This class was tough.
This course overall challenged me and rewarded me. Without excelling in this class, I would still believe I wasn't smart enough for it. Organic chemistry with Dr. Howell teaches you applicable information about reactions and molecules. I loved how it took me out of my element and showed me an entirely different side of chemistry.
I gained an insight on reactions with organic molecules. First it is important to know all of the elements that go into each reaction such as hybridization, stain, solvent type, leaving group strength, nucleophilicity, etc. Then to know what it is reacting with and molecule formed or not formed from it. Following, once you perform the reaction, it is important to ensure you have the correct structure and spectroscopy is an actuate way to test for it. I learned how to interpret UV, Proton NMR, Carbon NMR, Mass, and Infrared Spectroscopy to make sure the reaction is indeed correct.
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Advice for students:
My advice to you right off the back is to never skip class. Every class period entails new material that is difficult to comprehend. If you miss a day or two or three, that's an hour worth of material you must teach yourself. As well, I went to almost every office hour my professor held. This allowed me to ask one on one questions after every class to make sure I was really getting the material. Finally, go to the extra review sessions that are held. Even if you do not have any questions that week, another classmate may have a question you have not thought of which helps you.