Instead of formulating a plan of self betterment that I will be unable to uphold for an entire year, I have decided to make a shorter New Year’s resolution lasting a little over a week. This plan comes out of necessity since winter classes resume on the 10th of January and consists of spending the next week diligently reviewing the basic principles of general chemistry I. Sounds like a blast, huh?
It’s been 10 years since I have taken general chemistry, so I’m starting to become a little anxious about being thrown back into the game with teenagers who just had chemistry a month ago. I either way underestimate what I remember, or I know more than what I think.
I will be using TPR’s MCAT General Chemistry Review book in addition to the chemistry videos provided by the Khan Academy for any further assistance.
January 1: molecular formulas, formula and molecular weight, mole, empirical formulas, percentage composition by mass, chemical equations and stoichiometic coefficents
January 2: stoichiometric relationships in balanced reactions, limiting reagents, oxidation states
January 3: isotopes, ions, electron quantum numbers, electron configurations, atomic structure, nuclear structure
January 4: groups of the periodic table, periodic trends, bonding, VSEPR theory, types of solids, intermolecular forces
January 5: physical changes, heats of phase changes, calorimetry, phase transition diagram
January 6: gases and kinetic-molecular theory, ideal gas law, dalton’s law of partial pressures, graham’s law of effusion, approaching ideal-gas behavior
January 7-9: review notes and first 15 chapters from old general chemistry textbook
What are your New Year resolutions for 2011?
Have a safe and happy New Year’s!