How are you learning the chemistry part of Anatomy???

  1. I need help trying to remember the first three chapters of my AP. Any suggestions? I am reading, taperecording classes, taking notes. It is just not sinking in.........
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  3. by   ashemson
    Man, I am in the same boat as you! I never had chem in high school, so I don't have any background of it. I took a chemistry class last semester, but it was a night class, relatively easy teacher who let us use open book open notes for our tests, so I didn't bother memorizing anything. Bad mistake. Now the A&P class I am taking is like yours, the first three chapters was over chemistry. I was so freaked out! Still am, but I got the first test over with, and very little questions were chemistry. However, our first test was over the FIRST TEN chapters!!! So there was a lot of material to cover other than chemistry. I remember last year when I was having trouble, I just searched for chemistry tutorial or something like that, and it brings up quite a few web sites. Sorry I don't remember exact names. But good luck, I hope you get it figured out!
  4. by   beaRNwhenIgroUP
    luckily for me i took an intro to biology class that really focused on that stuff. then i took chemistry so when i took it in a&p is was just a review...but all of my professors said the cd-rom "the chemistry of life" is a great tool to use to learn this stuff...i used it for all three's cheap like $20.00 or something or your school may have it in the computer lab - mine did.

    what exactly are you having trouble with? equations (the worst part), molecular structure / types of molecules, atomic structure, types of bonds??? i might be able to offer a little help...

    good luck!
  5. by   Mkue
    what exactly are you having trouble with? equations (the worst part), molecular structure / types of molecules, atomic structure, types of bonds??? i might be able to offer a little help... -sarah

    If I can remember A&P (1) focused on the Kreb cycle and the chemistry surrounding that process. At least that's what my instructor focused on. There are some really good Chem.tutor sites online.
  6. by   natsfanrn
    I used a book called Chemistry for Biology's a little green book and cost about $20, if that. Speaking as a chemistry dummy, it was absolutely great! It's just a book full of exercises and it really, really makes chemistry easy (and that's saying a lot coming from me!)
  7. by   Beach_RN
    OH my goodness... I can't believe you brought that up... I'm just had that lecture on Friday! I feel like it's a big swirl above my head... it's like what was that! I have been reviewing it all weekend... I get get down because the quiz is on friday! ..I'm glad I'm not the only one!

  8. by   colleen10
    Hi there,

    I just had A&P I this summer and the "chemistry" portion of our class mostly revolved around "concentration gradients" and the order of what chemical and protein interactions occur for something to happen like making a muscle move for example. It wasn't so much "hard core" chemistry like memorizing chemicals or equations.

    I severly suck at Chemistry but I actually did quite well, especially at this. The reason I did so well was I used a CD that came with my A&P book that illustrated processes and such with moving molecules. It looked a lot like something you would see on the Discovery Channel or TLC if they were explaining a chemical or hormonal process for some TV documentary. You know, a little red ball represents Protein A, etc.

    Anyway, this really helped me out tremendously. After watching it a few times it made it really easy for me to "visualize" what was happening. Then when answering questions on the exams and quizes I would visualize in my head what it looked like.

    A lot of times they will only have one or two CD's that are only in the professors edition of the text book so I would ask my teacher to see if they have any learning tools that might help you.

    Good luck, I know how tough it can be. If it makes you feel any better I and most of my classmates found the chemistry portion of A&P to be the toughest.