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CHEM 161 Inorganic Chem

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    Jun 16, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend taking this class, but be prepared to study. I found alongside reading the chapters in the textbook, youtube videos were also extremely helpful.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout this course, I learned that not only is reading the textbook and taking good notes in class important, but also learning outside resources to learn from as well.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell them to make sure to get a solid foundation in chemistry before jumping into chemistry 161.

    • Spring 2016
    • Alan Hart
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Participation Counts
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    May 16, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Adams is a good man. However, he is a hard teacher to work with. His lectures are usually quite detailed and helpful so long as you can follow along with his quick pace. Especially since he works only with a white board and minimal online assistance outside of class. The labs are also quite nice being as they are both fun and educational, though the directions for the lab reports are confusing and often leave you with the option of either contacting him or looking online for help. However, Professor Adam's biggest issue lies in his quizzes and exams. He is very particular how the answers should look, and if you do not have every detail on point in your definition or explanation, you will be docked partial points. This, unfortunately, led to the class average being around 65%. If you have a thorough understanding of chemistry, you will probably succeed in this course. However, if you are new to this subject or usually need more help to pass, then I would recommend that you not take this teacher.

    Course highlights:

    CHEM 161 goes over the concepts of inorganic chemistry. Concepts we learned were usually related to the characteristics of the different types of elements on the periodic table, such as enthalpy, solubility, electronegativity, ionic and covalent bonding, wavelengths, and the movement of electrons around the nucleus.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you do decide to take this course, I would recommend that you study the material frequently. In addition to having the book, Professor Adams usually does a good job at submitting practice material. This is a notoriously difficult course so an SI will also be attending class with you and arranging study sessions outside of class that could only benefit your learning. If you get confused while working on the material at home Professor Adams can be reached through e-mail and usually responds within a day.

    • Winter 2017
    • Bill Adams
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Requires Lots of Research
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    Nov 19, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course and the whole series of general chemistry are fun and I learned a lot from Adams.

    Course highlights:

    Beginning General Chemistry series. Pretty straight forward.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to pay attention in class and do practice problems

    • Winter 2015
    • adams


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