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AP Chemistry Lab Manual

The AP Chemistry Lab Manual: AP Chemistry Guided Inquiry Experiments: Applying the Science Practices features 16 labs where students explore chemical concepts, questions of interest, correct lab techniques and safety procedures. Teachers may choose any of the guided inquiry labs from this manual to satisfy the course requirement of students performing six guided inquiry labs.

The manual's unique design enables teachers to guide students through experiments and procedures that are easily tailored to diverse needs and appropriate for small and large classes.

The Lab Manual

  • Emphasizes scientific inquiry, reasoning, and critical thinking

  • Enables students to plan, direct, and integrate a range of science practices, such as designing experiments, collecting data, and applying quantitative skills

  • Includes lists of supplemental resources

Access the Lab Manual

Download the Teacher Manual for Free: Click here and type in your password. (The teacher manual is password protected, as it contains answers.) Teachers of authorized AP Chemistry courses were emailed a password for the teacher manual PDF on Feb. 21, 2013, and again on June 4, 2013. For help accessing the PDF, email the AP Program.

Order the Bound Teacher Manual: Because the teacher manual contains answers, you will need an access code to order printed teacher manuals from the College Board Store. Access codes and instructions for ordering were emailed to teachers of authorized AP Chemistry courses on Feb. 21, 2013. If you need an access code, email store_help@collegeboard.org or call 703-297-3963. Printed copies are $18 each.

Order the Bound Student Manual: You can also order the student lab manual from the College Board Store. (The student manual is not available as a PDF.) The manual enables students to investigate chemistry-related questions of interest as they use a variety of instruments, equipment and procedures. The cost is $18 for a single copy, $80 for a package of five. You do not need an access code to order the student manual.

For questions or concerns, email the AP Program.

Chapters for the Teacher

Chapter 1: How to Use This Lab Manual Chapter 2: Guided Inquiry in the Chemistry Laboratory Experience Chapter 3: Students and the Science Practices: Developing Skills Chapter 4: Quantitative Skills Chapter 5: Written, Verbal, and Visual Communication Chapter 6: Connecting Lab Experiences to the Real World Chapter 7: Making AP Chemistry Inclusive for All Learners

Laboratory Investigations

Investigation 1: What Is the Relationship Between the Concentration of a Solution and the Amount of Transmitted Light Through the Solution?
Investigation 2: How Can Color Be Used to Determine the Mass Percent of Copper in Brass?
Investigation 3: What Makes Hard Water Hard?
Investigation 4: How Much Acid Is in Fruit Juices and Soft Drinks?
Investigation 5: Sticky Question: How Do You Separate Molecules That Are Attracted to One Another?
Investigation 6: What’s in That Bottle?
Investigation 7: Using the Principle That Each Substance Has Unique Properties o Purify a Mixture: An Experiment Applying Green Chemistry to Purification
Investigation 8: How Can We Determine the Actual Percentage of H2O2 in a Drugstore Bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide?
Investigation 9: Can the Individual Components of Quick Ache Relief Be Used to Resolve Consumer Complaints?
Investigation 10: How Long Will That Marble Statue Last?
Investigation 11: What Is the Rate Law of the Fading of Crystal Violet Using Beer’s Law?
Investigation 12: The Hand Warmer Design Challenge: Where Does the Heat Come From?
Investigation 13: Can We Make the Colors of the Rainbow? An Application of Le Châtelier’s Principle
Investigation 14: How Do the Structure and the Initial Concentration of an Acid and a Base Influence the pH of the Resultant Solution During a Titration?
Investigation 15: To What Extent Do Common Household Products Have Buffering Activity?
Investigation 16: The Preparation and Testing of an Effective Buffer: How Do Components Influence a Buffer’s pH and Capacity?


Appendix A: Periodic Table of Elements
Appendix B: AP® Chemistry Equations and Constants
Appendix C: Materials List
Appendix D: Science Practices for AP Chemistry
Appendix E: Spectrophotometer Instructions

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