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From the authors of the "conceptual" line of science textbooks, this podcast series focuses on the important added benefits one receives when learning the concepts of science within a learning community. This includes improved thinking skills and social skills too. We not only help students prepare for their next exam, we also work to distill the flavor of the overall college experience. This podcast series is a thoughtful step back—a reflection on the meaning of one's education, which we call the big picture.

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Aug 27, 2019

Chem 101: The Big Picture Podcast

Episode 01

Your hosts: John and Tracy Suchocki


1. Introduction

Who is the podcast for?

What are our goals?

2. The Back Story

How to Study Effectively

Step 1 / Step 2 Learning

Delayed retrieval


3: Do the Review (Chapter 01)

About Science

About Chemistry

Unit Conversions

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Here in episode 5 we review the first half of chapter 4 of Conceptual Chemistry. We start by reviewing the conceptual model, which describes how a system behaves. We then explore some of the history behind the discovery of subatomic particles. This episode concludes with a review of the vocabulary associated with...