How difficult is chemistry in the first year of Engineering?

<p>Hi, I'm a student from Sri Lanka moving to Alberta university, Canada to study petroleum engineering next year.
All students in the engineering school should follow a common curriculum in the first year. This contains chemistry. I never enjoyed Chemistry.
I don't know how difficult this will be ,because I didn't study chemistry for my A levels.
However,to get admitted to the university you need a minimum of two A Lvel subjects (including mathematics) and 5 subjects for GCSEs. I studied Maths and Physics for the A levels,however I took Chemistry for GCSEs,and I got admitted to the university. I don't whether I can handle the chemistry in the first year.</p>

<p>My Uncle says that I can't study petroleum engineering as I take Chemistry in A levels, I thought chemistry that is being though at GCSE level and chemistry knowledge I gain in the first is sufficient for this. What do you think abou this? Is my uncle correct do I need chemistry at A levels.</p>

<p>Bumping this.</p>

<p>I remembered almost no chemistry from high school and did fine in chem 1. I thought it was one of the most boring classes I have ever taken though.</p>

<p>I'm in chem for engineering majors at UMD, and I'm doing awful. I learned nothing in chem in HS, and my prof expects the class to know some stuff from AP chem, according to fellow students. I currently have a ~75% in that class after the curve.</p>

<p>I know people that have a different professor who say their tests are nothing compared to the difficulty of mine. So I guess it depends on the prof, which is really the case for any college class. Depending on your aptitude and your professor, it could be easy or a nightmare. For me, it's the latter.</p>

<p>Im currently in chem 1 and im doing well so far but you definitely have to help yourself (Read the book, understand concepts) and work problems. I took chemistry in high school and lets say i wasnt the best of students.</p>

<p>I don't really understand what you are trying to say outside of the initial question.</p>

<p>Chemistry is like anything else, you need to study and do practice problems.</p>

<p>My dad is from Sri Lanka!</p>

<p>Anyways, don't worry about first year chem, it's not that bad. It's the other chems that are more difficult ie analytical, physical, organic, etc...</p>

<p>I don't know how it would help you to ask how 'hard' chemistry is as students have different aptitudes and abilities, and also different preparation. And few on here would understand A levels. </p>

<p>Maybe a better question would be to ask you this: how many years of chemistry in secondary school will you have had? Your classmates, mostly being Canadian, would have had two full years prior (and several years of general science that includes about 1/3 of a year in chemistry if we want to get really specific). Maybe that will help you a bit to figure out where you stand and whether you will find it similar to others or more challenging (or maybe even easier).</p>

<p>I took physics over chemistry in high school. I'm in Chem I right now with 3 weeks left what it consisted of was... knowing periodic table trends. not much conversions but its important. (for example must know how many inches are in a foot, so when ask how many inches are in 3 yards, you'll know)</p>

<p>I dont like chemistry either, but in Chem I... you'll convert moles to grams, molar mass, avogrado's number, mole ratio, and minor balance equation. Im probably at 85-90%</p>