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CHEM 1040 - General Chemistry I F,W (3-3) [0.50]

This course introduces concepts of chemistry, the central link between the physical and biological sciences. Principles discussed include chemical bonding, simple reactions and stoichiometry, chemical equilibria and solution equilibria (acids, bases, and buffers), and introductory organic chemistry.


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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : April 25, 2012

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Not specified

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As long as you remember ANYTHING from grade 12 then you should be just fine. Just make sure you stay on top of the material, its really not had as long as you go to class and do the problems
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : December 28, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? Yes

Professor : Prokipcak

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Not the easiest course around, it was my lowest mark. Make sure you keep up with all textbook questions and read over your notes during the semester, it will help with comprehension on the midterm and final. Some of the course was review from high school, the rest was new to me. Lab write-ups can be a little tricky, try to get your hands on old ones if you can! Midterm wasn't overly difficult, but the final was brutal. Do Sapling, its easy marks and every little good mark you can get in this course is worth it!
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : December 18, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? No

Professor : Not specified

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Course moves really fast so keep up with the material, and don't fall behind. I found almost all of it to be a grade 12 chem review (with a bit more depth in organic chem reactions), but i have friends who were learning the material for the first time. Depends what high school you came from but if its all a review, you have a good advantage over everyone. Print off all 3 copies of the midterm off courselink and do every single one, they're all in the same format and it will test you on the exact same material for your midterm/exam!! Do sapling they're easy marks, the labs can be annoying with the way they mark it (-1 if you don't have correct sig figs for a value) and most of them are out of 10. DO NOT LEAVE ORGANIC CHEM FOR THE LAST WEEK. This is a huge part of your exam and a lot of people looked over it because we didn't learn too much in class but don't make that mistake and do the package ahead of time!
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : December 2, 2011

Is the textbook recommended by the student? Yes
Did the student enjoy the professor? No

Professor : Not specified

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Called "Killer Chem" for a reason. The midterm and final are brutal. Spend lots of time on all of the lab work, as those are easy marks.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : June 10, 2011

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Brutal course, not so much in terms of difficulty.. but more so that lecture moves extremely fast. If you miss a lecture, or don't get something, you're screwed unless you catch up right away. The labs are terrible, midterms and exams are tough but fair if you do all the work. Make sure you do the Sapling/OWL homework.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 18, 2011

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A scary course for first year. Just passed the course (squeaked through the midterm and final). Take the marks you can get, focus on doing well on your online assignments, quizzes, and labs and you should be ok. Definately buy the textbook and do all the assigned questions, they will help you when youre studying for the exams.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 12, 2011

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Course really depends on how much you retain from high school chemistry and what/how you learned chem in gr 12. If your gr 12 teacher wasnt so great, this course is extremely hard. The midterms are very hard. Sapling should be done 3-4 nights in advance at least. Dry labs are very hard but wet labs are o.k. Even for those with minimal lab experience they are ok. Definitly get a tutor from day one if you think you will need one and do not waste too much time on the txt. It is helpful for something buts definitly not others like acid/base material. Also, try not to get Lori Jones as a prof as she talks down to students like they are dumb and its overall frusterating beause she obvisouly knows the content but doesnt understand when others dont understand content. She is definitly nice and willing to give advice though. It will definitly consume ALL of your time (weekly homework, labs, studying, etc). Don't take it if you dont have to!
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : March 7, 2011

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Knowing/loving/memorizing organic inside and out will save you in this course. The large majority of the final is on organic.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : February 13, 2011

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This course is NOT hard. Textbook not the best -- use lecture notes and other resources instead. Do problems from lecture notes, and try not to waste too much time on mundane online assignments. It's not hard to do well in if you actually put the time in. Don't leave organic stuff until the last minute.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 29, 2011

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never learning organic chem in high school was major detrimental to someone who failed this on his first go. and was considering a chemistry major. carbon is your friend.....the textbook isn't.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 23, 2011

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Exams will be harder than you expect.. make sure you do well on quizzes and labs since you will need these "free" marks.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 18, 2011

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This course wasn't hard at all. Just requires a lot of practice and expects you to know everything taught to you in grade 12. Know your OWL questions. print off your quizzes and owl questions you are getting wrong and study them well. The organic chemistry part though, is HORRIBLE. That orgo map memorization was depressing.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 12, 2011

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Not quite as difficult as I expected, it's just like 4U Chemistry except with a little more detail. The online dry labs are a real P155 off when there is only 3 pieces of data that you input, some stupid mistake can get you a mark of like %16 on the dry lab. The rest of the course wasn't too difficult, even the midterm wasn't too bad. But on the final, you really get f***ked over.
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Posted By : Noel
Posted On : January 11, 2011

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If you had a half decent chem teacher in high school this course should be mostly review. Just do the owl homework and you'll learn it just fine. Get it with Joe Pro if you can
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 8, 2011

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Study your notes and do all the quizzes and labs when they open rather than the night before they close and this course doesn't have to be your worst nightmare. Also the learning center isn't bad for help.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 7, 2011

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just do well on the OWL, quizzes, and labs midterms and exams will screw you over no matter how hard you try
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 4, 2011

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Caution: course will make you want to drop out of life.
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 4, 2011

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I agree with the above
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Posted By : Anonymous
Posted On : January 4, 2011

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I found this course really difficult. Equilibrium and organic...just nuts. Glad that's over with.
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