On-Line for the 2022-2023 School Year
Teacher: Peter Moskaluk
Course Schedule: My AP Chemistry course begins on Monday, August 22, 2022, and ends in early May when students take the AP exam. You can find the full course description as well as my 36-week syllabus on my website www.chemadvantage.net. My course calendar shows the dates that the class is in session as well as the 5 weeks of scheduled breaks. My 36-week schedule is designed to cover the full AP Chemistry curriculum in a logical sequence including a comprehensive 4-week review prior to the AP Chemistry exam. There are no summer assignments for this course but, for students who would like to have an instructive and entertaining review of chemistry prior to the start of class, you can find an excellent resource on my website https://chemadvantage.net/wondrium.
Course Tuition (includes Cengage's WebAssign online learning platform): $875 through June 30; Effective July 1: $895
Eligibility Requirements: My class is open to 9th through 12th-grade students, ages 14 – 18, who have completed Algebra II. A previous high school chemistry class, while helpful, is not required for my course. At the beginning of each chemistry unit, I assume no prior chemistry background and teach from the ground up so that students without previous chemistry instruction are not at a disadvantage. 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.
How to Enroll: An application is not required for my course. If you meet the above eligibility requirements, you may enroll in the class. Please go to the registration page on my website https://chemadvantage.net/registration for complete instructions for paying the tuition to AP Homeschoolers and filling out the “Student Information Form” that I will need to complete your enrollment.
Textbook: A free download (PDF) is provided for each chapter in the textbook. Students who prefer a hard copy textbook can purchase Chemistry, 11th Edition, by Raymond Chang and Kenneth Goldsby, ISBN-13: 978-0077666958, or any version of Chang’s Chemistry textbook from the 9th through the 13th editions. The differences between hard copy editions are mostly cosmetic, so you may use pricing as your guide. (Note: You do not need to purchase any supplemental materials such as CDs, study guides, workbooks, solutions manuals, or review books for this course.)
- 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
- Scientific or graphing calculator
My online AP® Chemistry course has been audited and approved by the College Board for 17 consecutive years. I continuously update my course to stay in sync with the 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.
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 solid 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.
I deliver my course using three websites – my classroom (teacher) website which provides all the information needed for weekly assignments; Cengage’s powerful online learning platform, WebAssign®; and a highly interactive discussion board.
Classroom Web Site:
All class materials are available 24/7. Assignments are posted at the beginning of each week on Monday and are due the following Monday. My classroom website has a complete summary of what you will need for the week including textbook readings, chapter outlines, videos, and assignments (homework, tests, quizzes, and labs). I have designed practice exams for every topic in AP® Chemistry. After every exam, there is a thorough follow-up that will strengthen your understanding of the chemistry concepts, fill in any gaps in your knowledge, and sharpen your test-taking skills. By the end of the year, you will have taken every AP® Chemistry exam ever released by the College Board only to teachers who have passed the audit. There is no busy work in my class!
My students say that the instructional videos I have created and curated are one of the highlights of my AP® Chemistry class. The videos on my classroom (teacher) website provide full explanations for every topic in AP® Chemistry. Not only are they informative, but I also work hard to keep my students engaged by using humor and at times dazzling special effects. I have posted a few of my chemistry videos on my public website. I hope you will enjoy viewing them.
Student learning is guided and assessed using Cengage’s online learning platform, WebAssign®. 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. I have been involved with WebAssign® since its inception and have written thousands of customized interactive questions to evaluate student learning. My WebAssign® library of assignments with over 7,500 questions is designed specifically for AP® Chemistry.
Each topic in the course is completely 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. For example, students can link directly from a WebAssign® question to one of my video explanations or to my 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. Many problems are complex requiring the coordination of multiple ideas in chemistry. (The 1-year subscription to Cengage’s WebAssign learning platform is included in the course tuition. I will give you my WebAssign course key on the first day of class.)
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 plain text message format. When students have questions, they can show their work, making it possible for me and the TAs to give in-depth answers using 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.
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. There are two options for satisfying the requirements for the lab component. For complete information, please go to my website and click on the Lab Program link.)
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 written science questions for the Michigan Educational Assessment Test, 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. 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 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.
Even though my class is online, it is important to me that my students know they have a real teacher who cares about them and will provide the support they need to achieve a high score on the AP® Chemistry exam and to have a competitive edge in their college chemistry courses. I take immense 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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