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CHEM 121 general chemistry

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    Dec 21, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is generally a required course - I would recommend it over honors chemistry because it gives you foundational instruction in the necessary basics.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to prove atoms exist! Gen Chem gives you a foundation in scientific method and the history of chemistry. It isn't until 122 that you learn well how to apply what you've learned.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study Dr. Hutchinson's CDS textbook. It contains most of what you need to know. Go to ALL the review sessions: the Chemistry department really wants you to succeed.

    • Fall 2013
    • LESA TRAN
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Jun 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's a major requirement for most STEM fields, and though it's quite difficult, the TAs are committed to helping.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to reason through science topics with my words. This general chemistry is different than most because all of the exams are written short answer questions, not multiple choice or math based. It teaches great qualitative skills for the future as well as quantitative.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    DONT take physics at the same time unless you are very comfortable with physics and/or chem. The two together is like a death load.

    • Fall 2016
    • lesatran
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    May 26, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a great course to learn the basics of chemistry as well as how to handle a tough class in college!

    Course highlights:

    I loved how theoretical chemistry started out, though it was kind of a pain. We start by answering the question "How do we know elements are composed of atoms". By answering this question, we set the stage to be introduced to complex structures composed of multiple atoms. There is a decent amount of calculations required, specifically in the lab portion of this course, but most of the questions on problems sets and exams are conceptual, so a thorough understanding of how formulas are derived is necessary to be successful.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to Dr. Tran's office hours, go to TA weekly sessions! Also, try and do ALL of the CDS questions per unit and then have them checked by a TA or Dr. Tran at office hours. Make sure to be prepared before you come to class/lab. Ideally, if you take notes as you read the book, you should be looking at most of the material twice.

    • Fall 2016
    • lesatran
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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