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CHEM 1311 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

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  • Course Difficulty

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    Many Small Assignments

    Math-heavy

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course if you are taking the premed route or the science route in general. This course covers the basic concepts that one would need for advanced chemistry and/or taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). The professors very dedicated in helping the students succeed. The professors hold numerous review sessions, refer students to other on-campus review sessions, and are almost always present during their office hours. The only reason why I gave this course a four star rating is because of ALEKS, a learning system the professors use to give students a "better understanding" of the concepts taught in the class. At times, ALEKS made certain concepts even harder to comprehend. In addition, the way in which the system works can be frustrating at times. If you missed a question, the program would take you back a step in your progress to complete the topic. Overall, this class taught me a lot about the basics of chemistry and gave me a great foundation for advanced chemistry (CHEM 1312). However, I hope the department gets rid of ALEKS altogether.

    Course highlights:

    I took Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry prior to taking this course. AP Chemistry covered everything taught in CHEM 1311, so I really did not learn anything new in terms of content. However, I did gain a better understanding of the content, and learned new ways of memorizing acids and bases, as well as some of the common formulas. I really enjoyed some of the in class experiments conducted by the professor. For example, my professor showed us the different colors of gases in the dark by lighting them up with a mini blow torch.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend starting the ALEKS assignments a few days before the due date in order to avoid the frustrations of doing 10 topics in one night. In addition, read the textbook! Reading the textbook helps immensely for the test. I would have not made an A on certain tests without the textbook.

    • Fall 2016
    • Stephanie Taylor
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a beginner course that everyone should take to review chemistry from high school. The course load is not as much as upper level courses but without the background information that one can learn from taking this class, it is harder to keep up with harder classes that follow this class. Getting a solid knowledge of general chemistry can keep one in track for other science classes.

    Course highlights:

    One of the highlights of this course includes the feeling that you get once you complete an ALEKS assignment. ALEKS is an online assignment website that allows students to work at their own pace in order to complete a task by a deadline. Most of the learning comes from completing these assignments every week. Another highlight is the numerous ways to study for this course. One can listen and take notes during a lecture, go home and review the powerpoints, read the textbook, and study from handouts that are posted online. There is never a lack of study tools.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this course, you have to stay focused during lectures and do the optional homework problems assigned from the textbook. Some good study tips include forming a group of 5-6 students to study with before a test. Also, after taking a test, you should review that test and go over the problems that you missed thoroughly and go over the ones you got right to make sure you have a solid foundation on that topic the questions were on.

    • Fall 2016
    • Gregg Dieckman
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Nov 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's relatively engaging and straightforward. The professor does well to explain things to the greatest extent. Be prepared to work a little, but all in all I enjoyed it due to the simplicity of the material.

    Course highlights:

    The course covers material demonstrating the nature of atoms and compounds alike as well as how they interact to develop chemical reactions. What I found most exciting however was the set of properties defining such compounds and the energy attributed.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take good notes and work on ALEKS (online assignments) thoroughly. Attend tutoring sessions (PLTL) regularly if you need help, and understand office hours are there for your benefit. Study for final exams well.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr Taylor
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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