Does chemistry (both general and orgo) suck at U of M?
I read somewhere that these courses are extremely hard (to weed out pre-med students who wanna be doctors cause they watch House or Scrubs or w/e). I plan on doing pre-med, and I'm really worried about these courses. How hard are these courses in your opinion? If you guys don't mind saying, how much did you have to study/do HW each night, and what grade did you end up getting?
I'm talking about General Chem I and II, and Orgo I and II. I was planning on taking General Chem I first sem freshman year, taking both orgos each semester soph year, and finishing Chem Junior year. Is this a good idea?
yeah most of my friends at U of M who take organic chemistry say its a nightmare. Pages and pages of memorizing **** that no one cares about. They have to make it a weed out course, its understandable I guess. We can't have everyone trying out for med school when they aren't cut for it.
Gen chem is a piece of cake (almost)
Orgo 1 is almost zero memorization, but a difficult class. Enjoy it while you can because
Orgo 2...... just sucks. Lots of memorization
Both Orgos have a B- average. idk about gen chem., but prolly a B- average as well.
In orgo 2 it's harder to get a good grade because only students who survived orgo 1 take orgo 2, but the average still needs to be a B-.
what the hecks gen chem II?
gen chem (chem 130) is easy(can't call it a joke cuz i bombed one midterm lol), anyway i have no chem knowledge at all before i took this class, and slept thru most of the lectures(9 am class *cough cough*), still rocked the exams.
Do all the online homework, there will be some extra credit as well. The online homework taught me more chem than anything else, so do that, dont cram.
Pray that your GSI is good, i had a b**** giving us hard quizzes, which was 20% of our grade, lost a letter grade cuz of this.
you should be fine.
Oh and remember, don't get cocky
Ok, time for an alternate opinion of organic chemistry here...
I didn't think it was that bad. Aside from attending all lectures and most office hours, I studied the book or lectures notes in the 10-minute period before class started. Occasionally (e.g. for the amino acids and sugars on orgo 2 exam 3), I would study flashcards on the bus. Then I reviewed the book and my notes once (~2 hours combined) and did the coursepack twice (~3 hours each time).
I never attended discussions as I found it useless--people just asked me to do coursepack problems the whole time, so I said "No," and left. I have no problems with helping people study, understand concepts, or do a difficult problem that they have already tried and failed, but that was ridiculous (they hadn't even looked at the coursepack when they asked me... they just said things like, "do page 57." It almost seemed like cheating or unpaid child labor -.- ... and I was obviously being taken advantage of, which is why I said no). I got A+s for both semesters. I also was friends with the other 2 people that got A+s (If I remember correctly, there were only 3 A+s total, but I'm not sure) and we all had the same study habits and outlook on orgo. We really helped each other a lot and collaborated on the difficult coursepack questions to make sure that we all understood how to do it correctly.
"90% of the people understand everything, but most of that 90% will make some stupid mistakes on the test."
I think that this is a huge overestimation, unless you're talking about this year. Last year, Dr. Gottfried's and Dr. Sanford's exams indicated that far less than 90% of the class truly understood the material. Leaving entire pages blank, in my opinion, does not constitute a 'stupid mistake' in the trivial sense. And based on the people I've tutored... um... let's just say I would cap it at a much lower percentage. Maybe we just have different opinions on what it means to 'understand everything...', but I usually equate it with mastery of the material presented and differentiate it from the capability to understand the material presented.
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At U of M, that's an unusual order. Generally the order is Gen Chem I (130), Orgo I (210), Orgo II (215), Gen Chem II/P-Chem (260). You probably could take 130-260-210-215 if you really wanted, but there's probably a reason why they don't want people to do that.
There's always different professors for all the intro level classes. People teaching it now (or who just finished teaching it this past semester) are different than last fall, and will be different than in the fall. I had Kiste for Orgo I, and he was good. Anyway, if you signup for a bad professor, you can just go to a different lecture. They all cover the same material.