Summer Study Suggestions for Rising 9th Graders planning to take AP Environmental Science at Armwood Collegiate

All suggestions are based on the 8th Edition of Chemistry: The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Bursten.

Chapter 1 – Quick and (relatively) easy


“Elements” p9

“Compounds” p10

Skip other sections


“Units of Measurement” – learn table 1.4 and 1.5 (don’t worry about candelas or Amperes), do all sample exercises in this section. Pay attn to fig. 1.19

Skip other sections


“Precision and Accuracy”

Skip other sections



Do all sample exercises.

End of chapter exercises p29: 

1.1-1.2, 1.17-1.24, 1.28-1.29, 1.31-1.32, 1.39-1.50, check answers in solutions manual

Chapter 2 – Starts easy but gets important.  Learning how to name molecules and compounds is VITAL!

2.4 -2.7

ALL, including sample exercises.

Memorize Table 2.5

Learn the patterns in the tables on p 59

Memorize Table 2.6

End of chapter exercises p 61:

2.14-2.17, 2.19-2.20 (skip if easy), 2.25-2.28, 2.31-2.34, 2.36-2.38-2.47, check answers in solutions manual

Chapter 3 – This is where the fun begins.

ALL sections except skip 3.5

In 3.7 skip the limiting reactant section but do the theoretical yield section with sample exercise

End of chapter exercises p 95:

3.1-3.2, 3.5-3.8 (If these are hard, you didn’t study Chapter 2 hard enough!  Go back and review.) 3.9-3.10, 3.13-3.14, 3.19-3.23, 3.32-3.36, 3.59-3.64, 3.68 check answers

Chapter 4 – Just one step more difficult than Chapter 3.

4.1 – 4.3 with sample exercises

4.5 with sample exercises

End of chapter:

4.1, 4.4-4.8, 4.11-4.12, 4.17-4.20, 4.47-4.58

Chapter 5 – Learning about energy will help when the class discusses alternative forms of energy

5.1 – 5.4 with sample exercises

Pay attention to “A Closer Look” on p 154-155

Skip 5.5-5.6

Read 5.7 only enough to understand that it’s possible to use enthalpies of formation to calculate enthalpies of reaction, but don’t worry about being able to DO it.

5.8 is a great intro to your course, but understand some of this info is outdated.

End of chapter questions

5.3-5.12, 5.15-5.16, 5.23-5.28 check answers

Chapter 18 – This is like a prequel to the class!

ALL of this is great pre-reading for the course, but understand that some of it will be outdated.  You can skip over any sample exercises that are too hard.

Chapter 21 – There is some nuclear chemistry in the course.  It sounds scary but it’s easier than you think!

21.1 with sample exercise

21.7-21.9 for reading only

End of chapter questions


Anything further is optional, but are still good reading if you’re looking for additional insight.

Chapter 8, all

Chapter 9, 9.1 – 9.3

Chapter 11, 11.1 – 11.5

just chemistry. no stress.