Tutorial
The buttons below take you to other sections of this web site.









Tutorial

 

Links below will allow you to download two versions of a Windows tutorial that I created to support my introductory/preparatory/basic chemistry text An Introduction to Chemistry by Mark Bishop. If you are interested in seeing the text, you can find Acrobat files for both the text and the accompanying study guide at

http://preparatorychemistry.com/

Except for minor changes in 2000, I completed the software in 1997, so its appearance is seriously out of date. Despite the antique appearance, I think it can still be useful. It is an interactive program that allows chemistry students to practice many of the basics skills of chemistry, such as chemical nomenclature, balancing equations, unit conversions, drawing Lewis structures, and much more. Click here to see a complete list of the sections in the tutorial. There are hundreds of problems that are often done in steps, dividing the overall task into parts to provide a model for efficient problem solving and to help identify the smaller parts of larger problems that might be giving students trouble. The program provides instant feedback to the user and contains many links to an extensive help file that provides concise descriptions of what needs to be done to complete problems successfully. Click here to see a more specific list of the features of program.

Because I wrote both the text and the software, they fit together better than most text-software combinations, but the program can be used with other texts. There are two versions of the software, one that is more appropriate for basic introductory courses (courses meant to prepare students for general college chemistry and courses for non-science and health science majors) and a version more appropriate for general college chemistry. The general chemistry version of the program has both more problems and problems that are at a slightly higher level.

Click here to download the installation program for the introductory/preparatory/basic chemistry version of the program. (setup.exe)

Click here to download the installation program for the general chemistry version of the program. (setup1A.exe)

After you download the appropriate file, run the installation program to install the tutorial and its supporting files. 

Please email me at bishopmark@comcast.net to let me know that you're trying the software. Please tell me the name of your school and whether you are a student or an instructor.

Click here to open an Adobe Acrobat file of a written tutorial that accompanies the software.


The following chapter designations correspond to the chapters in my text.

Chapter 1

Program Description

Chapter 2

Elements and the Periodic Table

Isotopes and Isotope Symbols

Chapter 3

Binary Covalent Nomenclature

Chapter 4

Ionic Nomenclature

Balancing Chemical Equations

Water Solubility of Ionic Compounds

Precipitation Reactions

Chapter 5

Conversion of Formulas to Names

Conversion of Names to Formulas

Acids and Bases

Neutralization Reactions

Chapter 6

Oxidation-Reduction Reactions

Chapter 8

Conversion Factors

Calculations and Significant Figures

Unit Conversion Using Dimensional Analysis

Chapter 9

Conversion Factors from Chemical Formulas

Molar Mass Calculations

Chapter 10

Equation Stoichiometry

Chapter 11

Complete Electron Configurations and Orbital Diagrams

Abbreviated Electron Configurations

Chapter 12

Drawing Lewis Structures

Molecular Geometry

Chapter 14

Electronegativity Problems

Molecular Polarity

Types and Strengths of Attractions

Return to Top


Program Features

Problems are done in steps, with answers to each step evaluated (to help the students develop procedures of each task).

There is a tab index for easy chapter and section selection.

There is an extensive help file with several ways to reach it:

from the Help menu

from the Button Bar below the Help menu

from message boxes for incorrect answers

The problem selection pages allow the user to select problems in any order.

The Page menu in the menu bar allows for easy navigation between sections.

There are sounds to indicate correct and incorrect answers. These can be turned on and off through the Options menu.

The help file for the program includes a periodic table with information about each element. This can be called from the Tools menu.

When appropriate, the user can open the Windows calculator from the Tools menu or an icon on the screen (Chapters 8-10).

Instructions for each section are available when the section is first started and through the Help menu.

When appropriate, the user has the ability to type subscripts and superscripts for chemical formulas and scientific notation.

There are responses to correct and incorrect answers (smiling/frowning faces and sounds).

There are links to relevant sections of the help file from the message boxes for incorrect answers.

Significant figures, scientific notation, and correct units are evaluated for each answer for which this is appropriate.

The program includes a formula mass calculator, which is available for appropriate sections (Chapter 9 and 10).

There is always an option of being given the correct answer for problems that the user cannot complete.

The program keeps a record of problems completed, problems completed without errors, problems completed with at least one error, and total percentage of the parts answered correctly. (This is found on the final report screen available through the File menu.)

The user can save, open, and print final reports (from the final report screen available through the File menu).

Return to Top

  bishopmark@comcast.net

[Home] [Chemistry 1A] [Chemistry 2] [Chemistry 10] [Downloads] [Student Sites] [General Sites] [Other Tools] [Tutorial]