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Analytical Marathon?

  1. Oct 11, 2007 #1
    Analytical Marathon?!!

    After only two weeks of this semester, we have our first exam in analytical chemistry:
    1- Definition of Analytical Chemistry
    2- The expression of quantities and concentrations
    3- Chemical Equilibrium & how its calculations can be applied to complex systems
    4- Others
    Our book is: Analytical Chemistry, An Intro. ((Skoog))
    I noticed that the course's professor usually gives very hard tests with questions usually coming in a new/different approach compared to normal book problems.The tests usually rely on deep understanding of the concepts and they usually require much more time than given.

    What do you think is the best way to develop a "good" study plan? What resources/websites are very handy in deep grasping of the concepts? What are the best way to practice for uncommon questions and their time demands without even having sample questions?
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  3. Oct 11, 2007 #2


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    Read and study the textbook sections for the topics which you study. Do the assigned exercises. If not enough are assigned, do MORE of them. The fundamental concepts and methods will be addressed in that textbook. "Analytical Chemistry" requires analytical and critical thinking, using often the intermediate level of Algebra, especially quadratic equations and logarithms and exponential expressions. Best guess is that the most difficult topic will be equilibrium of complexation, and of weak acids and bases.

    I say again: Read and study the textbook and do the exercises. You know how, since you are studying an upper division course. In case the professors questions do not come straight from the book, the essential concepts and skills most likely WILL come from the book for the sections which you are expected to study. In fact, some of the professors questions might be more interesting, since they may be applications from real life.

    You might need 10 or more hours per week if the course seems especially more detailed than what you saw in General Chemistry.
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