This workshop is designed for teachers who are beginning their careers as AP Chemistry teachers. Time will be spent during the sessions on the nature of the AP program and on structuring an AP Chemistry course. If necessary, participants will be given time to prepare an AP syllabus for the audit. Many labs are discussed and teachers are given an opportunity to do a number of typical labs appropriate for AP Chemistry.
Topics that are often covered are atomic structure, periodicity, bonding, states of matter, complex ions, kinetics, equilibrium, instrumentation, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. However, topics may be adjusted to meet the needs of the group. The workshop makes considerable use of the graphing calculator and other data collection devices. Typical AP problems and essays are discussed, and strategies for enabling students to perform well on the AP exam will be shared.
Participants are encouraged to bring:
Carol B. Brown teaches Advanced Placement and Honors Chemistry at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, TX. She is a past president of The Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas and a member of The American Chemical Society. As such, she served on the ChemMatters advisory board for 2 years. She gives numerous workshops in Advanced Placement Chemistry and Pre-AP Science for Middle School.
She is an contributing author to “AP Vertical Teams in Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, Studio Art, and Music Theory” published by The College Board, “Advanced Placement and TEKS: A Lighthouse Initiative for Texas Science Classrooms” published by TEA, and “Laying the Foundations to Advanced Placement Science” published by Advanced Placement Strategies, Inc.
Among her awards are the 1984 Southwest Regional Award in High School Chemistry Teaching (ACS), the CMA Regional Catalyst Award, The Advanced Placement Special Recognition Award (Southwest Region) 1989 and 1997, the 1993 Tandy Technology Scholars National Award, the 1999 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement, Saint Mary's Hall Master Teacher Award, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching-Texas Finalist 2015, the Outstanding Texas Educator from Texas Academy of Science ((2016), and the winner of the Southwest Region Award for Excellence in High School Teaching from the American Chemical Society (2016).
Carol has been an AP Reader for 15 years, served on the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee for 9 years, and served 2 years on the AP Chemistry Curriculum Redesign Committee.