General Chemistry 1
Prof: Hale / Fall 2023
Nov 9, 2023
This class is hard no doubt. The amount of work is insane and almost worth nothing in comparison to the exams. Study Edge is a necessity and it helps to go to office hours as well.
The content isn't really difficult it's just the exams. They're designed to trick you and are weighted %60. Homework and quizzes do nothing to raise your grade but definitely drop it if you do poorly on one. This class isn't made for the faint of heart. There's about 3 hw assignments per week along with a worksheet and worksheet quiz and then a regular quiz each week. Additionally and most frustrating is the PLAs (pre-lecture assignments) that are due before every single lecture so thats about three a week and they're like a whole other quiz.
Professor Hale is new to the university but she's very engaging and loves the subject with her whole being. She really cares about the students and understands our struggles more because she is younger than other professors. You'll never see someone who is more passionate about chemistry. Be prepared for singing, Taylor Swift, explosions, and lots of jokes with song references that nobody knows. She's really a great professor and very funny. Highly recommend.
STUDY EDGE. It's a life saver and NECESSARY if you can afford it. Do practice problems whenever you can and make sure you are constantly studying. Attend lectures but if you have study edge than you don't really need to pay attention. And get a study partner too!
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2023
Aug 11, 2023
I took intro to chem so I really didn't need to do much in terms of learning content for the first exam as it was almost entirely covered in intro. For the second exam, and I can't stress this enough, GO TO OFFICE HOURS. The calorimetry was difficult but having her explain it one on one was helpful. And, if there were any grading issues or questions about homework or even worksheet and PLA quizzes, she would help with those. The content was fairly useful but you had to read the textbook before class as it is flipped. Sometimes she would spend too much time on silly problems so that we didn't get to practice the difficult ones as much, but that wasn't really a problem. For the first few chapters, she would only do straight clicker questions in class, but afterwards she started to primarily ...read more
I liked her I went to her office hours a few times and I sat in the front left so the TAs were nearby if we ever had a question on the clicker questions. Sumner answered her emails and I honestly liked her though that's an unpopular opinion. She does have an accent but I feel she's easy to understand though her handwriting is just not good.
Study, do your work on time, and make yourself known to Dr. Sumner. She's more inclined to help you out if she knows who you are. I was able to end the class with over 100 (the final has extra credit) without Study Edge/Smokin Notes because I did all the assignments, went to office hours, asked questions, did past exam questions til I understood them, and did some of the optional homework for the modules I was confused on. Really just apply yourself and find a study schedule/method that works for you and you'll pass.
Prof: Sumner / Winter 2022
May 30, 2023
I thought this class was pretty light. Maybe I'm just a cracked student or wahtever
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2023
May 20, 2023
Although Sumner gives a lot of work, I believe her resources do help you understand the material. The first few weeks of her class are very daunting, but you will later figure out how to plan ahead and it will get easier.
The class content covers a lot of the general chemistry material which is useful for pre-health majors (I think it's a prerequisite class for most majors though). The first 2 tests are very math-based, but the last one is more conceptual. There is a final for this class as well.
She gives a lot of work and goes very fast during her lectures. Given the flex nature of the class, you mainly have to use the textbook as your way of learning the material.
I would say make sure you fully understand each question she gives you, whether it's on the PLA/ALQ, worksheets, or quizzes. Studying the worksheets and quizzes are very helpful for the test because they contain similar questions.
Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2023
Apr 18, 2023
It's really not difficult content wise, it's just a lot of homework that takes up most of your time (flipped class- so you have to watch lectures 3 times a week at home and there is a quiz for every lecture due, then 2 aleks assignments roughly once a week, and an extra hw on canvas plus discussion worksheets). I took into to chem and that helped me a lot for the first exam, but besides that I took lecture notes, tried to pay attention during class, and used study edge which really helped reinforce everything.
I loved Harris, he is incredibly kind and a really fun lecturer.
Stay caught up on content, but don't just try to practice the math, you should really try to understand the whole lesson. I used study edge and it helped but i dont think it's necessary.
Prof: Robert Fischer / Spring 2022
Jan 7, 2023
I found this class quite intriguing and broadened my perspective on things.
Come in with an open mind willing to learn.
Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2022
Jan 4, 2023
I initially did not perform very well in this course but after I put in the work for the class, I ended up being able to perform very well. As long as you make this class a priority and put in a lot of time doing practice problems as well as the worksheets, you should be fine.
Prof: Steven Harris / Winter 2021
Dec 19, 2022
Dec 17, 2022
To start off, I only had to take this course because it was a critical tracking course for my major. This class is very difficult overall and study edge was the only reason why I passed.
A monster number of PLAs, lectures, Aleks hw/quizzes, and sometimes chapter hw quizzes which I didn't find necessary for the most part. You have to be quick with watching the lectures and taking notes because lectures are usually due around 12:30pm while PLAs are due around 12pm. It's enough to overwhelm you and this class was super rigorous for me even though I took AP chem as a senior.
Prof Harris was a nice person, but not a very good lecturer. He gave problems straight from the textbook during in class lectures and show you steps to get to the answer, but isn't very good at explaining why. iClicker questions and his recorded lectures were useless at preparing us for exams.
Get study edge once the term starts and USE IT WISELY and make sure to do every single question even if it's a lot. Don't fall behind on the lectures and take everything very seriously. Had I thoroughly worked out on all the type of problems repeatedly and focused more on the concepts I was confused on, I would have done a lot better instead of cramming at last minute before each exam. Final was tough. Don't take it lightly. Got a 75 on the first exam because I neglected doing enough practice problems or did the practice session quiz on Study edge and exam 3 was tough because I had a hard time getting the concepts memorized and second-guessed myself a lot.
Dec 7, 2022
Overall wasn't a super difficult class, make sure you attend class or at least zoom in to get all the points on the clicker and watch all the lectures
The content is what you would expect, just introductory chemistry; not too hard but started to get very conceptual around exam 3.
Professor Harris was great. Very cool and chill guy. He was very helpful whenever I went to him during office hours and did his best to make the class fun
Oct 31, 2022
The course itself can be rough if you start to fall behind. Make sure you are continually reviewing the coursework rather than cramming before the exam. I had taken AP Chem prior to this course which gave me a very strong background but the exams can still be tricky. Study Edge is very helpful for this class too
The course is required for my major and course taught me a lot about chemistry.
Professor Harris is amazing. He is the best professor I have had so far. He was very approachable and happy to help out. He was very funny and made the class very interesting. If you have to take this class, GO FOR HARRIS!!!!!!!
Stay on top of Exam 1, it can come pretty quickly and catch you off guard.
Oct 26, 2022
this class is a lot of work. I spend up to 6 hours a day doing assignments for this. You will have multiple homework, quizzes, lectures, lecture assignments, etc.
the professor is great and i really like him, he just gives a lot of busywork.
Oct 2, 2022
Basic pre-req needed for many classes but provides decent background for chem 2 and orgo.
Sep 1, 2022
Mostly it was just a loooot of work. I cried over it in the first month. Spent at least an hour or two on homework after every lecture. I had this class at 7:25 in the morning and let me tell you never do that to yourself. Participation and attendance were required and it sucked.
There was an assignment before lecture, a long assignment after lecture, and you had to read the textbook. Like, you actually had to because she didn't always cover everything you needed to know in lecture. You had to attend every class even though I felt like her lectures weren't very helpful because of participation questions. The iClickers were also much harder than I've had in other classes. Sumner herself also would make mistakes doing basic arithmetic.
Be prepared to spend HOURS on this class outside of lecture every week.
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022
Aug 22, 2022
Professor Sumner can be hard, but she was exactly what I needed to pass. Sure, she gives a little more work (PLAs and ALQs rather than just PLAs and discussion work looks different) but this kind of reinforcement is how I was able to pass this class. Stay on top of your work, ask questions, be involved, and you will succeed
Sumner's PPT slides >>> Harris. She includes extra practice questions and I felt there was generally more information. She does give more work so be prepared for chemistry assignments almost every single day of the semester (PLAs, ALQs, discussion worksheets and quizzes, etc). Bpth SUmner and Harris give a grade worth ~2% of the final grade on iClicker accuracy: sounds like nothing but it can make or break you passing/failing, so I'd pay attention.
I really liked her. Opinions of her vary, but I felt like she gave me all of the tools I needed to succeed. By showing up to class (in person) and participting in the iClicker questions, it helped me learn the material better. She ALWAYS goes over how to do the iClickers and takes the time to go over any questions (queen). I felt that she genuinely cared about how her students did in her class which is why she was hard and calloused at times.
Pay attention, show up to class, do the iClicker, ask questions, do the homeworks, and you will succeed.
Aug 22, 2022
I barely failed (68%) in the fall. It was really inconvenient. You need to be on top of the assignments and studying.
For Harris, I felt the slides were useless. Did not have a lot of information or even included the examples in the posted PPTs. The homeworks sometimes had questions from the textbook so I recommend keeping it on hand to cross reference in case you need the support.
Professor Harris is easy going and funny. Going to lecture didn't totally suck. The bad is that I could barely stay engaged when he actually did talk about class material (this is my own fault) and I felt he wasn't great about answering questions in lecture. He was better at talking during his office hours, but even so I didn't feel like it was enough to get me through this class.
The lectures are very fast-paced so pay good attention in class and don't skip or else you'll fail. If you have no prior chemistry experience, investing in Study Edge may help you. Attending the UF-offered tutoring at the teaching center is another alternative that won't cost you money. The textbook is good for extra practice and reviewing, but I wouldn't rely on it to teach you everything. Also, pay attention to the Aleks. Having a basic understanding of what's there will help, I promise.
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022
Jun 28, 2022
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.
You're not going to need to know any of this for chem 2. (Nice foundation though)
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.
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
Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2022
May 4, 2022
The class requires a lot of practice and time, but it is possible to do well.
It's the first part of the general chemistry sequence and covers most of CHM1025 in the first unit.
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.
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
Apr 7, 2022
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.
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.
Dec 15, 2021
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.
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.
If your other classes aren't as heavy workload or content wise, Sumner is manageable. Otherwise, go with Harris and get Study Edge.
Dec 10, 2021
Super work intensive. Flipped classroom so you have to learn everything on your own
Nov 28, 2021
Was not a fan. Only took it cause I had to. Abnormal amount of assignments.
Nov 4, 2021
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.
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.
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.
Oct 29, 2021
Awful, literally made to just weed out freshman. Did this while pledging and would choose to just take over the summer if possible.
Nothing useful. Just hard for no reason
Nice professor, but take with Sumner since she writes the exams.
Take a light schedule with it.
Oct 18, 2021
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.
Useful for Chem 2 maybe ( I did not take it)
He was cool but I'm not sure that the virtual teaching is his style. Most of the discussion were led by TAs.
If you don't need it, don't take it. Use StudyEdge.
Prof: Harris / Fall 2021
Oct 13, 2021
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.
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.
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)
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
Prof: Lopez / Summer 2020
Oct 13, 2021
Lopez is a horrible professor, lectures make no sense. StudyEdge is very helpful here once you get passed exam 1 if you have Lopez.
Useful for future chem labs
Lectures are really bad.
Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2020
Oct 10, 2021
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.
Prof: Lopez / Spring 2021
Sep 8, 2021
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.
StudyEdge or skip to Chem2046.
Prof: Sumner / Spring 2021
Sep 7, 2021
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!
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.
Prof: Harris / Fall 2020
Sep 5, 2021
Use your AP Credit
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