How to maximize your learning in Quest courses
If you are a student reading this, you may be taking a course that uses the Quest Learning & Assessment tool. So, what does that mean? Now that you have Quest at your fingertips, how should you be using it (and class time) to maximize your learning experience?
- Take notes as you watch the videos. Try to keep a notebook just like you would if going to class.
- Feel free to hit pause and talk to others as you all work through lessons.
- Review your notes and circle areas you have questions about. Write the questions down.
- Use email, Piazza/discussion-board, or class time to share questions with the instructor, TA, or other students. Google other online resources and do some background research.
- If the instructor has created learning modules with questions in Quest, write down the questions and how they were connected to the video lectures.
- Come to class ready to solve problems. When your instructor has asked you a question in class, connect it to the online lectures you watched prior to class.
- As you look at the homework problems, try to make a connection between the questions and the ideas you learned in the online tutorials.
- Think of your instructor as your personal fitness trainer. Your instructor is there to coach you, encourage you, and point to areas where you need improvement. But your instructor cannot do the learning for you, just like a personal trainer can’t lift your weights.
Many of the basic concepts that you should already know from your high school chemistry course. A brief introduction to what this course is about.
One of the 3 basics forms of matter, gases are an important part of chemistry. Their physical behavior can be modeled and described mathematically.
3 Atomic Theory
The atom is the basic building block of chemistry. Understanding the structure and energetics of the atom is a key to understanding more complicated particles such as molecules.
A molecule is a collection of atoms held together via chemical bonds. An understanding of bonding allows a more thorough knowledge of molecular behavior.
Intermolecular forces govern the physical properties of matter. Gases, liquids, and solids have specific properties that are unique to each state.
All of our observable science is governed by thermodynamics - which is a study of the energy requirements and demands of matter interaction.
7 Physical Equilibria
Equilibria of the physical states of matter. Thermodynamics of the dissolved state (aqueous) and solubility equilibria.
8 Solubility Equilibria
Saturated solutions and solubility equilibria.
9 Chemical Equilibria
General equilibrium concepts. Mass action expression. Equilibrium constants and how to create and use a RICE table to solve equilibrium problems.
10 Acid/Base Equilibria
Acid/Base theory and equilibria. Weak acids and bases, pH, buffers, titrations, and indicators.
Chemical kinetics - the rates of chemical reactions. Reaction mechanisms. Reaction coordinates.
Reduction / oxidation or redox reactions. Electrochemical cells. Standard Electrical Potentials. Batteries.
13 Nuclear Chemistry
Nuclear reactions and their processes.
14 Organic Chemistry
A simple introduction to organic chemistry: nomenclature, functional groups, and some reaction types.
15 Inorganic Chemistry
An overview of some inorganic chemistry including complexation.
Chapters 2 and 5 combined into one "chapter". Intermolecular forces govern the physical properties of matter. Gases, liquids, and solids have specific properties that are unique to each state.
Videos of different lab experiments performed by Dr. Laude.