2 - Gases
    Topic 3 - Thermodynamics
    Topic 4 - Kinetics
    Topic 5 - General Equilibrium and Solubility Equilibrium
    Topic 6 - Acid/Base Equilibria, Buffers, Titrations
    Topic 7 - Electrochemistry
    Topic 8 - Atomic Structure and Periodicity
    Topic 9 - Chemical Bonding and Geometry
    Topic 10 - IMF and Solution Properties