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Best AP Chemistry Labs

Started over 1 year ago by Jeremy Wolf.

Hey Friends. I thought it would probably be a benefit to us if we could discuss some of the best lab experiments that we do with our kids in AP. So, here is what I would like to focus on.
1. What are the best labs that really help the students grasp the concepts?
2. How have you best utilized lab time, while still balancing post-lab discussion and analysis?

Just to help start the discussion, I have attached a modification that I made to the "Best Handwarmer" lab from the college board and Flinn. Please feel free to use my lab and modify it to your classroom needs.

Handwarmer Design Lab.docx


  • Jeremy Wolf

    Posted about 1 year ago

    Thanks for sharing, Heather. Do you use a graduated cylinder for the potassium nitrate throughout the experiment? It does seem like that would make the volume measurements easiest. Have you tried it with analog thermometers?

  • Kimberly Duncan

    Posted about 1 year ago

    Not sure if you've noticed, but we've added a new filter to our resource library - "AP/IB Chemistry". Log on and go to the high school resources page and select a topic. Scroll down and select "Labs" and "AP/IB Chemistry" and "Submit" on the right side of the page. A list of labs that would be appropriate for and AP Chemistry class will be shown on the page.

  • Heather Weck

    Posted about 1 year ago

    Hi! Here's one of my favorite AP labs. I can't remember from whom I stole it. Students collect solubility data, calculate Keq, then delta G, delta H and delta S. I use it to review thermochemistry and equilibrium at the end of the term. It's easy to set up and the calculations are interesting in my opinion. Cheers!