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Some More Useful Pointers On Chemistry Problem Solving

  • Read the problem carefully, moving your lips if necessary.
  • Find the best way to think of the problem in the most concrete terms.
  • Draw the problem, if possible.
  • In chemistry example problems list the important information items in the problem. Show GIVEN, the information you know about the problem labeled with its units and symbols and FIND, what you need to find in the problem.

An example:

FIND: D (density)
GIVEN: V = 46.9 mL m = 127.1 g (V is volume and m is mass.)

Show the formula from the symbols in GIVEN and FIND (D = m/V)

  • Know the background material for the problems.
  • Follow the problem-solving method your teacher gives you, if one is given.
  • Understand and use the units of quantities.
  • Know your own weakest points so you can be wary of them.
  • Go back and check your work. Use the units of the measurements to check your work. If the answer does not make sense, something is wrong.
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