Chemistry 1-2

Description:   Chemistry at San Marino High School is a college-preparatory course designed to introduce the student to chemical principles and phenomena. Concurrent enrollment in Algebra 3-4 is required.


Text: Chemistry, Concepts and Critical Thinking, Seventh Edition, Corwin, Prentice Hall, 2014.

Chemistry AP

Description:   Chemistry AP is a second year class.  It is a college-level course designed to teach the concepts covered in the AP course outline and prepare the students to pass the AP exam. The lab focus is guided inquiry experiments where the students design their own procedures to solve problems.  Math Analysis is required.


Text: General Chemistry, Tenth Edition, Ebbing & Gammon, McGraw Hill, 2013.


Of the 61 students who took the AP exam in May 2016, 96.8% earned passing scores, with 78.7% earning 4's and 5's.  Our class average was 4.10. The 2016 National average was 2.64, up from 2.61 last year.

As usual, the Titans fared much better than the Nation. While most teachers on the AP discussion board are citing lower scores this year, our average is a little higher than last with a notable increase in the number of fours and a decrease in the number of threes.

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