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I took this class my first quarter of freshman year as I'm assuming most people will do. When it comes to this class, it was very slow pacing wise and the first four weeks felt as though we were moving at a snail's pace. However, after the first four weeks when we started going into conversions it seemed like Prof Scerri over complicated material which was simple. This was the case for most of the class. Overall the homework isn't overwhelming and I definitely feel that this was extremely helpful to take before chem 14a where they expect you to know all the things high school chem doesn't really teach. If you took AP chem in high school then definitely skip this class. The hardest part about this class is the midterm. When I took the class, the midterm was allotted one lecture period to complete. Although he said that the midterm would be fairly short many people weren't shy of complaining about how it was almost impossible to finish on time. I never went to office hours because he doesn't seem like the kind of professor that is easily approachable, but if you have a good TA stick to them like white on rice.
This course is perfect for students that have little to no chemistry background. I found the first four weeks very slow-paced (we went over significant figures for an entire week) and the workload was light. Scerri assigns problems from the back of the book, which is available for free as a pdf, and it is due every two weeks. The class breakdown is as follows: Homework-30% Midterm-30% Final-40%. Homework is graded for accuracy, the midterm is simple but little mistakes add up so be careful, and the final is long but fair. He releases past exams right before the midterm and final. These are essential study tools because they are almost identical to the actual tests (same problems, but different numbers). The only wildcard problems on the exams are the conceptual problems so take note of any experiments he talks about during class.
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