AP Chemistry: Curricular Requirements

  • The teacher has read the most recent AP Chemistry Course and Exam Description.
  • Students and teachers use a recently published (within the last 10 years) college-level chemistry textbook.
  • The course is structured around the enduring understandings within the big ideas as described in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework.
  • Students are provided with opportunities to meet the learning objectives within each of the big ideas as described in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework. These opportunities must occur in addition to those within laboratory investigations.
  • The course provides students with the opportunity to connect their knowledge of chemistry and science to major societal or technological components (e.g., concerns, technological advances, innovations) to help them become scientifically literate citizens.
  • Students are provided the opportunity to engage in investigative laboratory work integrated throughout the course for a minimum of 25 percent of instructional time, which must include a minimum of 16 hands-on laboratory experiments while using basic laboratory equipment to support the learning objectives listed within the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework.
  • The laboratory investigations used throughout the course allow students to apply the seven science practices defined in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework. At minimum, six of the required 16 labs are conducted in a guided-inquiry format.
  • The course provides opportunities for students to develop, record, and maintain evidence of their verbal, written and graphic communication skills through laboratory reports, summaries of literature or scientific investigations, and oral, written and graphic presentations.

Resource Requirements

  • The school ensures that each student has a college-level chemistry textbook published within the last 10 years.
  • The school ensures that the teacher has a copy of a college-level chemistry textbook published within the last 10 years and other appropriate materials to support instruction.
  • The school ensures that each student has access to the AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Experiments: Applying the Science Practices or other inquiry-based or student-directed lab activities that meet the objectives of those listed in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework.
  • The school ensures that students have access to scientific equipment/materials, all necessary resources, and adequate time to conduct college-level chemistry laboratory investigations that meet the objectives as outlined in the AP Chemistry Curriculum Framework and/or other inquiry-based or student-directed lab activities that are listed in the teacher's course syllabus.

* This requirement was revised on July 13, 2006.

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