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    • Profile picture
    Jan 16, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    If you are really serious about chem. I would recommend it if you are not a chem major I wouldn't recommend it. It a very very difficult course.

    Course highlights:

    The chemistry projects were Interesting. I mainly learned the principles of chemistry. It was always interesting to learn what things were made off.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study your tail off and be organized.

    • Winter 2017
    • AdamRechs
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments Requires Lots of Research
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course to students who are looking to understand the some of the fundamentals of chemistry concepts, including basic chemical reaction mechanisms, unit conversions, an overview of some important physics concepts, and even bits of scientific philosophy. Hard science majors, or curious minds should feel encouraged to enroll in this course.

    Course highlights:

    My continued interest and engagement in this subject was spurred by my professor, who accomplished something truly exceptional; he made learning chemistry fun. His lectures were insightful, but were also clearly targeted at making us laugh and care about the material. With that said, the course itself was great for providing us with a sturdy foundation of skills to build upon. The highlight of the course for me was learning about acid-base chemistry, since it is essentially your bread and butter moving on into Chem 1B.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course can be somewhat intimidating, but there are some steps you take which will greatly improve your odds of succeeding. First, you will be expected to memorize the first three rows of chemical symbols listed in the periodic table of the elements (for example, know that Ca is Calcium, and not Carbon). Once you feel that you have these down, attempt to memorize the names of several common polyatomic ions such as sulfuric acid and carbonate. Samples of these will be supplied to you at the start of the course. This is the only real memorization that will be required of you, but it is vitally important you do so, since these terms will act as your toolkit through the semester. Other than that, I don't recommend trying to memorize many of the larger concepts since the class moves so quickly. Instead, I suggest that you practice, practice, practice. Master class musicians don't learn songs by memorizing individual notes; they learn by recognizing patterns, and applying them to work through repetition.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr. Jeffrey A. Mack
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject
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    Dec 07, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is not a cake basket class. It is 5 units for a reason as you will need to be putting study time outside of the classroom in order to fully benefit from this class. However, Dr. Mack does his best to lighten the mood and help make the material as easy to understand as possible.

    Course highlights:

    Lab is by far the best. Who does not like mixing chemicals.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Put in the time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No way around it PUT IN THE TIME INTO THE CLASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Jeffrey A. Mack
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours


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