This class was tough.
This course is difficult and requires a strong understanding of chemistry. With that said, it is the best class I have taken at UVA! Professor Harman is committed to giving his students a deep understanding of the underlying principles of chemistry. Before answering a question from a student he will repeat it to make sure that both he and the student are on the same page. Great class if you are committed to stretching your brain and learning a new way of looking at chemistry.
I came from three years of chemistry in high school, and I was admittedly burned out. I was sick of plugging numbers into formulas and other repetitive drills that were common in high school. Luckily, this class was completely different! This class is more about how atoms and their subparts interact, and how to predict their interactions based on accepted principles.
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Advice for students:
I would recommend that you never get behind on assignments in this course because you will get lost very quickly! Always go to office hours the minute you have a question (or even before) because the classes move so quickly that there is no time for misunderstandings!