This class was tough.
I'm a pre-med student at Binghamton University who had taken Chem 111, and so I had to take Chem 341 as a part of my chemistry pre-med requirements (the other option is to complete Chem 107 and 108). The class was very difficult to adjust to at the beginning of the semester because the material was very dense, the textbook had several greek symbols and equations that I did not understand, and Dr. Jones teaching style is VERY different. To be honest the pictures in the text (which we often skim over) are, many times, more important than the text itself. Learn how to interpret the images and you're golden. Also make sure you have very knowledgeable TA's, as Dr. Jones is involved in SO many things that he might not be in class due to a conference in another state, or a big meeting with fellow administrators. Class will continue regardless, and the TAs will lead them.
Major Highlight: Final is optional! Dr. Jones will mostly likely tell you towards the end of the semester that he is deciding on whether or not he's going to make the final optional, but he usually does (at least over the past few years he has). The final is typically a standard inorganic chemistry exam, like the state-wide exams. IF the final is optional, Dr. Jones will post your letter grade as it stands at that point in the semester, if you are satisfied with that grade, then no need to take the final. If you hope to improve that grade, then the final is highly recommended.
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Advice for students:
Remember those Organic Chemistry model kits that you were recommended to buy, but never really used, in Organic Chemistry? Well you NEED them in Intermediate Inorganic. When you learn about different molecules and the types of symmetry that they have, you have to learn to visualize molecules in three dimensions, which is something you learn over time, but model kits are an excellent way to start. The content is hard but the class is graded VERY Fairly. We take several group quizzes over the semester and only a certain number of those (ex. the five highest grades of your quizzes) will get averaged in and go into your final grade as a test score! Also try to snag some old exams if you can. He'll recreate similar questions for exams.