Chem Spring 2008 - page 9

Hi all, Hoping to start a Chem study group for Spring 2008. I do not begin class until January 15th but figured I would see about getting a group together as soon as possible.... Read More

  1. by   AlishiaRN77
    Way to Go for those of you who got your exams back and did very well.

    I have to say that I giggled at the one who's teacher added wrong. I hate to say this but so typical of a science instructor..lol.


    Hope everyone has a great weekend...off to another week!
  2. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from Hotflashn
    It is just like a foreign language - and one in which you can say things at least 3 or 4 different ways, but up to hundreds of different ways. So far, it is very spatial (I am not) and visual, and very logical for the most part, with so, so many patterns.
    Actually, the fact that it is so spatial and visual is one of the reason's I want to take it. Yes, I must be a masochist... I am *not* spatially and visually-oriented; I am verbal/symbolic/digital in my thinking. But I found in A&P that when we studied the bones, my ability to start looking at things spatially and think about spatial and physical relationships started improving. I figured that can only help me some day when I'm an NP and a patient presents with X symptoms and "a pain right here" and I've got to think about their body in 3-D. Plus, I'm staving off Alzheimer's by making my brain grow new neuronal connections! Hah, hah!!

    I won't be able to take O-Chem next year, because I'll be in nursing school, but maybe 2 years from now.

    And to your husband, who gets it so quickly... :bowingpur
  3. by   AtomicWoman
    Quote from Do Or Do Not
    LOL it totally is a foreign language. Take Alkenes for example. How you name them goes like this:
    cis or trans-#-substituent-#-alken-#-suffix
    So for a chain with 6 Carbon atoms on the main branch, a double bond on the 4th to 5th C atom and each side bending the same way, and an alcohol off the 2nd C,
    ... and a partridge in a pear tree-ee-ee-ee!

    My hat's off to you and anyone else who can make that stuff make sense!
  4. by   Do Or Do Not
    Quote from LoriS
    ... and a partridge in a pear tree-ee-ee-ee!

    My hat's off to you and anyone else who can make that stuff make sense!

    LOL thank you, thankyouverymuch!

    I'm barely a month into this course and I've already scribbled as many notes as I did in all of General Chem, and this for a course that only half of nursing schools require! I'm going for an accelerated B.S.N (since I have a previous Bachelor's) so for me it's mandatory. But hey, it's good brain prep for A&P when I take them in Fall & Spring!
  5. by   BEAUTAIFUL
    Please count me in, I am in Intro to Chemistry this semester as well as A&P I and Human Growth & Development. Need all the help that I can get. Thanks for starting this study group. Can anyone tell me the easiest way to learn and remember conversions? Thanks Tai
  6. by   itsa307
    Can someone help me with electron level arrangement? I think this is supposed to be soo simple but I don't get it! Any knowledge to share or a link? Thanks!
  7. by   PadawanLearner
    http://www.coolschool.ca/lor/CH11/unit5/U05L10.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valence_electron

    The Group an element is in (not counting the transition metals) tells you how many valence electrons an element has.

    The Period an element is in tells you how many energy levels an element has.


    Jamie
  8. by   itsa307
    Thanks for the info - I need help with the 2s1, 2s2, 2p..... I have to figure this out because it seems like that's what a lot of what we're learning next is based on. I took a quiz last nite and I know I got that part wrong but we have our first test tomorrow and I'm trying to figure it out by then. My teacher is just horrible when you ask questions if you don't understand. I may have to find time for tutoring...
  9. by   tlaspires2rn
    Quote from PadawanLearner
    http://www.coolschool.ca/lor/CH11/unit5/U05L10.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valence_electron

    The Group an element is in (not counting the transition metals) tells you how many valence electrons an element has.

    The Period an element is in tells you how many energy levels an element has.


    Jamie
    The coolschool is a great link, thanks. I'm seriously so stressed about Chemisry right now that I think I'm going to start looking for a program you can buy online that might help. I'm just not getting enough from class to keep up. Too much too fast. Has anyone ever heard of anyone using that "learn Chem in 24 hours" course? Yeah right, I know. Like I said...stressing here. Any suggestions? Anyone? In my defense, I did make a 96% on our first exam (73% class average). However, I think the material early on was pretty easy. Now, we are just into balancing equations and naming compounds and I am so lost and losing ground rapidly.
  10. by   itsa307
    Quote from tlaspires2rn
    The coolschool is a great link, thanks. I'm seriously so stressed about Chemisry right now that I think I'm going to start looking for a program you can buy online that might help. I'm just not getting enough from class to keep up. Too much too fast. Has anyone ever heard of anyone using that "learn Chem in 24 hours" course? Yeah right, I know. Like I said...stressing here. Any suggestions? Anyone? In my defense, I did make a 96% on our first exam (73% class average). However, I think the material early on was pretty easy. Now, we are just into balancing equations and naming compounds and I am so lost and losing ground rapidly.

    I'm right with you! I feel like if I don't grasp this now I will be too far behind!
  11. by   AlishiaRN77
    Quote from itsa307
    Thanks for the info - I need help with the 2s1, 2s2, 2p..... I have to figure this out because it seems like that's what a lot of what we're learning next is based on. I took a quiz last nite and I know I got that part wrong but we have our first test tomorrow and I'm trying to figure it out by then. My teacher is just horrible when you ask questions if you don't understand. I may have to find time for tutoring...

    I was out sick with pneumonia last week when our class went over this. I'm going to try and get notes from my classmate tonight at class to see if I can understand it......ugh....i'm so frustrated that i got sick. Even though i only missed one class, i feel like i missed 2 weeks! I'm so lost.

    Will let you guys know how it goes tonight in class and hopefully i'll be able to catch up with everyone.
  12. by   AtomicWoman
    One of my favorite review sites is the Sparknotes site:

    http://www.sparknotes.com/chemistry/

    They tend to explain things with just enough detail, in clear language.

    As for the compound naming and equation balancing, you're right -- you *have to* get that down pat, because it's going to follow you around all semester. The only way to get comfortable with them is to do lots of practice problems until you're ready to barf the next time you see one! I did so many last semester that when my current prof asks us to name compounds he writes on the board, I almost giggle because the names just automatically come to me.

    Here's a nice interactive Chem problems page:

    http://science.widener.edu/svb/tutorial/index.html

    Here's another site where you can practice creating balanced compounds and naming them:

    http://www.dupuis.shawbiz.ca/chemical_formulas.htm

    Here's a link to the practice worksheets of Mr. Guch Explains, one of my fave sites for quickie answers to Chem concepts:

    http://misterguch.brinkster.net/practiceworksheets.html

    Another wonderful site that I haunt is General Chemistry online. Here's a link to his compound-naming page:

    http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/se...ds/index.shtml

    And here's a page where he helps you learn all about orbitals:

    http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/se...ns/index.shtml

    Hope this helps!
  13. by   rn2bnwi
    I got my first Test back and I got a 93 percent (no extra credit offered) so I pleased. i made some really stupid mistakes on the 7 points I missed and I should have done even better because I KNEW the information.

    Im taking two chemistry's so my next test is tonight for the other class this on is much harder.

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