Is general chemistry w/ lab hard?

<p>Is like a review of high school AP chemistry or is it much harder, etc.? How does it compare to chemistry introductory classes?</p>

<p>oh btw its honors chem w/ other honors students? If i take a class with smarter students, does it affect the grading somehow? Will it be harder?</p>

<p>It depends on the school, your study habits, and your natural ability. How the hell are we supposed to know? The topics covered are going to be the same, or nearly the same, but there are a lot of factors that affect how well you do.</p>

<p>Gen. Chem. has been the easiest of my D's science classes (she has completed all Med. School requirements). She had over 100% in all of her Gen. Chem tests and got A+ in class. As a result she was offered a job to be Supplem. Inst. for gen. chem prof. She never had AP Chem in HS, so I cannot compare. She never review any of her HS classes before taking college class. I agree, it probaly depends on school. On the other hand, I also heard an opinion (I do not know if it is true or not) that all UG pretty mucn use the same books / material in science classes and this is one of the reasons why name of UG is not that important for Med. School admission. They pay much more attention to GPA and MCAT. </p>

<p>There is not question about level of difficulty between Gen. Chem and all Bio (including intro), Orgo, Physics even some Physh. classes. Gen. Chem is much much easier than others.</p>

<p>It also depends on your HS AP course. Our labs were a joke and/or non-existant. But, the class was extremely competitive, so A's were difficult.</p>

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There is not question about level of difficulty between Gen. Chem and all Bio (including intro), Orgo, Physics even some Physh. classes. Gen. Chem is much much easier than others.

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<p>That too, really depends on the person. Some, with photographic-type memories, might breeze thru bio. Those with more a quant-bent might prefer physics and frosh chem.</p>

<p>^As I mentioned, D's school did not offer AP Chem., she never had it. Not a single person that she is aware of "breese" thru Bio at her college. In fact, the very first intro Bio class that everybody was reguired to take despite of "5" on AP Bio exam, was weed out killer class that made good number of Honors kids changing thier professional plans. In addition, a lot get burned relying too much on memory, particularly in Gen. Chem and Physics and some Orgo (which require a lot of memory as you mentioned correctly). There are a lot of concepts that need deep understanding and great analytical skills. </p>

<p>There is no point to review HS class. Just work hard in your college class, be prepared for each session, do all homework, and you will be just fine. Seek help when you feel that you lack understanding of some concepts, do not be afraid to look stupid, it is wrong, your are paying for office hours also, not just for lectures, use them! Big advantage - prof. will know you well, especially if you ask question after you actually have read material and still did not get it. Efforts are always appreciated everywhere!</p>

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I also heard an opinion (I do not know if it is true or not) that all UG pretty mucn use the same books / material in science classes

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I am interested in whether or not this is true for the most part? In my own experience, I have seen that the Gen Chem textbook for JMU is different than that for GMU, and these two schools are in the same state.</p>

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I also heard an opinion (I do not know if it is true or not) that all UG pretty mucn use the same books / material in science classes

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False... tons of different authors for all different classes.</p>

<p>Also was wondering, MiamiDAP, what nationality are you/what is your native language? (since your posts always have the trademark-broken-english to them)</p>

<p>EDIT: PS, gen chem is easy. It goes slightly, if at all, more in-depth than AP, and goes into some completely different topics not covered in AP - at least at my school.</p>

<p>^^There is definitely a lot of overlap on the material. I've seen the exact same Physics textbook used at a mid-tier UC as is used at Harvard. (It was the same text used by our HS AP Physics class.) Stewart is a standard calc text, math math profs have written their own which of course, gets used locally.</p>

<p>bluebayou,
Good point. D's college Bio used the same textbook (late edition) as her Honors HS Bio. However, college class was much harder, since technically it was not exactly Bio, it included related subjects and was taught by 3 profs simulteniously, taking their turn during lecture.</p>