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Chemistry Tutoring review by Max in Vancouver
Our session today was again focused on preparation for the student's upcoming exam, covering both topics on kinetics and chemical equilibria. He came prepared with a list of problems from his course textbook that he was either unable to solve or didn't know why he came to an incorrect answer. In addition to these, we also reviewed questions that he had missed on his online homework assignments and quizzes (which are the same source for his exam). A good portion of problems missed simply came from syntax errors, but we were also able to clarify a good amount on certain topics. With regards to chemical kinetics, I clarified that a rate law equation cannot be used to determine the amount of a substance remaining at a certain time point unless concentration values are available, but the half life (often derived from the rate constant) can be used to calculate the mass or moles remaining. With regards to chemical equilibrium, one recurring problem was determining the relationship between the chemical equilibrium constant Kc, and the partial pressure equilibrium constant Kp. After some tinkering and digging, I was able to clarify that to find Kc from Kp, you can substitute an expression for pressure derived from the ideal gas law that contains molarity. After distributing and canceling redundant terms, you will be left with the Kc expression along with a certain number of RT terms on either top or bottom of the ratio. Another big item we discussed was the effect of a change in temperature on the equilibrium of a reaction. This is different if the reaction is exothermic (heat as a product of the reaction) or endothermic (heat as a reactant). We can then apply Le Chatelier's principle to determine where the stress is being applied, and the reaction will shift equilibrium to compensate. It was also noted that the endo/ exothermic property does not significantly affect how other changes (volume, pressure, etc.) alter equilibrium. On the whole, it was a very productive session, and I think we both felt that he is in much better shape for his exam as a result. He obviously has an already intricate understanding of the concepts and problems, and simply needs a way to shake off any lingering uncertainties or tricky problem themes that remain.
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Chemistry Tutoring review by Katrina in Vancouver
This was our first meeting. The student is just starting chemistry in high school, so we covered dimensional analysis and conservation of mass. He was also struggling with word problems, so I showed him strategies on how to break those down. He already had his first exam, and we plan to go over that when he gets it back later in the week. I told him to practice more problems in his book and that would allow him to become more comfortable with the material. He said that he felt that he really understood how to set up the problems better now than before.
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Chemistry Tutoring review by Bethine in Vancouver
We started with reviewing the concept of the mole. We practiced converting between number of atoms and moles, moles and grams, and moles and liters of gas. By the end of the session the student was able to easily solve this type of simple mole conversion. Next, we discussed the difference between atoms and molecules and how that difference affects mole conversions. We practiced finding the molecular weight using a periodic table. These were the basic skills that she needed to master before moving on to the topics she was working on in class. After she was able to correctly answer each of these smaller pieces, we looked at her assignment and began looking at how to link the conversions together. We also discussed the molar ratio, how to find it in the chemical equation, and how to use it in conversions. We began working with limiting and excess reagents. I had the student take notes on how to compare two reactants to decide which is the limiting reagent. We used this knowledge to find theoretical yields. We also discussed the difference between actual and theoretical yields and how to find percent yield. She made a lot of progress today. We discussed the possibility of meeting again this week to solidify some of her skills.
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Chemistry Tutoring review by Tam in Vancouver
The student and I reviewed for her upcoming exam. We worked through 25 questions on her practice exam involving: ranking the strength of lattice energy based on the electrostatic force between ions, ranking polarity by evaluating the difference in electronegativities, drawing Lewis structures (calculating valence electrons, positioning atoms, assigning electrons, checking octet, promoting double/triple bond, calculating formal charges, checking resonance), determining hybridization, molecular shape, bond angle, and polarity, counting sigma and pi bonds, and evaluating paramagnetic or diamagnetic property by constructing molecular orbitals.
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Chemistry Tutoring review by Michael in Vancouver
Today we reviewed for the student's upcoming test. We primarily focused on practice problems about stoichiometry as that was the particular subject she felt she needed the most help in understanding. As we worked through the problems she was able to do the majority of the work on her own and felt pretty comfortable solving the problems. I reminded her of the steps of converting mass to moles first and then using mole relationships to do any conversions. I encouraged her to write her units out as she made a few mistakes regarding being unsure of what the numbers meant that she had just calculated. She didn't mention a review sheet until the end of the session in which we then reviewed a few problems on empirical formulas and mass percents. At the end, I told her she should keep practicing on her own and checking her answers with the book to make sure she had the material well understood before her exam.
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Chemistry Tutoring review by Gabriel in Vancouver
Today's session focused on test prep for an upcoming exam. We went over chemical vs physical properties, how to solve for specific temp, and conversion ratios. We also went over how to determine the number of protons, neutrons, and electrons an element will have based on the atomic number and atomic mass. We also discussed how the number of neutrons affects the stability of an atom and how certain elements exist in several different degrees of stability based on the number of neutrons the nucleus has (isotopes).
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