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CHEMISTRY 111 Chem I

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    Aug 28, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend taking general chemistry 111 with professor Schnarr. While his class was easy to pass, I didn't learn as much as I would have liked to. He never had any lectures actually prepared he just came to class and slid through all semester.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were stoichiometry. During every chemistry class I've taken before college I barely understood the concept, thankfully I really nailed it this semester.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Studying in groups is extremely helpful. Many minds are definitely more powerful than one. Utilize resources such as the tutoring center and SI sessions. This isn't a class you can fall behind in and pick yourself back up from.

    • Spring 2017
    • nathan schnarr
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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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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