Zumdahl's AP Chemistry..online access
Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:46 AM
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:48 PM
She used the Princeton Review and 5 Steps to a 5 AP exam prep guides, which she thought were very helpful. Her favorite was the PR guide. For labs I had her read through the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry experiments and watch the lab demos on the DIVE Chemistry CD. It would have been great to have actually done the labs in the Illustrated Guide, but we just didn't have the time or money.
For further practice and motivation, she participated in the Chemistry Olympiad at the local and National levels.
She is a very bright and motivated student, but she still felt the Chemistry AP exam was quite challenging. She was thrilled to receive a 5.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:58 PM
There are more than enough practice problems in the textbook itself. We didn't think we were missing anything by not having an online component.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:10 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:16 PM
Skip the on-line stuff cheerfully. There is plenty in the text to help you out.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:16 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 04:02 PM
The Ill Guide... is a wonderful resource. It has chapters on equipment, chemicals, and safety, as well as many well-planned labs described in detail. Calculations are required, but you must purchase the solutions guide if you need it (about $20 on the book's website). The author is very enthusiastic and is readily available on his website. Also, every single one of the AP labs is done in the book.
I don't know what the DIVE CDs are like for Saxon, but the Chemistry one has lectures (which we didn't use) geared to the BJU or Apologia Chemistry books and "video" labs. The labs include most of the recommended AP labs, but are actually photos (like a slide show) with audio. A pdf file is on the CD with labs. Each lab has text, and room for a write-up. Dd used the lab text as her lab notebook, writing the calculations and results in the spaces provided.
I wish we'd had the resources to do real labs with equipment, etc., but this was the next best (affordable) thing to do. I looked at other virtual labs online, but they were too expensive. Dd's knowledge was put to the test at the National Chemistry Olympiad exam when she did the lab section. The students aren't told what procedure to use, just what they are supposed to figure out. They must write their own procedures, having them approved by a chemistry teacher. I was worried that she wouldn't be able to do the labs, but she completed them and pronounced them "fun."
I felt these resources were a good complement to Zumdahl. If you'd like to see her schedule of how she did her study last year, you are welcome to pm me. Please give me a few days, though, because we made a lot of tweaks and I haven't put them into Word yet.
My two oldest have taken several APs each, and they felt the Chemistry AP was the hardest one they took so far (but they didn't do Biology). Best wishes studying.
Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:15 PM
I am thinking let Dd and Ds do the best they can on their own and then see if it is enough to get them into the CC Chem 1 course or if they will need to take Chem Fundamentals first.