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Chem Lab C

Postby Jim_R » August 23rd, 2012, 7:47 am

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby [[]] » September 25th, 2012, 8:41 pm

Does anyone know what the topic for this year is?

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby chia » September 25th, 2012, 8:45 pm

Periodicity and equilibrium.
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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby XXGeneration » October 17th, 2012, 8:09 pm

Out of curiosity to those who are on the National Committees, has orgo ever been a possibility? I really love orgo and I would love to see it as a chem lab topic (preferably in the next two years!)

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby Skink » October 17th, 2012, 9:20 pm

You're not asking me, but I suspect organic will not be a topic considering it's only covered cursorily in high school level courses and less so in AP. Any lab work an event supervisor could have you do at competition would fall under the umbrella of some other topic since you will not go to an SO competition for organic synthesis. All else notwithstanding, it's impractical to ask folks to supervise and takes too long for a 50min event. You have plenty of time for organic in the future.

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby XXGeneration » October 21st, 2012, 5:23 pm

That is very saddening :(

For labs, I do agree that synthesis are just maybe out of the question.. however we could pair it with something else with a doable lab, like acid base or electrochem. I just think that chem lab has turned more into a speed/accuracy test than a test of knowledge, and using organic chem might help make the event more challenging.

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby unclefrank35 » October 24th, 2012, 11:50 am

my first year doing c division. anyone have some advice as to what websites could be of help in preparing for chem lab? anything would be appreciated

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby EastStroudsburg13 » October 24th, 2012, 12:46 pm

Almost anything related to AP Chem is useful as a study material for Chem Lab. Needless to say, there are a lot of websites online for AP Chem help. You want to mainly focus on equilibrium and periodicity, as those are the two main topics. However, I suggest having had at least some sort of chemistry class in high school before competing in this event. Ideally, you would have two people who have taken or are currently taking AP Chem.
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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby Skink » October 24th, 2012, 2:00 pm

However, I suggest having had at least some sort of chemistry class in high school before competing in this event. Ideally, you would have two people who have taken or are currently taking AP Chem.
This is the point I wanted to emphasize. If what you mean by your first year in C you mean you're in ninth grade (you could be a senior for all I know), I'd strongly advisr against this event for the above reasons. Even when taking AP concurrently and being on top of things, the event will feel competitive. That said, if you've never taken chemistry, there is almost too much catch-up to warrant the trouble. Equilibrium also is typically not covered in any way until AP.

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Re: Chem Lab C

Postby unclefrank35 » October 25th, 2012, 12:00 pm

However, I suggest having had at least some sort of chemistry class in high school before competing in this event. Ideally, you would have two people who have taken or are currently taking AP Chem.
This is the point I wanted to emphasize. If what you mean by your first year in C you mean you're in ninth grade (you could be a senior for all I know), I'd strongly advisr against this event for the above reasons. Even when taking AP concurrently and being on top of things, the event will feel competitive. That said, if you've never taken chemistry, there is almost too much catch-up to warrant the trouble. Equilibrium also is typically not covered in any way until AP.
im a sophmore this year, and i did have a chemistry course last year, and im still studying chemistry this year. no one else wanted to do it, so im taking one for the team.


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