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.

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 / AP® Physics - 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

AP® Biology - Summer Prep

AP Biology is a high school course that is equivalent to 2 semesters of college biology. It includes 8 units of study and 13 labs. In May, the AP Exam will be taken. A score of 3 or more will earn you college credit. 

Topics in the AP Biology Course

  •  Chemistry of Life - Diversity and Evolutionary Theory
  • Cell Structure and Function - Cell Membrane, Organelles and their Functions
  •  Cellular Energetics - Cellular Respiration, Photosynthesis, Free Energy
  •  Cell Communications and Cell Cycle - Cell Signaling, Active & Passive Transport, Cell Division, Mitosis & Meiosis
  •  Heredity - Mendelian Genetics, Punnett Squares, DNA Replication
  •  Gene Expression and Regulation - Transcription & Translation, Genomes, Protein Synthesis
  •  Natural Selection - Mutations
  •  Ecology - Ecological Systems

If you are weak in any of these areas, you can watch Youtube videos by Bozeman Science to prepare for AP Biology. There are videos on all of these topics.