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    Math-heavy

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Always Do the Reading

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    Apr 27, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would highly recommend professor Gerner to anyone enrolling in Chem 1103. His teaching style makes it easy for both experienced and inexperienced students.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a love for chemistry. I never understood the content very much in high school, just memorization. But after taking the first course of chemistry the U of A has to offer, I nearly considered switching my major to chemical engineering.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always do the online homework. Review lecture notes before class and exams. Also do the provided practice tests before exams.

    • Fall 2016
    • Matthew Gerner
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts
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    Mar 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course with Lorraine Brewer is well worth the time and stress. She has such a passion for teaching and chemistry it almost transfers to you. For many this is course is a requirement but even if it is not if you are looking for a challenging but rewarding class Chemistry 1 with Brewer is perfect. My only concern is the lab portion. There not a way to know who your instructor will be and they can make or break your lab experience.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights had to be when chemistry started to make sense. Brewer breaks it down in such a way that it all starts to piece back together in comprehensive way. I definitely picked up great study habits but the class covers the foundations of chemistry: understanding the periodic table, basic conversions, breaking down the atom and how charges work.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study after every lecture, pair your course work and lab work together, attend every lecture lab and SI!

    • Fall 2013
    • Lorraine Brewer
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts
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    Feb 23, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was very fast paced and difficult. Miissing a single lecture will leave you clueless if you don't get notes from classmates who take good notes. I would recommend taking the lab whether you are required to or not, I heard from other students the labs really help make concepts concrete. Saying that, this teacher was my absolute favorite teacher, his energy and excitment towards the subject make it bareable. USE THE RESOURCES THEY GIVE YOU! I went halfway through the semester before I realized how useful the powerpoint slides are to print out and bring to class. DON'T TAKE NOTES ON THEM ON YOUR COMPUTER. Print them out and follow along and write down as the teacher works out problems and add notes as he explains what he doing. I found I understood the proceedure to solve problems better by working them out with a pen and the notes. The class is so fast that you WILL miss parts if you do not have these powerpoint slides. At the very least make a folder of them for studying with.

    Course highlights:

    Luckily, I took this class my first semester of college. I got a reality check quick forcing me to vastly improve my note and resource using skills.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I learned that you really need to take the lectures seriously, especially in difficult classes, if you have trouble concentrating don't be shy! sit in the front. You and your parents are paying for these classes take advantage of office hours and resources. Keep up in the reading and take excellent notes. Good luck!

    • Fall 2016
    • Gerner
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Meetings Outside of Class


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