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Subject: Study Skills

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How can I make myself dread studying less? I hate it!

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Trust your process. If you are struggling with following the exact methods your professor suggests, try something new. Even if every student is doing practice problems but you struggle with them, try to approach the material differently. Try looking up experiments where the same principles are applied. If you learn about those experiments, it may help you understand, rather than becoming frustrated. Don't shame yourself for having to learn differently!

Subject: Environmental Science

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Discuss whether or not the world’s total human carrying capacity can continue to increase through the use of technology

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Carrying capacity is dependent on resource use and the number of humans using that are using the aforementioned natural resources. In order to maintain a growing population, resources must be conserved, rather than recklessly burned through. Sustainable management practices like monitoring the growth of forests used for lumber and reproduction rates in a consumable fish species would help to stretch resources, rather than depleting them irresponsibly and prematurely hitting carrying capacity due to resource loss. Technology that creates more efficient ways to collect and use renewable energy could prevent the depletion of fossil fuels. If sustainable management practices are used, in both developing and developed countries, then reaching carrying capacity could be delayed. The amount of resources (be it fish or fossil fuels) and the rate of use makes up carrying capacity. What technology and humans can control is how quickly these resources are used. While the carrying capacity of a system cannot be increased, the time it takes to reach it can be altered by resource use.

Subject: Basic Chemistry

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Why is the traditional atom model, of a circle with a "dot" orbiting around it, misleading?

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We know atoms have 3 parts- neutrons, protons, and electrons. This model is correct in some ways- the protons and neutrons are usually shown as a multicolored bundle in the middle to represent the nucleus. However- the dot (or a few dots) orbiting around it is the misleading part. It's supposed to be the electron, right? Again, you would think the electron is zooming around the nucleus, like a marble in a track. But a more accurate diagram would show a "peanut", with the nucleus in the center. The peanut-shaped area is where the electron could be found, with the narrow area as the nucleus. Orbitals are like a dartboard where the electron could be found, rather than a track that it orbits/runs in. So next time you see one of those models, think of a peanut instead.

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