Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Chemistry has become a new passion of mine because of this course. My teacher, Mr. Mercier, was just weird enough to deal with us and the way that he taught was really insightful. He would reteach things many different ways to allow everyone to understand the material and the class was fun and engaging. He truly cared about whether we understood what he was teaching or not and he tried in every way he could to help us in any troubles we had.
The course started with the metrics system which is actually really helpful if you ever visit Europe or anywhere other than the U.S. We then went on to learning about the periodic table and its set up. Here is where I made the discovery that everything in science has a reason. The periodic table is set up in such a peculiar way because it helps organize the elements in certain groups and knowing this was essential for me throughout the entire year. We went on to learn about percentage composition and Avogadro's number ending the first semester with the introduction of the mole and starting back up again with mass to mole conversions and what the three definitions to heat were. The experiments were exciting and always something I would share with my family. I felt like I was a scientist in training, it did not matter that I had no real interest in science before because Mr. Mercier believed that this was information we could us in the future; even if we really had no need for them in our major. I learned more than just Chemistry in this class and I feel that it really does prepare you for college no matter what you plan on studying.
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The one thing I can say is to stay organized, you will have a lot of handouts and you will need a binder that is color coordinated and tabs at the ready because if you lose something it could majorly effect your grade on the next test. That is another thing, you have to study, no matter how well you understand what is being taught it is always the best thing to review over it before test day. Sleep! Never chose to stay up till 3:00 in the morning to finish an assignment, prioritize your time and get assignments done before they are due. Mr. Mercier is very understanding so do not be afraid to explain any problems you may have.