Help!! Chemistry in A&P...Not a clue!!!

  1. OK....Aced my first test in A&P (chapter one, terms etc.), then we did a chapter on chemistry...aaarrrggghhhh!!! I am a visual learner and I just don't get it!! Ions, covelent bonds etc. etc. etc. Any ideas to help me out here? If I can get through this chapter I can get through any chapter!! HELP!!!!!
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  3. by   janleb
    I pulled out my A&P book. I took it 2 yrs ago. At the end of the chapt do you have a chapt summary? Or the objectives at the beginning. You could use that to help you focus on what is important. That chapt I found difficult to, If I couldn't see all these things. I use to drive my Instructor crazy at times. The best advice he gave me,"Janice for now just accept these concepts as facts" Above the CD's are great idea, we had lab experiments that we were required to do, they were computer simulated. So instead of taking hours it took less time to complete and still understand.
    One thing that helped me was the understanding of Acids and bases, you will use that info now, and throughout the yr. In Nursing to understand it on the cellular level makes sense of signs and symptoms that you will see with your patients. You've done well so far, (congrats on the deans list, you should be proud)I have a feeling you will master this material also. If all else fails most instructors are more than will to help. Tell you what let me go through my old notes and handout and see what the focus was on. Janice
  4. by   Nursz-R-Awsm
    essarge,

    I'm one of those who chose NOT to take chem in high school while I had the chance...and had the same situation...went back to college and intro to biology hit on all of that stuff before my chem class did and I was totally lost. I went to the teacher and she talked to me one-on-one about it all over again as I asked questions. Most of my professors seemed to really appreciate students who showed that they want to learn/put forth effort. Go ask your AP instructor...or even a chem instructor during office hours...in addition to study/peer groups (which I think is a MUST for nursing courses) and the CD ROM's, etc. Good Luck!
  5. by   essarge
    Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone! Glad to know that I'm not the only one who's had a hard time with this one!!

    This morning I got note cards, went to the chapter outline and took each point, made a question out of it, and put the answer on the back...maybe it will click with that!! I hope!

    Any more suggestions will be more than welcome!
  6. by   GInurse
    My A&P book came with several CD
    ROM's, they helped me tremendously. See if you can get your hands on something like that, or maybe a video or something. If nothing else, sit down with your book and draw everything out for yourself in picture form, in a way that makes sense to you.
    GOOD LUCK! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
  7. by   delirium
    Essarge:
    We were required to buy a book during general zoology that is called "An Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students", very helpful. It goes over chemical bonds, osmolality, the chemical make up of carbs, lipids, proteins, organic compounds. Polarity vs nonpolarity. I don't think it was very expensive, see if you can get your hands on it. I promise it will help. Its by George I. Sackheim and the ISBN is 0-8053-3097-6.
    Did you take zoology before you jumped into A&P?
    Take care,
    Rebecca

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