Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the chemistry placement test?

If you would like to enroll in Accelerated General Chemistry (115) or skip General Chemistry I (111) and enroll directly into General Chemistry II (112) at any point in your college career and you did NOT recieve a 4 or 5 on the chemistry AP test or a 5, 6, or 7 on either level IB chemistry exam, then the chemistry placement test is for you. Ideally, you will take it when you first arrive at Macalester, as part of orientation. If you did not take it then, you can schedule to take it at another time, but do so well in advance of registration: if the results come back after your registration time, you reduce your chances of enrolling in the course you want. Current students wishing to take the Chemistry Placement Test should contact Rob Rossi, the Chemistry Department Lab Manager.

Can I install ChemDraw on my personal computer?

Yes! Macalester's site license allows all current members of the Macalester community to deploy ChemDraw on any machine they use, be it on campus or not. Just follow these instructions for first-time installations. If you have installed ChemDraw previously, but need to re-install it or install it on another machine, you can get the software you need by going to the Cambridgesoft website and logging in using your @macalester.edu e-mail address (if you forgot your password, they will e-mail it to you). Once you are logged in, go to My Site Subscription (listed under Services) and click on the "Download Site Subscription Software" link. Be sure to download the version applicable to your platform.

ChemDraw demands a serial number that I don't have; what do I do?

Go to the Cambridgesoft website and login using your @macalester.edu e-mail address (if you forgot your password, they will e-mail it to you). Once you are logged in, go to My Downloads (listed under Services). The serial number you need should be listed there.  Please be careful to note that there are multiple versions of ChemBioDraw, and you need the correct serial number for the version you wish to use.

Where can I download Spartan, CHEMDRAW, or WINTROPY to my personal computer?

Instructions can be found under the "Useful Computer Programs" heading of the Resources section in the Toolbox.

Why is Spartan asking me to activate or license my copy of it?

There are three possible reasons for this:

  1. You are off-campus. Unfortunately, we use a networked keyserver with a campus-only firewall. In English, that means you will only be able to run Spartan if you are getting your internet service from on-campus, or are running VPN (Faculty and Staff only, I think.).
  2. You are using something other than Spartan Student, and all 17 of our licenses are in use. This is only plausible (we think, unless people turn out to really dig Spartan) when a chemistry class is using Spartan for a lab, thus during the day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, or at night on Monday or Wednesday. If it is one of those times, please just wait until later; you will be forcibly cut off from the license server if the class doesn't have enough license seats to do its work!  Spartan Student has no headcount limit - you can use that any time you wish.
  3. Your internet connection, or Macalester's, is not working, or your own firewall program is blocking the port that the license manager uses (unlikely, but confirm you can reach the Macalester website, and you can try turning your firewall off temporarily to check to see if it is blocking the license host program on your machine from contacting the keyserver).