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CHM 111 Basic Chemistry

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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Background Knowledge Expected

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    • Profile picture
    Jul 03, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course with Austin for those who are going into this field mainly because he will be your professor fir most of the other chemistry courses you are about to take. If you are trying to fulfill a requirement, I would take MacMahon. He's a lot easier.

    Course highlights:

    Dr. Austin had lots of resources for you to learn from. He was extremely willing to help you himself. He also supplied help sessions a couple of nights a week. We did activities in the middle of the week to practice some difficult concepts. This course is basically a review of high school chemistry, just with some harder concepts. But I think it sets a good foundation for future chemistry classes.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Understand everything before you move on because all of this information will build on each other. Don't be afraid to ask your classmates, TAs, Professors. I have one classmate who is a Biology Major and has a 4.0 GPA and she always asked the professor questions.

    • Fall 2016
    • Austin
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    May 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. McMahon did an excellent job explaining the material and going into enough detail that I was able to keep up easily. The text was easy to read and the tests weren't ridiculously hard. Overall, a good beginning class.

    Course highlights:

    Since it is a general course, it covered a little bit of just about everything. I gained a new understanding of electron sharing and molecular orbitals, well enough to prepare for Organic Chemistry spring semester.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you read the material in the textbook, or you're in for a bad time. It is very likely that you will get confused, and if you're going on to organic chem, you'll simply be lost without this basic understanding.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. McMahon
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Nov 18, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. McMahon is very clear about his explanations. Even if the material is a little difficult, I'm never really confused because he is so good about explaining what's going on. He also has a sense of humor I personally find hilarious, so it makes the class even more enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    Since this was basic chemistry, a lot of the material was, well, the basics. However, one section that is quite new (and maybe a little challenging) was the section on molecular and electron domain shapes. Once you get the hang of it, though, it's a piece of cake. Each chapter builds onto what you've already learned, too, so you never really forget a previous lesson.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    READ. THE. TEXTBOOK. Seriously, so many people don't do this, and that is why they struggle. If you're confused, try reading the book. It's pretty good about explaining things. I would recommend waiting until after class to read the book, though, otherwise you might be a little confused.

    • Fall 2015
    • McMaho
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading


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