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Note

Rewrites
Note rewrites will be assigned periodically as homework. The purpose of a note rewrite is to condense and
reorganize your notes from class as well as from the reading. They are not meant to restate verbatim everything
that was discussed in class or in the book. I encourage you to approach this activity with an open-mind and a little
creativity. Successful note rewrites should become an excellent study guide for tests and quizzes. Note rewrites
should be no longer than one page in length front and back if necessary, but not required. They may be
handwritten or typed. Information can be presented as outlines, tables, charts, flowcharts, diagrams, etc. Try to
avoid too many paragraphs or complete sentences. Take this as an opportunity to reorganize your thoughts, make
connections between ideas and reassemble the information in a new way. Each note rewrite is worth 5 points and
are generally due on the day of a quiz or test.


Reading and Study Guide for Applications Topics
For each molecule or class of molecules that we study, you should be able to answer these questions in order to
fully understand the importance of substances using three distinct lenses chemical, industrial and historical. This
breakdown is also reflected in the topic list for the study of applications of chemistry. Use these as a guide in your
reading as well as a starting place to study for quizzes and tests. In some cases, not all questions will be relevant.
In other cases, additional important information may need to be added. Use your judgment as you read, listen in
class and study to decide what details are important. These questions can serve as suggestions for relevant
information to include in the note rewrites.

Chemical Perspective

What are the proper and common chemical names?


What is the complete chemical structure?
What is the origin of the substance plant, animal, Earth, lab?
What are the most important features of the chemical structure?
How does the substance function chemically?
What are some important reactions involving the substance?

Industrial Perspective

How, when and where was this substance discovered or created?


Who played the most significant role, or roles, in the discovery or synthesis of the substance?
Was the discovery or synthesis of the substance intentional or accidental?
What are the most common uses of the substance?
What role did the substance play in the development of chemical industry?

Historical Perspective

What problems, if any, did this substance help to solve?


What problems, if any, did this substance create?
What is the societal and/or historical significance of the substance?