Chemistry 2006/ 2007 Club*** - page 18

I am starting Chem II this semester. Anyone want to start a club??? :rolleyes:... Read More

  1. by   blueyesue
    Quote from CNA1
    Good for you. are you in any chemistry club online here? I start mine next spring. Would you be kind enough to help me out. I have started reading some basics in the course, but it all seem like "magical fiction" to me, Never liked chemistry. My first class in high school- i broke a beaker, and never returned.
    But I have to take it now in spring 2007, and hope to leave the beakers where they belong, and face my stuff but will need lots of help.
    Don't worry about breaking a beaker. It happens to many. Chemistry is much easier than it looks. If you open the book, you can get freaked. They build from the ground level up, and start with the definition of matter. Just make sure that you study what you need to. Some of the stuff is "magical fiction," but it is your job to just believe it. Soon you will be looking back at some chapters and saying "Dang, to the untrained eye that does look intimidating, but I know exactly what that means, boy, chemistry looks a lot harder than it is." Then you can open your book and impress "lay" people. You will do fine if you listen, take notes and study. You may actually enjoy it. :spin:
  2. by   abrainerd
    I didn't think I would like Chemistry and was very scared of it. I never took it in high school or college for my B.A. degree but I actually LOVE Chemistry. I am lucky to have an absolutely wonderful teacher who encourages questions, takes his time and explains things. I have an A+ average now and hope to keep it. Just take it one step at a time and you will do fine.

    One thing I have learned as I try to read chapters before discussion. I don't get it until he explains things. So I just wait until class, read the chapter that we discuss, do the homework and it makes perfect sense.
  3. by   blueyesue
    Quote from abrainerd
    So I just wait until class, read the chapter that we discuss, do the homework and it makes perfect sense.
    That's what I do as well. I don't read ahead, I only read what he went over in class. If you don't quite get it in class, when you read that part of the book it makes more sense.
  4. by   jsluv2run
    That's a good idea, I am in. By the way, can anyone help me with an Organic Chemistry question? I can't seem to find the answer to : What sugar is formed upon the hydrolysis of starch and cellulose? I have looked all over the internet. Even various chem websites and I could not find the answer. If anyone knows the answer please let me know. Thanks in advance.
  5. by   TxGirl1982
    I will be taking Chemistry in the Spring 2007 and I'm a little worried about it, I took Chem in high school and just barely passed, but this time I decided from the beginning I'd ask for help, so I asked a friend who just finished LVN school if she would tutor me so hopefully that will help...I've found so far that sometimes it takes someone else talking me through a course for me to truly grasp the concept and understand what I am looking at. I'm keepin my fingers crossed that I'll do well in the Chem. class.
  6. by   tofutti
    It helps out to check out the chem teachers you're considering on ratemyprofessors.com. Avoiding the bad ones and finding a good one will make a huge difference!
  7. by   Pebble
    Thanks EJM for the advice. I've decided I'm going make the best from the class.
    Is anyone interested in starting a chemistry class club for spring 2007 students??
  8. by   WannaBTraveling
    hi everyone,

    [font='times new roman']i am taking chemistry in the winter term of 2007 or the spring term of 2007 depending on the availability at my school. i was talking to the chemistry instructor and his advice was to begin reading and memorizing the periodic table prior to taking the class. know what the elements are and what their abbreviations are, and what class they are in. i have started doing this, so i read through this entire 24+ page forum and pulled together all the websites and book recommendations for us new to this forum. i thought it would be easier if all the info were in one place because good information is great to have all in one central location!
    [font='times new roman']
    [font='times new roman']please remember - i am not plagiarizing anyone - all websites and books that are listed below came directly from this forum -


    http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/genche..._noframes.html

    http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/webdocs/chemteamindex.html

    http://chemistry.about.com/library/weekly/aa081301a.htm


    http://ehs.vail.k12.az.us/~frankm/chemistry.html


    http://chemqueen.com

    www.chemfiesta.com

    http://education.yahoo.com/reference...ry/metrictable

    http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/se...01/index.shtml


    http://science.widener.edu/~svanbram/ptable.html

    http://www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator

    http://www.theodoregray.com/periodictable/

    to memorize anything you can use a mnemonic (or make your own) just do a search for "chemistry mnemonics" or check these out:

    http://www.medicalmnemonics.com/

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~jcdverha/scijo....html#subindex


    recommended readings:

    "complete idiot guide to chemistry" (orange book)
    "chemistry for dummies" (yellow book)
    "the cartoon guide to chemistry" by larry gonick & craig criddle. (its on amazon new or used) i


    i hope this helps!! thanks to everyone who contributes to this wonderfully informative forum!!!
  9. by   tofutti
    Anyone who reads ahead will be glad they did!

    But don't scare yourself or try to master too much from too many different places.

    My advice would be to pick one or two resources from these awesome lists and focus on that. Or just get any good chem book and read chapter one and two.

    Definitely helps to hit the ground running.



    Tofutti
  10. by   catzy5
    Quote from tofutti
    Anyone who reads ahead will be glad they did!

    But don't scare yourself or try to master too much from too many different places.

    My advice would be to pick one or two resources from these awesome lists and focus on that. Or just get any good chem book and read chapter one and two.

    Definitely helps to hit the ground running.



    Tofutti

    I agree! Better yet get the book that is chosen for your particular course and sometimes they have the syllabus online, my course actually has the whole semester lecture notes. This way you know exactly what you will need to know.

    I have found there are so many levels of chemistry, We are required to take a basic chem class in order to get into Microbiology, looking at many links of Chemistry would only confuse me. However I definitely say save them to use when you get stuck on things. Also the dummy books are an excellent introduction, just learning the vocabulary of a subject can really help.

    I have found Chemistry not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be.
  11. by   catzy5
    I know I should not be upset but I just got the results of my 3rd exam I got an 88 I am dissapointed in that grade only because this instructor makes it impossilbe for anyone to do well. He does grade on a curve but still when you put so much work into something you want to feel like you have learned something. The class average for this test is a 58% all smester long I think the highest average was a 67%. I don't mind working for my grades and I apprectiate a course that challanges me but this is not a challange its just a way of figuring out what kind of ridiculious questions he is going to ask to try and stump you.
  12. by   miranda819
    I'm having some trouble setting up a problem I was assigned for homework (but we have yet to go over how to do it in class!). I was so tangled and confused yesterday that I vowed to drop chem and retake it next semester. But, I slept on that and started fresh today and things are looking much better. Now I need help with my very last homework problem...please help.

    The problem states:

    A concentrated nitric acid solution contains 35% HNO3. How would you prepare 300 mL of 4.5% solution?

    This is how I set it up, but I'm not sure I'm even headed in the right direction:

    45g HNO3/.3 L x 1 mol HNO3/63g HNO3 = 2.38 M
    but does this answer the question??? I'm confused

    Thanks for the help!
    Miranda
  13. by   Nurse's_Heart
    Quote from CNA1
    anyone taking chemistry in spring 2007?
    I will be taking Chemistry in Spring 2007. It's been years since I've looked at anything having to do with Chemistry. Hopefully with each other's support and encouragement we can all pass!

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