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CHEM 2301 Organic Chemistry I

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    GAO, KASS, TOLMAN, Staff, GARYGREY, MarkDistefeno, T.AndrewTaton, AlirezaFattahi, TATON, Douglas, Distefano,MarkDewey, Douglas,ChristopherJ., Fattahi,Alireza, T.Andrew(Andy)Taton, Rashidian,Mohamed, AngelaPerkins, WilliamTolman, Ian Tonks, Shokri, JanieSalmon, Rajeev Muthyala
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    • Profile picture
    Jan 04, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course. In every lecture there are three professors and a UAA readily available to help students if there is a misunderstanding. The professors are very good at explaining the material, allowing students to work alone to gain their own understanding, and bringing the group back together to ensure this understanding is widespread. I also enjoyed the small class size that allowed for close student-professor relationships. The material was not too difficult and there was not a ton of homework either.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite part of this course was learning about acids and bases. You learn about the different between Bronsted acids/bases and Lewis acid/bases as well as how organic molecules react with these substances. This class goes beyond basic highschool chemistry understanding to explain the significance of chemical properties in organic molecules. Organic molecules act very different from inorganic molecules which makes this class extremely exciting. This course taught me to think in a different way than I did before about chemistry. I realized that chemical reactions will not always be the same, but rather they depend on the molecules within them.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed you must be willing to attend office hours when there is a misunderstanding. All of the professors are great with handling students and creating clarity through simple terms. However, it is a class that must be attended constantly for a student to succeed. This class presents new material every lecture so it can be easy to become lost if a day is missed. Nevertheless, the professors are great at clarifying course content when needed if a student makes the effort to attend office hours.

    • Fall 2016
    • Rajeev Muthyala
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Dec 26, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This was a required class for me and important to know information for the field I am going into. However it is extremely difficult and there is almost an unreasonable amount of information to learn to fit into one semester. Only take it if you have to.

    Course highlights:

    Learning synthesis reactions, how to identify organic chemicals.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Start studying early and prioritize your time for this class because it will almost be sure be the hardest class you will be taking.

    • Fall 2016
    • Shokri
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Nov 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you read the text book and take notes from the textbook before class, you'll do fine. This is because she goes very quickly through the notes in lecture, but she lectures directly from the textbook. But go to class, because she uses an iClicker program (which counts for a small portion of your grade) these questions help cement your learning.

    Course highlights:

    Some really cool demos. Especially around the holidays, she blows up turkeys and balloons in red and green colors for the Christmas season. Learn all about organic molecules and the organic reactions that take place with said molecules. Prof. Salmon used some helpful 3D models to explain the reactions, but it is advised that you procure your own model set and spend some time building molecules and going through the reactions with the 3D models.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make flashcards. Lots and lots of flashcards, and study them. Also get an organic model building kit, and actually take the time to build the molecules and use them to go through the mechanisms. It really helps to understand what is happening in the reactions and why particular products are favored over others. Get two study groups together. Preferably one study group of people that are smarter and better at Organic Chemistry than you (so they can teach you the material) and another study group that is not as good as you at Organic Chemistry (so you can teach them).

    • Fall 2016
    • JanieSalmon
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments

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