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CHEM 2070 Organic Chemistry I

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    Jul 08, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Brownholland makes Organic Chemistry I, a usually difficult subject clear and challenging but easy to achieve highly in as long as you are willing to put in the effort. It tests and changes your way of thinking on various scientific problems and in doing so ultimately changes how you view many aspects of the scientific world in turn.

    Course highlights:

    The main highlight for me from the course was when we learned how to interpret chemical formulas and draw bond line structures. For example, we were asked to interpret a compounds formula such as CO2 and draw it. At first i thought this would be simple but it proved to be challenging as i had not really thought about science with a visual element of learning. Before taking this course i found that i was just memorizing huge portions of information and not asking why. The task of actually drawing out a compound proved to be a stepping point in my scientific career as i realized that science and its concepts had to be understood rather than memorized to actually gain something from it. That lesson proved to be the ultimate highlight of the overall course and that task of interpreting formulas and drawing them out helped me realize this.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    My advice to any new students organic chemistry would be do as many practice problems as you can and ask questions if you are not sure on anything. Doing practice problems will help you familiarize yourself with many of the difficult concepts throughout the course and will only build your confidence on the material. Asking questions is key as you will not understand everything at first look and its a vital skill to learn in order to succeed in the course.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr Brownholland
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 12, 2015
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Organic chemistry is a necessary course for pre-med, bio, chemistry, and other science students, so it's a requirement for many programs. It requires you to look at chemistry in a different way than before. Some people really do enjoy it.

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    I liked receiving a more in depth understanding of how things worked at a chemical level, but the material was hard for me to digest at such a fast pace. The information about organic molecules I learned spilled over into other classes like Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Another good part of this course was that it forced you to view these molecules in a different perspective than what was seen in previous chemistry courses. I didn't think that the professor went into enough detail though.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed in this course, I would say that you should definitely ask questions when you have them. It is phenomenally helpful if you were strong in your general chemistry courses. Make sure you understand the concept being taught in class before moving on to the next. The information in organic chemistry builds on itself. You should do your homework, read the book, and take advantage of outside resources like tutors or the internet. Don't be scared to admit that you don't understand something. It is way more satisfying to come out of a class with a whole new wealth of knowledge than to just scrape by. After all, you should get the most out of the education that you're paying for.

    • Fall 2013
    • ProfessorSmith
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments

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