AP Chemistry (Sem 1)

Enrollment Message:

ATTENTION: Due to the rigor and testing requirements of this year long course, we highly recommend that a student be enrolled for Sem 2 at the time of their Sem 1 enrollment. Enrolling early increases the likelihood that the student is able to stay with the same instructor all year which is advantageous for student success in this course. There is always the opportunity to drop once 2nd semester begins. This course includes REQUIRED due dates. All due dates in AP courses offered in Semester 2 occur prior to the national AP exam date published by the College Board.

This is the first semester of a full year of AP Chemistry including inquiry-based wet lab experiences. This AP Chemistry course is designed to be the equivalent of the general chemistry course usually taken during the first year of college. For most students, the course enables them to undertake, as a freshman, second year work in the chemistry sequence at their institution or to register in courses in other fields where general chemistry is a prerequisite. This course is structured around the six big ideas articulated in the AP Chemistry curriculum framework provided by the College Board. [CR2] A special emphasis will be placed on the seven science practices, which capture important aspects of the work that scientists engage in, with learning objectives that combine content with inquiry and reasoning skills. AP Chemistry is open to all students that have completed a year of chemistry who wish to take part in a rigorous and academically challenging course. Laboratory experiences are included within this course. This course does not include the AP exam; students can contact their school's AP coordinator or guidance counselor to sign up for the exam. In order to maintain the integrity of AP standards, all AP course midterm and final exams must be proctored. Prerequisites: Chemistry and Algebra 1. Basic data analysis skills.

Course Objectives:

• Learn the inquiry process through numerous laboratory investigations.

• Gain an understanding of the six big ideas as articulated in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework.

• Apply mathematical and scientific knowledge and skills to solve quantitative, qualitative, spatial, and analytic problems.

• Apply basic arithmetic, algebraic, and geometric concepts.

• Formulate strategies for the development and testing of hypotheses.

• Use basic statistical concepts to draw both inferences and conclusions from data.

• Identify implications and consequences of drawn conclusions.

• Measure, compare, order, scale, locate, and code accurately.

• Do scientific research and report and the results of this research.

• Learn to think critically in order to solve problems.

Course Outline: The material in units 1-3 are considered prior knowledge as these concepts should have been mastered in a first year high school chemistry course. However, we do provide content for this material and spend the first 3 weeks of the semester in review. Students who have not previously mastered this material may find the review period challenging due to the time allotment. Units 4-11 are where students will begin to prepare for the College Board Exam.

Unit 1: Chemical Foundations

Unit 2: Atoms, Molecules, and Ions

Unit 3: Stoichiometry

Unit 4: Types of Chemical Reactions and Solution Chemistry

Unit 5: Gas

Unit 6: Thermochemistry

Unit 7: Atomic Structure and Periodicity

Unit 8: Bonding

Unit 10: Liquids and Solids

Unit 11: Properties of Solutions

Resources Included: Most resources are provided, but please see "Additional Costs" for those resources that are not included.

Additional Costs: Students must obtain the following textbooks before starting the course: Chemistry: AP Edition, 9th ed. Brooks/Cole: Belmont, CA, 2010, Zumdahl, Steven S., and Susan A. Zumdahl. ISBN-13: 978-1-133-61109-7 Advanced Chemistry Lab Investigations, 2014a, Quality Science Labs LLC, available at: http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/advanced-chemistry/advanced-microchem-manual/ Optional: The labs in the aforementioned lab manual will require students to have access to materials typically found in a high school chemistry classroom. However, if a laboratory is not available to the student, the purchase of this Quality Science Lab Kit will provide materials needed. Additionally, some labs will require additional household items but, it may be necessary to purchase some items on occasion. Students currently enrolled in a local high school may find it helpful to contact a science instructor to see about gaining access to lab materials for the completion of some labs. For a complete list of materials needed to complete the labs for this course, see this link: Year Long Materials List A scientific calculator is required for this course. New or used textbooks can be purchased through Amazon or another online textbook resource. The cost of the text materials is not included in the cost of the course.

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue transcripts or diplomas. A final score reported as a percentage of total points earned will be sent to students upon completion of a course. Your school mentor is also able to access this score within the Student Learning Portal. Schools may use this score for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/ 

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at CustomerCare@mivu.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at customercare@michiganvirtual.org or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: No special skills are required beyond being able to operate a computer and use word processing software.

Additional Information: The official course descriptions for Advanced Placement courses and information about their exams are located on the College Board site at a http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/descriptions/index.html

Michigan Virtual prepares students in AP courses for the AP exam, but does not offer the exam test itself.  It is the responsibility of the school or parent to register for a local administration of the AP exam.  

There are required due dates in AP courses. The pacing of due dates in AP courses aligns to the completion of all lessons and required assignments and assessments prior to the national AP exam date related to this course title. The calendar of AP exam dates is published by the College Board (Exam Calendar).

In accordance with College Board requirements for AP Chemistry this course will require students to complete a variety of laboratory actives. Students will either need to have access to a typical high school chemistry laboratory or purchase the Quality Science Lab Kit.


School Level: High School
Standards: College Board: AP Course Topics and Objectives
NCAA Approved: Yes
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 03106
MDE Endorsement Code: DC - Chemistry
MMC Minimum Requirements: Science - Chemistry/Physics/Anatomy

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Michigan Virtual
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Advanced Placement