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CHEM 121 Introduction to Chemistry

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    Jun 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Chemistry is vital to any field of science. It's also the foundation and language to everything we see and don't see. Having a basic understanding is a good idea and taking it with professor Marie Dunn is an amazing experience. Do not worry about being "good" at technical or science related classes. Marie Dunn can teach anyone. The course material is fun and keeps you engaged without overwhelming you. It's a fast pace class during summer but also fun.

    Course highlights:

    This course covered the basics of general chemistry. This means studying chemistry on a basic level from every branch of chemistry. I learned an introductory level of chemistry in the organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biochemistry branches. This class also included a lab where you got to experience the analytical side of chemistry. During lab time you followed a detailed procedure which was given to you. Throughout the quarter I learned how to balance chemical equations, the rules of significant numbers when doing math involving chemistry, the basics of atoms and molecules, how to read the period table, definitions and language and real world problem solving involving chemistry. My problem solving skills were significantly developed in this class which really helped in my future math and science classes.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Stay on-top of your homework. The homework and practice problems in this class are a good guide for upcoming exams. Going over topics discussed in-class before and after the class starts makes the materials covered in-lecture a lot easier to follow. Complete ALL homework and optional study material given to. Office hours are very helpful in this class. Marie is very good in one-on-one meetings with students.

    • Summer 2014
    • Marie Dunn
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Dec 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Keren-Aviram provides students with a challenging but fulfilling course that introduces the fundamentals of chemistry. She is very accommodating to those willing to work and study diligently, and provides multiple resources to study from, both online and from the textbook. The class also consists of weekly labs that last three hours, which should be ample time to comprehend instructions and complete the assigned tasks.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed learning how to do stoichiometry and balance chemical equations. I also gained a much better understanding of the periodic table and how to distinguish its elemental categories. In addition, I developed the essential skill of abiding to the rules of significant figures when adding, subtracting, dividing, or multiplying equations in order to ensure absolute accuracy, and continued to apply these rules in all of our labs. One of the final competencies I developed in chemistry 121 was how to design three-dimensional molecular models, while understanding the significance of each constituent part of the design in relation to the specific molecule.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    You must pay very close attention in class, and it would behoove you to reread what you learned either through the lecture notes or your textbook. It's also paramount that both you and your lab partner complete the pre-labs before entering class, and understand the parameters of each experiment beforehand. Also, I would suggest completing the online sapling assignments sooner rather than later. Not only will this help embed imperative concepts and algorithms in your mind, but it will also alleviate any impending stress you may encounter in the days prior to the next midterm. In turn, you'll be able to allot more time reviewing the material without an additional homework assignment to complete.

    • Summer 2016
    • Keren- Aviram
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    Dec 16, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a course that demands a lot of work, but the work is not difficult, especially if you have a proficient background in basic science and math. The instructor provides plenty of study resources to make this course as intuitive as possible.

    Course highlights:

    The highlight came at the end of the quarter, when we learned about some principles of stoichiometry. It was a topic I was not very familiar with, and the balancing of chemical reactions was very fun.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to work a lot, but the work is not extremely difficult. Pay attention in class and keep up on all of the homework and you will succeed in the class.

    • Winter 2015
    • Keren- Aviram
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments


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