|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
How to prepare for chemistry in real life... Taking chemistry and biology classes is certainly a good start. The next place you need to go is MATH! As I am sure you are aware, most of what you are dealing with in chemistry is rather tiny, but you need to be able to talk about it all the same. One of the best, most time honored methods for keeping track of lots of very tiny things is mathematically. One of your core classes in college, if you pursue chemistry, will be physical chemistry. This is based heavily on linear algebra. That math dialect is more or less the glossary for that class. Therefore, I advise not only getting this early start on the sciences, but get a good solid start on math. This means you'd be in the best shape if you get through calculus before you leave highschool. A good way to practice calculus and become comfortable with it, is to use it in the task for which it was invented: physics! Chemistry hardly exists in isolation. It sits in the center surrounded by physics, math and biology. As you get more familliar with chemistry and the surrounding terrain, see if you can't track down a summer internship or two that will let you more thoroughly explore those interests. The more you learn about the universe of chemistry, the more you will see there is. Exploring one or two fields with in this universe can give you a little more depth of understanding than trying to take in all the surface. I'll warn you though, all the classes I've recommended have very heavy books, so invest in a good backpack now. Warm up your analytical neurons and GOOD LUCK! Greta Hardin
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