This class was tough.
It is a challenging course that teaches you a lot about the world. In order to do well in the class, you need to be able to organize similar information into a manageable way to study and you need to be able to memorize and utilize a list of priorities. Organic Chemistry I is much like learning the rules to a complicated game, made so by the variables that go with it. Once you learn the rules and get the hang of it, you will be able to play.
The highlights of this course was being challenged to learn many different things, of which I had not quite experienced before. Growing up, I had taken Biology and Chemistry, but taking Chemistry I vs. Organic I was the difference between Algebra and Geometry (which is a good analogy since Chemistry seems closer to algebra and Organic to Geometry). Chemistry up to that point did little to prepare me for what my professor called "real organic chemistry." But I learned lessons from Organic besides the reactions, molecular geometry, and molecular forces. I learned lessons that could be transferred to other aspects of life. In the class, I had to learn how to memorize and prioritize a list of actions to take in order to figure out what products would result from different reactions. More often then not, the information seemed contradictory. What made things worse was the fact that content was similar. We learned 3-4 different ways to add on an OH group. The catch was that they did so in slightly different ways. This made me think about life in general and I came to the realization that this was much like we are in life. Often times, we seem to act in contradictory ways at times, but many times that is because we are presented in different conditions. When presented with the same problem, we probably react in another way when presented with different catalysts. Also, much like determine when an SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 reaction will occur, there is a likelihood, no matter how small, that all of them will. It is the one with the most variables in its favor that will win out, but that doesn't stop the fact that some part of the time the reaction deviates from the norm.
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Read the notes before class and then go into class prepared. I noticed a big difference between looking at the material beforehand and not doing so. I played catch up the entire time I did the latter. Looking in the back of the chapters really helped when studying the different reactions we learned and making a chart of the variables vs. SN1, SN2, E1, and E2 really help in determining which one will occur. The practice homework really helped on the first three tests up until the fourth where you really had to now your reactions and figure out the implications of the rules behind them. You need to ask yourself what kind of questions could come up that make some aspect of a reaction pertinent. One of the biggest questions that threw me off was figuring out which reaction would yield a constitutional isomer. My classmate nor I could not remember ever going over that kind of question, but to be fair, an organic chemist may want/need to know that. Also, you could figure that out if you new how to manipulate the information presented. Lastly, study over a period of time. There are so many variables to the content that it makes it hard to cram. You may be able to regurgitate it, but I feel that it takes to for it to sink in before you can understand.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
he is hard but he makes it fun. Plus, he plays Disney movies before class started
It was hard to get to know him in 177 because the class size was so big, but now that I'm in 178, I really miss his teaching style.
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He was helpful in class, and made lectures fun whenever he could.