icyfire wrote:Does anyone have any good tests or know where to find a good test that has both periodicity and electrochemistry? I've checked the SciOly test exchange, and none of the tests there are both periodicity and electrochem. Thanks in advance
Skink wrote:icyfire wrote:Does anyone have any good tests or know where to find a good test that has both periodicity and electrochemistry? I've checked the SciOly test exchange, and none of the tests there are both periodicity and electrochem. Thanks in advance
The thing about this is you can find so many introductory college level lecture notes, past exams, etc. online now that you don't necessarily need an SO test to practice this. You won't find the two topics together, but I'd bet you could find plenty separately with a few Google searches.
I wouldn't know anything about Southern California competitions, but this is very much what the New York State competition is like (or at least, was like last year). Being familiar with common lab procedures and tasks would be very useful.anmlee wrote:1. My friend said that when she did the event last year, the event was basically about doing an experiment (?). Apparently, the supervisors gave each group a packet, which told them to do certain procedures (i.e. titration), and she and her partner had to do it without any specific instructions on how to do it. In other words, they had to know and understand how to do experiments. I was wondering if this was true for the Southern California competitions?
Depending on the competition and the event writer, this event can require anywhere from zero practical lab knowledge to far, far more than you'd get from a typical AP Chem course (more on par with an undergrad honors chem course). As far as the test questions, standard AP Chem knowledge is just fine, but for some of the labs, you'll need a better knowledge of various lab equipment, common reactions, and general lab procedure than most AP Chem students have.bandgeek165 wrote:For the Chem Lab event, hypothetically, could an AP Chem student get by just with what they already know about chemistry? From reading over the rules sheet it sounds like most of it is basic chem skills and my partner has basically explained the event as such. I'm a junior and this is my first year ever doing Science Olympiad and I'm just trying to figure everything out. Opinions? Advice? Thanks!
While I've only ever seen labs that came off the list, I've only competed in Chem Lab a few times, so I'm not exactly an authority there. However, from what I have seen, even when they give you a lab off the list, it's not always presented the way you expect it to be, and may require you to use lab skills that you didn't necessarily expect.Mathc314 wrote:This is my first year doing Chem Lab. However, my older brother has done it the past two years at states and nationals, so I do have some idea of what it will be like.
So my question is:
When it says tasks will be taken from the following, does that mean that those are the only possible electrochem labs we could be given, or should i practice other common labs in addition to those on the sheet?
Thanks in advance!
I did this event before taking AP Chem and while taking AP Chem, and the only thing I recommend is that if you haven't yet done a significant amount of lab work in your AP Chem class, ask your teacher to work with you outside of class on lab skills (based on the list in the rules, but also just general things like proper measuring procedures, how to use common equipment, etc). If you're 2/3 of the way through the class and you've been consistently doing labs in class, you'll probably be fine.pihi wrote:Is it possible to be doing this event and taking Chem AP at the same time? Or would it be better to just wait one more year?
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