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Protecting Your Eyes During Next Week’s Eclipse and Beyond

What’s so special about the sunlight during an eclipse? Isn’t it the same old sunlight we see the rest of the time? Yes, it is, but because the event is so interesting to look at, and because the normally blinding solar … finish reading Protecting Your Eyes During Next Week’s Eclipse and Beyond

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READ ME – this blog is dormant through Fall, 2018

This web page will not be maintained during the 2017-18 academic year. All course-related materials should be obtained from the appropriate Moodle pages. This site will resume business in Fall, 2018.

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Retrieval Practice Protects Your Memory

A new article in Science magazine from Prof. Ayanna Thomas’ research group is one that every O Chem student should look at. The article doesn’t contain any chemistry, but it contains some potentially valuable insights into becoming a more successful O Chem … finish reading Retrieval Practice Protects Your Memory

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Drop-In Tutors for Finals

The DoJo will have drop-in tutoring available 7-9 PM for Chem 201 on Sat (12/10) and Mon (12/12). Sam and Alan will also be in their offices for drop-in-consultation for much of Th/F/M/Tu/W, weather permitting.

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O chem slowing you down? Try FOH!

Some of you may be suffering from FMOOWMP. You know the symptoms, but you probably didn’t know that help was close at hand. And it’s painless. Here’s a short video to bring you up-to-speed. https://youtu.be/yQq1-_ujXrM

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Distractions Are Everywhere

I heard a presentation from a neuroscientist last week on how our brains work. She highlighted different brain networks that one can imagine working well in some situations (“keep an eye out for tigers and snakes”), but get corrupted into … finish reading Distractions Are Everywhere

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The Right Kind of Practice

What single thing must you do to learn organic chemistry? Sam and I have given you the answer several times: practice solving problems. But is that all you have to do? Can you just open the book to a problem, … finish reading The Right Kind of Practice

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SN2 Reaction Animation

Predicting the outcome of an “opposite side attack” SN2 reaction can be confusing at first, but animations can help. Check out the SN2 animation at chemtube3D.com. To operate the animation, find the drawing of the chemical reaction and click on … finish reading SN2 Reaction Animation

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Models for Learning about Electrostatic Potential Maps

The models you need can be downloaded here: ions321inter.spartan neutrals321inter.spartan

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Ethanol IR models

Click on the link to download a Spartan EDF2/6-31G** model of ethanol monomer and ethanol dimer. The models have been combined in a single file (a ‘list’ model) and they already contain calculated IR spectra, so do not replace them … finish reading Ethanol IR models

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