Before I share a lot of chemistry, I wanted to talk about chemistry anxiety. When I tell people that I am a chemistry major, it usually follows with, "I did horrible in chemistry". "Chemistry was my worst subject." I do not blame them. It really is one of those subjects that you need a good teacher and you need to have some motivation to learn it.
Chemistry is hard in a couple of different ways. If you have math anxiety then you probably will have chemistry anxiety. General chemistry is very algebra heavy. The second reason is it requires a different type of application. The answer is not always a straight forward one. It can get complicated really quick. A lot of the times it requires that you know a lot to even understand how to start the problem. Chemistry is cumulative, it builds on itself. The first three chapters you will use for the entirety of your general chemistry studies. It is important to understand both the bigger picture and the details. See how everything connects. Try to apply concepts to you daily life. Different chemistry classes require different things from you. Organic chemistry really tests your general chemistry knowledge. There is virtually not math but is extremely conceptual. Biochemistry tests your knowledge in biology and organic chemistry. It also has very little math. Analytical chemistry tests knowledge and advances topics from general chemistry. It uses a lot of the same math from general chemistry. Physical chemistry is a mixture a physics and chemistry. It requires a least multivariable calculus and linear algebra and differential equations. This is why there are so many perquisites for chemistry majors. That was long winded way to say that there is a lot of puzzle pieces but, that it is important to have an overview.
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