All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Chemistry

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Chemistry

All I really need to know, I learned in Chemistry. All I really need to know about how to think and what to do and how to solve, I learned in Chemistry. Stoichiometry was not in the free-response section of the Advanced Placement Exam, but there in the classroom at high school. These are the things that I learned:

Do not share homework

Be kind

Keep your hands to yourself

Put lab equipment back where you found it

Clean up

Wash your hands after a lab

There is math in chemistry

You do not get to blow things up

No food or drink in the lab

Work together does not mean copy

Use mental math when you can

Plug and chug

Significant figures are real

It’s Avogadro’s number, not Avocado’s number

Your ions handout is your best friend

The periodic table is a valuable tool

Dimensional analysis never goes away

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. Chemistry builds from one chapter to the next, like the stages of life. Laying the foundation prepares you to work together, think, try and succeed. Remember, Chemistry is also FUN!