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CHEM 120 Principles of Chemistry 1

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    gammon, Daruwala, Staff, ll, KellyWhitaker, stanich, Joseph, CRAIG, Wiegand, chong, Erica Chong, Deborah Wiegand, lingerfelt
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    Always Do the Reading

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    Jan 05, 2018
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    his lectures were difficult to follow

    Course highlights:

    the practice exams were really useful studying resources

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    make sure to tske good notes and always look at the practice teast

    • Fall 2017
    • lingerfelt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Nov 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It was an interesting class and there is a lot of help available.

    Course highlights:

    Deborah does an excellent job demonstrating chemical reactions in class. Sit in the front!

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Take advantage of office hours!

    • Fall 2014
    • Deborah Wiegand
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates
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    Dec 31, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This was a required course so definitely not a top choice of mine; however, it could have been much worse. This class requires hours worth of studying and it's really worth all that time! Although I felt that no matter how hard I studied I just couldn't fully absorb the entirety of the concepts, or even if I did understand, my teacher would put trick questions on the exams. This class involves a lot of memorizing basic theories and formulas and if you're good at that then it's absolutely a bonus.

    Course highlights:

    If I had to go back to high school and teach chemistry I believe I could teach more than my teacher ever taught me. Now, I can break apart the periodic table and explain why it's organized the way it is, I know all about gas laws and the laws associated with other states of matter, I can explain all about atoms/molecules/ions and their properties, and can calculate between finding an element/compound's molarity, particle size, mass, or volume.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    It's really important to be quick on getting out information for exams - so even if you know that you know a concept, ensure that you are capable of explaining it from the top of your memory so flash cards on these concepts and vocab really help. Also, there's a lot of problem solving so even if you may think you know how to work out a problem find as many examples as you can to solve and when you get stuck definitely go to office hours and talk with your TA! TA's are your best friend in this class as they're the ones that really know you and have time to help. A few days before the test ask them about what kinds of things will be on the exam and where to focus your attention in studying.

    • Fall 2016
    • Erica Chong
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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