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Introduction to cbsquared for the GAMSAT


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Learn about what the cbsquared 10 week course "Chemistry for GAMSAT" has in store for you!

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Introduction to cbsquared for the GAMSAT

  1. 1. Chemistry for the GAMSAT Course by Corri Baker BSc (Biomedical Science) (Hons)Postgraduate Research (Supramolecular Chemistry)
  2. 2. About the course• 20 Topics• 20 Interactive sessions• There will be an optional email list for organising study groups etc with the other students.• There are students in the class with different backgrounds in chemistry, I will do my best to meet everyone’s needs…• BUT I will be starting from the absolute BASICS! 2
  3. 3. Aims of the course• To provide students with the tools needed to obtain the level of chemistry knowledge required for the GAMSAT• Teach basic concepts which must be built upon in order to understand more advanced chemistry• Cover the concepts, language and methodology involved in the study of chemistry.• Give confidence and knowledge required to begin to practice problem solving skills required for difficult multiple choice questions in the GAMSAT 3
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  5. 5. Warning!! (disclaimer)• Chemistry can be difficult!• Learning 2 years worth of chemistry in 10 weeks is definitely difficult!• The pace of this course will be fast.However:• I will do the best I can to give you all the help and support you need.• Other students and the course structure can be a great source of motivation and support. 5
  6. 6. For those with no Science background. 6
  7. 7. Maths for Chemistry• There is maths in everything, including Chemistry! No need to shy away from it.• No calculators are allowed in the start doing questions without one NOW!• There are a list of online resources at• Best to look up and practice as you go along, rather than try to teach yourself concepts with no context for learning and applying. 7
  8. 8. Maths for Chemistry• You will need a good hold of algebra including: – algebraic expressions – manipulating positive & negative numbers – reciprocals – simplification (of brackets etc), factorisation – like terms – algebraic fractions – linear equations – exponents – logarithms (base 10 and natural logarithms) – Check my website and social media regularly for new links and resources! 8
  9. 9. Deferential equations 9
  10. 10. Other Resources• Any relevant Chemistry Text is fine, just use the index!• If you are new to Chemistry: Year 12 study guides and workbooks, eg “The Essentials” or SABSSA Revision guides – (just be sure to check the relevancy of some of the questions, use the cbsquared course guide)• First year uni past exams and tutorials if you have access to them – most uni library sites have past exam papers available to all students 10
  11. 11. Some TextbooksIntroduction to ChemistryStanley et al., Elements of Senior ChemistryPhysical ChemistryChang, General Chemistry, 5th Edition Organic Chemistry Carey, Organic Chemistry, 7th Edition 11
  12. 12. Some Textbooks Organic & Physical Chemistry Blackman et. al., Chemistry 12
  13. 13. Recommendations• I strongly recommend you make effort to learn the language of Chemistry! – Wikipedia is invaluable for quick reference to find a definition rather than trawling through text books.• In class, write down as much as you possibly can!• Try to keep up with the material between sessions.• Use any provided references for extra practice questions and more in depth explanations. There simply isn’t time to cover everything in detail in the sessions! 13
  14. 14. Chemistry is Important! Albert EinsteinMarie Curie Neils Bohr Howard Florey 14
  15. 15. Today’s Scientists 15
  16. 16. Credits•• Nearing Zero:• McGraw Hill Publishing• Wikipedia Creative Commons Images 16