Order of Topics for AP Chemistry
Started about 3 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.
Posted almost 3 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.
Posted about 3 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