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    Apr 22, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    No one can expect O chem to be easy, but Dr. Nelson does a solid job. Very thorough and thoughtful.

    Course highlights:

    Gaining lots of insight on the understanding of organic chemistry. From early carbon bonding to NMR, everything was covered. Very standard intro to OChem

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do book problems and draw everything yourself by hand. It is not enough to just review notes or read the textbook. Go out of your way to do extra problems and find more assistance.

    • Fall 2016
    • Nelson
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    Nov 13, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is very challenging and requires a different way of thinking. For someone like me who doesn't like chemistry and struggles with it, this class has taken a ton of work and studying to do well in. However, for people who are on the pre-med track, pursuing a science major, or any other major that requires organic chemistry, I would highly recommend taking it with Jackie. She is a great teacher and a very nice woman, always accessible and willing to help. I have also heard that she greats somewhat easier than our teachers, letting us drop one of our tests and always giving partial credit. If you're taking O chem one at Pitt, take Jackie!

    Course highlights:

    In this course, we started with a very brief review of some general chemistry knowledge. Then we went on to cover alkanes first, spending the most time on things like nomenclature, hyperconjugation, radical halogenation and different types of reactions they're involved. For the second test, we covered Sn1, Sn2, E1, and E2 reactions, working up to being able to predict which of these would happen given a certain set of reactions. We then went on to cover alcohols and ethers and all of the reactions they are involved in such as reactions with gringard, PCC, and Jones' reagents. Now we are about to move on to cover alkenes. The course moves at a fairly quick pace.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are going to take this course, prepare yourself for having to invest a lot of work and time. Read the textbook. I know it's hard to read chem texts because they're so dry but it's helped me understand things that I didn't get the first time in class. Use Khan Academy!!! It's a free online resource with videos explaining almost all of the topics you will cover in O chem. They do an absolutely awesome job of explaining. Most of all, do lots of problems. You can never do too many.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jaclyn Powell
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