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Summer Suggestion #1. Review key topics from Chem 101/102

The first 5 or 6 weeks of Chem 201 races through a lot of material you covered in Chem 101/102. In particular, we discuss, how molecules are held together (101/102 – atomic structure, electrons, bonds, orbitals) how to draw and … finish reading Summer Suggestion #1. Review key topics from Chem 101/102

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Summer Suggestion #3 – Study Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is, despite what you may have heard, pretty much the same everywhere, whether MIT or Portland Community College. The courses that science majors and pre-meds take are 2 semesters (3 quarters) long and rely on a commercially produced … finish reading Summer Suggestion #3 – Study Organic Chemistry

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Brainwaves & Anesthetics

General anesthetics, the chemicals that temporarily ‘put you under,’ have transformed surgery, but doctors and scientists are still learning how these chemicals work. 

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The Molecules in Your Pumpkin

I saw this article (C&ENews, 12 Oct 2015, p. 38) about the molecules that make Halloween pumpkins look and taste and smell the way they do:

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Would you buy a used model kit from this dog?

You can buy a new molecular model kit from the Chemistry Stockroom ($20), but you have other choices (learn more here), and used model kits are often available at reduced prices from students who have no more use for them. … finish reading Would you buy a used model kit from this dog?

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Buy, Register (and Bring) Your Clicker

I received this message from Kristin Bott in CUS. She’s been gathering data about your clickers and she NEEDS YOUR HELP. Read on, Good afternoon, Chem 201! A high-five to the 30 of you who have currently registered your clickers. … finish reading Buy, Register (and Bring) Your Clicker

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Open that Door?

A college education is all about opening minds. Even when I am presented with two open pathways for growth, the possibility that a life-changing experience lies behind the red door dictates that I open it as well, right?… Continue reading

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Hate this Bad Project (YouTube)

What happens if you cross Lady Gaga with an underpaid biology graduate student? The Hui Zheng lab at the Baylor College of Medicine has the answer and it turns out to be a tricky combination of dominant and recessive genotypes…. Continue reading

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Anticrastination anyone?

Procrastination is a problem. I have trouble dealing with it. Everyone that I know suffers from it. (Actually, "suffers" is the wrong word; "complains" would be more accurate. Procrastination can be a good thing, but if you find yourself complaining… Continue reading

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New Homework Signals New Direction

I have just posted a new homework assignment: HW #6. You can download it from the homework page.This assignment signals a switch from an emphasis on modeling to an emphasis on chemical transformations. It is essential at this point that… Continue reading

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