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The seventh edition is a new book, produced in response to the newly re-articulated Course and Exam Description (CED) curriculum introduced by the College Board in Fall 2019. The authors, David Hostage, Patsy Mueller, and Roger Kugel, present thirteen chapters, each featuring a clear and concise review of the topics being covered. Each chapter ends with twenty-five multiple-choice questions in the current exam format, each with four possible options as answers. Approximately half of the multiple-choice questions are presented in item sets. Each chapter also has several multi-part free-response questions about that topic in the new style, most chapters with two long and two short items. The book includes four complete sample examinations in the new exam format, an increase of one exam from the previous edition. There is a continuation of an innovative new feature from the sixth edition. A Semester I Examination is designed to cover the first four Units of the new curriculum, perfect for a midyear review. A Semester 2 Examination covers Units 5–9 to allow testing of those more-advanced topics. These two Semester Examinations may be combined with minor modification to form a fifth Sample Examination.

The seventh edition contains hundreds of multiple-choice questions and dozens of free-response and equation questions. All of the questions are newly developed, with many specifically designed to address and reinforce both the inquiry approach as well as the rigor in the totality of AP Chemistry concepts. Separate Student Answer Keys for the multiple-choice questions are included with each book. Also available separately is the Student’s Solution Manual. It describes the correct solution for each free-response and multiple-choice item, as well as explaining many of the common errors and misconceptions. The SSM also includes a clever code to designate the Unit, Topic, and Learning Objective (UTLO) describing each question.

The thirteen chapters of the book are:

  • Chapter 1: Atomic Structure
  • Chapter 2: Stoichiometry
  • Chapter 3: Chemical Bonding
  • Chapter 4: The Gas Phase
  • Chapter 5: Interparticle Forces and Condensed Phases of Matter
  • Chapter 6: Solutions and Solution Stoichiometry
  • Chapter 7: Writing Chemical Equations
  • Chapter 8: Thermochemistry
  • Chapter 9: Chemical Kinetics
  • Chapter 10: General Equilibrium and Solubility Equilibria
  • Chapter 11: Acids and Bases
  • Chapter 12: Thermodynamics
  • Chapter 13: Electrochemistry and Oxidation-Reduction Chemistry

    Material on organic chemistry, included in previous editions, has been revised. Organic molecules may still be incorporated into chapters where bonding and interparticle forces are examined, but the naming of the molecule or identifying its functional group is not required. This is similar to the treatment of organic molecules that appear in recent AP exams. The same treatment is also applied to the area of descriptive chemistry, where the color of a precipitate may be given, but knowing the color of the precipitate is not needed to analyze its formula.

    Designed to augment the text is the STUDENT’S SOLUTIONS MANUAL TO ACCOMPANY MULTIPLE‑CHOICE AND FREE‑RESPONSE QUESTIONS IN PREPARATION FOR THE AP CHEMISTRY EXAMINATION—supplementing the question book by providing a step-by-step solution and discussion of common incorrect responses for the multiple-choice and free-response questions.

  • Authors

    Co-author David Hostage was also one of the authors of the fifth edition and the lead author of the sixth and current (seventh) editions of the test preparation book. David is a longtime science teacher at The Taft School in Watertown, CT. He has served as a Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the grading of the AP Chemistry examination since 1994. A member of the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee from 1997–2001, he continued to serve as an adjunct to the committee for several years. One of the founding Chemistry Content Advisors for The AP Central Website of the College Board, David continues to be an active Consultant to the College Board for AP Chemistry 1-day and week-long workshops. He is also a member of the exam task force for the Chemistry Olympiad program of the American Chemical Society. Co-author Patsy Mueller served as an editor for the fourth and fifth editions as well as a co-author of the sixth edition and this seventh edition. Patsy has taught high school chemistry in both public and private high schools in the suburban Chicago area for over 25 years, and currently teaches at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette, IL. In addition, she has served as a Consultant at more than a dozen sites for College Board summer workshops for AP chemistry teachers. Patsy was a Reader and Table Leader at the grading of the AP examination for over two decades in addition to serving on the AP Chemistry Test Development Committee, and the SAT Achievement Test in Chemistry. She was a member of the NSTA-NRC joint Task Force in 2002–2004 that prompted the redesign of the AP Chemistry curriculum. The continuing authors are pleased to be joined on this latest edition of the book by Dr. Roger Kugel, Emeritus Professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota after 33 years of teaching various courses, including General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and a World of Materials course for nonscience majors. Dr. Kugel is currently a Visiting Scholar at University of Cincinnati, where he divides his time between teaching chemistry and doing research in the area of matrix-isolation spectroscopy of reaction intermediates. Roger served as a member of the test development committees for both the SAT and the AP Chemistry exams. He brings to this seventh edition his extensive experience with the AP Chemistry program, serving 21 consecutive years as a Reader including a recent term as the Chief Reader for AP Chemistry. Roger also continues to be actively involved as a consultant to the AP Chemistry test development committee.


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