The College Board has created AP Central for Advanced Placement
professionals. It requires a free registration in order to access any
of the resources. An AP Chemistry page is available for students
with past AP Chemistry exam questions from 2001 to 2004.
The American Chemical Society publishes ChemMatters which is
now online and provides exceptional background information on
Steven Haderlie has taught Advanced Placement Chemistry for
the past twenty-nine years at Springville High School. For five
years he was a reader of the AP Chemistry Exam for the College
Board. He has presented AP Chemistry Workshops (both morning
and afternoon sessions) in Salem, OR; Spokane, WA; Denver, CO;
and Provo, UT. At those workshops he provided handouts which
he uses with his own AP Chemistry students to help prepare them
for the AP Chemistry Exam. Many of these handouts are a simple
analysis of past AP Chemistry exams which can help students
understand the structure of the exam and the types of questions
which appear in each section.
You may use these handouts in your own AP Chemistry program.
They are available as pdf files which can be read using the free
Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Reader installed on
your computer, you can download the latest version.
Please give credit if you use these resources in your class or in
The following handouts are available and updated to include
the 2004 exam:
1. Course Description. This resource is for new AP Chemistry
teachers. I use Chemical Principles by Masterton and in this
resource list the topics which I cover each class period. This
is useful for new teachers to see the pace of an AP Chemistry
course and the topics covered. At Springville High School we
have an 80 minute period every other day for 180 days.
2. Texts. I often receive email from new AP Chemistry teachers
regarding recommendations of a text. I have used numerous
editions of Chemistry: Principles and Reactions authored by
Masterton, Hurley. The text is smaller than most but just as
rigorous and my experience with it for thirty years is that students
can read it and learn chemistry.
I have just completed authoring eighty laboratory problems using
Virtual ChemLab that are included in the 10th edition of Chemistry:
The Central Science, Brown, LeMay, Bursten published by
Pearson/Prentice-Hall. The inclusion of Virtual ChemLab would
persuade me to choose this text in my next adoption.
The link for texts provides information about a variety of texts
that I have encountered over the years. You will need to obtain
examination copies and judge for yourself. I have not included
web addresses since the publishers are purchasing each other
every year and the URL changes. Just Google with the name of
the text and author and you should be able to find the website.
I have included the ISBN for the newest edition that I am aware
of. If you have a favorite text that would like included please
2. Chart of Polyatomic Ions. I provide this to students who use
it for homework and exams. It includes monatomic ion names,
polyatomic ion names, and a few common acid names.
3. Solubility Rules. I have collected solubility rules from several
texts and organized them so that the salts which are generally
soluble are listed first and those that are generally insoluble
4. Keys to Passing the AP Chemistry Exam. From my experience
as an exam reader, I have suggestions for students to help in
preparing for the exam.
5. Multiple Choice Analysis. This is an analysis of the 1984, 1989,
and 1994 AP Chemistry exams which breaks down the multiple
choice questions by topic and provides a per cent of questions for
6. Questions 1-3. Questions 1, 2, and 3 are all problem oriented.
Question 1 is always equilibrium. Beginning in 2007 questions 2
and 3 are both required. This resource provides analysis of the
exam from 1981 to the present.
7. Question 4. Beginning in 2007, there are three required questions
which ask a student to write a complete balanced chemical equation
from reactants in words and a following question about the reaction.
8. Questions 5-6. These questions allow a student the opportunity
to express his knowledge about a variety of topics. This resource
provides analysis of the exam from 1984 to the present.