Ideas to memorize inorganic chemistry?

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#1 10 February, 2013 - 21:27
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Ideas to memorize inorganic chemistry?


I have a small course in inorganic chemistry. I am finding it extremely dfficult to memorize reactions. I initially tried by link method but it didnt work. The stoichiometric coefficients are unusual numbers and i am not able to spot any inherent symmetry to make it simple. There are more than 50 reactions of the similar kind in my course. I need help. SOS!
Like: I2 + 10HNO3 ---> 2HIO3 + 10NO2 + 4H2O
P4 + 3NaOH + 3H2O---> PH3 + 3NaH2PO2

12 February, 2013 - 10:11
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Kinma left a good comment here:
http://mt.artofmemory.com/blogs/md1994/chemistry-biology-and-science-in-...

Bangalos has a tip here:
http://mt.artofmemory.com/forums/any-ideas-on-memorizing-organic-chemist...

I've also attached a spreadsheet (CSV file) that lists the origins of the names of the elements. The download link is below the image. That might help with creating images quickly.

You may also want to have a simple number shapes system to memorize numbers.

If you have 50 formulas, you could create 50 locations through your house. Each location could have two places. For example, if one location is your couch, leave space for images on one side of the couch and images on the other side of the couch.

So for this:
I2 + 10HNO3 ---> 2HIO3 + 10NO2 + 4H2O

I2 + 10HNO3 could go on the left side of the couch and 2HIO3 + 10NO2 + 4H2O could go on the right.

Also, check out Anki. Even with mnemonic images, it's still important to review the information. Anki helps space the reviews.

EDIT: the attached CSV file is from Wikipedia and under a Creative Commons license.

12 February, 2013 - 10:13
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I didn't read this page, but it might have some useful information on it as well:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemistry_mnemonic

12 February, 2013 - 17:43
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Thanks Josh!

The couch technique is fantastic. My room is pretty much scrambled, i will find a lot of objects to store my info on the either side of them.

Kinma's comment was great, i got some more ideas to do this task.

Thanks for the spreadsheet!

I already have a flashcard app on my android- ankidroid. I think it is the same developer.

I am quiet sure this will work for me.

Regards,
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