Organic Chemistry II
Prof: Anthony Chibba / Summer 2021
Aug 28, 2021
I enjoyed 2OB3 more than 2OA3 since the content was more interesting as you're actually doing chemistry this time. Although keeping track of all the reactions you've learned can be quite daunting, it's kind of neat having a synthetic toolbox of reactions that allow you to start with something, do some chemistry with it, and end up with a completely cooler thing. This course really demands constant practice, so make sure you're applying yourself consistently. Memorization will not help you.
Dr. Chibba's a gem. Really liked his teaching style and found his lecture videos easy to digest. He's also pretty entertaining. I personally found his tests on the tougher side, but the final was very fair. He won't throw anything at you that you cannot solve though, so if you feel utterly stuck, just take a deep breath, take a step back, and think about what you've learned and how that can help you navigate the question.
- Don't bother taking extensive notes for this course as it's not one where memorization will help you. I got a thicc notebook where I just wrote down the key reactions and mechanisms for each chapter, and the rest of it was filled with practice - Do all of the in-text and skillbuilder questions in the Klein textbook as you finish each lecture, the main thing you don't wanna slack on is doing consistent practice for this course - Once you're finished a chapter, do the suggested end-of-chapter questions. Really try to do these without instantly referring to the solutions when you get stuck - it might take you a while to figure certain questions out but it's far more valuable spending that time trying to apply your knowledge rather than just copying down the solution and thinking you got i...read more
Prof: Anthony Chibba / Winter 2021
Aug 25, 2021
The easier of the two orgo courses. Things get a bit repetitive with some reactions where once you know one mechanism, all similar reactions work the same way. Labs were pretty boring online (but a very easy high mark), but are certainly mote interesting in person.
Absolutely love Dr. Chibba. Orgo remains terrible, but being taught by him made it slightly less awful.
Just like with orgo 1, consistent, timely practice is the key to success. Do not fall behind.
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