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Life of Fred: Chemistry

Life of Fred: Chemistry
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If Fred has made math understandable and fun for your student, you’ll find him a great teacher for Chemistry!  Fred says: This is the high school chemistry course that I wish I had when I was first studying chemistry. Several studies have shown that students who have had a high school chemistry course—like this book—do much better learning college-level chemistry. The traditional way to teach chem (and math and physics and biology) is have the student memorize thousands of facts. Some chem textbooks are like telephone books. One of them is actually 1200 pages long and costs more than $200. If you were teaching chem to a computer, this approach would be perfect. Computers can memorize (and retain) a million facts without breaking into a sweat. The trouble is that many chemistry students are human. Opening a traditional chem textbook at random I found, “Gallium and In occur only in traces in Al and Zn ores. Thallium, also a rare element, is recovered from flue ducts from the roasting of pyrite and other sulfide ores.” That’s nice, but hundreds and hundreds of pages of fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact, fact do not add any meaning to your life. And even if you do memorize mountains of chem facts, you will forget 90% of them a month after you finish the course.


Life of Fred: Chemistry requires no sitting down and memorizing. You will learn that H stands for hydrogen and Na for sodium because you will be using those abbreviations often enough. All of the exercises are open book.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  1. A scientific calculator that has keys marked sin, cos, log, and ln. They cost less than $20 and will also be used in advanced algebra, trig, and calculus. This is not the super expen$ive graphing calculator. Enough of beginning algebra that you know that 10–3 means

  2. Enough of beginning algebra that you know that 10–3 means 1 10 3 and can solve 9.444 = 3.222x + 3, and know that (4 4 )(4 5 ) does not equal 4 2 0 .


Life of Fred Chemistry includes:

Exponents; Lab Safety; Sulfuric Acid; Robert Bunsen and His Burner; Proper Diction; Five Branches of Philosophy; Metric and English Systems; Only Three Countries Use the English System; What Is an Element; Angstroms; Conversion Factors; Significant Digits; Rounding; Finding the Weight of a Single Helium Atom Using Only High School Lab Equipment; Scientific Notation; Mass vs. Weight; Standard Pressure and Boyle’s Law; Avogadro’s Number; Moles; the Scientific Method; Finding the Value of Absolute Zero using Only High School Lab Equipment; Kelvin Scale; Standard Temperature and Charles’s Law; Why a Mole of Any Gas at STP occupies about 22.4 Liters; Atomic and Molecular Weight; Ozone; Density; the Island of Cyprus Is Why Copper Is Cu instead of Co; History of the Atom; Periodic Table of the Elements and How It Was Constructed; Atomic Number; Mass Number; AMU Defined; Nine Isotopes of Helium; Radioactivity; 20 Metric Prefixes from Yocto to Yotta; Compounds vs. Mixtures; Heterogeneous vs. Homogeneous; Making Steel; Six Alloys of Gold; Why Wedding Rings Should Not Be Made from Gallium; the Seven Elements that Exist as Diatomic Molecules; Why Nails Are Galvanized; Standard Potentials of Elements; Electrolysis; Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions; Photosynthesis; Melting Wood; Metaphors vs. Similes; Nobel Gases; Lewis Structures; Joules; Finding the Atomic Weight of Carbon using Only High School Lab Equipment; Vapor Pressure; Desiccants; the Empty Space inside an Atom; Rutherford’s Experiment; Chemistry with Aristotle and Proclus; Mass Spectrometers; Alkali Metals; Alkaline Earth Metals; Enthalpy Change; Hess’s Law; Groups and Periods; Halogens; Oxidation Numbers; Duet and Octet Rules; How to Make Xenon Tetrafluoride; Metalloids; the Lanthanides and the Actinides; Precipitates; Hyperbole; Finding Empirical Formulas Experimentally; Balancing Skeleton Equations; Litotes; Electron Shells; Core and Valence Electrons; Ionic Bonding; Three-Dimensional Periodic Table; Covalent Bonding; Schrödinger’s Equation; Polar Covalent Bonding; Electronegativity; Dipole Moment; Electrolytes; Cations and Anions; Orbitals; Principal Quantum Numbers; Why Neon Lights Glow; Aufbau Principle; Acids; Molarity; Hydronium Ions; Why HF Is Not a Strong Acid; Computing Equilibrium Constants; pH; Le Châtelier’s Principle; Polyatomic Ions; Titration Experiments; 0.00115 Is Equal to 10 to What Power? Buffers and Why They Work; How Your Lungs Know They Should Breathe Harder When You Exercise; Hydrocarbon Chemistry; Alkanes, Alkenes, and Alkynes; Ring Compounds; Nine Classes of Organic Compounds: Haloalkanes, Amines, Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic Acids, Ethers, Esters, and Amides; Biochemistry; Peptide Bonds; How Proteins Are Created inside Cells; Importance of Eating Complete Proteins.


Hardback book, 240 pages. This book is not consumable. All answers are written on separate paper or in a notebook. For 10th grade through adult. Get ready for the adventure!

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