Redesigned Exam - Chem-is

Redesign AP chemistry exam
Subsequent slides are excerpts from AP chemistry workshop
Effective 2013 – 2014 academic year
Some 2013 – 2014 AP chemistry study guides may be
inaccurate, i.e. do not reflect these changes
If you are using any AP chemistry study guides prior to 2013, some
content do not reflect the redesigned AP chemistry exam
Reducing Breadth of the AP®
Chemistry Course:
Student memorization of
ubiquitous factoids out of
the context of application
is no longer a part of the
AP® Chemistry curriculum
Instead, the AP® Chemistry
framework focuses on
increasing students’ depth
of understanding of
enduring principles for the
purpose of application of
skills to solve non- routine
Concepts no longer tested in revised course:
Memorization of the exceptions in electron
configuration of atoms and solubility rules
Assigning quantum numbers
Writing nuclear reactions
Deriving the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation
Computations of solubility as a function of pH
Memorizing specific types of crystal structures
Using standard enthalpies of formation to calculate
the overall energy change in a reaction
Lewis Acid-Base Theory
AP® Chemistry New Exam
Design: Assessing the Learning
Section Information:
Item Types & Weight
Question Types and
Multiple Choice-representing all
Big ideas (50% of exam weight)
60 multiple choice
90 min
Five Minutes Required Reading Time in Advance of the Free-Response Section
Free Response-representing all
Big Ideas (50% of exam weight)
3 multipart questions
4 single-part questions
20-25 min per
3-10 min per
Types of questions to be distributed among the single
and multi-part questions:
• Lab 1: Experimental design
• Lab 2: Patterns/analysis/selection of authentic
• Representations 1: Translation between representations
• Representations 2: Atomic/molecular view to explain
• Quantitative: Following a logical/analytical pathway
90 min
Particulate View
Multiple Choice
Boiling Point
Dimethyl ether
250 K
351 K
The structures and normal boiling
points of dimethyl ether and ethanol
are given in the table above. Which of
the following diagrams best helps to
explain the difference in boiling point of
the two compounds?
Real-World Application
Multiple Choice
Of the following metals, which would be the most appropriate
choice for lining the inside of a railroad tank car used for
transporting 1.0 M hydrochloric acid?
Al3+ + 3 e– g Al
–1.66 V
Cd2+ +2 e– g Cd
–0.40 V
Cu2+ + 2 e– g Cu
0.34 V
Zn2+ + 2 e– g Zn
–0.76 V
Free-Response Section of the Exam
 Types of Free-Response Questions:
 Lab I: Engaging in experimental design
 Lab II: Selection and analysis of authentic data/observations to
identify patterns or explain phenomena
 Representations I: Translation between representations
 Representations II: Creating or analyzing atomic/molecular views
to explain observations
 Quantitative: Following a logical/analytical pathway to solve a
Short Part/Representation II
Free Response
Shown below are three models that can be used to represent a
molecule of ammonia.
Select one of the models. Indicate clearly which model you selected,
and describe:
a) one aspect of the ammonia molecule that the model represents
accurately/well, and …
b) one aspect of the ammonia molecule that the model does not
represent accurately/well.
Multipart/Lab I (Experimental
Free Response
Design an experiment to collect data that supports the claim that a 1.0
M NaCl solution is a homogeneous mixture. Describe the steps, the
data you would collect, and how the data support the claim.
Laboratory equipment for your experiment should be taken from the
list below. (You may not need all of the equipment.)
50-mL beakers
Drying oven
Volumetric pipets (5 mL, 10 mL and 25 mL)
Hot plate
Stirring rod
100 mL of 1.0 M NaCl(aq)
Fume hood
Free Response
A + 2 B D AB2
The following diagram shows the change in
concentration of the reactant A and product
AB2 for the reaction represented by the
equation above. The species A, B, and AB2
are gases.
Indicate on the diagram where the reaction reaches equilibrium.
At time t, what is the relationship between Q (the reaction quotient), and K (the
equilibrium constant)?
At equilibrium, what is the relationship between the rate of decomposition of AB2
and the rate of consumption of B for the reaction?
For the same reaction at a different temperature, 6 moles of A and 9 moles of B
are combined in a rigid 1.0 L container, and the system reaches equilibrium. If
there are 3 moles of AB2 present at equilibrium, what is the value of K for the
reaction at this temperature?
AP Multiple Choice Questions
Identifying Differences between
Legacy and Redesigned Questions
Legacy Exam
Redesigned Exam
• Questions that test simple
recall and memorization
• Questions that start with
“which of the following is
• Questions whose answers
include (A) I only, (B) II only,
• Each question will address
content and science practices
within one or two learning
• Each question will have four
options, not five
• New exam will have question
• New exam will provide normally
memorized data in the stem if
its needed
• New exam will contain more
particulate views of chemical
What’s Out: Content Wise
What’s Out: Content Wise
What’s Out: Content Wise
What’s Out: Content Wise
What’s Out: Question Type
What’s Out: Content & Question Type
Correct statements about alpha particles include which of the
I. They have a mass number of 4 and a charge of +2.
II. They are more penetrating than beta particles.
III. They are helium nuclei.
(A)I only
(B)III only
(C)I and II
(D) I and III
(E) II and III
What’s In: Particulate View
What’s In: Assessing Deeply Using Question Sets
What’s In: Providing Needed Data in the
KCl dissolved in water
CH2Cl2 dissolved in benzene
Ethanol dissolved in water
Which of the following best describes the
principal type of solute-solvent interaction in
each of above solutions ranked in order from
strongest to weakest solute-solvent interaction.
Build the Key/Distractors
KCl in Water
Ion to dipole interaction
Ethanol in Water
Hydrogen Bonds
CH2Cl2 in Benzene
London Dispersion Forces
KCl in Water
Dipole to dipole interactions
Ethanol in Water
Hydrogen Bonds
CH2Cl2 in Benzene
No solute to solvent
KCl in Water
Ion to dipole interaction
CH2Cl2 in Benzene
London Dispersion Forces
Ethanol in Water
Hydrogen Bonds
CH2Cl2 in Benzene
London Dispersion Forces
Ethanol in Water
London Dispersion Forces
KCl in Water
London Dispersion Forces

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