AP Chemistry

AP Chemistry
Instructor Information

Mr. Jarit Unrau

Email: junrau@orangeusd.org

Textbook Information

Mr. J AP Chemistry Website

Text: Hill, J. C., Brown, T. L., LeMay, H. E., Bursten, B. E., Murphy, C. J., Woodward, P. M., & Stoltzfus, M. (n.d.). Chemistry: The central science, 13th Edition.

Course Description

The AP Chemistry course provides students with a college-level foundation to support future advanced course work in chemistry. Students cultivate their understanding of chemistry through inquiry-based investigations, as they explore topics such as: atomic structure, intermolecular forces and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics, thermodynamics, and equilibrium.

Mr. J's Course Outline

Course Introduction


Advanced Placement Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first college year. Students will attain a depth of understanding of fundamentals and a reasonable competence in dealing with chemical problems. This course differs qualitatively from the first high school course in chemistry with respect to the kind of textbook used, the topics covered, the emphasis on chemical calculations and the mathematical formulation of principles, and the kind of laboratory work done by students. Quantitative differences appear in the number of topics treated, the time spent on the course by students, and the nature of the variety of experiments done in the laboratory.

Mathematics will be used continually to process and analyze problems both theoretical and practical. The course should contribute to the development of the students= abilities to think clearly and express their ideas, orally and in writing, with clarity and logic. Students will be expected to participate in the reviews and study sessions required by the instructor in preparation for the AP Chemistry exam given in May of the second semester. A minimum of seven hours per week is expected to be spent by the student in unsupervised reading and study, beyond assigned homework and calculations. Additional mandatory labs will be occasionally scheduled beyond the regular class period.

Summer Information

Click here for the AP Chemistry Summer Assignment

Workload - recommended skills/courses to take for the class

Recommended but not required:

1.  Completion of High School Chemistry with a B or higher

2.  Completion of Algebra II with a B or higher and concurrent enrollment in Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

3.  Reading comprehension at 11th grade level or higher

Links to Study Guides / Websites

AP College Board Course Overview - AP Chemistry

Is Chemistry Hard? 5 Key Factors Considered

Links to Study Guides