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CH 109 Gen Chem

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    Mar 21, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course if you've recently taken a chemistry class and you're ready and willing to put in a lot of work. If not, there is no shame in taking CH101!

    Course highlights:

    Prof Straub gives really great lectures, I loved the colorful chalk he uses! I learned a lot about the way I took notes in high school and what I needed to change for college.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Put in more work than I did, I definitely did not do enough to do well in the class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Straub
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Jan 08, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class is very demanding and difficult, and if you don't have a passion for science and a good work ethic, this class isn't for you. You need to have good time management skills and know how to study in order to succeed in this course, especially with Professor Straub.

    Course highlights:

    I gained knowledge of both real-life and theoretical sides of chemistry, and was able to complete difficult math-based problems on paper as well as complicated hands-on experiments in the lab. I went to office hours many times a week and put in a lot of effort in order to get the grades I wanted. I learned about the basics of chemistry more in-depth than the CH101 course, and learned how to critically analyze and solve a problem put in from of me, both on paper and in lab.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise students to have previous knowledge in chemistry that is fresh in their minds (ideally taken in junior or senior year.) You should be very familiar with basic conversion factors and stoichiometry. If you don't have the motivation to study or do homework, don'd take this course.

    • Fall 2016
    • Straub
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 08, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was a required course for my major at BU, but I still would've taken this class over the CH101/102 pathway because the class is smaller (around 120 that then drops to about 90) and so you feel more comfortable asking questions and getting the help you need. Unfortunately lab is very difficult, and Abrams, although funny during lecture, is not a kind person to go ask for help, I would recommend asking your TF or something along those lines.

    Course highlights:

    Just digging a lot deeper into the chemistry you learned in HS. Although this course goes way more in-depth and brings out new topics, such as molecular orbital theory, there are still subjects like acid base reactions and equilibrium and things that you do know from high school.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Definitely go to office hours. Straub is a nice guy and really wants to help people learn the subject. It also helps because he lets you know what you really need to focus on.

    • Fall 2015
    • Straub
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates

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