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Early spring break... chemistry

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by golfmontpoker, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. golfmontpoker

    golfmontpoker I hate chemistry 5+ Year Member

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    What up all. Well spring break is next week (My school has the earliest spring breaks for some reason...) and I plan on doing nothing but chemistry. Its been years since I took Gchem and I honestly just kinda surfed through that class, so to say the least, I am pretty rusty. What would be the best way to maximize my studies for chemistry next week? Any advice or little tips that helped some of you folks with Gchem would be awesome!
     
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  3. pink-rose57

    pink-rose57 undergrad-lad 5+ Year Member

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    My advice would be to study the things that you don't know and talk to someone (ie get help) when things are getting too difficult. I had to do that with ONE concept that kept screwing me over. After i learned that concept, I got the entire chapter figured out.

    Relax dude, it's spring break. Even for one whole day (a tuesday), just chill and go sit by the pool. If you don't have one or it's too hot where u are, come visit me. You can sit by my apt pool :):D
     
  4. busupshot83

    busupshot83 S.D.N. Vet 7+ Year Member

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    Don't worry: you're not alone (wait, isn't that a Michael Jackson song?) I got As in general chemistry, but I struggled every step of the way. When I started studying, I was in your shoes too. I recently finished reviewing general chemistry, and here's my advice:

    1) Study the Kaplan Blue Book (http://www.amazon.com/Kaplan-CD-ROM-2007-2008-Dental-Admission/dp/1419577913/sr=1-1/qid=1172731793/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-6276616-3627019?ie=UTF8&s=books), and take notes. Use this as your base material for general chemistry.

    2) The Blue Book lacks in many areas, though, such as sample problems for many of the equations they introduce. Therefore, be sure to have a supplement on hand. I would recommend McMurray & Fay's General Chemistry 4th Ed. (http://www.amazon.com/Chemistry-Fourth-John-McMurry/dp/0131402080/sr=11-1/qid=1172731974/ref=sr_11_1/103-6276616-3627019). This book is excellent, and you will not be disappointed. It has tons of worked examples, as well as a useful outline at the end of each chapter. Be sure to pick up the solutions manual also (http://www.amazon.com/General-Chemistry-Fourth-Annotated-Instructors/dp/0131403133/sr=1-3/qid=1172732082/ref=sr_1_3/103-6276616-3627019?ie=UTF8&s=books).

    3) Another good (and free) source to supplement the Blue Book is this site: http://www2.wwnorton.com/college/chemistry/gilbert/home.htm. Use the "Tutorials," which are very helpful animated lectures.

    So in review: use the Blue Book as your base to see what you should know. If Kaplan's explanations are vague, then use a supplement (hopefully the ones I named will be useful to you) to look up that specific topic. Take notes, and study hard.
     

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