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    Jul 14, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a great course if you're motivated to get all your units done. There's a lot of work, but get into the habit of reading everyday, do your homework, study for quizzes and exams and you'll do great. Tutoring is a must if you're struggling with the subject. I came back to college after 5 years and am so glad this was the first course I began the semester with.

    Course highlights:

    Every chapter was new information since you cover 3 chapters every week. The pace forces you to be consistent with workflow or else you'll fall behind.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to the tutorial center of you're struggling, read the chapter prior to lecture & do the best you can on all assignments, quizzes & exams. He drops the lowest test & quiz scores so do your best because you never know how much harder the next chapter will be for you.

    • Summer 2016
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jun 17, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I only recommend it to half the people I know. To be able to succeed in this class you have to push forward and be willing to do anything in your power to succeed. Just sitting in lectures and going to every lab will get you a C- If your smart. Getting a B or an A requires you to read the book everyday and for you to go to the study group the class recommends. The labs aren't difficult but the information is covered very quickly, If you zone out for even a little bit you will be completely lost when you come back. And you will have no idea what's going on. It is important to ask questions because everything connects and unlike other class you have to remember and keep in touch with the fundamental basics you brush over in the first week in class- stuff you were expecting to be over and done with. To put it simply, I only recommend this class to the hard working. If you are not a chemistry genius or a hard worker don't take the class.

    Course highlights:

    Honestly I only remember a few things- I subconsciously blocked out the memories to protect myself. What I do remember is how to understand Nomenclature (which is very important if you want to pass the class). How to convert measurements of elements and such, valence electrons, radiation and mu. The most important thing I learned was an off hand comment from my teacher (Luckily something I have yet to experience), in the universities students are competitive especially when there is a special curve the professor uses to grade. ALWAYS watch your experiment or have your partner watch it. Students competing for the same grade get vicious and will stoop low enough to sabotage your experiment for the good of themselves (I hope that made sense). Because of that comment I will not have to experience the pain that would have definitely come as a result of my naïve trust in human decency.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared. Before you take this class make sure you have enough time to study and you aren't over working yourself. Also, try to avoid taking other difficult courses at the same time. Lastly, before you buy a lab coat see if you can try it on. If they say no, just know that the sizing system works a lot differently than you are normally accustomed to. If you are a female that usually wears medium sized shirts, do not get the 'medium' sized lab coat. I REPEAT DO NOT GET THE MEDIUM. Get the small. Lab coats are huge and it takes away from the fun in lab when you feel like you're a giant oversized marshmallow.

    • Spring 2015
    • Christian Valandi
    • Group Projects Meetings Outside of Class Requires Lots of Research

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