**regular chemistry & honors chemistry **[math review for chemistry]

1. use of conversion factors & dimmensional analysis

2. solving simple algebraic equations, e.g. proportions & equation of the form: a x + b = c; concept of a "dummy variable", i.e. a variable need not be x or y, only.

3. calculator use: entering & interpreting output, e.g. multiplication & division of numbers expressed in scientific notation (e.g. 4.92 * 10

^{- 4}); finding log and inverse log (both base 10 & e) of a number4. word problems - translate sentences into algebraic expressions

5. multiplication & division of numbers that are powers of ten without a calculator

6. graph of the equation: y = m x + b; relate a graph & its equation

7. functions; its domain (e.g a step function) & influence of parameters on its behavior (e.g. for the function, y = mx + b, m determines the steepness of the line and b determines, where the line intersects the y-axis).

8. use the quadratic formula to solve 2

^{nd}order polynomials

I expect that you know the above items (# 1 - 8) prior to a chemistry course, as such, I will use, but not teach (extensively), the above math operations / concepts. I expect that these topics (# 1 - 8) were taught in your 1^{st} year algebra course.

**wish list**

9. vector addition (qualitative only)

10. graph & properties of the log & inverse log functions (both base 10 & e) (link)

11. solving a polynomial using a graphing calculator to find the x-intercept or using "polynominal solver"

12. basis of statistical test (t-test, F-test, Q-test, anova); p-value; basis of regression analysis, i.e. curve-fitting

13. limits & its properties, including L'Hopital's rule; asymptote of a function

14. derivatives; finding the minimum of a function; inflection point

15. ordinary differential equations & its solution

the above items (# 9 - 15) will be used briefly in the ap chem course, while items # 9 & 12 will be briefly used in both honors & regular chemistry courses.