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CHEM 181 General Chemistry 1

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    Apr 18, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Diaz is an epic prof so if you have to take this class for pre med take him!

    Course highlights:

    This class prepares you for the entire chem series, make sure you keep up with the work and grasp all of the concepts because you will definitely see them again

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book, take notes on readings, take good notes on lectures and review for exams as you go rather than just before them. Again, this class is the basis of all future chem so take it seriously ifyou're moving on

    • Spring 2017
    • anthony diaz
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Meetings Outside of Class
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    Mar 21, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry 181 is a difficult course that requires a lot of hard work and studying. It is not an easy course to earn an A in. However, that does not mean that it is not possible to earn an A in the class. It just means you will need to put in more time than perhaps some other classes.

    Course highlights:

    One of the things I enjoyed most about the class what that my professor gave plenty of practice problems to the class after explaining a new concept or idea. This allowed us to practice what we were learning, which for me is how I learn best. In addition, our professor posted the power points on his website so that the students could go back and look through them to review any information. Overall, the course provides you with a foundation for basic chemistry concepts needed for Chemistry 182 and 183 as well as other advanced Chemistry courses. Some of the topics covered include: density, the mole concept, stoichometry, balancing equations along with other basic concepts.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Some advice that I was given before taking this class was to have taken high school chemistry and be enrolled in Math 153 or have taken at least pre calculus in high school. Furthermore, I would encourage future students to have some sort of interest in chemistry, whether it be for their major, or fulfills another requirement. Lastly, and for me the important is note taking. My professor covered a lot of material very quickly and I struggled trying to write as fast as he was talking. My advice would be to only write down the most important pieces of information, as that is what helped me the most.

    • Winter 2017
    • Rickettson
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Mar 02, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    General chemistry is very useful and applicable in many fields. I plan on going into forensics and it is required to have 30 credit hours just to work for the Washington State Patrol. I know a lot of other majors require gen chem because it is so useful and since it is math based, you can practice basic math skills without having to expand your math knowledge too quickly.

    Course highlights:

    Michael Long is a great teacher because he understands what it is like to be a student. He is very fair in grading and will always listen if you have an argument to make about points he didn't give you. He can be pretty socially awkward which is sometimes funny to watch but he always gets his point across and will treat any question like it is the most important question he's ever heard.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    When you ask questions, be very explicit. There can be a lot of topics in general chemistry and it can be easy to get them confused with each other. Stay on top of the math and expectations from your professor.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Long
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject


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