Science Summer Prep

Chemistry 1 Honors - Summer Prep
For all Chemistry 1 courses some basic math skills are required. A review of these skills can be found on MCA's Upper School Summer Prep Video Playlist‎. There are three different presentations for Math and Chemistry (1, 2, 3), each approximately 25 minutes. All three contain math skills that will be used in the Chemistry I courses. The skills will be reviewed the first week in class, but if these math skills and concepts are new, these videos will be a good starting point and will prepare you for that first week in any Chemistry 1 course.

Chemistry 2 Honors - Summer Prep
Chemistry II Honors will review many of the basic concepts and skills that were learned in Chemistry I before going on to new material. However, this material will be reviewed quite quickly as the assumption will be that the information is not new. For any students who did not take chemistry during the last academic year, it would be wise to checkout a Chemistry I textbook and review the material prior to the start of the school year.

Human Anatomy & Physiology Honors - Summer Prep
Human Anatomy and Physiology (H) students are expected to have previously enrolled in a general biology class where mammalian anatomy was introduced. Being familiar with the basic anatomical and physiological terms found in any Human Anatomy and Physiology textbook would be advantageous. Many new terms are introduced during the course of the year and previous exposure to some of these terms will quicken the transition from defining words to understanding human physiology. is another great, free online resource for studying. In the search bar, type Human Anatomy and Physiology for a selection of vocabulary and study guides on the subject.

Physics / Physics Honors - Summer Prep
Math and Algebra skills to work on over the summer:
  1. Reducing fractions and cross multiplication of equations
  2. Factor label method of changing units in an equation
  3. Trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent)
  4. Reciprocals
  5. Exponents and how these are used in equations (i.e.  x1/2, x-2)
  6. Basic geometric proofs (i.e.  circumference of a circle, area and circumference of a rectangle, area of a triangle)
  7. Solution of equations using quadratic formula, substitution of variables, or solving equations simultaneously