This class was tough.
The course allows students to take their knowledge of chemistry and physically apply it to situations. While challenging at times, it also has a supportive environment with lab assistants and a professor that, while they won't give you the answer, are happy to guide you until you understand the material or where you went wrong in your procedures. In the end, this course also provides experience for scientific research through the use of common place laboratory techniques and the use of equipment found in the field.
The true highlights of this course are the labs themselves. They allow you to have the chance to explore the principals and studies you've worked on theoretically in class. It should be noted that this course is very much a "building on what you already know class" rather than a class where you learn new lessons on subjects not previously explored. However, what you will learn is how to properly wright a lab report, which you'll find is different from most high school lab designs, and how to work with laboratory equipment that you may not have ever touched before.
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My advice to those taking this course is to not take it lightly. Besides doing the labs themselves, you will only have about six lab reports, five short quizzes on the labs, and three tests on the labs as well. Lab reports are graded with extreme detail, so make sure to ask the lab assistance any questions you have and give yourself at least three hours to do the reports. Also, even if you have gone through procedures and think you know what the lab is about, make sure you are also capable of doing any math that is expected and that you knw the precise order and purpose of each step. The tests and quizzes often focus on details more than the overall labs.