AP  Chemistry 

On-Line for 2012-2013 School Year

Teacher:  Peter Moskaluk

 

Email:  moskaluk@chemadvantage.com

Text Required:  Chemistry, 9th edition by Raymond Chang, ISBN-13: 978-0073221038

Technical Requirements:

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Internet access
  • Email account
  • PDF capability
  • Scientific or graphing calculator

Who Should Apply:  This class is open to 10th through 12th grade students who have completed one year of high-school level chemistry and algebra including use of logarithms. Students must be ready to commit 10 to12 hours a week for this course, not including lab work.

 

Course Schedule:  Monday, August 27, 2012, through Friday, May 17, 2013.  The AP Chemistry Exam date is Monday, May 6, 2013. See the College Board link 2013 AP Exam Dates for complete AP exam schedule.

AP Chemistry Course fees: 

  • $725.
  • $250 - Advanced Microchem Lab Kit (purchase directly from supplier) 
  • $26 - Hayden-McNeil Student Lab Notebook (available at Amazon.com)
  • Textbook (new and used copies are available through Amazon.com or your own source)

** Note: Outside supplier prices provided above are approximate and subject to change. For product details, purchase information and direct links to supplier sites, please visit my website www.chemadvantage.com. I encourage students to purchase used versions of the textbook to keep costs affordable.

Class Description: AP Chemistry is a comprehensive two-semester, first-year college level chemistry class with a College Board recommended text and a dedicated instructor who will provide thorough instruction, engaging assignments, personal tutoring assistance and challenging hands-on lab work.  At the end of the course, students are fully prepared to take the AP Chemistry Exam.

 

Assignments are given at the beginning of each week. Although there are due dates, students work during the week on their own schedule and at their own pace. Students are not required to be logged in at a specific time of day (no live chats). All class materials, homework, tests/quizzes, video lectures, interactive assignment program and discussion-board are available 24/7. With their hectic school schedules and extra-curricular activities, students appreciate the flexibility of the course.

The course provides custom handouts and outlines for each chapter assigned in the textbook to assist students in focusing on important topics. Video lectures and graphics are also used to enhance a student’s knowledge and reinforce important concepts. Graded by the instructor, essay questions help students apply their knowledge of chemistry concepts, develop their problem solving skills and improve their critical thinking abilities.

Students also use a web-based interactive homework assignment and test program used by over 250 universities, colleges and academies -- including California-Berkeley, Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgetown, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Rutgers, Texas A&M, the United States Air Force and the United States Military and Naval Academies.

This customized learning environment provides a rich, unique learning experience. With our web assignment program, short answer, numeric and multiple-choice questions are immediately graded to provide instant feedback. Students know right away if they have done a problem correctly. As in the phrase “practice makes perfect”, students are allowed multiple submissions enabling them to learn from their mistakes and arrive at the correct answer. Grades are available from an online grade book which provides an up-to-date view of progress for the student and parents. Students interact with one another and the teacher in a safe, carefully monitored, closed environment.

 

Lab Description: The College Board requires a "hands-on laboratory component" for AP Chemistry.  To fulfill this requirement, students perform College Board recommended labs at home under parent supervision. Students produce a comprehensive lab notebook describing each experiment in detail. The lab notebook is required by some prospective colleges and further demonstrates the rigor of the course. The course is coordinated with a lab kit which includes a centigram electronic balance, digital thermometer, digital multimeter, organic chemistry model kit, volumetric flask, beakers, test tubes, wash bottle, safety goggles, gloves, assorted lab ware and chemicals. In addition to the lab kit, the course will require use of small amounts of household chemicals such as baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and ammonia. The chemicals used in the experiments require care in handling, but are no more dangerous than many common household substances. Lab safety, an essential part of any chemistry course, will be emphasized. Parents must assume responsibility for the safe storage of the chemicals and equipment and provide adequate supervision.

The AP Chemistry course with hands-on lab brings out the excitement that is chemistry. It is the equivalent of a   first-year college level chemistry course and thoroughly prepares students to sit for the AP Chemistry exam.  

Instructor Qualifications: I have had over 30 years experience teaching high school chemistry. I earned my BS in Science and a Master of Science Education degree at Wayne State University. As part of the Master's program, I worked with the Fairleigh Dickinson University Lab in St Croix monitoring coral reef oxygen respiration rates. Sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, I was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton where I developed chemistry demonstrations for teachers. While working for the National Science Foundation's Project Seraphim, I led workshops for chemistry teachers around the country, developed applications for computers in chemistry education and hosted an international Internet Conference, CHYMNET, for chemistry educators.

I have written questions for the Michigan Educational Assessment Test, ACT Assessment and served as a chemistry reviewer for the University of North Carolina's interactive Web Question Database. I have also edited articles for the Journal of Chemical Education. In 2003, I went to Washington, D.C. to receive the 2003 Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award. The award was in recognition of being an inspiring and challenging teacher. Only 100 teachers in the entire country receive this award each year.

How to apply: Assuming you meet or will have met the prerequisites of one year of high school chemistry and algebra and will be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade by next fall, simply fill out and submit the online application at www.chemadvantage.com.  I will review the application and get back to you within a few days.

How to Register:  If accepted into the class, register and pay tuition through the PA Homeschoolers Online Store at http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/. 

I hope to see you in AP Chemistry! It’s going to be a great year.

Peter Moskaluk

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