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About the Chemistry Requirement for College

written by: TaiDollWave•edited by: Noreen Gunnell•updated: 6/23/2011

Here's an article about the chemistry requirement for college, as well as providing some tips and tricks.

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    Introduction: You have to take chemistry!

    You thought you were clever, didn't you? You knew there were some classes that you hated. So you thought you'd pick a major where they just didn't matter! Joke's on you though, there are some classes that everyone has to take, and among the most hated is; chemistry. So, here's an article to answer your questions about the chemistry requirement for college.

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    Why Do I Have to Take This?

    Why do you have to take one is probably the first question. The answer is because it makes you a well rounded person. Also, in just about every college, every has to take so many classes in the different subjects. This is why even English majors will end up taking Chemistry. It is also the reason that if you are science major, you still have to take English classes.

    Also, you take basic classes in everything because they are applicable in all subjects. It is just plain useful to have at least a basic understanding of chemistry, English, math, history, and all the other entry level classes you're forced to take.

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    What You'll Be Learning

    The chemistry requirement for college is, once again, typically an entry level class. You will go and usually be lectured about the basics of chemistry. This will usually include, but is certainly not limited to:

    -What chemistry is

    -Why it is important

    -How it is used in every day life

    And other basics such as:

    -The periodic table of elements

    -How to balance equations

    -The scientific method

    A lot of this might sound like a review, and that's because it sort of is. It's just a more in depth class about all these things. You may also be required to take a lab portion of the class, where you'll see the things that you learned about chemistry put into action. If this is the case, it is imperative that you attend the lecture portion of your class so you don't misunderstand the lab, which can be dangerous in addition to not preparing you for the exams.

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    Tips and Tricks

    The first thing you can do is make friends with someone in class so you can share notes and start a study group together. Invite other people in class so you can all exchange notes, work on assignments, and prep for tests together. Make sure that you won't violate your college's dishonesty policy, though.

    When you have equations that you have to memorize, write them on flash cards. Use them if you have time waiting for class to start, riding the bus, or during commercials on TV.

    If you have a question, or something you do not understand, ask your professor, hopefully before taking a test or exam. Don't waltz in two days before the final exam. Go in as soon as you're having trouble with something. Instructors like to be asked questions; that's what they're there for. It tells them what they need to explain better, or what they're doing well on.

    (And you just never know when you might get a study tip. Sometimes if something is really bugging you, your instructor might just let it slip that you don't need to know it for a test. It doesn't happen often, but once in awhile you can get lucky.)

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    Conclusion: It Isn't The End of the World

    Chemistry sounds hard, but it isn't really. It isn't the end of the world. You can get through it!