Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
Prof: Charles Martin / Fall 2019
Oct 7, 2021
The course itself was structured with a focus much too heavy on exams, there were literally no other grades in the class. Homework was "optional", and it wasn't graded, but those types of questions always showed up on the tests. The class was basically Gen. Chem 3, with an extended focus on electrochemistry and statistics.
Learned all types of tabletop analytical techniques, it was absolutely useful and really applicable to all types of chemistry/science in general. The statistics/quality control portions weren't very interesting, but they were fundamental too. The curriculum was pretty typical of any analytical chem course, although we didn't talk about instrumental analysis or bio techniques at all, even briefly.
One of the worst professors I've ever had, for many reasons. Even though Dr. Martin was and is obviously very intelligent and competent in his field, he has absolutely no skill in transferring that knowledge to anyone. Lectures were always very scattered, and he tended to interrupt class a lot to talk about random things, some of which would appear on exams as questions, ie., "What was the name of my coworker from 40 years ago?", or "What are the three things I've arbitrarily assigned as miracles that you must remember?", or "How do you do this obscure textbook calculation question I never mentioned all semester?". Otherwise, he would usually talk about his cat during class (which he wrote songs about), or his band performances, or he would spend the entire class giving us an unrelated spe...read more
The course material was pretty dry, but you need to pay attention and understand it for any future scientific lab/work in general anyway. Definitely brush up on gen chem before taking it if it's been a while, but it's an otherwise pretty average and doable course if you have a competent professor.
Prof: Alex Jacobs / Summer 2021
Nov 30, 2021
Easiest chemistry course I have ever taken at UF. Although the course is exam heavy (only exams - 3 exams and a final), it was a completely open note and you had 24 hrs to complete the entire exam. The grading scale is quite generous considering its take-home, open-note exams. I would GLADLY take this class again if I had to.
I took this course before Orgo 2, so the information was very useful for Organic Chemistry 2 Lab to be honest, but not for much after that. The content is not THAT interesting unless you love chemistry instrumentals and want to know how they work. Nevertheless, it's not a complete bore of a class. He genuinely cares about his students and loves the content. Pretty funny professor and he occasionally brought in some of the items he was talking about to class so we could all see what we were learning about which was neat.
The professor was super nice and genuine. I personally didn't have any issues in the course. I highly recommend this professor!
Do all the practice exams he provides and take notes on the lectures. Practice exams always have example questions that are almost exactly what shows up on the exam. He doesn't provide a lot, but it's enough to make a difference. Watch the lectures. Just because the exams are open notes, doesn't mean you shouldn't take notes. A lot of what he in lectures are not already on the PowerPoint he provides. Most of the questions he asks on the exams are pulled directly from something he said in the lecture. You can find pretty much every answer in his lectures.
Prof: Boone Prentice / Spring 2021
Sep 1, 2021
Course introduces topics in spectroscopy, potentiometry, chromatography, and mass spectrometry.
Not really his fault, but the microphone was awful and he was very hard to hear. Tests on very minor details.
This class was rough because I didn't realize what we were supposed to be learning. It's really not a chemistry course. You're really learning about analytical techniques used in the lab. For every unit, there are only one or two calculations you have to know how to do, but these aren't really tested. Focus on studying the different types of equipment used, with a minor focus on the formulas he gives you.
Ehh, I figure this class is equally awful with all professors.
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