Home-Page for Sections 381-382-396

in Chemistry 103, Fall 2008 

All non-italicized links will open in a new window.

What's Happening in 81-82-96 ?

our SCHEDULE-PAGE for 81-82-96
and syllabus for 81-82-96


Learn@UW — click "Content" to find
Prof Dahl's syllabus & lecture notes, handouts


to e-mail everyone (plus me and Prof Dahl) about
anything relevant for Chem 103, send messages to

Also, there is a Facebook Group for 81-82-86
as explained in the email sent to you by Annie.

Form study groups with other students;
use classlists (above), contact list, facebook,
plus faces-and-names and personal info.

information about me (a brief history, etc)

italicized links keep you inside this page,
regular links open a new page in a new window


Form study groups with other students,

attend all discussion sections,

talk with me (before & after sections,
in Problem-Solving Sessions, lab,..)
and if necessary, craig@chem.wisc.edu but
write the "subject" so it doesn't look like spam.

Chemistry Computer Room (1375)
for doing labs (Lake Study, Chemical Rxns)
has same time-schedule as Study Room (1371).

For information about tutoring — for free (by TAs
in Chemistry Dept) or for pay (by private tutors)
and for free by Alpha Chi Sigma and UW-GUTS —
click this link and then the third and fourth links
for "Private & Other..." and "Study Room...".

Free Tutoring by TAs in Chem 1371
Most of these TAs know Chem 103 well. (but
you should try to use the formats I suggest)

Alpha Chi Sigma, W 7-9 pm at Lake/Langdon
(they're a chemistry fraternity/sorority)

UW GUTS Tutoring Service with
free tutoring for chemistry (and...)

GUTS also has a Study Skills Program and more.

Life Tutoring:  if you want personal help, a
variety of services (including counseling) are at
University Health Service

Safety Message (from UW Dean of Students)


Learning Skills (my page)
Learning Skills (links-page)

IDEAS-PAGE (potentially useful ideas)

Information about Before-Class Music
And I hope you'll bring your own CDs.

DESIGN METHOD:  introduction  overview
SCIENTIFIC METHOD:  intro  overview  details

Problem Solving in Education: Design & Science

Discussion-Based Labs
(it's how I would like to teach labs)

7 Habits of Highly Effective People
and The Pyramid of Success

(in right-side column)

it was never between you and them
(wise advice from Mother Teresa)

a page about me — with a brief history
of my life, and links to other pages
that include Do-it-Yourself Juggling and
Musical Improvisation (creativity + theory)
and Physics: Power Tools for Problem Solving


for Final Exam

It's not the will to win,
it's the will to WORK to win.

(on the t-shirt for a track team, but it's
also true for chemistry and your other classes)

I've told you that score-averages are lower for
the final exam than for midterms, and some
data (for the past 3 semesters) is at the
top of the page for Lab-and-Quiz AVERAGES.

the Final Exam is 30% of your course grade
(and maybe more, since it's a major factor in
deciding "borderline" grades) and the format is
all multiple-choice (42 questions, 105 pts),
approximately 25% on Chapter 13, and
25% for each of the first three midterms.
Here are resources to help you prepare:

A. Prof Dahl's OLD EXAMS plus keys for your
midterms this semester are in Learn@UW - Content
or, if links don't work, Exam 1 Key & Exam 2 Key.

B. Study Questions for Final Exam (Dahl)
QUESTIONS  ANSWER-KEY (by Tony Jacob) and
my TIPS FOR TIMING (what to do NOW & later)

C. Lecture Problems on Chapter 13 (Dahl)

d. OPTIONAL:  My handout (problems from Chapter 13
with answers) isn't fancy but you may find it useful:
Ch 13 problems (left side) & answers (right side).

E. Prof Dahl's Review (strongly recommended)
Monday or Tuesday, and also maybe my Q-and-A;
information is at bottom of schedule-page.

to help you visualize-and-understand
corners (1/8), faces (1/2), edges (1/4):
it shows how to figure out "each kind of
atom" in a compound like NaCl or MgO

E-page Ideas:  all of you can do all exam problems (if...);
tips from Emily (learn cues that tell you what category a
problem is, and know how to solve each type of problem);
form study groups (you can use classlists on left side);
write clear essay for you & grader [use ---( )( )( ) = ---];
how to practice in living room & perform in concert hall,
in exam use "excitement" to focus on thinking & action.

"If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you always got." (anonymous)
This principle of life can be good news or bad news:
if you did well on midterms, continue the good work;
if not, develop a strategy for improving, and do it.

You can learn by using the Oregon Strategy so
(like my friend the welder) you'll continually improve:
For each question you missed, ask "Why did I miss it
and how can I fix it? (so next time I'll get it correct)"

Motives & Strategies for Effective Learning
How did my friend become an expert welder?
How I didn't learn to ski (first day on the slopes)

Memory as a Problem-Solving Tool
Quizes 1 versus 2 — What does the dog do?
Summary Notes will help you now and in December.
Tips for Using FLASH CARDS — They're a good way to
learn important ideas;  some examples are on I-page,
and use them for categories:  12ab, 10, 11, 13, ...

 IGNORE all of the
grayed-out parts below,
which are for later in the semester.

optional web-resources for WINE LAB:
The Science of Color — Introductory Overviews

Quiz 5 (take-home, due W, Oct 22) and KEY
Quiz 6 (in class, W, Oct 22) has a KEY

Ice-and-Water Problems (in Chapter 5)

Answers for 18a-Problems in the
6th edition of your textbook:
for #44,  DH = - 43.6 kJ
for #46,  DH = - 319.7 kJ

Tony's KEY for "Thermochemistry Problems"
(Prof Dahl usually hands these out in lecture)
my KEY with solution-setups (numbering differs,
but problems are same except those marked "skip")
oops — balanced eqn for #4 is "2, 24, 24, 22"
(---> "1, 12, 12, 11")  Do you see my mistake?
and for Problem 11 (#14 on my key) the correct
answer is -2486;  I used the 2nd reaction wrong.

KEY for Supplementary Exercise 1
(old handout from Prof Dahl, maybe still useful)

Quiz 1 and KEY (in class, W, Sep 10)
Quiz 2 and KEY (in class, W, Sep 17)
Quiz 3 and KEY (take-home, due W, Sep 24)
Quiz 4 and KEY (in class, M, Sep 29)

When you plan your studying, notice that about 80%
of the exam points are for non-reaction problems.

• Assigned Problems are in Prof Dahl's Syllabus
Homework Info (problems, philosophy, grading)
• Homework Timing? — check our Schedule Page
• answers for ODD-numbered problems are in
Appendix O (page A-62,...) of the KTT-textbook;
• answers for EVEN-numbered problems are here

• answers for inside-the-chapter EXERCISES
are in Appendix N, beginning on page A-40

AVERAGES for each QUIZ and LAB

The Joy of Science
( in the story of Quantum Mechanics )

Google [anthropic principle multiverse design]

Here are resources for learning from experience, as in
using Oregon Strategy (why did I miss? how to fix?):

Study all 5 of Prof Dahl's OLD EXAMS
and do "realistic exam practice" for at least two
of the exams:  Set aside 2 hours to take the exam,
then grade it and learn by using the Oregon Strategy.

answers/setups for Lecture Problems (Ch 11)

Quiz 7 (take-home) and KEY (by 2:00)
Quiz 8 (in-class) and KEY (by 3:00)

Here is How to Do It (and Why)

Understanding and Respect

Key for Exam

this page is