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Welcome to AP Chemistry!
While it might seem rude that our first interaction consist of my piling work on your plate, it is absolutely necessary to start the year as close to full speed as possible. There is some memorization (actually, quite a bit of memorization) that is needed but rest assured that it is absolutely necessary to move along. I am not a fan of memorization unless it helps students understand the content, and this is certainly the case in chemistry. I would highly suggest using flash cards (iPhone app?) to help you with these.
The memorization falls into three categories:
Oxidation states and ionic charges
Strong acids and bases
Solubility Rules for ionic substances
When school starts I will administer a short exam covering this material. Don’t worry, my goal is to help you transition to the start of school and be successful once the semester starts. The beginning of the school year is always a hectic time for everyone so by spreading this out (over the summer) it will make it easier to grasp the first-semester concepts. I will be available during the summer using my school email so please send me a note if there is a problem, question or you need clarification.
Some students have asked about doing more reading this summer in preparation for the course. While I am not sure it is absolutely necessary to do so, it can’t hurt to become more familiar with the concepts being covered. One such way would be to enroll in a workshop such as the one offered at SHP by Tutorpedia [LINK].
It is my plan for the coming school year to use a variety of resources, including a printed textbook. However, we will also make vast use of readily available (and free!) online content. Therefore I am not requiring students to purchase a textbook at all. At the beginning of school I hope to issue each student a book that they may borrow for the school year. If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact me.
I am looking forward to the fall already!
UPDATE: August 19 @ 7:00 pm