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We covered how to find g/mol on the periodic table (number of grams of element in one mol of that element ). We talked about doing unit conversions and what percentages mean in terms of units (2% milk fat = 2 g fat/100 g milk). We also did an example problem where the grams of a product were given and you had to figure out the moles of a different product based on this value. The important lesson here was that the chemical equation gives you the ratio (proportion) of moles for all the reactant and products relative to one another. The ratio does not work for grams...only moles. The student also found out that cross multiplication is a good way to do these proportion problems. We also talked about electron configuration and did a few problems. She seemed to have a good grasp on giving the correct electron configurations. We also discussed "exceptions" like Chromium/Copper, and she gave the correct answers for electron configurations (there is more stability when you move one of the 4s electrons into the 3d orbital so that each orbital has one electron and is half filled). The student seems eager to learn and has a great attitude towards Chemistry. I think she learned some important concepts on how to use chemical equations and why electrons are lost and gained. I think she also learned some important mistakes to avoid: Protons aren't typically removed or added to an element to change charge. Make sure to add (instead of multiply) the atomic mass of elements to get the mass number of a compound. We used the following strategy to do one of the problems: calculate what you can with the information available and see if this helps you figure out the next step.
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Shoreline, WA Chemistry tutoring
Today we reviewed calorimetry and how to find the specific heat of a metal added to water in a coffee cup calorimeter. We did a series of practice problems, including one particularly tricky problem. Even though it was more complicated than the problems the student had been given before, she did a very good job of figuring out how to solve it. She has a very systematic approach to solving the practice problems, which will certainly limit the chances of making a mistake on her quiz this Tuesday. We also spent some time reviewing the concepts she had learned so far and defining concepts of enthalpy, calorimetry, specific heat, and energy. We plan to meet next week to review the second half of the unit.
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Shoreline, WA Chemistry tutoring
The student was able to take his Chemistry exam on Thursday. While he said he felt he did quite well and understood the majority of the concepts, there were a few questions he was still confused about. One of these questions involved writing the amu (atomic mass unit) amount for molecules. Previously, we had worked with the amus of single elements. Thus we went over several examples including ammonium, acetic acid, adenosine triphosphate, serotonin, borax, and hemoglobin. We also spent some time on how to determine the number of atoms of a particular element within a given sample of a molecule. The last section of time was spent on balancing net ionic equations. We worked through a few examples and I reminded the student of the three basic rules for ionic equations (i.e. always write the state, always write the charges, and remember your polyatomic ions).
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Shoreline, WA Chemistry tutoring
The student had some questions on acid-base calculations, so we went over how to do those. We then went through a few lectures she had on Lewis acids, solubility, and redox reactions. She is going to do the practice problems on her own before we meet again.
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Shoreline, WA Chemistry tutoring
The student has his Algebra 2 final next week and is tackling studying for it by completing one chapter study guide/review packet a day until the final. He and I completed Chapter 1 yesterday and began the Chapter 2 study guide today. Chapter 2 entailed solving systems of equations by graphing them as well as using elimination/substitution and classifying the system (i.e. inconsistent, dependent, independent, etc.). The chapter also covers graphing systems of equations that involve inequalities and factoring differences of two cubes/squares, imaginary numbers (i), etc. Though the student and I worked through many of these problems together, he has a lot of the packet to complete himself. I will be checking in about the packet during our tutoring session on Tuesday.
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Shoreline, WA Chemistry tutoring
The student's final exam was on Tuesday. On Monday, we worked through practice problems from her practice book to help prepare her for the test. Some of the topics that we covered were lattice formation, molecular orbitals, and redox reactions.
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