SAT II Chemistry

SAT II chemistry course with 5 lessons

This short course will be 5 classes, 2 hours each class.
Out of several topics that are included in the SAT Chemistry test, we will focus on 4 major topics:
1.  Structure of matter
2.  State of Matter
3.  Reaction Types
4.  Stoichiometry
These 4 topics cover about 70% of all the topics that are included in SAT Chem Test.
In each of the first 4 classes, Dr. Ho will spend the first 45 min to 1 hours to review one of these major topics.
For the remaining time of the class, students will do the SAT questions that relate to that topic, so that the students will be familiar with the way SAT Chem asks questions.
In the 5th class, we will mimic the actual SAT Chemistry Test.  The SAT Chemistry Test will be 1 hours long, for 58 questions.
I will email a SAT Chemistry Test and the answer sheet to each student at the beginning of that class, and ask the student to print them out, but do not start the test.
Only when I give the signal (online), the students will start the test.  At the end of 60 min, each student will email me back the answer sheet.  I will correct their answers and email back their test results with correct answers.
The purpose of these 5 classes of SAT Chem should prepare the students on the topics that we went over and gives the students a chance to practice taking the SAT Chem test.
In our SAT II Chemistry preparation classes, there are 5 classes and each class is 2 hours. 4 of these 5 classes will be topic review and related SAT questions, and the last class will mimic the SAT Chemistry test.
In each of the 4 topic review classes, Dr. Ho will spend 1 hour reviewing a particular topic. In the second half of these classes, he will present relevant SAT prompts related to that topic for students to work on. This allocated time will help the student become familiar with how SAT questions are presented as well as the typical answers that the SAT test provides for these questions.
The 4 topic review classes will be based on topics that are more frequently seen on the SAT II Chem Test.
During the last class, students will use the first hour to take a practice exam – 60 minutes for 85 questions, just as the real SAT II Chemistry test would be. Students will be asked to print this test out beforehand but open and start the exam at the same time as the rest of the class. Exam answer sheets will be scanned back to Dr. Ho, who will quickly grade the exam. The remainder of class will be going over the most common incorrect questions.
This 5 sections SAT II Chem Preparation is a condensed version of the 10 SAT Preparation sections. As a result, students will be highly advised to self study any material covered on the SAT II Chem test that will not be studied in class if needed.

SAT II chemistry course with 10 lessons

In the 10 SAT II Chemistry Preparation sections, 8 classes will be spent reviewing different topics. Students will spend the last 2 classes to practice the SAT test to mimic the actual SAT Test.
Table below is the list of topics and percentage of frequency that the topic will occur on the SAT II Chemistry exam.
Class  # Topics Descriptions
1 Structure of Matter (25%) Atomic Structure, including experimental evidence of atomic structure, quantum numbers and energy levels (orbitals), electron configurations, periodic trends.

Molecular Structure, including Lewis structures, three-dimensional molecular shapes, polarity.

Bonding, including ionic, covalent and metallic bonds; relationships of bonding to properties and structures; intermolecular forces such as hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole forces, dispersion (London) forces.

2 States of Matter (16%) Gases, including the kinetic molecular theory, gas law relationships, molar volumes, density, stoichiometry.

Liquids and Solids, including intermolecular forces in liquids and solids, types of solids, phase changes, and phase diagrams

Solutions, including molarity and percent by mass concentrations, solution preparation and stoichiometry, factors affecting solubility of solids, liquids and gases, qualitative aspects of colligative properties

3 Reaction Types (14%) Acids and Bases, including Brønsted-Lowry theory, strong and weak acids and bases, pH, titrations, indicators

Oxidation-Reduction, including recognition of oxidation-reduction reactions, combustion, oxidation numbers, use of reduction potentials

Precipitation, including basic solubility rules

4 Stoichiometry (14%) Mole Concept, including molar mass, Avogadro’s number, empirical and molecular formulas

Chemical Equations, including the balancing of equations, stoichiometric calculations, percent yield, and limiting reactants

5 Equilibrium and Reaction Rates (5%) Equilibrium Systems, including factors affecting position of equilibrium (Le Châtelier’s principle) in gaseous and aqueous systems, equilibrium constants, and equilibrium expressions

Rates of Reactions, including factors affecting reaction rates, potential energy diagrams, activation energies

6 Thermochemistry (6%) Including conservation of energy, calorimetry and specific heats, enthalpy (heat) changes associated with phase changes and chemical reactions, heating and cooling curves, entropy
7 Descriptive Chemistry (12%) Including common elements, nomenclature of ions and compounds, periodic trends in chemical and physical properties of the elements, reactivity of elements and prediction of products of chemical reactions, examples of simple organic compounds and compounds of environmental concern
8 Laboratory (8%) Including knowledge of laboratory equipment, measurements, procedures, observations, safety, calculations, data analysis, interpretation of graphical data, drawing conclusions from observations and data.
9 Practice
10 Practice