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AP Chemistry

On-Line for the 2017-2018 School Year

Teacher: Peter Moskaluk

Email: moskaluk@chemadvantage.com

Text Required:  Chemistry, 10th edition by Raymond Chang, ISBN: 978-0077274313

Technical Requirements:

Who Should Apply:  This class is open to 9th through 12th grade students who have completed one year of high-school level chemistry and Algebra II including logarithms. Students must be self-disciplined, well organized, and ready to commit a minimum of 10 – 12 hours a week for the course, not including lab work. Note: The first-year chemistry requirement can be waived for students who have exceptionally strong math skills and the ability to apply math to solve complex problems.

How to apply:  Please fill out and submit the brief application form at my teacher website www.chemadvantage.com. I will get back to you within 7 business days.

Course Schedule: The course begins on Monday, August 21, 2017 and ends on Monday, May 7, 2018, when students take the AP Chemistry Exam. My school calendar shows the dates that the course is in session as well as scheduled breaks.

AP Chemistry Course fees:   

Tuition: Early Bird Fee $780 (good before July 1, 2017), Regular Tuition Fee $795 (starts July 1, 2017)

Lab Kit: Advanced Microchem Lab Kit (purchase directly from supplier) - $225

Textbook (used copies under $20 are available through Amazon.com and other sources)

WebAssign Registration Fee ($10.50 payable to WebAssign by credit card the first week of class)

 ** Note: The lab kit price provided above is approximate and subject to change. For product details and purchase information, go to the supplier website Quality Science Labs.

Course Description:   

My AP® Chemistry course has been audited and approved by the College Board and I continuously update it to stay in sync with the evolving curriculum requirements for the AP® Chemistry exam. Teachers whose courses have been approved receive a renewal letter each year authorizing them to affix the AP® designation on student transcripts. Authorized courses appear on the College Board AP® Course Ledger which is used by admissions officers from higher education institutions and officials at state departments of education to verify student course transcripts.  

Although my course prepares students to sit for the AP® Chemistry Exam, it is not just an exam prep course. It is the equivalent of a first-year college chemistry course in both its content and laboratory component, thus providing students a strong foundation to support future advanced work in chemistry. According to the College Board, AP® Chemistry is critical in preparing students to be successful in 48 college majors and 84 careers.

Course Delivery:

In addition to detailed chapter summaries, multiple choice tests, free response tests, study guides and exam review materials, I use short highly-focused video lectures on specific topics and many are from top-tier colleges including MIT. Some are directed by Dr. Glenn Seaborg who is a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry and for whom Element Number 106 was named. Others are from a highly respected Canadian lecturer, Rob Lederer, whose talks are widely used by chemistry teachers all over the world as supplements to their course materials. 

The AP® Chemistry exam has very strict protocols and learning how to take the test is as important as knowing the material. I have carefully designed practice exams for every topic in AP® Chemistry. After every exam, there is a thorough follow-up that will improve your knowledge, fill in any gaps, and sharpen your test taking skills. In addition to the practice exams that I have written, you will have the opportunity to take full AP® Chemistry exams that have been released by the College Board for exclusive use by teachers whose courses have passed the College Board audit.  

The course is delivered online through the use of two websites -- the classroom site which provides all of the information needed for weekly assignments and an interactive homework delivery and testing program called WebAssign®.

Classroom Web Site:

Assignments are given at the beginning of each week on Monday and are due the following Monday. The classroom web site has a complete summary of what you will need to know for the week including textbook readings, chapter outlines, handouts to print for your course and lab binders, video lectures and other useful links related to the topics we will be covering and, of course, your assignments (homework, tests, quizzes and labs). My assignments are designed for you to mindfully practice what you are learning. There is no busy work in this class! The class does not have “live” meetings or fixed login times. Instead we have a continuous forum for discussion. Although there are due dates, students set their own weekly schedule and work at their own pace. All class materials, homework, tests, quizzes, labs, video lectures, and discussion board are available 24/7. With hectic school schedules and extra-curricular activities, my students appreciate the flexibility of the course. 

WebAssign®:

Much of the student learning is guided and assessed using WebAssign®. WebAssign® is a web-based interactive homework assignment and testing program used by over 250 universities, colleges and academies -- including California-Berkeley, Chapel Hill, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgetown, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Rutgers, Texas A&M, the United States Air Force and the United States Military and Naval Academies. I have been involved with WebAssign® since its inception and have written thousands of custom, interactive questions to evaluate student learning. My library of assignments and questions are designed specifically for AP® Chemistry. 

Each chemistry topic in the course is thoroughly covered with interactive questions, most of which allow multiple submissions. Students receive immediate feedback upon submitting an answer in WebAssign®. If the answer is incorrect, additional resources are provided to help students understand how to solve the problem correctly. As in the phrase “practice makes perfect”, students are allowed multiple submissions enabling them to learn from their mistakes and arrive at the correct answer. The WebAssign® questions have full graphic capabilities and can be tailored for multiple choice, fill in the blank, numeric (with significant figures and units), multiple select and constructed responses. Students typically spend an hour a day working on the problems. The questions are geared to problem-solving rather than rote recall of factual material. Many problems are complex requiring the coordination of multiple ideas in chemistry. 

Laboratory Work:

A chemistry course that does not have a live lab component cannot use the AP® designation on a grade transcript. I have developed a lab program with specially tailored "live" labs for AP® Chemistry. These labs use a customized kit produced by Quality Science Labs for my course. The labs are designed for homeschool use and have been approved by the College Board. Each experiment has complete instructions with sample data and calculations. Students use tools such as graphing programs and spreadsheets to analyze data. There is a corresponding assessment tool where students enter their data online to evaluate their results. Students keep a lab notebook to record their experiments and their entries must adhere to standard protocols for a college level chemistry lab notebook.

Community:

As a student in my AP Chemistry course, you will be able to discuss chemistry topics with your fellow students, teacher, and teaching assistants (TAs) using a highly interactive discussion board. My TAs and I monitor the discussion board throughout the day to ensure that student questions are answered promptly. As former high-performing students who achieved a "5" on the AP® Chemistry Exam, my TAs play an integral role in the course. Not only do they give academic support, they also provide insights into the exam that only a peer can provide. They are a caring, supportive and enthusiastic team committed to helping students do well in the course and on the exam.

Instructor Qualifications:

I taught science including Honors and AP® Chemistry at a top-tier public high school for over 40 years and have been teaching AP® Chemistry to homeschoolers for 11 years. A dedicated caring teacher, I am committed to delivering an outstanding, comprehensive, first-year college-level chemistry course. I received a BS in Science and a Master of Science Education degree at Wayne State University. I have worked at numerous National Science Foundation teacher programs and, as part of my Master's program, I worked with the Fairleigh Dickinson University Lab in St Croix monitoring coral reef oxygen respiration rates. I was sponsored by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Princeton. While working for the National Science Foundation's Project Seraphim, I led workshops for chemistry teachers around the country, developed computer applications for chemistry education, and hosted an international Internet Conference, CHYMNET, for chemistry educators. I have completed the College Board Institute Program for teaching AP® Chemistry and am an active participant in the College Board's AP® Chemistry Teachers Community. I have also written science questions for the Michigan Educational Assessment Test and the ACT Assessment® Test and have served as a chemistry reviewer for the University of North Carolina's interactive Web Question Database for chemistry. I have edited articles for the Journal of Chemical Education and, in 2003, won the Presidential Scholars Teacher Recognition Award. Over the years, many of my students have been award winners in ACS Chemistry Olympiad competitions. My comittment to my students does not end with the AP Exam. I have written numerous recommendations for students and am proud that they have gone on to prestigious colleges and universities around the world. These include all of the U.S. Military Academies, MIT, Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Rutgers, Oxford University, the National University of Singapore and most of the top US State Colleges.

As a teacher, I take great pleasure in helping my students to not only master chemistry but to also experience the wonder and joy in chemistry.

I hope to see you in class this fall. It’s going to be a great year!

Mr. Moskaluk 

 

 

 

 

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