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CHEM 108B Organic Chemistry 108B

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    • Profile picture
    Dec 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I'd definitely recommend it to those that want to understand the underlying rules governing organic interaction we find all across life.

    Course highlights:

    Real interesting course with a fantastic and caring instructor.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study, study, study! The material is challenging, but with enough studying and practice, it's absolutely manageable.

    • Winter 2016
    • BinderC.
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    A master of his craft, Bakthan Singaram takes what can be an unbelievably complex and rigorous subject and shapes into a desirable and rewarding pool of knowledge, leaving one thankful for the material in the end rather than frightened by it. Though I did not do as best as I could, it was never due to Bakthan; his unparalleled passion and devotion to the course and his students is something to be marveled at. You then start to wish that all your teachers could be as committed to helping their students succeed as Bakthan is.

    Course highlights:

    I gained not only a depth of insight in perhaps the hardest areas of organic chemistry, but also the utilization of such depths in daily life. Organic chemistry is all around us: in the clothes we wear, in the food and drinks we consume, to the air we breath and the very ground we stand on. We do not realize how crucial such information is to our everyday life, perhaps the most crucial next to basic biology. To learn this, to understand how something scientific truly relates to you as an individual and to be provided an explanation of why what you are learning is worth the attention of all your brain cells, is something magnificent in priceless.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    With this specific teacher, besides going to lecture EVERY TIME and doing the homework (DO THE HOMEWORK FOR THE LOVE OF GOD IT IS SO HELPFUL), the most valuable resource you have besides yourself is Bakthan himself. Go to every one of his office hours and if you see him wandering around the library (he does this often) go up and talk to him about the homework or the class in general. Or just say hello; whatever you do GET TO KNOW HIM, he is an amazing person to know inside and outside the classroom. Just a little effort will help you tremendously in the long run.

    • Spring 2014
    • Bakthan Singaram
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates
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    May 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The professor has a good way of teaching that will make student really learn organic chemistry in class and make it more interesting instead of the usual tedious image that organic chemistry has in people's mind.

    Course highlights:

    All the reaction and synthesis of carboxylic acid, ester, amines, amide, carbohydrates, etc.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go to TA sessions, do all the assigned homework and attend lecture!

    • Spring 2016
    • Bakthan Singaram
    • Yes

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