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How to learn chemistry

  1. Sep 12, 2007 #1


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    As a requirement for a thermodynamics course I have to teach myself basic chemistry. I borrowed a book and thought it would be easy but after getting half way into the book I realized that I wasn't really understanding anything. The problem is that it just looks like an arbitrary list of rules together with some intuition - not the sound logic that you see in math or physics classes. I just couldn't find any basic rules that could be used to deduce the other rules. How can I understand chemistry? Or is it really just rote memory?
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  3. Sep 13, 2007 #2
    Depends on the level at which you wish to learn chemistry...
  4. Sep 13, 2007 #3
    General chemistry is what you're doing Im guessing. Its a bunch of established rules so you'd definately need a lot of memory. It kind of differs from math because you start with all the results, and prove them in upper years. Kind of like building a house from roof to bottom. Once you get a feel for chem you can start deducing a lot of stuff, like properties of atoms by using the periodic table. Do lots of concept questions. Chem isn't that hard, but it takes a while to let the language sink in.
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