AP Chemistry

Run two semesters: fall and spring

Instructor:               Jian Wei,   Ph.D.  Physical Chemistry, Tufts University

Member of American Chemical Society and Teacher Member of American Association of Chemistry Teachers

Dr. Wei has taught Chemistry courses every year since 2011 at NCLS.  Previously, Dr. Wei has five-year experiences in teaching undergraduates at Tufts University (Physical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry) and two-year experiences in teaching undergraduates at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences / MCPHS (Organic Chemistry and General Chemistry).  Prior to that, she has two-year experiences in teaching undergraduates at a university in China (Inorganic Chemistry).

Class time:                3:40–5:00 PM, Sundays

                                         run consecutively for the entire school year

Classroom:              #315, Day Middle School, 21 Minot Place, Newtonville, MA

Class size:                     6 to 14 students (typical)

Textbooks and Reference materials: Please purchase from www.amazon.com or bookstores. 

  1. Cracking the AP Chemistry Exam, 2019 Edition (College Test Preparation) by Princeton Review (Author),  ISBN-13: 978-1524758004, ISBN-10: 1524758000 (for students who plan to take AP Chemistry Exam in May 2021)


AP Chemistry

Who should take this course? 

Students who has taken the first-year high school Chemistry in the previous school year, who will start taking AP Chemistry in the current school year (September),

  • would like to improve one’s performance in AP Chemistry course
  • plan to take AP Chemistry Exam in May or early June of spring semester of current academic year

What does this course do? The two primary objectives of this course are:

  1. Improving students’ understanding of chemistry principles and proficiency in applying these principles to problem solving. Students will improve their understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry and their problem solving skills by applying these principles.
  2. Preparing students for the AP Chemistry Exam. The course will provide information on the AP Chemistry Exam, offer advice and guidance on preparing for the exam/test, and administer practice exams.

Note: While this is a special course to help students prepare for AP Chemistry Exam, the ultimate goal of the course is to improve students’ understanding of the fundamental concepts of chemistry and their problem solving skills by applying these principles, so that one should see performance improvements of students in their high school AP Chemistry class. 

This course does not offer hands-on laboratory experiments. Can students effectively learn and improve their performance in AP Chemistry Exam?

There will be in-class video display of demos of relevant chemistry lab experiments over the entire academic year. 

Course Teaching Plan: The teaching curriculum is designed for the students who plan to take AP Chemistry Exam in early May and June of current academic year.  We will cover each unit below in about three-week period. We will have in class practice excises after each chapter each week.

UNIT 1   Atomic Structure and Properties

UNIT 2   Molecular and Ionic Compound Structure and Properties

UNIT 3   Intermolecular Forces and Properties

UNIT 4   Chemical Reactions

UNIT 5   Kinetics

UNIT 6   Thermodynamics

UNIT 7   Equilibrium

UNIT 8   Acids and Bases

UNIT 9   Applications of Thermodynamics


Nobel Prize winner Tu Youyou helped by ancient Chinese remedy

6 October 2015
Pharmacologist Tu Youyou attends a award ceremony in Beijing, November 15, 2011. William Campbell, Satoshi Omura and Tu jointly won the 2015 Nobel prize for medicine or physiology for their work against parasitic diseases, the award-giving body said on 5 October 2015.This photo taken in the 1950s and released by Xinhua News Agency on Monday 5 October 2015 shows Tu Youyou, right, a pharmacologist with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing, working with Professor Lou Zhicen to study traditional Chinese medicine
                                                   Tu in her younger days worked with                                                           Chinese professor Lou Zhicen and                                                               studied traditional Chinese                                                                           medicine

Tu Youyou has become the first Chinese woman to win a Nobel Prize, for her work in helping to create an anti-malaria medicine. The 84-year-old’s route to the honour has been anything but traditional.

She won the Nobel Prize for medicine, …

Tu Youyou attended a pharmacology school in Beijing. Shortly after, she became a researcher at the Academy of Chinese Traditional Medicine. In China, she is being called the “three noes” winner: no medical degree, no doctorate, and she’s never worked overseas.

She started her malaria research after she was recruited to a top-secret government unit known as “Mission 523”

In 1967, Communist leader Mao Zedong decided there was an urgent national need to find a cure for malaria. At the time, malaria spread by mosquitoes was decimating Chinese soldiers fighting Americans in the jungles of northern Vietnam. A secret research unit was formed to find a cure for the illness.

Two years later, Tu Youyou was instructed to become the new head of Mission 523. She was dispatched to the southern Chinese island of Hainan to study how malaria threatened human health. For six months, she stayed there, leaving her four-year-old daughter at a local nursery. Ms Tu’s husband had been sent away to work at the countryside at the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, a time of extreme political upheaval.

Ancient Chinese texts inspired Tu Youyou’s search for her Nobel-prize winning medicine

Mission 523 pored over ancient books to find historical methods of fighting malaria. When she started her search for an anti-malarial drug, over 240,000 compounds around the world had already been tested, without any success. Finally, the team found a brief reference to one substance, sweet wormwood, which had been used to treat malaria in China around 400 AD.

The portrait of China's Youyou Tu and an illustration describing her work are displayed on a screen during a press conference of the Nobel Committee to announce the winners of the 2015 Nobel Medicine Prize on 5 October 2015 at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, SwedenImage copyright AFP/GETTY         





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As teachers, many of us  find ourselves encouraging our female students to pursue interests in mathematics and the sciences. That we are able to point to women who have achieved in these fields began with Marie Curie.  Please click 居里夫人及女儿  Madame Curie and her daughters I would like to end this post by quoting what Marie Curie had to say for making a better world :“You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for an own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.”