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Petaluma, CA Chemistry tutoring
We covered calculations in determining limiting and excess reactants, theoretical yield, % yield and reactant left over. Both students comprehend on the concept. There were just some times that they missed the calculations due to entering digits in the calculator so I advised to familiarize themselves more on using the calculator.
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We reviewed molarity, molality, and colligative properties with freezing point depression. I also introduced the student to understanding the concepts in the dilutions formula. We completed two sets of practice problems and conducted an overview of mole fraction.
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We continued to work areas from the class 1. We covered the retrosynthesis of a known molecules. The photosynthesis was based on the previous synthesis provided in the problem. We Identified each of the major retrosynthetic steps backwards. We also provided the assessment for the necessary steps based on the synthetic scheme provided. 2. We worked on a mechanism of thiocarbamate addition to Chloro-ester derivative. We demonstrated how to use molecular formulas in the starting material and intermediate to arrive a mechanism for the formation of the intermediate and the structure of the intermediate. We then completed the mechanism to the final product, exploring transamidation reaction and isomerization of the double bond using a keto-enol tautomerism 3. We worked on identifying the most acidic protons by using a three step idea, one compare the substitution of the resulting anion, two compare the electronegative atoms next to the anion for stabilization and finally any stabilizing resonance structures that can be drawn. Went over some review of Organic 2 mechanism, helpful in the more complex problems given here, so a little review of that was suggested.
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Petaluma, CA Chemistry tutoring
Our primary focus today was on bonding vs. antibonding. We talked about electrons moving through shape of bonding and some resonance. We broke down bond order rankings by increasing magnetic order. Through this, we re-looked at sigma vs. pi bonding and why there is more electron movement stability in Py and Pz orbitals than Px axis, and then antibonding having a higher energy state due to interruptions in continual electron distribution.
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The concepts covered were mainly Lewis diagram, polarity, intermolecular forces and molecular geometry. The student was struggling with where to begin with each problem. This is mainly due to the lack of information provided to her by the course. The student was eager to learn and had a positive attitude towards the material despite its difficulties. Several learning tips were given throughout the session. An increase in understanding of the material was apparent towards the end of the session.
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Petaluma, CA Chemistry tutoring
The student and I continued working on hybridization, especially drawing the shapes of the orbitals. She is getting a better grip on the material; she just needs practice to improve her confidence. Before next session, her homework is to (through the steps of hybridizing orbitals) draw orbitals' four different molecules and send me her answers. We will review her work in our next session before we continue with new material. Also, she is to email her professor to ask about her preference to draw the s orbital for substituent atoms.
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