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CHEMISTRY 111 Chem I

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    Dec 22, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry 111 is a requirement for almost every science major at UMass Amherst. When you choose this class, either as a Freshman at New Student Orientation, or as an older student, be prepared to buy into the system. UMass demands that you spend about 95$ for an online book and question workbook that you will only use less than a dozen times (even with extra credit). P. Bianconi does tend to give a lot of extra credit assignments that are done over 'OWL' the online system, so that's helpful too. Sadly, the 'OWL' program is required no matter what. Most people hate P. Bianconi, but if you are fine with teaching yourself a bit (as most college classes will eventually demand), than you can go through Bianconi's class without much hassle. She posts her lecture slides before class, so print those out and take notes on them. Also, she posts extra questions for every chapter. I recommend doing those if you gave time. This class includes a mandatory lab that is about 1/3 of your overall grade.

    Course highlights:

    Chemistry is an enlightening topic! As a science major, it helps me understand all of my other material at a molecular level. I love the ideas of molecular orbital theory, covalent bonding, and the overlap of orbitals in general. The labs included with the course were fun too, and the TA's usually value you learning over your finite math.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Print out the lecture slides before class. Take notes on them. Do the extra credit (they're usually very easy). Go to Lab. Read the pre-lab sheets because there's a pop quiz at the beginning of each lab. Do the PDF questions as practice.

    • Fall 2016
    • Patricia Bianconi
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Oct 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry is hard but if you go to the lectures, study, and do the practice problems, you are guaranteed to pass with a good grade. Chemistry is interesting because you get to learn how things are made and you also get to make some cool stuff in the Chemistry labs

    Course highlights:

    I learned how chemical bonds can effect everyday life. I learned that some bonds should never be made because they can cause horrible things to happen, and they can harm other people. I found it very intriguing how 2 elements that seem so simple, can be mixed together to create great things.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you take this course, you need to do as many practice problems as possible. Learning how to balance equations and find moles is crucial to doing good in this course. Study at least 3 times a week and try not to cram it all in your head before the exam. Learn it, practice it, master it.

    • Fall 2016
    • PatriciaBianconi
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Jun 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry is, and always will be, a hard subject. Ezra is a great teacher, however it is your responsibility to stay focused during lectures. Your main learning tool will be OWL. He assigns weekly homework on there which can be tedious and often annoying, but by paying attention to what you are doing, you will surely learn as you go.

    Course highlights:

    I took this course as a part of a pre-medical requirement, however chemistry will always provide students with useful information. Going back to things learned in high school such as the light spectrum was a great refresher, but learning new material such as stoichiometry and stages of matter were useful as well. You will go more in depth into these areas than ever before.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Work hard, and stay focused when doing the homework. When doing online homework, it is easy to skip right through it and simply click the right multiple choice answers, do not do this. You will learn everything from the homework. The pre-test, and tests are on OWL, and are almost identical in format, so take the pre-tests very seriously as well.

    • Spring 2016
    • Ezra Wood
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts

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