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    Math-heavy

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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    • Profile picture
    Aug 12, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is challenging. Professor Ruggles is a phenomenal lecturer, but his tests are not easy. As he often reminds students, if you do at least 70% of the assigned practice problems in a continuous, daily manner leading up to each test, you will do well. Do 5-10 problems a day five days a week. Be disciplined about it, and go to lecture!

    Course highlights:

    Ruggles is passionate. He uses real-life applications whenever he can and he is an excellent tutor in one-on-one sessions. My knowledge of stoichiometry and calorimetry increased significantly, however, I think that the most important knowledge that I gained was how to properly study for a challenging science course. It is easy to study for hours on end and not actually retain much information; I really struggled with this class because of my study habits, and therefore learned the importance of dedicating a little time each day to the material.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not leave studying to the last minute. Ruggles will warn you of this repeatedly and he is right. It is extremely helpful to start on new material right away, do practice problems more than anything else, and review the practice tests as soon as they are released. Do not hesitate to go in to TA office hours or Ruggles' office hours with any questions. He is an extremely understanding and helpful professor.

    • Fall 2016
    • ErikL.Ruggles
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours
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    Jun 20, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    While a charismatic and funny person, I would not recommend Waterman if you are expecting a fairly graded class. He never provided feedback on graded homework & assigned paper (25% of the final grade), he ended up changing the rubric provided AFTER the papers had been handed in, rendering what would have been a 100 to an 82. Very unprofessional.

    Course highlights:

    Love him! Inorganic is pretty complicated but he makes sure to answer as many questions as possible and provides so many study resources on blackboard. He has a lot of patience in lectures, as he understands that the material is tricky and makes sure to pause for clarification.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    By far the best professor you could get from chem 031, his grading curve is a wonderful thing, he really does try to help. In office hours he's really helpful. You can really tell he is passionate about chemisty and his research. He is a great professor, as with all chem the test are hard, but he gets you pretty well prepared, study, study, study!!

    • Spring 2015
    • Rory Waterman
    • Math-heavy
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    May 31, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course, even to non-science majors, because the professor teaches the basics of chemistry, which explain much about life in general. It provides a great base to the rest of the students education.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight of the course, in my opinion, was that the professor taught me how to study. I took CHEM 031 my first semester and CHEM 032 my second semester with the same professor. My first semester, I did not listen to what the professor said in regard to homework and studying. He gave us practice problems, which I never did, and my grade the first semester was not what I wanted. Therefore, I began to start studying for the exams weeks in advance, and I did the practice problems the day they were assigned. My grade in the course ended up rising significantly. The professor was extremely tough in terms of his exams but his tips on how to study allowed me to do well in his class and apply these methods to my other courses.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice would be to do every practice problem assigned and then do it again before the exam. If you do not understand something, go to his office hours.

    • Fall 2015
    • ErikL.Ruggles
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours

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