AP Chemistry: Is this Equivalent?

<p>I am taking my first chemistry class (starting two days ago) as a junior in high school. The class is at a local college (Inorganic Chemistry I). I am using the book "General Chemistry: The Essential Concepts" by Raymond Chang (Third Edition). Does anyone know if the topics covered in this book are similar to those covered in AP Chemistry? I want to take the exams in May, but I'm not sure if I will be prepared. My class will cover the entire book by May, and it looks similar to what is on the AP syllabus, but I'm not sure.</p>

<p>well. the name of the class is "Inorganic Chemistry I" so nope.
ap chem covers a very wide topic. inorganic chemistry is just a small portion of ap chem.</p>

<p>I think you will be very well prepared for the ap exam; most of it is focused on basic inorganic chemistry and has a great deal of emphasis on equilibrium, acids and bases, and electrochemistry. You would just need to review some basic organic chem, but just the very basics. I think Raymond Chang's "Chemistry" Second Edition is one of the recommended textbooks for ap chemistry, but I'm not sure.</p>

<p>Chang is on the recommended textbook list prepared by the College Board. I am using Chang for college now and it seems to cover the AP material.</p>

<p>AP Chem doesn't cover much organic chem. You could get a 5 by knowing only the inorganic. But, if you get an A in an actual college class why would you take the AP exam?</p>

But, if you get an A in an actual college class why would you take the AP exam?


<p>It's quite possible that the college he will go to will not transfer the credit. Or, he may have to go through the hassle of comparing the curriculum, etc.</p>

<p>I guess it depends on the college he's taking it at.</p>

<p>forget everything i said there.
i thought u ment organic chem.</p>

<p>"But, if you get an A in an actual college class why would you take the AP exam?"</p>

<p>The college I am taking it at is a community college, and although it covers the whole book, the credits will only transfer to a state school. I also figured that since the AP test is fairly well-known by most colleges, I wouldn't have to send in the syllabus to the department head, make sure it counts, etc. etc.</p>

<p>i agree with other posters, there's hardly any organic stuff on the AP test...the stuff there is you could just get a review book and learn in like probably an hour.</p>

<p>Chang's chemistry is a good book used by many colleges for first year chemistry. If you cover everything in it, you will be very well prepared for the AP chem exam. The other book that is commonly used at colleges and AP chem classes is Zumdahl. It is a bit longer than Chang's book but basically covers the same material.</p>

<p>I love Zumdahl.</p>

<p>My AP Chem class is using Brown's Chemistry: The Central Science. Do any of you guys know how it compares to other AP Chem textbooks?</p>

<p>Changs book is very good. I used it for general chem 1 in my local college and I'm planning to take the AP Chem test (to get the 2 semesters counted instead of 1). If you plan to buy a textbook, always get last years edition from ebay or amazon used or whatever because its a ton cheaper.</p>