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    Jul 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is such a fun class and a fun lab. There is a lot of material, but it is super interesting and easy to stay focused

    Course highlights:

    The labs were fun! They were laid out very well, and gave us a great understanding of what we were actually lecturing on in class.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take it! It's well worth it. As long as you review your notes every now and then and do the labs, you're set!

    • Spring 2016
    • Blaustein
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class Great Discussions
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    May 08, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry is an incredibly interesting subject matter. However, this professor makes it an incredibly difficult subject to feel comfortable with. I am a very hard-working student, and achieved a 4.0 last semester. In no way did I expect chem to be "easy," nor did I expect to be babied through the course. It is an intense class no matter who is the instructor. However, I feel that the instructor that I had made things more difficult than they needed to be. Firstly, he seems annoyed every time someone asks a question. He shows little to know concern for his students. I contacted him about wanting to form a study group for those who were interested, offering to organize the entire thing- All I needed was an email list of the students. He said great, and told me to email him. I did, twice, and I never heard back nor did he ever talk to me about it again. He writes his own problems and exams, with wording that is designed to "trick" the student. Again, this is not a big deal- a little challenge is a good thing. However, when none of my tutors and peers in the STEM center can understand the wording of his questions, that is a major issue. I encourage those who take this course to try and develop a relationship with the material that is independent from their relationship with the course itself. Chemistry is a highly interesting topic to learn about- unfortunately, this class doesn't do it justice.

    Course highlights:

    My previous statement is applicable here. From the course itself, I did not learn much. However, I learned a great deal from independent study of the topics we were currently on. Unfortunately, showing up to class, doing all of the assigned work, and attending all of the study sessions was not enough to help me understand the course from his teaching methods. This course was a disappointment.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Teach yourself all of the material before heading into this class. Honestly. Khan Academy and Crash Course Chemistry have great resources online. I highly recommend those for familiarizing yourself with the topics before starting this class. I used his online resources before the semester started, and began studying ahead of time. However, his style of teaching is not one that is easy to learn new material from. It would be much easier if you had a previous understanding of chemistry from an alternate source.

    • Spring 2016
    • Blaustein
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments Requires Lots of Research

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