Silver State
AP Institute

June 23 - 26, 2008

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The Participants
Lisa Archie Tehachapi HS
Robert Baumstark (Bob) Advanced Tech Academy
Richard Beck Chaparral HS
Jim Cox Boulder City HS
Joseph Duncan Virgin Valley HS
Alexis Escalona La Sierra HS
Jennifer Garner Mojave HS
Edward Houk Fairfield HS
Rynn Jones Tuacahm HS
Gerard Klimbal Yosemite HS
Robert Knight Gray Academy
Stephanie Koenig Westlake HS
Ivana Kostic Rancho HS
William Marritt Liberty HS
Mary McMillan Hillel Yeshiva
Erin Ray Mountain View HS
Steve Rice McQueen HS
Derrick Rink North Branch HS
Aaron Scherrer Middletown HS
Elizabeth Sheriff Canyon Springs HS
Ellen Van Soolen Valley HS
Greg VaskoNN Sparks HS
Brooks West Western HS
Paul Groves, Instructor South Pasadena High School


Website: Orbitron is a web site that shows you the various atomic orbitals.
The graphics are pretty and you can explore the orbitals in different ways.

Website: This is Alex's classs web page.
You can find his Excel spreadsheet version of Le Chatelier's Principle on here.

Website: Steve Spangler's Self-Carving Pumpkin.
This is one of Derrick's explosive demonstrations that I want to incorporate into my class. Steve Spangler is a former teacher who makes his living by doing shows. He is a very good showman.

Website: Look for the link about Amazing and Wacky Demonstrations of Chemical Principles.
This is our own Derrick Rink doing a demonstration presentation.

Website: Here is a book you can buy online from a chemistry teacher.
I don't know anything about this book and I don't even remember who told us about it, but maybe I'll buy it for my chemistry colleague for Christmas so I can borrow it.

Resources from the Past

Website: Dr. Cotton's Pre-AP Chemistry Class Notes
This website has a collection of Powerpoint presentations. They may be useful as is or as a starting point for your own presentations.

Website: David's Whizzy Periodic Table
This is the cool presentation of the first 36 elements looking at the electrons filling and showing that the energy of each orbital changes as more protons enter the nucleus.

Website: Flash Animation of Tom Lehrer's Element Song.
This is a wonderful presentation that shows all the names and follows the music beautifully. The little animations are great... the more the student's know about the elements, the more they will get out of this.

Website: The Visual Elements Screensaver.
This is cool periodic table with graphically stunning symbols for each element. There are actual posters you can purchase and this screensaver displays one element at a time.

Website: I'm Dreaming of a White Precipitate.
This is what the demo looks like that goes with my Chemistry Carol.

Lawrence writes: "I have two resources that I would like to share on the web page for our institute group."
Neil Rapp from Bloomington, Indiana has a CD with many Chemistry and AP Chemistry PowerPoints that he will send to "visiting teachers" for a cost of $5. His instructions on how to obtain a complete set of his powerpoints can be found near the bottom of the page if you follow the link.

Website: Nancy Clark's Resources
Nancy Clark from Massachusetts has retired after 39 years of teaching Science. She has a page with links to Mrs. J's PowerPoints, Jeopardy software, "World of Chemistry" videos, Chemistry jokes, a student safety contract, and much more.
--Note from Paul... I've taken a little time to look at this site... it is PACKED with good stuff... I will definitely come back to grab more resources. Good job, Lawrence!

pH Rainbow
Fill a graduated cyllinder about 2/3 full of 0.1 M HCl with some universal indicator. Tilt the cylinder and add a few mL of saturated Na2CO3. The dense liquid will sink to the bottom with a purple (basic) color. As the acid and carbonate react to form CO2 gas and H2O, the pH gradient forms a rainbow. [Click on image for larger picture.]

Zumdahl Powerpoints
Here are some useful powerpoint presentations designed to follow the Zumdahl text.

National Chemistry Olympiad
This is part of the American Chemical Society's web site. The multiple choice tests are useful as practice exams for both the NChO Competition in March as well as for AP practice. These exams are kind of heavy in organic. The National Exam each year also includes two open-ended laboratory questions. The older exams can be found on the Chem Team web site (link from chemmybear). I have sorted some of these by topic and use them as additional practice topic by topic. Look for these on my "Handouts by Chapter" list on my AP chemistry class's page.

Gels used in the ROYGBV Photoelectric Effect Demo
Roscolux Rx25 (Lt. Red) -- (this leaks a little)
Roscolux Rx22 (Deep Amber)
Roscolux Rx10 (Med. Yellow)
Roscolux Rx 389 (Chroma Green)
Roscolux Rx 68 (Sky Blue)
Roscolux Rx48 (Rose Purple)
I bought my gels at: Premier Lighting

D&S Marketing
We talked about the question books from D&S Marketing. The multiple choice questions are written in the same format (non-calculator) as the AP exam. The website has some sample pages to look at. There are free-response questions as well. You need to buy the books in lots of 10.

Demos from Univ of Wisconsin
I was looking around the Internet for some images of demonstrations and came across this site. It is sort of a catalog of demos so the college professors can choose which ones they want to have set up for their classes... there are some good images here and a good reminder of some demonstrations worth doing.

Poem That Makes Sense After Studying Predicting Reactions:
Johnny finding life a bore, drank some H2SO4.
Johnny's father, an M.D., gave him CaCO3.
Johnny's neutralized, it's true,
But now he's full of CO2.