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CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I

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    Jul 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is not like regular chemistry, which required a fairly good amount of math. It was heavily focused on concepts, and figuring out why something worked, but not the other. Learning about natural chemicals, and how they affect our everyday life was something I really enjoyed, and recommend it to others.

    Course highlights:

    I loved learning the names of the chemicals we were expected to learn, as well as drawing their structures. It was somewhat time consuming doing so, but it showed why some things work differently than others. When we did the labs, We were able to see it.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Study before class begins. You don't want to start behind. Also read ahead of where the professor is. He enjoys when students get involved, and ask questions! Go to office hours too

    • Fall 2015
    • Koutroulis,M
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Dec 13, 2015
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Thus class opened my eyes to the world of organic chemistry. Prior to taking this class, all I ever saw were fancy zigzag lines, but now they mean so much more. The experiments showed me different processes of everyday life. Things, that I didn't normally see or even considered. I found this class amazing, as it is completely different than inorganic chemistry, because inorganic was highly math based, but this one, you must understand concepts in order to get ahead.

    Course highlights:

    One of the things I learned was how to properly draw a cyclohexane, but I also learned why molecules have to look one way and not another. Pka values were a huge part of the class, as these determined which direction the reaction was favored. The experiments involved a lot of thinking, but also allowed us to use fancy machines, flasks and tubing. Overall, the class is fun, but there's a lot of thinking involved.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    If you want to take this course, there are some things you have to "forget" you learned in inorganic chemistry, as this class goes a step further into showing why a compound might not look like a acid, yet it can be one, and so on. Reading the material ahead of time is important, if you don't want to be lost during lecture, because the professor might just give the class a quiz, so being prepared is necessary. Lastly, ask classmates questions outside of class, and go to office hours.

    • Fall 2008
    • Koutroulis,M
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class

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