AP in the OC
July 23 - 26, 2018
Beckman High School, Irvine, CA


  • Tyler DeWitt--Hydrogen Bonding & Common Mistakes -- This is a video suggested by one of the participants.  Tyler has many other videos as well for chemistry.
  • Gizmos -- This is a paid site that contains simulations and handouts for chemistry and other subjects.  The handouts look very good.
  • WebAssign -- This is a paid homework site that links up to many textbooks.  You can form assignments that students do online.  The questions have individualized numbers for each student, so students are not able to simply copy one another's answers, but students can still help each other with their assignments.  The homework is scored and grades can be exported to your grade program.
  • AACT -- The American Association of Chemistry Teachers is hosting a webinar by the AP Chemistry Chief Reader, Paul Bonvallet, on September 6, at 7:00 p.m. (ET).  The title is "Lessons Learned from the 2018 AP Chemistry Exam".  You need to be a member to register for this webinar, but this talk and many others are available on the AACT website and the registration is only $50/year.
  • Desmos.com -- A free graphing utility online.  I found the following YouTube Video by a physics teacher using the graph for best fit lines helpful for total beginners, like me.
  • Flinn's Free Resources -- Flinn has made many videos of demonstrations that are available on their site for free.  To find them go to Browse by Category (near the top left of their main page) > Resources > Chemistry > Chemical Demonstrations.  In addition to chemical demonstrations, there are downloadable .pdf's giving instructions as well.  There are great ideas here.
  • Ben Ku's Web Site -- I only mentioned Mr. Ku about a hundred times during the APSI.  Here is a link to his web site where he has links to the videos that accompany the Honors and AP curriculum.
  • Large Post-It Notes -- Here is the link to popping.com where those huge post-it type notes were purchased.  They stuck really nicely to the glass.  I have found in my classroom that they don't stick as well to the walls.  They stick nicely to a clean white board, however.
  • PES Webcast -- Here is a link to a page with Jamie Benigna's presentation about PES.  This presentation uses Flash which may cause a problem on some computer systems.
  • AP Supports 2019 -- Here is the link for the College Board web site describing the new supports that will be available for the 2019-2020 school year.  This includes the AP Test Bank, Unit Guides, etc.
  • Extreme Glow Nightsticks -- Here is the company where I purchased those bright, short-lived light sticks for the kinetics demonstration.  You need to purchase quite a few (100) to get free shipping.  Remember, when they quote a price like $8.50 each, they are talking about a bag of 10 nightsticks.  Keep them in the refrigerator to make them last longer.
  • ROYGBV Demo Information -- Here is specific information about the demonstration with the theatrical gels (cellophane) which is an analogy for the photoelectric effect.
    Roscolux Rx25 (Lt. Red) -- (this leaks a little)
    Roscolux Rx22 (Deep Amber)
    Roscolux Rx10 (Med. Yellow)
    [Note: I put some of the Med. Yellow behind the Red and Orange windows, too.]
    Roscolux Rx 389 (Chroma Green)
    Roscolux Rx 68 (Sky Blue)
    Roscolux Rx48 (Rose Purple)
    I mentioned that there are sample booklets that contain a small sample (1.75" x 3.25")  of each gel from this company.  You can find them online by following the link at the beginning of this note. I did a Google search for "Roscolux sample book" and found several sources.  The least expensive one ($1.50) is the one I linked above.  They also sell sample books with 3" x 6" samples for about $25.
Cristel Miller, Kelly Pawlak, Karen Evens
Cristel Miller, Kelly Pawlak, Karen Evens
Patty Brunet, Daniel Takanishi
Patty Brunet, Daniel Takanishi
Jim Fitch, Rohan Adams
Jim Fitch, Rohan Adams

Rohan AdamsAmerican Heritage Schoolradams@ahsmail.com
Patty BrunetCypress High Schoolbrunet_p@auhsd.us
Karen EvensGrant High Schoolkje2566@lausd.net
Jim FitchValley High School jim.fitch@sausd.us
Cristel MillerCosta Mesa High Schoolcmiller@nmusd.us
Kelly PawlakPacific Academy Encinitaskpawlak@pacificacademy.org
Daniel TakanishiSouthlands Christian Schooldtakanishi@southlandscs.com