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Advanced Chemistry: Summer Work 2011 (this page is up to date - acetone acetone Jun 9, 2011)

First: You will need a Chemistry book, so check one out before you leave school for the summer. Cover it. Follow all summer work instructions carefully.


Due dates
Task Point Breakdown


Due dates

Tasks 1 and 2 are due Friday, July 1, 2011.
Task 3 is due Friday, July 15, 2011.
Task 4 occurs on the second day of class (date to be determined).
  • The assignments must be postmarked (whether by the relevant postal service, email client, or the High School Office if you bring the work in person) no later than the dates listed above (except for Task 4). If you send your work by mail, please direct it to the attention of Mr. Klein. If you send your work by email, please submit a paper copy soon afterwards if you would like to receive written feedback on your work. All electronic files must be legible and under 1 MB in size.
  • If you need to make special arrangements for submitting your work (for instance, if you know you will be out of town), then make alternate arrangements with me at least two weeks before each deadline.


Summary of the summer work: provide some autobiographical information about yourself, and complete various tasks related to the first two chapters of the textbook. The work is divided into 4 distinct tasks.
  • My intention in assigning this particular work is to enable us to skip large parts of Chapters 1 and 2 so that we can spend more time with more difficult material later in the semester. It turns out that most of the information in those chapters is repeated in future chapters anyway. Last year's class appreciated having more time to review the harder material and more time to review for the final exams, so I expect that you will, too.
  • Deadlines are earlier than most other classes partly so that I can return your summer work to you on Meet the Teacher Night so that you can use it to study for the test.
  • The VCS Science Handbook can be found on my website; you might find it helpful in learning to do conversions and understanding the scientific method. Email me if you need help or have questions about anything.


1. Personal information: Type answers to the following questions. There is no minimum or maximum length as long as you address each question. (10 points)
  • a. What are your main hobbies and interests?
  • b. What are your current educational and career goals?
  • c. Why are you taking this class?
  • d. List all the classes you intend to take and extracurricular activities you intend to do this year.

2. Chapter 1: Read Chapter 1.
  • a. Print and complete the Chapter 1 Concept Reviews (these are worksheets, not textbook questions) for all three sections (found here). They are:
    • 1. What is Chemistry? (10 points)
    • 2. Describing Matter (10 points)
    • 3. How is Matter Classified? (10 points)
  • b. Do practice problems 1-3 on page 14 of your textbook. Show all work. (10 points)
  • c. Study this material as if you were going to be tested on it.

3. Chapter 2: Read Chapter 2.
  • a. Print and complete the Chapter 2 Concept Reviews for the first two sections (found here). They are:
    • 1. Energy (10 points)
    • 2. Studying Matter and Energy (10 points)
  • b. Study this material as if you were going to be tested on it.

4. Test: Expect a test over Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 concepts on the second day of class. You will not be tested over Section 3 of Chapter 2 (Measurements and Calculations in Chemistry) because I will teach you that in class. (30 points)

Task Point Breakdown

Personal Essay included (10 Points)
Chapter 1 (40 points)
Chapter 2 (20 points)
Test Chapters 1 and 2 (30 points)


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