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Lots of Writing
Many Small Assignments
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It's necessary for anyone going into a chemistry-heavy field or working towards a degree (like Chemical Laboratory Specialist, for instance) but this man loves to kill trees. He printed out so much material and in-class homework packets as well as take-home quizzes that MY FIVE-INCH, THREE-RING BINDER BROKE. Yep. You heard that right. IT BROKE. He's a teacher with tenure. He knows his stuff but, in my opinion, he's a bit too old to teach anymore. He'll be the first to tell you that he's blind in one eye, has vertigo, can't really hear out of one ear and might be prone to tangents while lecturing. With a lot of personal discipline, good friends, and frequent visits to the tutors, this class is doable. Unless this class is appealing to you or there's no other way to get the credit, try to find someone else. It'll save you a lot of time. You might even get an award from the National Arbor Foundation for your part in saving the trees!
I learned a lot, actually. Most of it was memorization but some of it was helpful. He drills you for a good chunk of time on the name of fifty-to-sixty polyatomic ions. You will know these heavy-hitting, most-commonly-used chemical names and compounds.
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Advice for students:
Be prepared for a lot of paperwork. It can seem overwhelming at first but, honestly, it's redundant. A lot of repetition to make sure you have the material down and will do well on the quizzes. Start looking into polyatomic ions/chemical compounds a few weeks before the class starts. Those tests are worth big points. Get really, REALLY GOOD at Redox reactions. That's basically the last half of the class. He also awards extra credit for those who can solve complex redox reaction formulas. These will be your saving grace.