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From eNotes, which provides study guides for students (and resources for teachers as well) here are some tips for solving chemistry equations.
Solving chemistry equations isn’t easy for most students. But practice and determination will give you confidence. eNotes asks you to keep these three tips in mind as you do your chemistry homework.
- Take a moment to organize the equation before you pull out your calculator to do the math.
- Pay close attention to the units to make sure they are canceling correctly. If units aren’t canceling correctly, then your answer won’t be correct.
- If you do a question multiple times before getting it right, make sure you look at the incorrect attempts to see where you went wrong. Did you invert a conversion factor? Forget to convert from kJ to J? Miscalculate a molar mass? This will help you make a mental checklist of potential problems in other equations.
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