This class was tough.
For any student with dreams of attending medical school, success in general chemistry is crucial. General chemistry will prepare students for organic chemistry, biochemistry, and other high-level sciences that the student may need to take in order to be a strong candidate for medical school. However, the fact that the course has "general" in the name does not mean that it will be an easy A. You will have to put in the time to study the concepts and do practice questions and exams in order to earn the grade you deserve.
There are no specific highlights in general chemistry. With this course you will need full comprehension of the previous chapter to successfully move on to the next chapter. The first chapter will be relatively easy with simple definitions, but it will become complex quickly. One section that seemed to provide trouble for most people were thermodynamics, which students learned how energy is transferred with chemical reactions. Another topic that seemed to be difficult for most students was molecular geometry because it required thorough knowledge of how the atoms would distance themselves from each other with the molecule and how the repulsion of negative electrons impacted the shapes.
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Advice for students:
General chemistry is heavily math-oriented. Always make sure to take units into consideration when doing calculations with dimensional analysis. Practice every type of problem that you believe may appear on the exams so that you carry out the calculations correctly and quickly to finish before time is called. When you do finish the exams, make sure you use the remaining time to check over your calculations for simple math and unit errors. As for the conceptual topics learned in the course, try explaining each concept to a friend or fellow peer to ensure that you have enough understanding to teach the topic using your own words.