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Dicentra last won the day on June 12 2013

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  1. You're welcome. 🙂 I think there are a few courses/curricula listed at the very beginning of the Regular Chemistry post that are very basic - Chemistry Power Basics, Friendly Chemistry, Fascinating Chemistry. There is also the Conceptual Chemistry textbook by John Suchocki. As a chem teacher/instructor, there is a certain amount of content and a certain level of mathematical content that I would want to see in a chemistry course before I'd be comfortable labeling as high school chemistry (assuming we're talking about a neurotypical high school student and not a special needs student)
  2. I'd probably go with an environmental geology book of some kind. Aqueous chemistry as a stand-alone subject would be too broad and I think would get you bogged down in areas that won't be important. My Enviro Geo textbook from uni is VERY dated (I think I took the course in '93 or '94) but if you start with an up-to-date Enviro Geo textbook, it would give you a good background and you could use the resource list in the back of the book to find more specialized texts. That would be my thought. 🙂
  3. Are you looking to go further in chemistry? If you loved OChem, you can't do better than the Klein textbook: https://www.wiley.com/en-am/Klein's+Organic+Chemistry%2C+3rd+Edition%2C+Global+Edition-p-9781119451051 I'd also suggest getting these two books: https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Organic+Chemistry+as+a+Second+Language%3A+First+Semester+Topics%2C+5th+Edition-p-9781119493488 https://www.wiley.com/en-us/Organic+Chemistry+as+a+Second+Language%3A+Second+Semester+Topics%2C+5th+Edition-p-9781119493822 Klein is a MONSTER of a book (it's HUGE) but it will take you through a T
  4. Thank you for the links, lewelma!! There are some fantastic questions on those exams - I would love to be teaching a course that preps students for those!! I've been digging into botany lately. And the chemistry of art compounds. SO MUCH TO LEARN!!!! 😄 It is relevant - at least, I think it is. 🙂 As a learner, it's always important to understand why we're learning something and how we feel about learning it. So if I'm understanding you correctly, you want the most effective and efficient way to learn chemistry and physics that will give you enough of a background to tea
  5. Ah - I understand. 🙂 Let me ask you this - how do you feel about chemistry as a discipline? How do you feel about it as a subject to learn? But they're all related - that's one of the most beautiful parts of science! 🙂 I love that we have a biologist, a chemist, a physicist, and some geologists and engineers all coming together to discuss science and science education. It makes my brain so very, very happy. 🙂 I. LOVE. THIS. QUESTION. 🙂 I did a quick think and a quick sketch and I think I have the identities for W, X, and Y. W must be an acid chloride: X
  6. I'm more curious what your definition is - or what you thought mine is. 🙂 I'm only a chemist, not a mathematician. Your definition (or thoughts on a definition) will probably be far more illuminating than mine would be. 🙂
  7. I definitely use some Socratic questioning when teaching. 🙂 When I was going through my ed courses to become a teacher, there was a lot of interest and talk about using the discovery method and Socratic questioning to teach chemistry as opposed to the "sage on the stage" method of traditional lectures. I think an experienced teacher will use a multitude of methods depending on the topic, time constraints, and the students they have in front of them. Curious - what's your definition of a "math question"? Just wondering how your definition differs from what you think mine is. 🙂
  8. I did say "may need to take another course". 🙂 It's certainly possible that a student will "get" all the connections the first time around. The best way to have the greatest possibility of that happening in chemistry is have an expert guide along with well written materials (and for the student to be well into the formal operational stage of reasoning - that's VITAL for understanding the abstract nature of chemistry). If the written materials (whether that be a traditional textbook or something else) contained explanations of all the connections to be made between concepts, then I suppose y
  9. When my math-y friend shared that with me, I had to share the following back with him. 😉 😄 And the other version with a little more text on the right hand side...
  10. I LOVE geology. The few spots I had for electives while studying chemistry were filled with geology courses. 🙂 You're going to have such fun!!!
  11. Yes to all! 🙂 Chemistry is the weirdest of the main sciences and the most difficult parts of intro bio and intro physics courses are usually where those subjects interact/cross-over into chemistry (biochemistry and quantum mechanics). It's like chemistry doesn't WANT to be understood. 😜 Chang's "Chemistry" book is his book written for AP Chemistry students. "General Chemistry" is his book written for college students (non-major). The two books are similar but "Chemistry" is a bigger book with more topics covered and a bit more depth in some common topics. I really like Chang's boo
  12. Hey BaW folks! Sorry - I've been absent for a number of weeks again. Things got crazy and I've been skimming the BaW threads instead of reading and then I feel like a fake if I post without having read through. So I didn't post. 🙂 I've been listening to The Count of Monte Cristo through Audible - this version: https://www.audible.ca/pd/The-Count-of-Monte-Cristo-Audiobook/B0723274L7?ref=a_library_t_c5_libItem_&pf_rd_p=a00014e8-d2ee-472f-a5f3-837e4e395ee4&pf_rd_r=ND0EWF77NDQZQA7VG1MJ I'm really liking the narration. I've been listening and colouring 🙂 and I've made
  13. I love this, lewelma. 🙂 You are so very wise, lewelma, and you've said (more eloquently than I could) what I was coming here to type out. 🙂 Chemistry is a whole different beast than math or physics. I was talking a bit about students struggling when they try to "intuit" chemistry here: and then again here: When I teach chemistry, I try to give my students the "why" behind everything that I can. And lewelma is so right - chemistry can't be taught linearly like physics can. There just isn't a good starting point where I won't have to occasionally say "You just
  14. Starting a new thread is a good idea. 🙂 I don't have any hands-on experience with the curriculum so starting a new thread will hopefully get folks to chime in who have used the curriculum. 🙂
  15. Yes! I brush my Pyr/Akbash dogs in spring/summer to remove the undercoat but do NOT shave them. I've had people look at me askance in summertime and pointedly ask me when I'm going to shave them so the poor doggies won't be so hot. I've tried explaining the whole double-coat/pink skin/don't shave thing but I'm not sure any of them believed me. My older guy who has arthritis in his hips is LOVING the -30C temps. It's dry, dry, dry when it's this cold and he's running around outside like a puppy. They have a warm enclosed straw bale shelter built inside the garage with two stacked dog
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