On-Line for the 2021-2022 School Year
Teacher: Peter Moskaluk
Registration closed for the 2021-2022 school year.
Course Schedule: The course begins on Monday, August 23, 2021, and ends in early May when students take the AP Chemistry Exam. My school calendar at www.chemadvantage.net shows the dates that the course is in session as well as scheduled breaks. There are no summer assignments for this course.
Course Tuition: $875 through June 30; Effective July 1: $895
Eligibility Requirements: My class is open to 9th – 12th grade students, ages 14 – 18, 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 Enroll: (1) Go to the AP Homeschoolers Online Store for payment instructions. AP Homeschoolers will send me a copy of your tuition receipt which will serve as confirmation of your enrollment in the class. (2) Go to my website https://chemadvantage.net/enroll and fill out the “Student Information Form” near the bottom of the page. (Note: I cannot add you to this year’s student roster until I receive the “Student Information Form”.)
Textbook: Chemistry, 11th Edition, by Raymond Chang and Kenneth Goldsby, ISBN-13: 978-0077666958. You do not need to purchase any supplemental materials such as CDs, study guides, workbooks, solutions manuals, or review books for this course. (Note: The differences between textbook editions are cosmetic, so you can use pricing as your guide for purchasing any version of Chang's Chemistry textbook from the 9th through the 13th editions.)
- Cengage/WebAssign® Subscription ($10.50 payable to Cengage the first week of class)
- Computer with internet access, a scientific or graphing calculator, and an email account
- Course Binders - Two 3" 3-ringed binders and 20 tabs for filing course materials
- Lab Instructions Binder - One 1 ½" 3-ringed binder for filing lab instructions
- Lab Notebook - One 100-Sheet composition notebook with sewn binding
- Spiral notebook for notetaking
Lab Requirements: See the “Labs” link on my website www.chemadvantage.net for complete information.
My online AP® Chemistry course has been audited and approved by the College Board for 16 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 respected lecturers whose talks are widely used by chemistry teachers all over the world.
The AP® Chemistry exam has 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 using 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. 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 is 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.
As a student in my AP® Chemistry course, you will be able to communicate with me, my TAs, and your fellow students using my online discussion board which is available 24/7. My course is asynchronous in that it does not have fixed class times or live sessions. Instead, I use an online discussion board that my TAs and I monitor throughout each day making sure that you get prompt, personalized help. With its multi-media capabilities, my class forum acts as an instructional meeting place that goes beyond the simple text message format. When students have questions, they are able to show their work, making it possible for me and the TAs to give in-depth answers through the use of diagrams, videos, and links to helpful resources. Students like the flexibility that my course provides in that it does not interfere with their other classes and extracurricular activities. My teaching assistants (TAs) play an integral role in the course. As former students who earned an A+ in the course and a "5" on the AP® exam, they have demonstrated mastery of the AP® Chemistry content. In addition to providing academic support, the TAs provide insights about the AP® Chemistry Exam that only a former student can provide. They are a caring, supportive, and enthusiastic team committed to helping students do well in the course and on the AP® exam.
A chemistry course that does not have a lab component cannot use the AP® designation on a high school transcript. I have developed a lab program with specially tailored labs for AP® Chemistry. Each experiment has complete instructions with sample data and calculations. Students use tools such as graphing programs and spreadsheets to analyze data. There is a corresponding assessment tool where students enter their data online to evaluate their results. Students must keep a lab notebook following standard protocols for a college-level chemistry lab notebook. (See the “Labs” link on my website www.chemadvantage.net for complete information.)
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 16 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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