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    Dec 22, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this course, it is a challenging but rewarding class. Ely is phenomenal teacher who is very kind by letting us have unlimited tries on smart work, allowing us to learn more and not just look up the answers, and also has 4-5% of the overall grade in extra credit up for grabs. I highly recommend. The only thing I real disliked about chemistry was the labs but they aren't terribly hard, but they will seem like they are at the time. I also highly recommend learning your polyatomics early and quickly, I didn't and it hurt me on my first test.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed learning concepts like molecular geometry and thermochemistry and found them intriguing. There is even a vesper lab where you only have to come for 30 minutes and simply build models of molecules which is neat.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I knew little about chemistry coming into the course and ended up with a C on the first exam because the vocabulary/nomenclature was hard to pick up quickly but I quickly learned how to study and ended up getting As on my next three exams. The key to success in the class is study, study, study. Print off the PowerPoint and take notes in class, and for about 3 hours a week review your notes, probably not all at once, and in addition to the 2-6 hours a week you can expect to spend on smartwork. Practice makes perfect and this isn't a hard class if you are willing to devote yourself to your work.

    • Fall 2016
    • Melissa Ely
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I am a biochemistry major, therefore this course was one of the first of many science courses I must take in order to graduate. This general chemistry course is comparable to AP Chemistry that some students may take in high school (although the AP credit would cover CHEM 115 & CHEM 116). I found this class interesting and worthwhile of learning. Instead of just living in this world, it is quite interesting to learn how it actually works.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed learning about redox reactions, and I also enjoyed learning the geometric shapes of molecules. There are many topics covered throughout this course, but these were of my favorite. I also enjoyed having Dr. Osbourn as a teacher, as his teaching style is compatible with how I learn, and he would prepare interesting demonstrations for us while we were in lecture. Having a good teacher in this course can most certainly make a large difference.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    For every hour you spend in lecture, spend twice or triple that amount of time throughout the week studying (not including homework). To gain that A like most people wish for, work must be put in. Yes, having fun is fun and all, but these grades are permanent and do not go away. Be prepared to make this chemistry course one of your main priorities for the semester.

    • Fall 2016
    • Joshua Osbourn
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Participation Counts
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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's required for a lot of majors but you learn a lot about how the world works which can be interesting to some people. It's definitely challenging but if you put in the time, you can get a lot out of it.

    Course highlights:

    You learn about atoms and molecules, their interactions with each other, and what that means for the world. The most minuscule aspects of life are because of chemistry and it can be really eye opening.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take as many practice tests as you can in order to study for a test.

    • Fall 2016
    • RATCLIFF
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours

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