AP Chemistry is designed to be the equivalent of a first year general chemistry course in college. The content of the course focuses on the College Board’s six big ideas.
Big Idea #1: The chemical elements are fundamental building blocks of matter, and all matter can be understood in terms of arrangements of atoms. These atoms retain their identity in chemical reactions.
Big Idea #2: Chemical and physical properties of materials can be explained by the structure and the arrangement of atoms, ions, or molecules and the forces between them.
Big Idea #3: Changes in matter involve the rearrangements and/or reorganization of atoms and/or the transfer of electrons.
Big Idea #4: Rates of chemical reactions are determined by details of the molecular collisions.
Big Idea #5: The laws of thermodynamics describe the essential role of energy and explain and predict the direction of changes in matter.
Big Idea #6: Any bond or intermolecular attraction that can be formed can be broken. These two processes are in dynamic competition, sensitive to initial conditions and external perturbations.
Big Idea Concept Chart. (n.d.). Retrieved August 25, 2014, from http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-chemistry-course-and-exam-description.pdf
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