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    Aug 28, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The professor was funny and engaging for a hard course over the summer. It is a fast paced course and there are a lot of materials to remember which can be overwhelming. Professor Watson is approachable and his office hours are there for a reason! Lab periods are fun although they can be really long. We made penicillin, and banana oil, and learned different lab techniques.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was being able to make penicillin and banana oil in the lab. I have learned to apply different laboratory techniques to different experiments. Such as extraction, distillation, and the use of Infrared Spectroscopy, Gas Chromatography, and Mass Spectrometry.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Do all the online homework ahead of time, a few days before the chapter tests and not the day before. Be disciplined to practice problems in the textbook everyday especially the chapter on stereoisomerism.

    • Summer 2017
    • Charles Watson
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Dec 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    If you are planning on a career in the medical field, engineering, or another course requiring chemistry--this is the course to take. Organic chemistry is fundamental to the workings of our world.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basic units for everyday chemical reactions--from how alcohols are made to protein synthesis.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Good memorization skills are needed. Do not make the material more difficult than it is. Do not overthink.

    • Fall 2016
    • Faith Jacobsen
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates
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    Aug 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I took this course in the Summer semester which was practically a death sentence. Organic Chemistry is really not that hard once you learn it, however taking it in the summer shortens the amount of time you have to soak it all in. It is a rigorous course and requires much studying, as would any upper level course. My best advice is to read through the chapter before class even if just briefly, and make note cards or lists of specific reagents and mechanism pathways.

    Course highlights:

    The most important thing to understand in this class is the geochemistry of the molecules and the mechanism pathways! I recommend getting a molecular model set. I got mine online for only $20 from molecular visions and it saved my life! Another awesome resource is the website master of organic chemistry. They have awesome reviews to purchase as well as hundreds of articles explaining any question you may have along your organic chem adventure! Mr. Watson is an amazing professor and I am truly grateful to have had him! He knows the information front and back and is wonderful at presenting it in a clear understandable manner. I will be taking Organic 2 with him in the fall!

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Read through chapters, get a molecular model set, bookmark Master of Organic Chemistry .com, and decide you want to do your best in this class and give it your all! It is not nearly as bad as it seems the first month. Once you get past the first few tests and labs, your understanding will become stronger and you will feel superior because of the knowledge you have! Believe in yourself!!

    • Summer 2016
    • Charles Watson
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates


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