This class was tough.
I would recommend this course for anyone who likes the subject of chemistry and wants to apply it to real world situations. In this class, you have to have a background in general chemistry because you learn to use chemical analysis to examine problems and think critically about a solution. For example, a test may consist of a question such as "How much chlorine is in a sample of pool water?, and you're given the mass of the pool sample and the formula of the chlorine-containing compound added to the sample. With these types of questions you have to learn how to apply your knowledge of solving general chemistry problems to real world situations.
The number one lesson I learned from this course is to not underestimate the power of reviewing previously learned material. For example, when registering for this course, I noticed that it included some statistics. I had taken statistics before and did very well, so I didn't really think I needed to review. However, I learned pretty quick taking the class that reviewing the statistical concepts beforehand would have been extremely helpful; as the curriculum involved the use of some parts of statistics that I was not too fresh on, including: drawing distribution curves (Gaussian curves, skewed curves, etc.).
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Advice for students:
Like I said, review statistics, review statistics, and review statistics. I cannot stress that enough. Also it wouldn't hurt to find a friend who may have already taken the class and purchased the textbook to borrow the book and begin looking through some of the practice problems. This will give you a nice head-start on the lecture material.