Chemistry - The basics

Chemistry - The basics - CHEMISTRY: THE BASICS Chem 111...

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CHEMISTRY: THE BASICS Chem 111 William Sweeney, with contributions from Pamela Mills Chemistry Department Hunter College, CUNY Copyright 1998 William Sweeney
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Advice on how to get an A in this course: 1) Budget your time: Science is an extremely time consuming undertaking. One of the most common reasons for students to fail in science is that they simply do not have enough time available. You can assume that each hour you spend in lecture will require at least 2 to 3 hours out of class. That means you need 18 to 24 hours, not counting the lab. The lab meets for 3 hours each week, and probably requires another 3 hours outside of lab. This makes a total of 24 to 30 hours per week just for this course. If you are also taking Biol 100, that will take you another 20 hours a week, or so. You have carved out a huge academic load. You can t work at a job a significant number of hours and still have time for the course work. You simply will not have time. Most of you are pre- medical, pre-veterinary or pre-physical therapy students. All of these professions require excellent grades. To have a realistic shot of reaching your goal you must give yourself a chance to succeed. Make sure your schedule is realistic. If you want help with this, please come talk to us. 2) Exercises in the text : This text is actually a cross between a text and a workbook. Learning science requires a different approach from other disciplines. To learn science you cannot simply passively read; you need to work with the material. If you do not, you will find learning extremely difficult. As you read through the material, you will find short exercises for you to do. It is important that you actually stop and do them at the time you get to them . You could choose to skip over them and keep reading, but I promise you that if you do that it will take you more time to learn the material, and excess time is something you will not have lots of. 3) As you read through the material you should constantly be asking yourself, “Does this make sense?” Think about what you read, and question whether it is consistent with your previous knowledge. Don’t simply accept it as correct. If you do, your learning will really be memorizing. And if you memorize, you are not learning in depth, and you will not be able to do the problems on the exams. 4) Persist: You will find some of the material difficult. Some of it will be a real struggle. A large part of the difference between successful students and those who fail is that the successful students don’t give up. All students read the problem and give it a try. Even if they can t do it right away, the successful student will keep trying. They may reread the problem and give it a second try. They may go out for coffee and come back and give it a third try. They may call a friend from class and see if they have any ideas. The students who succeed in this course will be the ones who are hard to discourage. In addition to being persistent, there are a few other
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