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Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:02 pm
by J_Rodriguez_Dis2k
I know that in the course reader it says to read chapter 5 for a review for gases. But every time i try reading the textbook i get intimidated and i stop reading the textbook . Do you guys find it more helpful when you guys read the textbook?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 6:57 pm
by TeaK1C
I find it helpful to read the book when i don't completely understand a concept, because there are examples in the text as well. Maybe you should try just looking at the examples to see if you understand it and then if you don't reading the explanations around it instead of reading everything in the beginning.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2015 3:42 pm
by Hayley Hammons 1L
Yes, I read the textbook and takes notes on information that comes up in the course reader. It takes a while but I find it really helpful for memory because you're writing down key concepts and it provides great examples and explanations that I can associate with concepts to help me remember them. If you don't want to read the whole chapter, there is always a bolded summary of the key concepts after each section in the chapter. For example, section 11.5 in chapter 11 will have a bolded summary separated from the last paragraph at the end. One could probably compile all the summaries to make a great study guide for the final!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Nov 22, 2015 6:42 pm
by Anne Cam 3A
The text uses some different symbols from the ones we use and the equations are more advanced which can be intimidating, but it has a lot of useful background information in the actual text portion. The bolded words are also relevant most of the time.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:50 pm
by Martha Xuncax 3G
I personally find it easier to go through the course reader again to fully understand the key concepts, then start the homework, and if I come across concepts that i don't understand, then I go through the textbook to understand the smaller details.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:41 pm
by Wesley_Rugen_1E
I read the book and find it helps a lot when understanding difficult topics. They can use different symbols which can be confusing, but overall it helps me out a lot. Also doing the self-tests when going through the reading give me confidence when learning the content.

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Posted: Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:45 pm
by Chem_Mod
Several good suggestions here. Focus on the core and then expand.

The core is my lecture notes, examples, and assigned homework, then expand to the textbook for additional examples and details.

Focus on Chemical Equilibrium lecture notes and online modules (videos I made and Q&A).
Then do homework problems and textbook examples.
If you have some difficulty problem solving in this Chemical Equilibrium section then also look at the online Math Resources on my class website.

Additional background reading on Ideal Gases is only suggested if you have some difficulty on how to use PV = nRT for gas-phase reactions in the Chemical Equilibrium section. For example, as discussed in class:

P = n/V (RT) = concentration x RT
This equation allows conversion between concentration and partial pressure for a gas, and vice versa.

Hope this helps.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:33 pm
by Korosh Bahrami
I read the textbook for CHEM14A with Professor Li. I usually read it before lectures in order to gain a general understanding of what she was going to talk about in lecture. The key is to slowly read it over a few times until the information gets stuck in your head.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:47 pm
by usernamesarehard
Are any textbook problems going to be included on the quiz and midterm or are they just going to be problems assigned in the homework? I usually do more than just the assigned problems anyway and sometimes I would find some similar questions during 14A with Lavelle.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:18 pm
by Randon_Zahlout_3B
I find reading the textbook very helpful. I usually like to do it while completing assigned problems- this way, I can try and learn how to solve a problem by going back and reading relevant sections instead of just trying to read the whole chapter at once without actually practicing any of the material.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:07 pm
by Alex Uy 2D
I think reading the textbook is helpful after going to lecture because sometimes I leave lecture with a lot of unanswered questions and the textbook helps expand on details. It does get to be quite confusing sometimes though. Going to the peer facilitated learning sessions are also very helpful to me usually.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 1:23 am
by Tycho_Meimban_2B
When reading the textbook I make sure that I not only read what is important, but also jot it down in a notebook, such as a definition (unless it is something that Dr. Lavelle does not mention) or a formula, even if it is a derived formula. I feel like reading the textbook is very helpful, if you know how to read a college textbook properly. Obviously, there's so much to read, and you cannot take notes on everything (unless you REALLY have the free time to do so, which I believe is impossible), so just look at what's important.

Hope this helps!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:43 am
by Amy_Bugwadia_3I
I read the textbook to prepare for Quiz 1, and what I found to be very helpful was to make my own formula sheet separated by subject (based on each section of the book). For example, I had one section devoted to enthalpy, one to entropy, one to Gibbs, etc. I also find highlighting very useful, but I definitely recommend only highlighting the super crucial information to avoid an overload of colors. Also, only highlighting the salient information helps your brain stay engaged with the reading. In addition to the homework problems assigned at the end of the chapter, I went through the self-test and checkpoint questions throughout the chapter, which were very useful particularly because they had step-by-step explanations.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 4:56 pm
by shreya_mantri_3I
Just a question? Are some of the formulae in the textbook different from the formulae in the course reader? Speaking from experience, i usually find that reading different formulae really confuses me.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:28 pm
by s_pinto2e
Yes, I think some of the formulae are a bit different but not by much. For example in the specific heat equation, n is used for grams in the course reader whereas it is given as g (for grams) in the textbook.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:35 pm
by 904571591
I think read the textbook is needed if you have time. Our lecture goes really fast and no one can get all the point in the lecture, so reading the textbook and try to understand better is necessary. It is also a good way to review.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:47 pm
by Phillip Tran
I should start reading the textbook more...

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:45 pm
by Jessica Wakefield 1H
To prepare for our test yesterday, I used the modules and also took notes on the suggested textbook readings. I think that taking notes on the textbook sections aided in my understanding in addition to the modules. I did find the modules more helpful and more engaging, though.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:46 pm
by Jessica Wakefield 1H
To prepare for our test yesterday, I used the modules and also took notes on the suggested textbook readings. I think that taking notes on the textbook sections aided in my understanding in addition to the modules. I did find the modules more helpful and more engaging, though.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:38 pm
by Janet Nguyen 2H
I think reading the textbook would be helpful even if you don't understand it. That way you get a taste of the material so during class the lecture will flow better.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:48 pm
by Richard Braun 1I
I find reading the textbook helpful to gain a base understanding of the concepts, making solving the homework problems easier.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:49 pm
by Richard Braun 1I
I find reading the textbook helpful to gain a base understanding of the concepts, making solving the homework problems easier.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:50 pm
by Mitch Walters
I find reading the textbook to be invaluable.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:49 am
by Peter Dis1G
Reading textbook+watching online sources are helpful to me. Only reading the textbook gains little help.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:01 pm
by Mishta Stanislaus 1H
I️ think the best way to approach the textbook is by using the lecture notes as a sort of outline for the book. That way you can focus on the relevant informations as delivered in class. This method weeds out some of the overly complex detail in the textbook. Hope that helps!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:46 am
by Karen Zheng_2H
These methods really helped, thank you!!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:51 am
by AlyssaRivera
How useful is studying from the textbook in regards to test taking? Are tutoring/lecture notes better to study from?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 5:11 pm
by Mjay 1F
AlyssaRivera wrote:How useful is studying from the textbook in regards to test taking? Are tutoring/lecture notes better to study from?

One of my friends who took this course last quarter said that it was helpful to study from the textbook only if you need further explanation but not to always use it because it does have different variables than from class sometimes which will overwhelm you!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:04 pm
by Nienjou Claire 1E
I think reading the textbook definitely helps. Personally, I feel like it gives me a better overview of the big topics I am supposed to be learning. Professor Lavelle's lecture tend to be a little more focused on one specific topic and one specific example so I read the textbook to link ideas together and also to see more examples that are worked out step by step. I do usually skip the parts that we don't have to know/learn about.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:15 pm
by Steve H
I find it tiresome to read the entire chapter in one night. Personally, I find the textbook useful so far as my chem background is not the best. I typically try to read the textbook in different sections and go to office hours if I am really confused.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:05 pm
by Chem_Mod
Reading the textbook can only help in further providing you with additional understanding.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:54 am
by Erin Li 1K
I get overwhelmed and intimidated when reading the textbook too, so I would recommend only doing so when you have your full attention to the book and no other distractions.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:21 pm
by Jocelyn1B
I have the Pdf of the textbook and I also get overwhelmed reading it.
I do want to ask if the textbook would be recommended rather than reading it from the Pdf?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:26 pm
by Angelica Garcia 1-H
is it helpful to work out the problems in the textbook from the chapter?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:34 am
by Gabi Landes 1-H
Personally I would only work out the pre & post module questions along with the assigned homework problems. Dr. Lavelle seems to do a good job of making what he wants you to know clear. If you try to do all the problems in the chapter you'll probably get overwhelmed.

Angelica Garcia 1-H wrote:is it helpful to work out the problems in the textbook from the chapter?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 4:40 pm
by Amir Akhavan 1E
I feel that reading the textbook is very helpful in getting a better understanding of the topics in much more detail. Although it seems intimidating at first, it is readable and highly recommended.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:29 pm
by yazminedesan1F
what's the best way to learn the material for someone who's not so familiar with chemistry concepts?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:39 pm
by princessturner1G
yazminedesan1F wrote:what's the best way to learn the material for someone who's not so familiar with chemistry concepts?


Completing the pre-assessment and the post-assessment are extremely helpful. I recommended doing these and watching the videos as well.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:42 pm
by Yitzchak Jacobson 1F
In my opinion I feel like the textbook can be very helpful when filling in gaps for chemistry topics to get more clarity. with that said, when I have difficulty understanding certain concepts that Professor Lavelle covers, I find it very useful to watch is lectures online first, and then reading the textbook. I really hope this helps :)

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:45 pm
by Megan Phan 1K
In my own experience, reading the textbook helps me to clear up any confusions I have. When you already have the foundations from going to lecture down, reading the textbook solidifies any small misconceptions or reaffirms what you know. It's good to read it in order to absolutely make sure you are on the right track, when in doubt, reading it helps.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:00 am
by Taizha 1C
Has anyone found any other resources outside of class that is useful for preparing for the test? Like any practice exam/test problems?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:13 am
by 105012653 1F
Taizha 1C wrote:Has anyone found any other resources outside of class that is useful for preparing for the test? Like any practice exam/test problems?

I think using the course reader and taking advantage of the Peer Learning Sessions are really helpful, especially since my friends who had the class before really recommend it.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:22 pm
by Jocelyn1B
How do you balance your other classes while still studying for chemistry?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:28 pm
by yazminedesan1F
Jocelyn1B wrote:How do you balance your other classes while still studying for chemistry?

typically I set a certain amount of time each week just for chemistry, at least three times a week while also studying for a test the week before so I don't get overwhelmed

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:12 pm
by ElizabethP1L
I think Dr. Lavelle is very thorough when it comes to explaining things, so maybe just use the textbook to brush up on something or for diagrams/visuals. Sometimes the practice problems throughout the chapter are good for solving the math in the exercises. Hope this helped! :)

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 11:39 am
by Jocelyn1B
yazminedesan1F wrote:
Jocelyn1B wrote:How do you balance your other classes while still studying for chemistry?

typically I set a certain amount of time each week just for chemistry, at least three times a week while also studying for a test the week before so I don't get overwhelmed

Thank you!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 12:18 pm
by Nimrat Brar 1E
yazminedesan1F wrote:what's the best way to learn the material for someone who's not so familiar with chemistry concepts?


As someone who is also not very familiar with the chemistry concepts, I have found that watching the modules that Dr. Lavelle has posted online are extremely helpful. While watching them, I suggest to also take notes so you do not miss any of the important topics discussed. Additionally, reading through the textbook for further clarification on the lectures has proved to be a successful studying method for me! If you need a more simple basis to go from, I would also recommend Crash Course videos on specific topics as well as Khan Academy videos. Hope this helps.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 4:32 pm
by Allen Chen 1J
I feel as though reading the textbook is not necessarily necessary, but I do find how it works through example problems helpful in particular.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 4:34 pm
by Allen Chen 1J
yazminedesan1F wrote:
Jocelyn1B wrote:How do you balance your other classes while still studying for chemistry?

I try to go to the peer review sessions before each test.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu May 03, 2018 4:34 pm
by Allen Chen 1J
Taizha 1C wrote:Has anyone found any other resources outside of class that is useful for preparing for the test? Like any practice exam/test problems?


Looking at the tests from fall quarter as extra practice can be really useful

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 3:52 pm
by Angelica Garcia 1-H
maybe he has tests in the test bank

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun May 20, 2018 9:32 pm
by Jocelyn1B
How many peer review sessions does one go to?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:48 pm
by MinyoungHong_1L
As someone who just completed the course, I would say that the textbook can be a helpful tool in understanding the course topics within a bigger picture. Personally, I missed several classes (which I do not recommend), and the textbook helped me understand the material that I missed.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:03 pm
by Kevin Arokiaraj 4E
Personally, I like reading the textbook to view the example problems. However, I feel that I understood the concepts better watching Professor Lavelle's modules and KhanAcademy.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:55 am
by Quinn_Simpson_3D
Reading the textbook can be helpful because even if you don't fully understand it, you will have an idea of what is going to be taught in class. For me, this helps create a deeper understanding than when I just listen to the lecture and then do the homework.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:34 pm
by Avery Zuelch 1D
I read the textbook after a lecture when I don't fully understand the topic while discussed in class. While the book uses some different symbols/terms than in lecture, I find that reading the book explains the material in an alternate fashion, which sometimes helps.
However, I always go on Dr. Lavelle's page and watch his outlines videos. Those prove to be the most helpful to me.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 2:39 pm
by Nicolle Fernandez 1E
I think reading the textbook is helpful when I do not understand the concept because it is like a reinforcement of the material because sometimes I do not fully understand something the first time. I also like to watch the modules to reinforce the textbook, and I like to review my notes as well.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:24 pm
by Janelle Magaling 3L
I think it's helpful reading the textbook for example problems. Usually I would go over my notes from lecture and watch the modules and take notes. The textbook is really helpful for homework help because the textbook gives step by step answers to different types of homework problems. Basically focus on the examples, toolboxes, and vocabulary.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:19 pm
by taline_n
I think viewing the video modules is the best way to review topics you didn't understand in lecture; as far as the textbook goes, it's a great resource for more examples and longer descriptions/definitions of terms and concepts!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:21 pm
by 905092269
I would recommend reading the textbook and taking notes on key topics or anything you have a hard time understanding. I would also recommend doing the homework problems because I have noticed that helps me the most. I definitely think that the textbook is a useful resource and you should try to read it as much as you can.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:58 am
by Ashley P 4I
Does anyone know the reading schedule? I have no idea where to look for it so I've just been reading whole chapters on the topics we have been discussing in class.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:52 am
by AustinGrove3B
The reading schedule is in the same outline as the homework problems. As a general rule, Dr. Lavelle tells us to read all the parts of the chapter that we are doing homework problems for.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:15 pm
by Jchellis 1I
I am a very visual learner so watching videos online also really helps me. Also, with videos you can pause them and rewind, which you can't do in lecture, but its a little more engaging than the textbook.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:22 pm
by taline_n
This doesn't have to do with the physical textbook, but does anyone know if we'll be needing the access code for chem 14A at all?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:26 am
by Sydney Tay 2B
I generally like to read the textbook after lectures because once it is discussed in class the content in the textbook seems like a review and a way to dive into more specifics. I also find that it is less intimidating once you have a basic knowledge over the subject beforehand. I really find it helpful to read the textbook especially if a topic is on the more conceptual and complex side.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:21 pm
by Eruchi Okpara 2E
Does anyone know what the sapling access code is for? Like, is having it actually helpful?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:32 pm
by Isabelle_Maletz_3E
I find the textbook helpful in completing the homework because it shows step by step how to do problems similar to the chapter questions.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:45 pm
by allisoncarr1i
The video modules are much more helpful and understandable than the textbook.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:36 pm
by Ashley P 4I
I feel like going to lecture and understanding the main concepts in class first helps me better understand the book. For test prep, I do homework problems and I use the module questions. If you don’t understand a question on the modules, look it up on chemistry community! It more than likely has already been answered.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:03 pm
by nataliefgarcia3I
I find it really helpful to read the textbook because it's almost like a summary of what is taught in lecture.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:22 pm
by 105085381
I find it helpful to read the textbook, but I also get confused a lot after! I then will watch Crash Course on Youtube for whatever concept it is that I am confused by. They often work through examples and explain the topic step by step. I think it really helps for clarity and betters my understanding!!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:12 am
by 904837647
I have my roommates old course reader which is basically Lavelle's lectures condensed. I find it helpful to align my notes/examples given in class with the course reader as a refresher of what was covered in lecture. For a better understanding of the concepts I read that specific chapter in the textbook.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:45 pm
by 005199302
If I ever attempt a homework problem and don't fully understand it, I read the corresponding section in the textbook and it's very helpful.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:45 pm
by Brian Kwak 1D
I read the textbook but in a very organized way. Since there is a lot of information in the textbook which can sometimes make it confusing and hinders your comprehension. I use the outlines for each section and cater my reading to focus on the things that were on the outline. For example I would read the textbook headings for everything in the chapter so I can get a general idea of the structure and organization of the text. Then go to the outline and see what is emphasized in the outlines. Then I write down questions related to the outline like why is A important? What is the connection between A and B? And so forth that way when I am reading its not just passively reading I am actively engaging with the text which helps me remember the concepts and formulas that are emphasized in the outline. During my reading after every paragraph I would also write down a small conclusion in my own words of what the text is saying. Then after that is just review review review. It may also help to look at the homework questions first before you start reading to see what kind of questions they ask so you can remember those parts better. This is pretty much the SQ4R process or style of reading texts. I will post the link to the website for the SQ4R process. I would also recommend checking out the learningscientist website that I will also post. These techniques were the most useful in learning to me especially after my concussion which was diagnosed as a mildTraumaticBrainInjury. Since these helped me after my injury I’m sure they will be useful for you as well.

https://brazosport.edu/programs/academi ... SQ4R/index

http://www.learningscientists.org

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:32 pm
by 105085381
Reading the textbook and working through the practice problems provided in each section - in addition to the homework problems per week - really helped better my understanding behind the details of the ideal gases and thermodynamics!!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:13 am
by Karina Jiayu Xu 4E
Although reading the text book helps, I think simply completing all homework questions and attending lecture and discussion is sufficient to fully understand the course material, to be honest.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:16 am
by Celio_G_Dis2C
When I read the textbook, I get really overwhelmed so I stray away from it :)

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:35 pm
by Samantha Silva 1F
Celio_G_Dis2C wrote:When I read the textbook, I get really overwhelmed so I stray away from it :)
Same, practice problems are the way to go.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:10 pm
by Pritish Patil 1K
I read the textbook to understand the content in relation to the homework problems. However, if I don't understand something I go and watch a youtube video or something similar to help me understand.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:58 pm
by Ryan Danis 1J
I find that when I read the textbook and take notes on the material I understand the concepts better. Also, there is occasionally a bit of information in the book that isn’t always covered in class (for instance, reducing and oxidizing power in electrochem) and this info can show up on tests. It takes time and I wish I started doing this before week 7 of chem 14B because I probably would’ve done better in 14A and the first half of 14B...

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:17 pm
by Nghi Nguyen 2L
I can't seem to focus when I read the textbook, so I tend to do a lot of practice problems to make up for it

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:52 pm
by 904837647
I find that looking at the examples in the book really help understand how each concept is applied. Doing the hw problems after covering the concepts also help.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 4:59 pm
by Leila_4E
I look at the examples only on topics I don't/wouldn't understand. Since the first couple units are review of High School Chem, I've been reading for content, not so much examples.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:00 pm
by Leila_4E
When doing the practice problems for homework, do you all suggest looking at each answer right after you complete the question? Or should I only check the answers I feel shaky on? Or should I check all the answers at once after I complete all of them?

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:56 pm
by APatel_4A
I find it more helpful to look at the answers after I've done each problem. That way I know if I'm making a mistake and I don't have to redo all of the problems just because I misunderstood something. :)

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:49 pm
by 605110118
J_Rodriguez_Dis2k wrote:I know that in the course reader it says to read chapter 5 for a review for gases. But every time i try reading the textbook i get intimidated and i stop reading the textbook . Do you guys find it more helpful when you guys read the textbook?

Although it's hard to follow at times, I feel like it can be really helpful when looking for explicit examples or definitions. Even if it takes a couple times to re-read.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:59 pm
by Reagan Smith 1H
The textbook definitely has some valuable information that goes in depth on all of the topics covered so I think it is definitely worth it to read the book and view the examples. The examples are super helpful.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:03 pm
by NHolmes3L
I find it much more helpful to read the textbook. Take it slow and take notes. Going through all the practice problems helps too to make sure you understand the material.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:27 pm
by Leslie Magana 4C
I know it's barely week 1 but reading the textbook has already helped me so much.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 9:31 pm
by Robert Cross 1A
I find that reading the textbook can help, however normally I like to supplement reading the textbook by also looking up the concept online/reading an internet explanation/watching Khan Academy videos. I think combining resources is the most effective way to gather information on a topic, especially with chemistry. Sometimes I find the textbook is too compacted and disorganized visually (that being said, there's A LOT of info in there), but when looking up the general topic online there are plenty of resources available which help me to better understand the pages of the textbook that I'm sifting through. But yes, I think it's always good to look over the textbook. Especially the example problems.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:14 pm
by plopezcordon_4C
I like the textbook because of all the sample problems but I'm the type of person that needs step by step instructions and I need to see someone actually do ti so I can understand how to do something. So when I work on problems I follow along on youtube or khan academy to help me because reading it from a book doesn't help me so much.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:32 pm
by 705379941
the textbook can scare me, but it's best to break it down. Don't read too much in one sitting and take notes on things that scare you. If you really don't understand a concept, try looking at videos on Youtube!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 12:19 pm
by MBouwman_4A
Does anyone know of some good video websites or Youtube channels that could help with explaining the introductory material? I feel like I'm more receptive to listening and visual presentations than reading lines from the textbook.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:32 pm
by Kennya Ramos 1E
If it is not required to read from the textbook, I usually don't unless I really need some extra explaining. The book personally confuses me more most of the time. It may be just me but I'm not a fan of the big "academic" terms used.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 3:33 pm
by Emily_4B
Reading the textbook can sometimes intimidate me, especially when I look at certain homework problems and they incorporate elements we didn’t specifically learn about. If any of you could recommend YouTube channels or other online videos/websites you guys use to help better understand the course material, I’d appreciate it!!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:51 pm
by Jessica Li 1F
I used these for my AP Chemistry class in high school, but I think they have some college-level chem as well:
https://chem.libretexts.org/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEWpbFLzoYGPfuWUMFPSaoA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFKnq9QM6_A&list=PLJfwA7_CzYE_qLSXH2hJkpffcrc76NjHJ

Hope this helps!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Fri Oct 04, 2019 10:39 pm
by Anvi Brahmbhatt 4A
Thank you for giving those links! I'll definitely view them to refresh myself on certain topics. I also do recommend reading the textbook because it does go in depth on the topics it covers, and helps solidify concepts you learn.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:39 pm
by Lauren Tindall
I too get a bit intimidated by reading the textbook. However, doing so is extremely helpful. To make it easier for myself, I split my reading into different chunks and take breaks in between so I won’t be so overwhelmed by all of the material at once. Sometimes, I also take notes on my computer about the things I am confused about so I can research it later. Hope this helps!

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:20 pm
by Merin Padayatty 3G
I personally find reading the textbook very beneficial just so I can go in depth on the topics covered. I usually have to read the text more than once to really comprehend the material so I break the text into small sections.

Re: Reading the textbook

Posted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:05 am
by KTran 1I
Are there a lot of topics in the book that are not covered during lecture that show up on tests?