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CHEM 140B 140B ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

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    Jul 09, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this professor if you need to take Organic Chemistry as a requirement. Professor Albizati is very approachable and wants his students to succeed. He does plenty of practice problems on the chalkboard that prepares you for his exams. His lectures can be boring but he is a funny person and does a good job at keeping his students engaged. However, this course is not easy. I would not recommend this class as an easy A. If this is not required for your major, I would not recommend this course.

    Course highlights:

    I not only learned Organic Chemistry from this course, but study skills as I head into more upper division classes. There is no homework for this class but there are problems in the textbook that you should be doing. I learned to discipline myself in doing the homework problems so that I could find success in the class. Furthermore, I learned that if you don’t understand a concept, it is okay to ask for help. The teacher’s assistants as well as the professor wants you to succeed and are always willing to help during office hours. One of the highlights of taking this specific professor was that he holds a review session a few days before the exam. He allows you to ask any question, so be sure to ask him what questions will be on the exam. He will give you the exact wording of the questions, but not the specific problems/compounds themselves. Though it is not all the information, it is very helpful knowing what kind of questions you are to expect.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to do all the practice problems in the textbook, sometimes even two or three times if you are confused on the topic. Those questions are very similar to the questions on the exam and sometimes they are even the exact same question. Pay attention in class, as the professor will hint at certain problems or important concepts to know for the exams. Studying with friends was something that I found very helpful because if your friend doesn’t understand a topic, you can explain it to them and vice versa. This helps to solidify the concepts and how to do certain problems.

    • Winter 2017
    • ALBIZATI
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    • Go to Office Hours Competitive Classmates
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    Apr 04, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was a required course for my major, but it is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted. Expect to put in a lot of time practicing problems.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to draw hexagons really well. On a serious note however, I gained a lot of discipline in spending time, not just memorizing reactions, but also understanding why certain reactions can or cannot occur/work.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Practice, practice, practice. Do as many practice problems as you can get your hands on. Ask your TA or professor about reactions you don't understand. Having a good grasp of the concepts is really important in doing well in this course, I think.

    • Fall 2013
    • Guerrero
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    Oct 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    While I cannot speak for the other professors, Professor Weizman was one of the best professors I have ever had at UCSD. A large portion of his lectures were spent on doing practice problems that were similar to what we saw on our exams. He also made sure that we were understanding things rather than just memorizing facts, and he offered lots of extra help outside of lecture for people who were struggling.

    Course highlights:

    This course is the second course in the Organic Chemistry series and focuses on the methods of analysis and chemistry of hydrocarbons as well the chemistry of the carbonyl group. Professor Weizman clarified certain points that were rushed through in CHEM 140A, such as why the chemistry of a certain molecule would result in an elimination rather than a substitution reaction. Additionally, our TAs' explanations on NMRs were thorough and extremely helpful for all of our exams.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you plan on taking this course, don't go into it thinking that you can get away with studying just before exam time. That sort of strategy will inevitably fail, as this is a class based in understanding and not just memorizing facts. Also, make sure that you aren't taking too many other hard courses in that quarter or you may end up burning yourself out.

    • Spring 2016
    • WEIZMAN
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing


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