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Title: AP chem without prior chem
Post by: 999khasa on July 22, 2015, 12:57:06 PM
I'm taking AP chem this year as a junior without ever having taken chem before. I'm prepared for the insane workload and have taken calculus already, which I have heard helps. I have a bunch of free time over the summer and was wondering, which chem topics should I familiarize myself with so that I don't get totally left behind? Thanks!
Title: Re: AP chem without prior chem
Post by: thetada on July 22, 2015, 01:09:26 PM
There's a fantastic, concise book called Why Chemical reactions Happen, by Wothers and Keeler, published by OUP. It introduces atomic orbitals in the context of thermodynamics, both of which will form a huge part of any uni course. You could also look at the organic bible, Organic Chemistry by McMurray. I appreciate that's books instead of topics, but they'd both provide alot of relevant information.
Title: Re: AP chem without prior chem
Post by: 999khasa on July 22, 2015, 03:05:58 PM
I might check those out just for fun, but I still really just need a list of things to know for AP chem.
Title: Re: AP chem without prior chem
Post by: Borek on July 22, 2015, 05:11:20 PM
Why don't you check the curriculum sylabus? My bet is that any General Chemistry book will do.
Title: Re: AP chem without prior chem
Post by: Dan on July 22, 2015, 05:14:14 PM
Ask your course director(s) for a syllabus. They are the only people who know exactly what you need to know to pass their course.

There is a list of topics on the Wikipedia page:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/AP_Chemistry

But I imagine it could vary a bit between institutions.