CHM 2045

General Chemistry 1

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Prof: Lopez / Spring 2021

Sep 8, 2021

Comments on the course

This course left me on the brink of crying, but not in a standard chemistry class way, in a standard chemistry class except 2x more helpless because your professor makes you feel dumb way.

Advice

StudyEdge or skip to Chem2046.

Grade: Rather not sayWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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4Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Professor Rating

4Good Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2022

May 4, 2022

Comments on the course

The class requires a lot of practice and time, but it is possible to do well.

Course Content

It's the first part of the general chemistry sequence and covers most of CHM1025 in the first unit.

Comments on the professor

Dr. Harris is a helpful and inviting professor. I preferred reading the textbook and additional online resources to his lecture videos, but during in-person lectures and office hours, he was attentive and knowledgeable.

Advice

You don't need Studyedge to do well in this class, but either way, you must put in the time to learn the material and learn it well. I recommend taking CHM1025 if you haven't taken a chemistry course in a while (sophomore year of high school for me). My routine was using the lecture slides, textbook, lecture videos, and/or additional online resources to take notes and learn the material before the in-person lecture (I was in a flipped classroom section). I had a separate notebook where I did the problems during the lectures. For the homework, I took note of the problems I struggled with and retried the homework until I got all correct. I also took note of tips and information I might forget in a google doc for each unit. To prepare for exams, I went over the problems/chapters I struggled w...read more

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

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3OK Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2021

Apr 7, 2022

Comments on the course

A LOT of work, my roommates kept telling me about how I was locked up in my room that semester only ever doing chemistry. I had background with AP Chem (royally sucked at it but still passed the exam), and it was still pretty difficult for me. You'd need to dedicate a lot of time to the class if you're not familiar with chemistry at all. It's definitely doable but extremely time-consuming.

Comments on the professor

He was okay, nothing that knocked me out of the ballpark but nothing that had me hating him. I attended his lectures only for the iClicker, other than that I mainly used the textbook to study, along with the worksheets. Other than that, I didn't find his lectures 100% necessary.

Delivery: HybridGrade: C+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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2Bad Class
2Hard
2Boring
4Useful

Prof: Lopez / Summer 2020

Oct 13, 2021

Comments on the course

Lopez is a horrible professor, lectures make no sense. StudyEdge is very helpful here once you get passed exam 1 if you have Lopez.

Course Content

Useful for future chem labs

Comments on the professor

Lectures are really bad.

Advice

Get studyedge

Delivery: OnlineGrade: AWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: No
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4Good Class
2Hard
2Boring
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Sumner / Spring 2021

Sep 7, 2021

Comments on the course

It's definitely a rigorous course, so I would recommend taking Intro to Chem if you haven't taken chem since sophomore year of HS like me, because I would've died without that foundational knowledge. Do tons of practice problems!

Comments on the professor

Choose Sumner, she gives a lot of homework but it basically forces you to study so when the exam comes around you're already pretty prepared.

Suggest a professor

sumner

Grade: A+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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3OK Class
1Very Hard
2Boring
2Barely Useful

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3OK Prof

Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022

Jun 28, 2022

Comments on the course

This course is hard af and I found it really difficult to follow her lectures mainly because conceptually wise-- there's a lot thrown at you in an hour class. I could never absorb the content at hand so I just stopped attending lecture and had to hard-grind self study by relearning the math from hw/quizzes and concepts skimming the textbook. However, you SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO HER ICLICKER WALKTHROUGHS/DEMOS because it helps you with hw/quizzes/pla. But dang do they take a load of time to complete.

Course Content

You're not going to need to know any of this for chem 2. (Nice foundation though)

Comments on the professor

Dr. Sumner will throw in one exam designed to be extremely difficult/hard. You can manage a good grade in the class even if you bomb one exam--- so don't be too hard on yourself.

Advice

Study Edge helps if you struggle with organization. While you can still do well without it, it helps highlight key concepts + has good explanations. Good luck y'all

Delivery: HybridGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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3OK Class
2Hard
2Boring
3Kinda Useful

Prof: Sumner / Fall 2021

Dec 15, 2021

Comments on the course

Critical tracking for many majors, but was harder than I expected. Definitely lives up to the "weed-out" class stereotype and had many friends withdraw from Sumner's class.

Comments on the professor

Cons: lots and lots of homework and assignments each week so be prepared to spend around 10 hours each week for just chem lecture and assignments. Pros: Sumner is actually not a bad teacher and will help you to understand the material through all the assignments and in office hours.

Advice

If your other classes aren't as heavy workload or content wise, Sumner is manageable. Otherwise, go with Harris and get Study Edge.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
Exam Heavy
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Class Ratings

2Bad Class
1Very Hard
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Prof: Sumner / Fall 2021

Dec 10, 2021

Comments on the course

Super work intensive. Flipped classroom so you have to learn everything on your own

Delivery: Hybrid
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2Bad Class
3Avg. Difficulty
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2021

Nov 28, 2021

Comments on the course

Was not a fan. Only took it cause I had to. Abnormal amount of assignments.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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2Bad Class
1Very Hard
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2020

Nov 4, 2021

Comments on the course

This class was genuinely one of the most difficult classes to take online. If you are in general chemistry 1 your first semester of college, you better get ready to work. Expect difficult weekly assignments and hard exams that you have to study a ton for.

Comments on the professor

Professor Harris is really chill and honestly very reasonable. He is also very approachable and friendly. I just did not find his teaching methods helpful, but this might have been influenced by me taking it online.

Advice

I wish I knew how much you had to practice and stay on top of the material. That would have been helpful to know before.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: BWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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1Awful Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2020

Oct 29, 2021

Comments on the course

Awful, literally made to just weed out freshman. Did this while pledging and would choose to just take over the summer if possible.

Course Content

Nothing useful. Just hard for no reason

Comments on the professor

Nice professor, but take with Sumner since she writes the exams.

Advice

Take a light schedule with it.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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Class Ratings

2Bad Class
1Very Hard
1Very Boring
2Barely Useful

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2020

Oct 18, 2021

Comments on the course

The abundance of assignments made sure that you are never without chem work. Honestly so much work and it didn't help. I cried when I found out that I passed.

Course Content

Useful for Chem 2 maybe ( I did not take it)

Comments on the professor

He was cool but I'm not sure that the virtual teaching is his style. Most of the discussion were led by TAs.

Advice

If you don't need it, don't take it. Use StudyEdge.

Delivery: OnlineGrade: CWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
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1Awful Class
1Very Hard
3Kinda Interesting
2Barely Useful

Prof: Harris / Fall 2021

Oct 13, 2021

Comments on the course

Hell. They want you to devote your life to this class. Get Study Edge, don't wait like me until after you bomb the first exam because it was intentionally trickly.

Course Content

Nothing. They require this class for a lot of majors, often for no reason. I know how to do useless math stuff, that's pretty much it. This class is only really useful for people looking to work in a lab.

Comments on the professor

Pros: Harris is the best chemistry prof for understanding He makes you understand in simple terms and works thru math with you Cons: All the other profs drop your lowest exam score, he drops it but averages it with the other exams to replace the drop He gives the most homework (it is A LOT- expect to do about 1-2 hours of assignments daily)

Advice

Don't take this class with any other classes that may need your time or also need studying. If you want an A, you have to do chemistry every waking moment. Get Study Edge early

Delivery: In personGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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5Amazing Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2020

Oct 10, 2021

Comments on the course

Loved Dr. Harris, I did have AP credit but decided to re-take the class. He was pretty laid back and very fair about his exams.

Delivery: In personGrade: A+
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1Awful Class
2Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Prof: Harris / Fall 2020

Sep 5, 2021

Comments on the course

Awful.

Comments on the professor

Awful.

Advice

Use your AP Credit

Suggest a professor

Lopez.

Grade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional

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