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    Nov 03, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Very difficult and specialized course, I would definitely advise against taking it unless it's either required by your program or you're really REALLY into organic synthesis.

    Course highlights:

    Really good for learning methods of organic synthesis, Pratt definitely knows his stuff. Best parts (for me) were the inorganic catalysts studied for use in organic reactions.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    ALWAYS GO TO CLASS. I know he always posts the filled-in notes online afterwards, and I know his classes are always super early in the morning. His notes are almost impossible to decipher when filled in, and he actually tells you in class which things are important and which things to ignore (you don't get that in the notes). Also, DO THE PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Seriously. Organic chem is very heavy on intuition and problem solving, and the only way you can even hope to do well on midterms/finals is with TONS of practice. Plus, he usually picks one or two of the problems and puts them on the tests as easy gimme questions if you've been keeping up with the work.

    • Fall 2015
    • Derek Pratt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Nov 03, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Very difficult and specialized course, I would definitely advise against taking it unless it's either required by your program or you're really REALLY into organic synthesis.

    Course highlights:

    Really good for learning methods of organic synthesis, Pratt definitely knows his stuff. Best parts (for me) were the inorganic catalysts studied for use in organic reactions.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    ALWAYS GO TO CLASS. I know he always posts the filled-in notes online afterwards, and I know his classes are always super early in the morning. His notes are almost impossible to decipher when filled in, and he actually tells you in class which things are important and which things to ignore (you don't get that in the notes). Also, DO THE PRACTICE PROBLEMS. Seriously. Organic chem is very heavy on intuition and problem solving, and the only way you can even hope to do well on midterms/finals is with TONS of practice. Plus, he usually picks one or two of the problems and puts them on the tests as easy gimme questions if you've been keeping up with the work.

    • Fall 2016
    • Derek Pratt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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