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AP Chemistry For Dummies

AP Chemistry For Dummies

Peter J. Mikulecky, Michelle Rose Gilman, Kate Brutlag

ISBN: 978-0-470-45143-4

Nov 2008

412 pages



Gearing up for the AP Chemistry exam? AP Chemistry For Dummies is packed with all the resources and help you need to do your very best. This AP Chemistry study guide gives you winning test-taking tips, multiple-choice strategies, and topic guidelines, as well as great advice on optimizing your study time and hitting the top of your game on test day.

This user-friendly guide helps you prepare without perspiration by developing a pre-test plan, organizing your study time, and getting the most out or your AP course. You’ll get help understanding atomic structure and bonding, grasping atomic geometry, understanding how colliding particles produce states, and much more. Two full-length practice exams help you build your confidence, get comfortable with test formats, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and focus your studies. Discover how to

  • Create and follow a pretest plan
  • Understand everything you must know about the exam
  • Develop a multiple-choice strategy
  • Figure out displacement, combustion, and acid-base reactions
  • Get familiar with stoichiometry
  • Describe patterns and predict properties
  • Get a handle on organic chemistry nomenclature
  • Know your way around laboratory concepts, tasks, equipment, and safety
  • Analyze laboratory data
  • Use practice exams to maximize your score

AP Chemistry For Dummies gives you the support, confidence, and test-taking know-how you need to demonstrate your ability when it matters most.


Part I: Thriving Inside the Test Tube: How to Prepare for the Exam.

Chapter 1: Knowing What You’re Up Against: The AP Chemistry Exam.

Chapter 2: Preparing Yourself for the Exam.

Part II: Building Matter from the Ground Up: Atoms and Bonding.

Chapter 3: Looking Under the Atomic Hood: Atomic Structure.

Chapter 4: Answering Questions about Atomic Structure.

Chapter 5: Working and Playing Together: Bonding.

Chapter 6: Answering Questions on Bonding.

Chapter 7: Doing Atomic Geometry: Molecular Shapes.

Chapter 8: Answering Questions on Molecular Shapes.

Part III: Colliding Particles to Produce States.

Chapter 9: Putting a Finger to the Wind: Gases.

Chapter 10: Answering Questions on Gases.

Chapter 11: Condensing Particles: Solids, Liquids, and Solutions.

Chapter 12: Answering Questions on Solids, Liquids, and Solutions.

Part IV: Transforming Matter in Reactions.

Chapter 13: Reacting by the Numbers: Reactions and Stoichiometry.

Chapter 14: Answering Questions on Reactions and Stoichiometry.

Chapter 15: Going Nowhere: Equilibrium.

Chapter 16: Answering Questions on Equilibrium.

Chapter 17: Giving and Taking in Solution: Acids and Bases.

Chapter 18: Answering Questions on Acids and Bases.

Chapter 19: Transferring Charge: Oxidation-Reduction.

Chapter 20: Answering Questions on Oxidation-Reduction.

Chapter 21: Knowing Speed from Spontaneity: Kinetics and Thermodynamics.

Chapter 22: Answering Questions on Kinetics and Thermodynamics.

Part V: Describing Patterns and Predicting Properties.

Chapter 23: Knowing Chemistry When You See It: Descriptive Chemistry.

Chapter 24: Answering Questions on Descriptive Chemistry.

Chapter 25: Living with Carbon: Organic Chemistry.

Chapter 26: Answering Questions on Organic Chemistry.

Part VI: Getting Wet and Dirty: Labs.

Chapter 27: Knowing Your Way around the Lab: Equipment and Procedures.

Chapter 28: Taking the Tour: Recommended AP Experiments.

Part VII: Measuring Yields: Practice Tests.

Chapter 29: Practice Test One.

Chapter 30: Practice Test Two.

Part VIII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 31: Ten Math Skills to Bring with You to the Exam.

Chapter 32: Ten Critical Types of Chemistry Problems.

Chapter 33: Ten Annoying Exceptions to Chemistry Rules.