I am an aspiring Physicist and I'm really interested in particle physics and Quantum Mechanics. I have been in college for 3 semesters now and have had no clue what I've wanted to do until I finished Kip Thorne's "Black Holes and Time Warps" and found out so many amazing things about reality. I've taken General Chemistry twice now, faield it the first time around. But when I took it agian and passed it, I don't feel like I got a good understanding of it at ALL!!! Both times I've taken the class, two different professors were horrible. But the second one had a better curve. But when I try to think what all I know about Chemistry, I honestly have a blank. My main question is this: How much does Chemistry play a role in someone going into the field of particle physics? I have got the basics of Chemistry down, but struggle with other things such as bonding, SOME dot diagrams, and other thigns I can't remember just because I don't think I learned them enough to remember what they are called. I notice that in order to get a BS in physics I only needed to take one chemistry class, "Chemistry for Engineers" so I started wondering since that's the only Chem class required for the Degree, does Chemistry only play a very small role if any in this field? Also I bought the book "General Chemistry" by Linus Pauling and plan to go through as much as I can of it with what is left of the summer and do the excerises aswell. But if anyone can offer a better recommendation for another book PLEASE do.