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Offline Cyrustorz

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Are there more active chemistry forums somewhere?
« on: October 17, 2015, 09:39:10 PM »
The people here are super helpful/educated but to be honest it's also pretty dead here.  I have unluckily ended up in a chemistry class where we aren't actually taught how to do the problems we are assigned in class so I'm looking for an active community I can talk things through with to get through this year. Not where it takes an entire evening just to hear back about 1 question. Is there anywhere more active?

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Re: Are there more active chemistry forums somewhere?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2015, 05:35:16 AM »
Pretty dead? Are you kidding? What are you expecting? I mean its not like chemistry has same amount of fans as computer games or porn... I see that everyday there is someone willing to answer the questions be it Dan, Borek, Discodermolide, Arkcon, Orgopete and many others than I cant remember...(I´m sorry guys  :( ) You can talk things here but none will answer a homework problem for you.

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Re: Are there more active chemistry forums somewhere?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2015, 09:49:22 AM »
I've often asked where else we can go for chemistry questions and help.  And there are other places out there, but they tend to be specialized, even more so than our forums.  Also, Mitch: and Borek: have put a lot of work into making these forums take the job of answering questions seriously.  This can be a problem elsewhere:  Yahoo answers will just spout an answer, with no explanation.  If you go to Science Madness, you can often find some way out there, somewhat dangerous, manipulations, but people just say "Just dissolve it in conc nitric, I made that myself, 's easy" with out qualifying exactly what precautions they did take.

You'll have to work on most of the problems on your own, and try to see what you really need help with.  You didn't have to wait all night, for the answer to this question here:  http://www.chemicalforums.com/index.php?topic=82677.msg300179#msg300179  The entire problem was a definition, you could have looked it up in your textbook glossary.  The image you linked to gave Borek: a 404, then you attached it, then you found out the answer.  You could have typed in: 2M + X2  :rarrow: 2MX. That wouldn't have got you a better answer, but it would have saved us some time.

No one has yet troubled you to read the Forum Rules{click} and I think its high time you did.  Some people (me, in particular,) take a dim view of "here's a link, solve it ... wha?  Fine, I'll attach an image." 

In my day (pause to crack aching bones) we tried things out on scrap paper when we didn't understand something.  Then when that didn't work, we tried it another way, on another paper.  Then when that didn't work we asked, "Whats wrong with this"  and people would say "OK, that first one is just a mess, and the second one just need you to ..."  We often have to explain, we want to see the work, done by you, done by hand, before we try to give you an answer.
Hey, I'm not judging.  I just like to shoot straight.  I'm a man of science.

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Re: Are there more active chemistry forums somewhere?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 10:22:21 AM »
I just want to add, that there is lot of chemists on reddit and they most of the time give pretty good and comprehensive answers.

Im sorry for double post but I cant edit the 1st post of mine.

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Re: Are there more active chemistry forums somewhere?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2015, 09:38:56 PM »
@Cyrustorz
Have you tried to hire a tutor?


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