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CHEM 2311 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

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    Jul 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    As difficult as this course was rhthe professor made it fun. Each student was allowed office hours and had many opportunities to improve their score and weak points.

    Course highlights:

    Appreciation for organic Chemistry and a core foundation for the MCAT and Biochemistry

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study from the get go and put in the time to do practice problems

    • Summer 2015
    • JulianDavis
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    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jul 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Davis is an excellent teacher for this course. He uses many examples in his lectures, walks you through reaction mechanisms step-by-step, creates custom graphs and mantras to help students retain the material, and leaves class time to revisit confusing concepts before exams. If you are pursuing a medical or pharmaceutical career, this course will help definitely build your understanding of topics related to molecules and reactions. It will also show you what you are getting into, should you be indecisive about whether or not you want to go into these types of careers.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about many different types of chemical reactions and why and how they occur. I learned to think critically, conceptually, and visually (imagining the structure in my head) in order to solve problems. I also learned about how each concept will apply to different careers and lab work. Along with these things, I also learned how to manage my time outside of class and how to study effectively depending on what I was struggling with.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course is very different from the basic chemistry learned in Chemical Principles. While it does draw from all the concepts you learned, the method of problem-solving is different (there is little math, just lots of drawing and much critical thinking) and the level of difficulty has increased tenfold (you may have heard the rumors). I would suggest not overloading on credits during the semesters that you take this course because it does require days of studying in order to fully grasp the new concepts. Whether or not chemistry is your strong point, in order to be successful in this course, you must read the chapters, do all of the homework and reviews, participate in class discussions, and go to office hours. More than just memorization is needed; you must internalize the concepts. There are many types of chemical reactions, many mechanism rules for each reaction (such as where new elements are added to a carbon chain and whether the structure will be cis or trans), and even more exceptions to the rules. Most importantly, always study and always ask for help, whether it be from the professor, friends, or a tutor. There is no slacking off.

    • Fall 2016
    • JulianDavis
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    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jun 09, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Leverett is legit! You have to study your butt off, but if you remember all the charts and tricks, what you learn here is indispensable knowledge for future chem and biochem courses.

    Course highlights:

    Became a recrystalization master! Literally have the skills to dissolve anything and build whatever organic compound i want. Pretty cool stuff.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study. Do not fall behind. Take notes from the book in addition to class. Do not skip assignments. Once you understand the method, and not the memorization, the course becomes much less difficult.

    • Spring 2015
    • Dr. Leverett
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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