Department ofEducation

AP* Chemistry

We are pleased to welcome back Bill Bond & Duane Swank to the 2014 AP* Summer Institute at PLU!

Registration is now open - Register before June 1 to get Early Bird Price!


Instructor Bios

Bill Bond

For over 32 years, Bill was a teacher at Snohomish High School in Washington State where he taught Advanced Placement Chemistry and served as Science Department Chair. Bill received both his Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Science and Science Education from the University of Washington. He has written questions for the AP Chemistry exam as a member of the Test Development Committee, been a Reader (grader) of the exam, and was the principal author of “A Teacher’s Guide to Advanced Placement Chemistry”—published by the College Board. Bill has won the Siemens Advanced Placement Award, was a Dreyfus Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and has had his Chemistry research published in “Analytical Chemistry”. He has been a member of the Academic Council for the Western Region of the College Board and has served on the Development Committee for Advanced Placement Science Vertical Teams. Bill was selected as a National Leader in AP Chemistry for the College Board--responsible for the training and evaluation of new College Board presenters. Bill has been trained in and has evaluated the new AP Chemistry “Redesign” Curriculum which became operational for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Duane Swank

Duane earned his Ph.D. at Montana State University in chemistry, physical chemistry concentration, in 1969. After post-doctoral studies at Washington State University he joined the faculty at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in 1970. In 1982 he received his MBA degree from PLU.   His research focuses on solid state chemistry and computational chemistry,  NMR studies of aldopyranose molecules, and magnetic properties of transition metal complexes. During his tenure at PLU he has served as Chemistry Department chair, dean of Natural Sciences, director of Interdisciplinary Studies, chair of the Environmental Studies Program and chair of the University’s Task Force on Teaching and Learning. His teaching responsibilities include first year chemistry for science majors, environmental chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and advanced inorganic chemistry. He has developed in-house laboratory manuals for first year chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Duane has presented AP* Chemistry Workshops in the Western Region as an endorsed consultant for the College Board. He has been an AP* chemistry reader for twelve years. In addition, he currently serves as an AP* Chemistry syllabus Audit Reviewer and was a judge for the CLEP Chemistry exam review. He has written questions for the new 2014 AP exam and has contributed material for the new AP Chemistry curriculum to  several AP chemistry texts.  He works with local AP* chemistry teachers and students, providing expertise and resources.

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Course Information

Agenda (flexible)

First Daily Class Session (Before morning break): “The AP Chemistry Re-Design”,  "Teaching AP Chemistry for the Redesign" & "2014 Exam"

Day 1: Introductions; Redesign feedback from participants; Requirements for Success; Structure/Use of Time; Recruitment of Students

Day 2: Redesign AP Chemistry Exam Format and Sample AP Chemistry Exam Questions, AP Chemistry Audit; Textbook Selection; Teaching Strategies

Day 3: Labs and the redesign—what is expected, What “Open Inquiry” and “Guided Inquiry” really means and how they are different from traditional labs. Adapting traditional labs to “Open Inquiry” and “Guided Inquiry”, New College Board Lab Book. Reference Materials;

Day 4:  Exam Taking Strategies; How to Review/Prepare for the AP Test; AP Chemistry Test Development Committee; AP Chemistry Reading; Final questions and concerns.

Second Daily Class Session (After morning break) "A Review of Chemistry Theory and What has been Changed"

Day 1: Survey of Kinetics; 2014 Free Response Exam Questions 1 and 2

Day 2: Survey of Equilibrium; 2014 Free Response Questions 3 and 4

Day 3: Survey of Thermochemistry; 2014 Free Response Questions 5 and 6

Day 4: Survey of Electrochemistry; 2014 Free Response Question 7; Final Wrap-Up.

Third Daily Class Session (Afternoon) "Laboratory Work"

Day1: Guided Inquiry Kinetics Lab

Day 2: Guided Inquiry Equilibrium Lab

Day 3: Guided Inquiry Thermochemistry Lab

Day 4: Guided Inquiry Electrochemistry lab


What to Bring:

Participants are asked to obtain a copy of and solve the Free Response Questions from the 2014 AP* Chemistry Exam. The Exam can be found at the AP Central website: a few days after the AP Chemistry Exam is given in early May. If you cannot obtain a copy or have difficulty solving the questions, this is no problem—come to the Institute and we will help you! Participants are also asked bring their own personal laptop computer, a calculator (with trigonometric functions), a new (empty) thumb drive for copying files, their own personal protective eyewear and lots of enthusiasm!

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