Dr. Warburton’s Chem 1051 page (Intersession 2007)
Chem 1051 course info for intersession can be found here.
The Chem 1051 curriculum can be found here.
If you are looking to apply for a lab waiver, or want to apply to be excused for an absence from one of the labs, fill out one of the e-forms here.
The answers for the first midterm can be found here for final exam study purposes.
Last winter I had an assignment on equilibrium problems. Download the equilibrium assignment answers here to work on for practice.
A list of the material that will be tested on midterm #2 of May 28th is here.
The answers for the second midterm can be found here for final exam study purposes.
The answers for the third midterm can be found here for final exam study purposes.
Dr Chris Flinn’s excellent worksheets and sample tests can be found here.
Another potentially useful resource
is the publisher’s website for the textbook. If you bought the textbook with the media
package, you should already have an access code to get to quizzes, animations,
and activities. If you don’t have an
access code, you could purchase one from the publisher for $18 (
Another valuable resource in understanding the material is the Chemistry Resource Room in room C-2012. The room is staffed from 9:30 to 4:30 from Monday to Friday with knowledgeable staff and upper year chemistry undergraduate students. Their job is to help clarify the material and help you come to an understanding of the material. Their job, however, is not to teach you the material or to do the problems for you. Come prepared with examples of problems or concepts that are giving you trouble. Your previous attempts at the problems would be useful to bring with you, as it will allow them to see where you are doing well, and what part of a problem is the sticking point.
Problem solving techniques, tips, and approaches.
As the lectures progress I will try to post short papers on general problem solving or specific approaches or hints to certain problem types in this section. These approaches have worked for me in the past. I do not consider them to be the right way of doing things; rather they are one way of doing things. Use whatever approach to a problem works best for you, but realize that being organized, effectively communicating the steps you take in your approach, and being sure that the approach you are taking is valid for the problem you are solving are requirements in any good approach to scientific problem solving (and to get full marks!).
The first two papers represent the concepts of problem solving, and what I feel are important factors in problem solving in general and in chemistry. Later papers will present hints and tips to solving problems of certain types. These papers will not go in-depth into all the steps of solving a problem, as I cover that in class and expect you to gain that knowledge through practice. What these papers will highlight are the common mistakes that are made in a problem, and give you a feel for what is a “reasonable” answer for certain chemical properties you would solve for in a problem. Use these tips in conjunction with your problem solving practice.
Short Paper 01 – General Problem Solving in Everyday Life
Short Paper 02 – Chemistry Problem Solving
Short Paper 03 – Tips for Method of Initial Rates Problems
Descriptive Chemistry Worksheets for Intersession
Again, I must thank Dr. Chris Flinn for allowing me to use and modify his excellent worksheets for descriptive chemistry.
DO NOT rely on these notes as a substitute for going to the lectures! Much of the problem solving we will look at in the lectures will not be shown in detail in these notes. Also, questions asked in the lectures will often lead to alternative approaches to the material being discussed.
Chapter 14 – Chemical Kinetics
Chapter 15 – Principles of Chemical Equilibrium
Chapter 16 – Acids and Bases
Chapter 17 – Additional Aspects of Acid-Base Equilibria
Chapter 18 – Solubility and Complex-Ion Equilibria
Chapter 19 – Spontaneous Change: Entropy and Free Energy
Chapter 20 – Electrochemistry
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