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Trinity's scarcely even a college... more a rubbish dump behind some ugly blue railings :biggrin:

I'm also intrigued as to why your inorganic tutor's room is underground... is he just not liked?


I have an interview invitation from Balliol college. Applied for
Chemistry (obviously) :p:

I may bump into you :ninja:
Reply 721

I have an interview invitation from Balliol college. Applied for
Chemistry (obviously) :p:

I may bump into you :ninja:

It is just about feasible, yes.
Is anyone here being interviewed at New? :smile:

Yes! Ohhh, jeez, you're the first person I've 'met' going for the same college as me. *panic!* :eek3:

Guess I'll be seeing you there!
Reply 723
I have had a mock and got asked some maths and considering I do maths and further maths I was wondering what types of questions you could/would be asked if any?
Reply 724
de Moivres theorem.... and second order differentials.
Reply 725
de moivres???
It's in FP2, mate. It's not very difficult and doesn't relate to chemistry, why would they ask you that?

I don't know anything about chemistry at Oxford :P
Reply 727
de moivres???

De Moivre's theorem states that (cosθ+isinθ)n=cos(nθ)+isin(nθ)(\cos\theta + i\sin\theta)^n = \cos(n\theta) + i\sin (n\theta).
Mines at Balliol, getting quite nervous now, all we can do is try our best :smile:
Am I going to encountour any biology, maths and physics there? I had finished A2 math last year and am currently doing chemistry, physics, economics and AS biology.

Hi, I've got an interview at Balliol next week so I'll be there as well :smile:. From speaking to people there and the tutors, they expect you to know your coure very well including bits you have yet to do, outside reading could give you more to talk about but is not necessarily a must.

I think you should know your other courses and how they apply to chemistry but not really inside out. You may eb asked to integrate or differentiate a function as well, hope that helped :smile:
Reply 730
right - so...
anyone else know anything about it??
Reply 731
you're unlikely to be asked anything harder than the A-level equivalent of the content in the Chemistry course

I'd be more worried about the chemistry questions they're going to ask you (organic synthesis, structure determination etc.)

Try to finish/look at the whole course before you go
Reply 732
:eek3: :confused:

OK, so I have learnt some things, I think. :s-smilie:

Glad to be home at least. :smile: Hello TSR Chemists!
Reply 733
I have 18 books out from various libraries.....I don't know if enjoy is the right word! Giving myself a week off before I start....
At least your solvent sensitivity is less of a problem now! One of the 4th years had a bad ice hockey accident and fractured his he's a little stressed about the fact he can't go into the lab....

Yeah, I saw D coming into the lab the other day on crutches, but haven't seen him since. That definitely sucks.
Mines at Balliol, getting quite nervous now, all we can do is try our best :smile:

I'm nervous too, I think most people are :biggrin:. Good luck!
Reply 735
right - so...
anyone else know anything about it??

Yep, I know rather a lot about it, but I can't really divulge anything specific. I will, however, make a few general points which can't really be emphasised enough:

i) if you've mentioned something in your personal statement, you had better make sure you know it well, that might well be a route they choose to take in their questions.

ii) if you've already covered something in class, that topic is fair game for questioning: know what you've done... well.

iii) if you've not done something in class yet which pertains to a question you're asked, whether or not you know anything about it, don't be afraid to say so. They will happily talk you through something that they can't reasonably expect you to know much about.

iv) don't be afraid to make educated guesses - as long as your reasoning is sensible, it's fine! Some tutors make a point of asking questions which most candidates are likely to get completely wrong at the first attempt, and will then prompt you about some factor you've forgotten, or some theory/phenomenon you're not aware of, and which leads you to reconsider your argument. Thought processes are everything, rote memorisation is nothing.

Best of luck, everyone!
Reply 736
Hellloooo :biggrin:
I have an interview at St. Peters next week.
Anyone else going there?
Reply 737
Soooooo, I'd like to get some textbooks before Christmas, but I'm not sure which ones to get. Definitely getting the Clayden for Organic and Atkins for Physical (although I can't decide which edition to get since the 9th edition has just been released, but there is no solutions manual yet). I don't know what to get for Inorganic though; neither Shriver and Atkins nor Greenwood and Earnshaw have Amazon reviews as good as Clayden or Atkins! :s-smilie: Ah, decisions, decisions...
Reply 738
Greenwood and Earnshaw is one of those that you just need from time to time - looking up unusual compounds etc, but Shriver and Atkins is a better all-round text, insofar as it covers concepts, but it's still an awful book. There is no good inorganic book, I'm afraid.
I wouldnt buy either inorganic book.

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