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CHEM 1 Prep Test

Students are strongly encouraged to be familiar with the following concepts prior to taking Chem 1.

Basic Math and Algebra

  • Decimals
  • Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and dividing Mixed Numbers and Fractions
  • Simplifying Fractions and Complex Fractions
  • Changing Fractions to Decimals
  • Square Roots and Cube Roots
  • Number operations & properties (Associative, commutative, distributive properties)
  • Order of Operations
  • Rounding Numbers
  • Solving for unknowns

Numbers in Science

  • Scientific Notation
  • Adding and Subtracting fractions and exponents
  • Multiplying and Dividing fractions and exponents
  • Square roots

Ratios and Proportions

  • Ratio: The relative size of two quantities expressed as the quotient of one divided by the other; the ratio of a to b is written as a:b or a/b.
  • Proportion: equality between two ratios

Units, Dimensions, and Conversions

  • Units and Dimensions
  • Combinations of Units
  • Prefixes on Units
  • Unit Conversions (i.e. dimensional analysis)


Simple Statistics

  • Arithmetic Mean, Error, Percent Error, and Percent Deviation
  • Standard Deviation

Metric System

  • Units of mass, length, and volume in the metric system


  • Logs and anti logs to the base 10

Source: Mathematics In Chemistry (verbatim) & Mark Vidensek