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CHM 2045

General Chemistry 1

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Prof: Robert Fischer / Spring 2022

Jan 7, 2023

Comments on the course

I found this class quite intriguing and broadened my perspective on things.

Advice

Come in with an open mind willing to learn.

Delivery: HybridGrade: ATextbook Use: Optional
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4Good Class
2Hard
4Interesting
3Kinda Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Spring 2022

Jan 4, 2023

Comments on the course

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.

Delivery: HybridGrade: B+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: No
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5Amazing Class
5Very Easy
4Interesting
3Kinda Useful

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5Amazing Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Winter 2021

Dec 19, 2022

Comments on the course

Great!

Delivery: In person
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2Bad Class
2Hard
1Very Boring
1Useless

Professor Rating

3OK Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2022

Dec 17, 2022

Comments on the course

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.

Course Content

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.

Comments on the professor

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.

Advice

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.

Delivery: In personGrade: A-Workload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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4Good Class
4Easy
2Boring
3Kinda Useful

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5Amazing Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2022

Dec 7, 2022

Comments on the course

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

Course Content

The content is what you would expect, just introductory chemistry; not too hard but started to get very conceptual around exam 3.

Comments on the professor

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

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Exam HeavyAttendance Heavy
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Class Ratings

4Good Class
2Hard
4Interesting
5Very Useful

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5Amazing Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2022

Oct 31, 2022

Comments on the course

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

Course Content

The course is required for my major and course taught me a lot about chemistry.

Comments on the professor

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!!!!!!!

Advice

Stay on top of Exam 1, it can come pretty quickly and catch you off guard.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
Attendance HeavyAssignment HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
1Very Hard
2Boring
3Kinda Useful

Professor Rating

5Amazing Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2022

Oct 26, 2022

Comments on the course

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.

Comments on the professor

the professor is great and i really like him, he just gives a lot of busywork.

Delivery: In personGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: No
Assignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
2Hard
2Boring
5Very Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2021

Oct 2, 2022

Comments on the course

Basic pre-req needed for many classes but provides decent background for chem 2 and orgo.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Exam HeavyAssignment Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
3Avg. Difficulty
3Kinda Interesting
5Very Useful

Professor Rating

2Bad Prof

Prof: Sumner / Fall 2021

Sep 1, 2022

Comments on the course

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.

Comments on the professor

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.

Advice

Be prepared to spend HOURS on this class outside of lecture every week.

Delivery: In personGrade: AWorkload: Very HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
Assignment HeavyParticipation HeavyAttendance Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
4Useful

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4Good Prof

Prof: Sumner / Spring 2022

Aug 22, 2022

Comments on the course

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

Course Content

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.

Comments on the professor

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.

Advice

Pay attention, show up to class, do the iClicker, ask questions, do the homeworks, and you will succeed.

Delivery: In personGrade: BWorkload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
Participation HeavyEssay Heavy
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Class Ratings

2Bad Class
1Very Hard
2Boring
1Useless

Professor Rating

2Bad Prof

Prof: Steven Harris / Fall 2021

Aug 22, 2022

Comments on the course

I barely failed (68%) in the fall. It was really inconvenient. You need to be on top of the assignments and studying.

Course Content

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.

Comments on the professor

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.

Advice

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.

Delivery: In personGrade: C-Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Optional
Exam Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
1Very Hard
2Boring
2Barely Useful

Professor Rating

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
Quiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

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
Exam HeavyAssignment Heavy
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Class Ratings

3OK Class
2Hard
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

Professor Rating

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
Exam Heavy
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Class Ratings

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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Class Ratings

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
Participation HeavyAssignment Heavy
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Class Ratings

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
Exam HeavyQuiz HeavyAssignment Heavy
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Class Ratings

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
Exam HeavyAssignment Heavy
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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
Assignment HeavyQuiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

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
Quiz HeavyExam Heavy
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Class Ratings

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
Exam Heavy
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Class Ratings

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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Class Ratings

1Awful Class
1Very Hard
4Interesting
2Barely Useful

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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Class Ratings

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.

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sumner

Grade: A+Workload: HeavyTextbook Use: Yes
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Class Ratings

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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