From general biology to organic chemistry, Smarthinking is ready to help.
Using our proprietary virtual whiteboard for live, real-time collaboration, tutors guide students through solving science problems. Smarthinking’s tutors do not solve the problem for students. Instead, tutors use a problem-solving based teaching style to help students learn underlying concepts. In this way, students learn to handle future assignments on their own.
- Science: Topics Covered
Biology: Chemistry of Life; Evolution; Cells; Molecules; Energy; DNA; Genetics; Biodiversity; Plant Form and Function; Physiology; Ecology. Smarthinking tutorial support aligns with the AP® Biology course*.
Introductory Human Anatomy & Physiology: Structure and function of the human body, life processes, directional terms, body planes, and cavities. Structure, classification, and function of cells, tissues, membranes, organs, and muscular, skeletal, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Also, disorders of the respective systems and treatments.
General Chemistry: Measurement and Units; Atomic Structure; Chemical Formulas, Nomenclature & Reaction Equations; Chemical Reactions – Precipitation, Redox, Acid-Base, Gas-Forming, etc.; Thermochemistry; Electron Configurations; Periodic Table Trends; VSEPR; Valence Bond Theory; Introduction to Molecular Orbital Theory; Properties and Characteristics of Solids, Liquids and Gases; Solubility; Kinetics; Acids & Bases; Gaseous Equilibria; Aqueous Equilibria; Entropy & Free Energy; Galvanic and Electrolytic Cells, Nuclear Equations; Basic Organic Nomenclature & Functional Groups. Smarthinking tutorial support aligns with standard first-year chemistry curricula and the AP® Chemistry course*.
Physics: Kinematics; Forces and Newton's Laws of Motion; Work and Energy; Circular Motion; Momentum; Simple and Harmonic Motion; Fluids; Heat and Temperature; The Ideal Gas Law; Thermodynamics; Electric Forces and Electric Fields; Electric Circuits; Magnetic Forces and Fields; Optics; Special Relativity; Particles and Waves; Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity; Waves and Sound; Electromagnetic Waves. Smarthinking tutorial support aligns with the AP® Physics B, AP® Physics C (Mechanics), AP® Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism)* courses.
Organic Chemistry: Atomic orbital hybridization, covalent bonding, electronegativity, resonance, Lewis acid-base theory. Functional groups and nomenclature. Structure, properties, and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkanes. Aromaticity, properties and reactions of aromatic hydrocarbons. Structure, properties and reactions of alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, epoxides, aldehydes, ketones, amines, carboxylic acids and carboxylic acid derivatives. Common reaction mechanisms: free radical chain mechanism, electrophilic addition, nucleophilic substitution, elimination, electrophilic substitution, nucleophilic acyl addition. Stereochemistry: E/Z-isomers, R/S-isomers, Fischer projections, enantiomers, diastereomers, optical activity. Topics supported will be of interest to students preparing for MCATTM Organic Chemistry.
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