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CHEM 134 Chemistry I

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    Aug 11, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The course is required among most students, but choosing between the professors is ni different than choosinng between the lesser of two evils.

    Course highlights:

    Learning was difficult because the professor did not explain the lesson well during the lecture. We covered thermodynamics, basic stoichiometry, and VSEPR theory, which was all pretty much learned on our own.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to face hardship, because this course is nothing but absolute pain.

    • Fall 2016
    • Daniel Lawson
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours
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    Mar 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course taught me that chemistry is more than just periodic tables and volumetric flask, it shows you the beauty that is science. At first, I was intimidated because chemistry isn't my favorite subject, but instead of throwing formula and scientific laws at us my professor allowed us to see science through his eyes.

    Course highlights:

    Some of the highlights of this course would be learning how to use different tools that actual scientist use. Unlike a typical science course that's primarily textbook and useless labs, each and every lab assigned had something to do with the real world. For example, we did an experiment where we learned about how certain metals such as copper, zinc, or aluminum react with liquids and finding ways to relate this back to products we use on a day-to-day basis.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course requires you to keep up. That means reading required text over the weekend, doing practice problems, and studying ahead. If you start off strong and stay focused it's pretty easy.

    • Fall 2016
    • Daniel Lawson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jan 13, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course for anyone trying to challenge themselves in school. But it isn't the content that makes me recommend this course; it's the professor. Professor Lawson is an excellent teacher, but his methods make the class challenging and intriguing.

    Course highlights:

    By taking this course, I attained the skills needed to continue to the next chemistry course, as well as the necessary skills needed to properly prepare myself for this course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are going to take this course, do not think that the book is your only resource, because there is so much more out there that we don't even realize we could use to help us study. Making use of YouTube videos by KhanAcademy and CrashCourse are just some of the tools I found myself using on a daily basis to help me succeed in this course. Reading other books, like "Chemistry for Dummies" and other textbooks are not something you should think aren't helpful; if anything, they're some of the most valuable tools you could use.

    • Fall 2016
    • Daniel Lawson
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Meetings Outside of Class


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