On-Line for the 2020-2021 School Year
Teacher: Peter Moskaluk
Textbook Required: A free digital textbook will be provided with the course. If you would like, you may purchase a hardcopy textbook that parallels the course, Chemistry: AP Edition, 11th Edition, by Raymond Chang, ISBN 13: 9780076656103. Used copies are available from several sources including Amazon.com and Campusbooks.com. You do not need to purchase any supplemental materials such as CDs, study guides, workbooks, solutions manuals, or review books for this course.
Who Should Apply: This class is open to 9th through 12th-grade students who have completed one year of high-school chemistry and Algebra II. Students must be self-disciplined, well-organized, and able to schedule a minimum of 10 – 12 hours a week for the course, not including lab work. Note: The first-year chemistry requirement can be waived for students who have exceptionally strong math skills and the ability to apply math to solve complex problems.
How to apply: Please submit the brief application on my teacher website www.chemadvantage.com. I will get back to you within 7 business days.
Course Schedule: The course begins on Monday, August 24, 2020, and ends on Friday, May 7, 2021, when students take the AP Chemistry Exam. My school calendar at www.chemadvantage.com shows the dates that the course is in session as well as scheduled breaks. There are no summer assignments for this course.
AP Chemistry Course Tuition: $870 through June 30; Effective July 1: $895
- Cengage/WebAssign® Subscription ($10.50 payable to Cengage the first week of class)
- Computer with internet access, a scientific or graphing calculator, an email account, and a smartphone or scanner for sending tests for hand-grading by the teacher.
- Course Binder - Two 3" 3-ringed binders and 20 tabs for filing course materials
- Spiral notebook for notetaking
My online AP® Chemistry course has been audited and approved by the College Board for 15 consecutive years. I continuously update my course to stay in sync with the evolving curriculum requirements for the AP® Chemistry exam. Teachers whose courses have been approved receive a renewal letter each year authorizing them to affix the AP® designation on student transcripts. Authorized courses appear on the College Board AP® Course Ledger, which is used by admissions officers from higher education institutions and officials at state departments of education to verify student course transcripts.
Although my course prepares students to sit for the AP® Chemistry Exam, it is not just an exam prep course. It is the equivalent of a first-year college chemistry course, thus providing students with a strong foundation to support future advanced work in chemistry. According to the College Board, AP® Chemistry is critical in preparing students to be successful in 48 college majors and 84 careers.
In addition to detailed chapter summaries, multiple-choice tests, free response tests, study guides, and exam review materials, I use short, highly focused video lectures on specific topics, and many are from top-tier colleges including MIT. Some are directed by Dr. Glenn Seaborg who is a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and for whom Element Number 106 was named. Others are delivered by highly respected lecturers whose talks are widely used by chemistry teachers all over the world.
The AP® Chemistry exam has very strict protocols, and learning how to take the test is as important as knowing the material. I have carefully designed practice exams for every topic in AP® Chemistry. After every exam, there is a thorough follow-up that will improve your knowledge, fill in any gaps, and sharpen your test-taking skills. In addition to the assignments and practice exams that I have written, you will have access to instructional materials and tests made available by the College Board for exclusive use by teachers whose courses have passed the College Board audit.
My course is delivered online through the use of three websites - the classroom site which provides all of the information needed for weekly assignments, a powerful digital learning platform called WebAssign®, and a highly interactive discussion board.
Classroom Web Site:
All class materials are available 24/7. Assignments are given at the beginning of each week on Monday and are due the following Monday. The classroom website has a complete summary of what you will need to know for the week, including textbook readings, chapter outlines, handouts to print for your course binders, comprehensive video lectures, and assignments (homework, tests, quizzes, and labs). My assignments are designed for you to mindfully practice what you are learning. In addition to my graded assignments, you will have the opportunity to use the College Board “My AP Classroom” resources which allow students to evaluate their own learning in a formative manner. There is no busy work in my class!
Much of student learning is guided and assessed using Cengage’s WebAssign® digital learning platform. For over two decades, WebAssign® has been the technology choice for delivering online STEM education. WebAssign® is a web-based interactive homework assignment and testing program used by over 2600 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. I have been involved with WebAssign® since its inception and have written thousands of custom, interactive questions to evaluate student learning. My WebAssign® library of assignments with over 7,000 questions are designed specifically for AP® Chemistry. As a result, students only have to purchase WebAssign® access to my course for a small fee of $10.50 (payable to Cengage the first week of class).
Each topic in the course is thoroughly covered with interactive questions. Students receive immediate feedback upon submitting an answer in WebAssign®. If the answer is incorrect, additional resources are provided to help students understand how to solve the 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. In addition, students can link directly from a WebAssign® question to the discussion board for additional help. The WebAssign® questions have full graphics capabilities and can be tailored for multiple-choice, fill in the blank, numeric (with significant figures and units), multiple select and constructed responses. Students typically spend an hour a day working on the problems. The questions are geared to problem-solving rather than rote recall of factual material. Many problems are complex requiring the coordination of multiple ideas in chemistry.
My course is flexible in that it does not have “live” meetings or fixed login times, a feature that many students appreciate as it does not interfere with their other classes and extra-curricular activities. However, it’s really important to me that my students know that they have a real “live” teacher who is always available to provide individual support. As a student in my AP® Chemistry course, you will also be able to discuss chemistry with your fellow students, teaching assistants (TAs), and me using a custom discussion board organized by topic. The discussion board is a continuous multi-media forum that acts as an instructional meeting place that supports both graphics and videos. My TAs and I are active on the forum throughout the day to ensure that student questions are answered promptly. All of the TAs are former students who achieved a “5” on the AP® Chemistry exam, and they play an integral role in the course by providing academic support as well as insights that only a peer can provide. They are a caring, supportive, and enthusiastic team committed to helping students do well in the course and on the exam. Students find the discussion board to be a fun place where they meet fellow students as they learn chemistry.
A chemistry course that does not have a lab component cannot use the AP® designation on a high school transcript. Traditionally, the College Board has required that students perform hands-on labs. However, there is the possibility that the College Board may allow students to perform virtual labs this year. Therefore, I believe it is prudent to hold off on purchasing lab materials until we can be sure that live labs will continue to be a requirement for AP Chemistry. Even if the College Board permits virtual labs for AP Chemistry, you will still have the option to perform hands-on labs. As soon as the College Board announces its decision, I will let you know.
I taught science, including Honors and AP® Chemistry, in one of the top school systems in the country for over 35 years and have been teaching AP® Chemistry to homeschoolers now for 15 years. I received a BS in Science and a Master of Science Education degree at Wayne State University. I have worked with numerous National Science Foundation teacher programs and, as part of my Master's program, I worked with the Fairleigh Dickinson University Lab in St Croix, monitoring coral reef oxygen respiration rates. I was sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton. While working for the National Science Foundation's Project Seraphim, I led workshops for chemistry teachers around the country, developed computer software applications for chemistry education, and hosted an international Internet Conference, CHYMNET, for chemistry educators. I have completed the College Board Institute Program for teaching AP® Chemistry and am an active participant in the College Board's AP® Chemistry Teachers Community. I have also written science questions for the Michigan Educational Assessment Test and the ACT Assessment® Test and have served as a reviewer for Cengage’s WebAssign® chemistry question database. I have also edited articles for the Journal of Chemical Education, and I am a co-author of the widely used Quality Science Labs Advanced MicroChem Lab Kit. In 2003, I won the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award, and many of my students have been award winners in ACS Chemistry Olympiad competitions. As a dedicated and caring teacher, I am committed to delivering an outstanding, comprehensive, first-year college-level chemistry course that prepares students to sit for the AP® Chemistry Exam. My commitment to my students does not end with the AP® Exam. I have written numerous recommendations for students and am proud that they have gone on to prestigious colleges and universities around the world. These include all of the U.S. Military Academies, MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Rutgers, Cornell, Oxford University, the National University of Singapore, and most of the top US State Colleges.
As a teacher, I take great pleasure in helping my students to not only master chemistry but also to experience the wonder and joy in chemistry.
I hope to see you in class this fall. It’s going to be a great year!
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