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    RAINIER, Woycechowsky, heemstra, Holly, HaitaoJi, markji, HollySebahar, Mark Ji, JohnHeemstra
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    Dec 30, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It wasn't my favorite course, but it was required, as it is for most of us. Heemstra knows his stuff, but heavily illustrates the material with examples from industrial/academic research chemistry (as opposed to medicine, for example) and this made the class drab for me. I was really scared going into the class because so many people say it's awful. Don't psyche yourself out! Just take the material step by step and complete the discussion worksheet from each section as well as you can without stressing too much. Ask as many questions as you need to complete the assignments correctly, even if it seems like you're asking stupid questions. In the end, everything comes together really nicely, and the class is not as horrible as many people make it seem. Plus Heemstra is an *extremely* fair test writer, and won't throw anything your way that you haven't practiced before in discussion worksheets

    Course highlights:

    Basic nomenclature, bonding and reaction tendencies of some organic molecules, redox reactions, common solvents and catalysts used in organic reactions

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do your discussion worksheets and don't be afraid to ask questions! Our chemistry department TA's and professors can seem unapproachable at times, but don't let this deter you. Most people here would rather you ask and do well!

    • Fall 2016
    • JohnHeemstra
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Oct 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Holly does an excellent job in explaining concepts and there are so many TAs that there is plenty of opportunity for one on one time to get questions answered!

    Course highlights:

    I learned some really effective study skills, as well as mechanisms of reactions, chair reactions, and more of a general knowledge about how chemistry works

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be ready to study and have plenty of time to do it, but also know that it'll click and be fun eventually!

    • Fall 2016
    • HollySebahar
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class
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    Jun 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Holly Sebahar is a very interactive, quirky, and fair professor. She is extremely knowledgable, and is very relatable. Not only does she teach the organic chemistry one lecture, she also teaches the second semester lab course. She has written me many letters of recommendation for scholarships. She strives to be available and accessible to her students. The only criticism I have is that in professor Sebahar’s endeavor to teach things on our level, she can sometimes sound the slightest bit condescending. Overall, though, I really enjoyed having her as a professor. By far she is one of the best science teachers at our university. I loved her organic chemistry class. The material was easy to learn, especially because of all of the resources she provides. The teaching assistants are amazing! They go above and beyond all other TA’s. There is some required homework, but the problem sets from the text are extra credit. Be prepared to work hard! This course, even with all of the supplemental instruction, involves a lot of at home work. Do all of the extra credit problem sets, make flash cards, and study the old worksheets in order to learn the material for the exams. This is not a class you can procrastinate in.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a working knowledge of organic chemical reactions. We studied four main reaction types with various materials and conditions. Some reactions won't work with some chemicals. Some reactions progress more quickly under certain circumstances. Overall, organic chemistry is about critical thinking skills. How do we synthesize molecule B from molecule A? What reagents do we need? Will this react in the way that we want? Stereochemistry, the orientation of the molecule, is extremely important. A mirrored molecule won't necessarily have the same effect as the original molecule. Under the context of drug synthesis, this is crucial. Organic chemistry one provides the introduction to these topics and prepares students for the second semester courses.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't study long, study smart. It's better to study in short, goal-oriented sessions rather than cramming last minute. This class is about critical thinking skills, so it's more about learning how to apply your knowledge in new situations. Ask a lot of questions if you're not 100% about a topic. Make sure you know the information from every possible angle. They do try to simplify it down to a few basic rules, but the extra knowledge will help you if you plan to go on to the second semester course.

    • Fall 2015
    • HollySebahar
    • Yes
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