UC Riverside 2010
AP Institute
August 2 - August 5, 2010

Elizabeth Erdos
Arroyo High School

Eman Saadi
Lou Dantzler High School

Khalid Ahmed
City of Knowledge

Melanie Magdaleno
Oakwood School

Michelle Stover
Silverado High School

Rob Walden
Moorpark High School

Stacey MacPherson
Heritage High School

Paul Groves
South Pasadena High School

Resources from Paul or Mentioned During the Institute

Answers: Hydrolysis Labette [Word]
This worksheet is not as obvious as the others and deserves an answer sheet. I am understanding more and more about conjugate acids and bases and I may go back and revise this labette. I wanted two examples of conjugate bases of weak acids and two examples of conjugate acids of weak bases. The conjugate bases were fine (acetate ion and sulfite ion). I am learning that the only common conjugate acid of a weak base is ammonium ion. Read the explanation to see what I mean. Just to let you know... even after 25 years of teaching AP chemistry, I am still learning and refining my understanding of this stuff!

Lab Handout: Molecular Modeling (.pdf)
Here is the handout of the lab we performed on campus on Tuesday.

ChemEd -- A Great Summer Meeting
On even-numbered years, there is a big summer chemistry meeting called the BCCE (Biennial Conference in Chemical Education). In 2010 it was at Denton, TX. On odd-numbered years, you can go to ChemEd. In 2011 it will be in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Here is a link.

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 (theatrical cellophane) used in the ROYGBV Photoelectric Effect Demo
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 bought my gels at: Premier Lighting.

Here are a couple of my Written Lecture and Lab Notes in their original condition... so you can see the pictures better.
  1. Atomic Structure and Bonding Lecture [Word | Acrobat]
  2. Predicting Reactions Lecture [Word | Acrobat] and Labs [Word | Acrobat]
  3. Equilibrium Lecture [Word | Acrobat] and Labs [Word | Acrobat]
  4. Redox Lecture [Word | Acrobat] and Labs [Word | Acrobat]

Great Resources from the Participants!

Safety Rap Video: This is a safety video that Michelle showed the class. It has pictures and a rap sound track.

Stacey's Powerpoint with good graphics for Reaction Types: Stacey made this Powerpoint with graphics that help students understand the different types of chemical reactions based on student interactions.

The American Nuclear Society Teacher Workshops: Elizabeth mentioned that there would be a teacher workshop by the ANS in November in Las Vegas. I didn't see any mention of it yet on their website, but you can keep checking.

Atom Bond the Atom With the Golden Electron: When Stacey did a Google search for the title, she came up with this link. I tried to test the link, but I was never able to completely download the file. Also, this is the UNEDITED version so there is a scene where Gold and Chlorine are in bed together trying to bond. Gold finally admits that it is not really working... he just doesn't have the energy.

Resources From Former Years:
Website: Activity of Metals Simulation
John Gelder at Oklahoma State University has many useful simulations and animations that he uses in this chemistry classes as well as his distance learning classes. It is worth looking around his site for little gems such as this one. They may be part of his chemistry courses. Explore.

Website: Tom Greenbowe at Iowa State--Lab Simulations
I have worked on some committees with Tom Greenbowe and he has been developing some great-looking laboratory simulations. This looks like the main page for finding all of them, but I haven't fully explored the site. They generally have nice graphics and are interactive.