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CHM 3120 Intermediate Organic Chemsitry

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    Sep 13, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's a very excellent course taught by an even better professor, but the content is challenging in the sense that practicing everyday is vital for the success in the class.

    Course highlights:

    The professor, he is so passionate about the course material and so engaging in a way that you want to learn the material to be able to discuss the mechanisms that are happening and be fully submerged into the lecture. The professor was definitely the highlight of the course.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    The best advice I can give without sounding cheesy is to go to the office hours he hold. It's by far the best tool you have for the success for this course. If I didn't understand a question on the problem sets or in class, I wouldn't look at the solutions and trick myself into knowing what happened but rather got a solid understanding of how I was thinking/approaching the question wrong and how I can improve. This class is for sure tough and lives up to all the rumours but its the most rewarding class because you learn how to understand chemistry instead of copying it. Practice is another big thing in this class, its the way you get a firm grasp on the content and how you will get a guaranteed A in the class, problems every single day is the key. Great class though, hope this helps.

    • Fall 2017
    • Derek Pratt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing
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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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