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AP* Chemistry Prep Course

The FlinnPREP™ AP* Chemistry Prep Course is a complete review of chemistry’s most important concepts that set students on a path of success in AP* Chemistry. Students use this course to refresh their understanding of foundational chemistry topics such as nomenclature, bonding, chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. This course will review:

  • Basic concepts such as atomic structure and periodic properties, nomenclature, and bonding.
  • Common AP* Chemistry concepts, such as structures and properties, chemical reactions, gases, stoichiometry, solutions, and acids and bases.
  • The type of higher-level thinking required for success in AP* Chemistry and on the AP* Exam.

Several additional units of AP* level supplemental content are coming in August, 2016. These updates will be seamlessly added to any active course, just in time for the beginning of the school year!

Course Syllabus (PDF)

AP* Biology Prep Course

The FlinnPREP™ AP* Biology Prep Course is a complete review of biology’s core concepts to set students on a path of success in AP* Biology. Students use this course to refresh their understanding of photosynthesis, respiration, protein synthesis, cell division and big-picture applications in ecology and evolution. This course will review:

  • Chemistry concepts used frequently in molecular biology such as acids and bases, polarity and solubility.
  • Cell structure and processes such as protein synthesis, growth and cell division, and energy flow.
  • Evolution, both how it happens and how scientists know it happens, matched with thought-provoking real-world examples.
  • Interdependence in ecosystems and how energy maintains the living world.
  • Cell communication and regulation of processes at the molecular level.

Several additional units of AP* level supplemental content are coming in August, 2016. These updates will be seamlessly added to any active course, just in time for the beginning of the school year!

Course Syllabus (PDF)

Laboratory Safety Course for Undergraduates

Flinn Scientific’s Online Laboratory Safety Course for Undergraduates combines six major safety topics into one 60-minute review. The course is aligned with the American Chemical Society’s Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures for Bachelor’s Degree Programs (May 2015) and is created in a way that it can be easily incorporated throughout your undergraduate science curriculum. Flinn’s online course uses interactive learning to present the key tenets of safety in the undergraduate science laboratory that include:

  • Responsible chemical disposal techniques
  • Compliance with safety regulations
  • Proper use of safety and personal protective equipment
  • How to read a chemical label and safety data sheet
  • Pre-laboratory safety
  • Safety related to common procedures

This course emphasizes the importance of these skills to form a positive safety culture and stresses the need for ongoing laboratory safety training as a primary focus of undergraduate science education. Students will benefit from an innovative approach to laboratory safety training that is compatible on any digital device. Faculty and lab managers benefit by having a digital and print record of each student that has completed the course.

Interactive Learning

Student success is achieved through innovative techniques that foster learning! FlinnPREP™ courses use a variety of interactive learning strategies to keep students engaged and deliver content in unique ways to reinforce learning objectives.

Quick Quizzes at variable check points challenge students’ comprehension and critical thinking skills to ensure that students have a clear understanding of the material as they progress through the course. End-of-unit assessments provide significant data points of understanding for both students and teachers.

Easy-to-follow text, video, animation, and detailed graphs throughout each unit teach concepts while also providing reteach opportunities for students needing additional support. Students benefit from a variety of teaching methods which offer a personalized learning experience.

Anytime Anywhere Access

FlinnPREP™ is a browser-based web application that can be accessed 24/7 from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. Included is a user friendly format developed for on-the-go students and for teachers that need quick access to student progress and classroom discussions. Progress monitoring tools and reports keep everyone informed on progress and concept mastery.

Progress Monitoring

Teachers create a FlinnPREP™ teacher account for free. Once this account is activated, a teacher can preview all course content at no charge. Teachers can also create a FlinnPREP™ classroom, invite students to join that classroom, and track progress throughout the course.

With FlinnPREP™, teachers will see the strengths and weaknesses of their students from a detailed perspective. The diagnostic reports provide a detailed analysis of the course performance at the unit level for individual students and for each teacher classroom. FlinnPREP™ also provides teachers with a detailed view of all student assessment results to determine where each individual student is struggling while also providing reteach opportunities via video, animation, and content.

FlinnPREP™ courses contain multiple units of content and each unit is broken down into subtopics. Teachers have access to classroom and student reports that provide up-to-the minute results for each subtopic based on student assessment results. Strength level indicators provide teachers a clear picture of overall classroom performance.

Year-Round Learning

Replace the traditional summer review packet with an engaging review of foundational chemistry or biology topics. Students can review key topics, refresh their knowledge, and assess their mastery during the summer prior to their AP* level course. FlinnPREP™ courses are broken down into multiple units and provide assessments to test student knowledge and gauge their strength. All this can be done at the student’s pace on their own time.

FlinnPREP™ provides supplemental AP* level content optimized for a blended-learning approach and aligned with AP* curriculum standards. With FlinnPREP™, students benefit from year-round access to in-depth content that facilitates personalized learning. The results of each unit assessment will help teachers provide informed instruction and give students feedback to stay on target with AP* coursework.

The “new” AP* Chemistry and AP* Biology exams assess conceptual and higher order cognitive skills rather than algorithmic and lower order cognitive skills. These redesigned exams have left large collections of sample exam questions outdated and less effective as preparatory tools.

Available Spring, 2017 – Flinn Scientific has written a set of complete practice exams aligned with the style of the newly redesigned AP*exams. Each student with an active FlinnPREP™ course will have digital access to these full-length practice exams, at no extra charge.

Meet the Authorship Team

Lead Authors

Mike Marvel leads the Chemistry team at Flinn Scientific, including the development of laboratory manuals, online courseware and professional development programs; and the presentation of workshops at national and regional science education conferences. Prior to joining Flinn, Mike spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Aurora University, where he taught Inorganic and General Chemistry and led an undergraduate research program funded by American Chemical Society Undergraduate Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Transforming Education in Undergraduate Education awards. In addition, Mike was co-leader of a team that developed a Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership graduate program of study, started with funding from the Illinois Math and Science Partnership grant program. Mike has authored or co-authored thirteen manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, on topics ranging from unique pedagogies in the science lab to the commercial applications of solid state metal oxides. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Connecticut College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry from Northwestern University.

Meg Griffith is a scientist at Flinn Scientific and leads all content development activities for the Biology team. Meg presents workshops on AP* Biology, Biology and Forensics at local, regional, and national conferences including National Science Teachers Association, National Association of Biology Teachers, and Vernier Software & Technology Summer Institutes. She taught high school biology and environmental science for ten years and created curriculum for two new courses. Meg served on the advisory committee for the revision of the State Science Standards for Oregon and worked to establish district-wide learning targets for implementation of standards-based learning and a physics first course sequence in the Beaverton School District. She was awarded a Murdock Partners in Science Fellowship in 2008 and received support from the Nike School Innovation Fund. She is interested in supporting teachers in the use of technology and innovative approaches to student-centered learning.

Contributing Authors

Lee Ferguson is the lead AP* Biology teacher at Allen High School in Allen, Texas. In her nineteen years of teaching, Lee has taught all levels of biology including Pre-AP*, AP*, IB and a sheltered biology course for ELL students. She has served as an AP* Reader for College Board since 2006, and is the founder of the Dallas/Fort Worth AP* Biology Professional Learning Community, which provides teacher-led collaboration and professional development for its members. Lee was named the Texas Outstanding Biology Teacher of the Year in 2010 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and currently serves as the President-Elect of the Texas Association of Biology Teachers. Lee also served on the committee of educators that revised the Texas curriculum standards for biology, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) in 2009.

Helen Snodgrass is an AP* Biology teacher at YES Prep North Forest in Houston, Texas. She also serves as the Science Director for YES Prep. As a teacher of introductory biology and AP* Biology, she also develops AP* Biology curriculum materials for YES Prep and for Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) BioInteractive. She was named the Outstanding New Biology Teacher of the Year in 2014 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and is currently a Senior Fellow with the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation. Helen also spends her time developing curriculum for new science teachers at Relay Graduate School of Education in New York and has participated in the National Association of Biology Teachers and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BCBS) AP* Biology Leadership Academy.

Kathy Van Hoeck is a science teacher at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. In her twenty-two years of teaching, Kathy has taught honors biology, AP* Biology, genetics, college-level sciences and vocational education. She developed curriculum for Advanced Placement* Biology, Genetics/Biotechnology/Bioethics and Medical Careers and two of her lab manuals are published by Flinn Scientific. Kathy is an AP* Reader and table leader for College Board, and an Ambassador for the BioInteractive program at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was named the Illinois Biology Teacher of the Year in 2009 by the National Association of Biology Teachers and is currently a regional director for the Illinois Science Teachers Association.

Flinn Content Development Team

The Flinn Scientific group of scientists have a mix of diversified experience including more than 20 cumulative years of classroom experience and 35 cumulative years of experience in their fields of study. Flinn scientists are passionate about developing engaging resources that help students succeed in the classroom and laboratory. Several members have been presenters at national and regional science education conferences.

Jillian Saddler

Jane Uy

Jennifer Von Schnase

Affordable Pricing Options

FlinnPREP™ and FlinnSAFETY™ are now more affordable than ever! Choose from a classroom license that fits the number of students in your course or have students purchase individual access. Both purchasing methods include free teacher access to course content along with student results and diagnostics.


Students can purchase an individual license with a credit card directly in the FlinnPREP™ program through the course catalog.


Teachers/Instructors can purchase individual licenses for students or a classroom license with a credit card directly in the FlinnPREP™ program. If using a school purchase order, please visit the Flinn Online Store to complete your transaction.

Course Class Size Catalog No. Price
AP* Chemistry Prep Course Individual EL1000 $19.95
AP* Chemistry Prep Course 1-20 students EL1001 $199.00
AP* Chemistry Prep Course 21-30 students EL1002 $279.00
AP* Chemistry Prep Course 31-40 students EL1003 $349.00
AP* Chemistry Prep Course 41+ students EL1004 $499.00
AP* Biology Prep Course Individual EL2000 $19.95
AP* Biology Prep Course 1-20 students EL2001 $199.00
AP* Biology Prep Course 21-30 students EL2002 $279.00
AP* Biology Prep Course 31-40 students EL2003 $349.00
AP* Biology Prep Course 41+ students EL2004 $499.00
Lab Safety for Undergrads Individual EL9000 $4.95
Lab Safety for Undergrads 1-30 students EL9001 $99.00
Lab Safety for Undergrads 31-60 students EL9002 $179.00
Lab Safety for Undergrads 61-90 students EL9003 $299.00
Lab Safety for Undergrads 91+ students Call Flinn for Pricing