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CHEM 1A 1A General Chemistry

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    • Profile picture
    May 18, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Joseph does a good job explaining, I only had to take once, got a B in the class with minor studying.

    Course highlights:

    Learn the basis for the gen chem series, they make 1A extra hard because they want to filter out students. Don't get caught behind. Make sure you study and keep up with book problems.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you do the book problems and the practive tests and qizzes

    • Winter 2017
    • Joseph
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Competitive Classmates
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    Apr 19, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking the General Chemistry series if you are passionate about pursuing a STEM major or if a certain major requires it. The course was definitely tough, albeit very fascinating. Remember to read the textbook and attempt the practice tests multiple times; doing this routine made it very easy to pass the class with a decent grade.

    Course highlights:

    You'll learn the basics (e.g. characteristics, number of protons/neutrons/electrons, metals, metalloids, non metals, chalcogens) of the periodic table, stoichiometry (e.g. limiting reagents), titration problems, PH of acids and bases, oxidation numbers, solubility rules, and a lot more. The course is very fast paced, so I recommend students to read the upcoming chapter at least a few days before it's signed. It starts getting difficult after the first midterm (after the fourth week) .

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Prepare ahead. Write your lecture notes before coming to class so you can spend the 50 minutes listening to the professor instead. Always have you iclicker out and remember to do ALEKS problems. I believe the main tip to passing midterms and exams is to study the practice exams. This is not a rote memorization class. Even though a lot of the midterm and final problems on the exams were derived from previous ones, you cannot solve them unless you actually understand the concepts. Good luck!

    • Winter 2017
    • Joseph
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because the professor made my entry into college seem not as scary as I thought it could be. Professor Kunkel was very straight forward and really seemed to make it possible to achieve a strong passing grade while at the same time giving thorough explanations on how to solve introductory chemistry problems.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot more than I previously have in prior chemistry classes. While I have learned all the material before, Professor Kunkel really helped me to get a deeper understanding behind each of the concepts we learned, such as the topics of buffers and determining pH of a solution.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to attend every lecture. The textbook is not necessary but it can really help you to get an understanding of what is going to be discussed during lecture. I would strongly recommend reading textbook assigned readings before each lecture if you are not able to learn topics quickly or don't have a general understanding of chemistry concepts beforehand. Also, a major tip would be to take as many practice quizzes and exams as possible ahead of time and make sure to fully understand why you got each question wrong.

    • Winter 2017
    • Kunkel
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments Participation Counts


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