Agenda – Chemistry

The summer institute will discuss topics important for the current AP chemistry experience, provide insight into changes in the new AP Chemistry curriculum and discuss and demonstrate how inquiry can be used in the AP Chemistry classroom. Experienced AP Chemistry teachers may know how much of the content must be taught versus how much content can actually be taught. However, teachers may not be familiar with the depth and breadth of the AP Chemistry content in the curriculum and on the examination. Additionally, teachers may want suggestions and guidance on how to move your students who earned a 1 or a 2 on the AP Chemistry Exam towards a 3, how to move your 3’s to 4’s and 4’s to 5’s. We will provide sample activities that possibly provide a different approach to introducing topics in the classroom. New teachers will have plenty of opportunities to experience how one can leverage both classroom and laboratory activities to help students attain a college level understanding of chemistry.

All of the resources that you will use, and many others, will be available at no additional cost through an AP Chemistry DropBox or through the University of Oregon “chemdemos” web site.

Topics to be covered in this workshop will focus on content, based on experience as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader during the APChem Test Readings, that most students have difficulty understanding. These topics include:

  • Periodicity and Atomic Structure (Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry)
  • Bonding and Molecular Structure
  • Reactions
  • Intermolecular Attractive Forces
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aqueous Equilibrium
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Electrochemistry


Teachers will use guided inquiry activities during the non-laboratory portion of the summer institute as exemplars of how to incorporate inquiry into the classroom. Teachers will use these activities to help acquire a more fundamental understanding of the topics listed above. Many of the problems that have appeared on recent AP examinations that have challenged students will be discussed. The 2019 AP Chemistry exam will also be covered in detail.

In laboratory there will be a mixture of hands-on experiments and particulate level computer based experiments to further support the topics listed above. During the hands-on portion teachers will have access to graphing calculators and probe-ware for data collections and analysis. Experiments will be selected from the recommended experiments listed in AP Chemistry Course Description, and many will utilize an inquiry format. Laboratory experiments/activities will cover equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics and electrochemistry.

What to Bring?: Goggles, clothing and footwear appropriate for working in the laboratory, graphing calculator, portable computer (if you have one, or you have access to a school computer), your AP Chemistry course syllabus, favorite activities that you use in your classroom that you would like to share, favorite website addresses, U-tube video links, computer simulations, computer animations, or other resources that you find useful in your classroom.