This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Dr. Davis is a great professor. He is extremely knowledgeable. He makes sure to review the coursework in detail, rather than just reciting the book. He's also open to feedback from students and won't move forward until all understand the course work (or advise persons struggling to see him during office hours or visit the tutoring center).
Course highlights:
Basic chemistry review, learned much more about the chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics, acid-base concepts, intro to organic chemistry
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
Make sure to read the materials. Start on the homework assignments as soon as possible so if there are any difficult problems, you can review them during the course lecture. ALWAYS complete the exam reviews, study, study, study.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
Students are put to the test in this course in both their math skills and discipline. You must always be on top of the coursework and readings in order to succeed. There are timed online quizzes for every laboratory, and for lecture quizzes are given every chapter or so that are either pop or announced. The final is a standardized test and therefore extremely easy and helps your grade a lot, assuming you did the formal lab report that is 10 percent of your grade.
Course highlights:
We learned how to use high-tech lab equipment such as the Vernier Caliper and how to import data recorded on it to Microsoft Excel. My understanding of Excel was improved significantly. I learned how to plot multiple sets or "runs" of data on a single graph, how to manipulate axes to make a better graph, and how to calculate the standard deviation or linear regression of a data set.
Hours per week:
9-11 hours
Advice for students:
Do not simply rely on the chapter reviews that Dr. Davis provides: read over your textbook before the exams because the theory questions are tricky. He will also put MasteringChemistry problems that were not on the review, so make sure you understand and review those as well. The lab quizzes can be difficult because they often have math problems that haven't been covered by the professor yet, so doing the Pre-Laboratory assignment and seeking any needed help the day before is helpful. Try taking the course immediately after taking algebra.