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CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry I

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    Oct 05, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you need to take Organic Chemistry or an upper level chemistry class for a graduate program/Bachelors degree, Prof. Julie Wondergem is a great professor to take this class with. This class is perfect for those who are extremely frightened by everything they have heard about the "horrors" of Organic Chemistry. Professor Wondergem teaches this class in such a way that every concept is neatly organized and explained before moving on. Clicker questions are utilized at the end of each concept taught to ensure everyone understands, and it was a rare occasion that more than a couple people out of the entire lecture hall didn't answer the question correctly. Professor Wondergem makes Organic Chemistry manageable, would recommend!

    Course highlights:

    This class emphasizes IUPAC nomenclature of organic compounds, stereochemistry of compounds (this includes identifying stereocenters, R&S, meso, chiral C atoms, hybridization, and much more), identifying mechanism pathways and their distinguishing features (Sn1, Sn2, E1, E2), and NMR problems and their IR bond stretches.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    ADVICE TO LIVE BY FOR THIS COURSE: 1. Make sure to utilize the practice exams given. Professor Wondergem generates tests extremely similar to the ones given to study from. They are super helpful. 2. Don't waste time reading any chapters from the book, unless she specifically tells you in class that it is required. Any other reading is unnecessary. 3. When studying for the exam, study the online homework that you completed as well. 4. For the online homework, find reliable people to either do the homework with, or that you can message when you don't know the answer to problems. The questions often only get one or two attempts, so you want to be sure of your answer when you submit the question. 5. If there is a weekly study group, go to it (even if you understand). If you don't understand, chances are someone else will be there who has the same questions as you. If you do understand, you can help everyone else understand, which is the best way to study. 6. When studying for an exam, prepare yourself to a point to where you are semi-confident. Then, find a friend in the class who is completely lost (chances are, you will know someone) and offer to help them. Going through all the material with your friend and having to explain everything is the absolute BEST way to learn I have found. This will almost guarantee you a grade of a B or higher!

    • Fall 2015
    • Julie Wondergem
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