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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Math-heavy

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    Jul 12, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it provides practical knowledge in the basics of chemistry. Professor Shiraki encourages you to learn by doing. In other words, rather than being purely conceptual, this chemistry class requires to you practice math-based problems in order to really master the material. Additionally, this class will teach you independence. You don't turn in any of the homework, but by doing it each week, you are preparing yourself to really learn the material and master the exams, and leave this class ready to take on further chemistry courses.

    Course highlights:

    This class reviewed everything that would be taught in a basic high school chemistry class, and then expanded to cover stoichiometric equations, chemical equilibria, pH and pOH calculations, breakdown of a molecule and molecular shape, some introduction to quantum mechanics, as well titrations.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed, you are going to need to learn to be accountable for your own education. Go to office hours, form study groups, and do the homework. Also, take advantage of the practice exams posted online and read the assigned pages from the textbook. Professor Shiraki does not check in constantly to see if you are learning the material: That's on you. However, the professor and teaching assistants will be there for you as long as you take the time and effort to go ask for help. Do not take this class if you aren't willing to work hard, but know that it is definitely manageable if you are willing to dedicate yourself to it for at least 9 hours a week.

    • Spring 2017
    • SaoriShiraki
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Jul 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course with this professor because she was very attentive to everyone's needs. She really helped people understand these difficult topics. The homework she assigned actually did help in learning the material and she made lectures somewhat interactive which made it easier to stay focused. She also provided wonderful lecture notes that made it so you could focus on her explaining the concepts rather than writing every word down.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were learning about chemical bonding, trends in the periodic table, VSEPR theory, molecular orbital theory, gaseous and aqueous equilibria, properties of inorganic and organic acids and based, buffers, and titration. It was an introductory course to physical and general chemistry principles.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To succeed you don't just have to go to class and do all the homework, but also attend office hours. The professor's office hours are especially helpful. Also forming study groups is really helpful when it comes to studying for exams and going over homework problems.

    • Fall 2016
    • Li, Zhao
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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    Apr 04, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Necessary course for background Chemistry knowledge, Not super fun

    Course highlights:

    It was definitely important information to learn, Provides good Chemistry basis

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to thoroughly look at course guide, take lots of notes in lecture

    • Fall 2012
    • Lavelle
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Competitive Classmates

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