help with concentration calculation - Calculation (Aug/03/2006 )
how are u all today?
i have a serious problem in calculation.... that i am toooooo bad in it, i need an advice.
i checked some of my old lectures abouts solutions and its preparation.
what shall i do?
they are really good links.
my professor can just take a look at the desired solution and give me the answer in one second or so...... u can imagine how do i feel all the time....
Don't worry, you need practice.
You might have seen in this forum that there are different ways to calculate.
you have to find the one you prefer and to practice a little.
yip as misselle says its just a case of practice make perfect
take some time off and go over your old notes and spend a day dedicated to understanding what you are calculating, not just learning the equations.
trust me, taking some time now to rectify this will be invaluable through out your research career
you need to visualize how many grams you have in one mole, how many mole in one liter for a 1 molar solution, and then how many grams in 1 liter and so on.
it sounds like a joke, but it is not : use apples instead of moles. It can help
SpanishFlower, good on you for searching. Many of us start off horrible at calculations. I love em. I was horrible at them at first. I bought a few calculation books (Segel "Biochemical Calculations.") And I collect calculations! Yes, from past exam papers (Royal College of Pathologists) from online past-exams (masters courses etc). I try to memorise as "proofs" the steps in a calculation until I know it..kinda like poetry.
There are a core of maybe twenty equations we use frequently. These I keep going over. When my work calls for me to use a new equation I practise and practise until I get a "feel" for the answers. e.g. I've just come back to that old favourite, phosphate buffer. I play with the different masses needed to get different pHs or different molar strengths.
Now, I can look at a pH and molar strength and tell you near enough what mass to use. That's how your prof does it. Just being familiar with the parameters. It's gonna come. Especially since you care so much about it.
Pen to paper and hit the calculator buttons, girl!
"tests show that nine out of ten sums prefer to be done on a calculator by a scientist."
thankx all for ur support
the links are great
i am going to work on them for an hour each day as i cant take a whole day off
if you are in trouble, post here and you'll find some help and other points of view than these on the webpages. But these are good links. I've added to favorites