AP® Chemistry

  • $700.00 / Full Year
  • $380.00 / Semester 1
  • $380.00 / Semester 2
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Course Overview

Our online AP Chemistry course builds students' understanding of the nature and reactivity of matter. After studying chemical reactions and electrochemistry, students move on to understand how the chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and arrangements of the molecules and the forces between those molecules. Students will examine the laws of thermodynamics, molecular collisions, and the reorganization of matter in order to understand how changes in matter take place. Finally, students will explore chemical equilibria, including acid-base equilibria. The equivalent of an introductory college-level chemistry course, AP prepares students for the AP exam and for further study in science, health sciences, or engineering.

The AP Chemistry course provides a learning experience focused on allowing students to develop their critical thinking skills and cognitive strategies. Frequent no- and low-stakes assessments allow students to measure their comprehension and improve their performance as they progress through each activity. Students regularly engage with primary source materials, allowing them to practice the critical reading and analysis skills that they will need in order to pass the AP exam and succeed in a college chemistry course. Students perform hands-on labs that give them insight into the nature of science and help them understand chemical concepts, as well as how evidence can be obtained to support those concepts. Students also complete several virtual lab studies in which they form hypotheses; collect, analyze, and manipulate data; and report their findings and conclusions. During both virtual and traditional lab investigations and research opportunities, students summarize their findings and analyze others' findings in summaries, using statistical and mathematical calculations when appropriate. Summative tests are offered at the end of each unit as well as at the end of each semester and contain objective and constructed response items. Robust scaffolding, rigorous instruction, relevant material, and regular active learning opportunities ensure that students can achieve mastery of the skills necessary to excel on the AP exam.

This course has been authorized by the College Board® to use the AP designation.

Course Details

Grade Levels
High School


Pre–Requisite Courses
Course Length

Full Year: Full year courses are two semesters in length, 18 weeks maximum each.

Semester 1: 18 weeks, recommended summer pacing is 9 weeks.

Semester 2: 18 weeks, recommended summer pacing is 9 weeks.

Required Materials

Semesters 1 and 2: Required

AP Chemistry requires a college-level chemistry textbook. Students may use any college-level chemistry textbook to successfully complete the course.

Though students may use any college-level textbook, resources such as page references and scaffolded
reading guides are provided in the course to support students who use either of the following texts:

  • Chemistry, 10th ed. Steven S. Zumdahl and Donald J. DeCoste. (Brooks Cole, 2017).
    ISBN-10: 1305957407 / ISBN-13: 9781305957404
    Acceptable alternate: 9th ed. (2013). ISBN-10: 1133611095 / ISBN-13: 9781133611097


  • Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter, 7th ed. Neil D. Jespersen, James E. Brady and Alison
    Hyslop. (Wiley, 2011).
    ISBN-10: 111851646X / ISBN-13: 9781118516461
    Acceptable alternate: 6th ed. (2011). ISBN-10: 047057771

AP Chemistry also requires the completion of hands-on lab activities and has been approved by the College Board as meeting all requirements for a laboratory science course. For a list of required hands-on lab materials, go to http://support.apexlearning.com/materials.

Apex Learning has partnered with a third-party vendor to create a custom laboratory kit that contains all the materials needed for this course. The kit may be purchased ($275.00 + shipping) here: http://www.qualitysciencelabs.com/apex-learning-science-kits/. Once there, select the “Advanced MicroChem Kit for Apex Learning.” Kits may take up to 3 weeks to ship. For Quality Science Labs customer service, call 1-866-700-1884.

Course Units & Syllabus

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