Upperclassmen: Rank most difficult weed out classes...

<p>A actual ranking might be a bit much, but a general sense of which are toughest classes and of those which are the worst would be helpful.</p>

<p>Added bonus would be prof. names that make the classes tough, along with how they do it. Are they tough because they can't/won't teach. Are they tough because they are pushing the students to do more.</p>

<p>Mike</p>

<p>Stats 1/2
General Chemistry
Integ. Principles of Biology
General Sociology/Psychology/Anthropology
Composition/Survey of Lit
Calculus 1/2
Physics 1</p>

<p>I disagree on several of your choices. Stats 1, General Chemistry, General Sociology and Psychology are too easy.</p>

<p>Do you have any suggestions you can share? No issues with the list changing.</p>

<p>Mike</p>

<p>calc 1 was killer for me and i took calc in high school. my best advice is to not get cocky. do all the homework, go to all your lectures and quiz sections, ask your TA for help if you're not getting something. I didn't really ever go to my TAs office hours until i was studying for the last exam and the final and it really helped. also, I didn't know about tutoring zone, smoking notes, or einstein notes until my second semester. tutoring zone helps a lot for classes like calc, chem and physics because they go through problems with you step by step and they're fun people. my main advice is to seek help and advice anywhere its available.</p>

<p>Thanks for the input, those are good pointers.
Is the tutoring zone free?</p>

<p>Sounds like Calc 1 is the toughest class at UF!
That's the only class I hear any sort of concern about.
Does this mean the other classes are easy?</p>

<p>Mike</p>

<p>ACG2021C Intro to Financial Accounting. Incredibly hard class unless you devote a LOT of time to studying. Don't take it unless you have to.</p>

<p>So then...is starting at Calc II okay? Or is it also challenging (in the sense that calc in general is hard)?</p>

<p>Calc I is hard because it's a difficult class. It's hard because it's a weed out class. </p>

<p>When I took it, supposedly there were 1000 kids, and 750 dropped or failed after the first test. </p>

<p>Avoid it if at all possible. Otherwise study hard.</p>

<p>Gen chem, and bio are harder than the other 2000 level classes, but not very difficult compared to Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry.</p>

<p>In my experience, UF is easy if you take easy classes. The hard classes are extremely difficult. Just because calc1 is hard doesn't mean all of the other classes are easy.</p>

<p>Calc 1 is hard compared to everything else you might take in your first 2 years, but Organic and Biochem etc take it to another level. </p>

<p>From what I have heard calc 2 isn't as bad as calc 1. Skip to 2 if possible.</p>

<p>Are there any prof that you would recommend for anyone taking calc 1?</p>

<p>In the past, all the professors have used the same tests for calc 1. I'm not sure if they're doing that again this year.</p>

<p>Calc 2 is hard because sequences and series are less intuitive then most stuff you do in calculus. As far as material, calc 2 is harder material, but calc 1 is a harder class. Often the test questions are unneccesarily complicated. It's stuff you'll never see again, even far along in a physics or engineering application.</p>

<p>Calc 1 is the only class I would consider a weedout class. Some people find physics1 and physics 2 difficult. Chem 2 also deserves some mention, especially the lab. Chem 2 lab is very difficult for some people because you work kinda independently.</p>

<p>I didn't read the other replies so sorry if I am repeating anything but I have always heard complaints about two classes
1. organic chemistry
2. calc 2 - I know multiple people that got an A in calc 1 and 3 and got a B or C in calc 2.</p>

<p>Toughness is well, relative. I suppose many students have difficulty with lower division courses like calculus, physics, and chemistry because of their rigor compared to high school.</p>

<p>From my own observations, organic chemistry seems to make or break many folks. I'd also agree with twodollarbills' assessment of calc 2 -- I've definitely noticed the trend where people do exceptional in calc 1 and calc 3 (essentially calc 1 with a third dimension) and not so hot in calc 2. </p>

<p>I'd recommend Boyland for any math classes. He's pretty chill, presents the material clearly, and he's a fair grader. Rao is also superb. I took Kozinski for calc 1. At that point in time (Fall 2006/Spring 2007), he had a pretty infamous reputation, but I thought he was straightforward. </p>

<p>Physics Labs... where do I start? The lower division physics lab courses are setup to be cut-throat and encourage uber-competitiveness between you and your peers. I found the labs (and grading) to be needlessly meticulous and petty (or maybe I'm just bitter :-)). Don't worry, no one's going to sabotage your work, but be forewarned that people do use their friends' lab notebooks from previous semesters, so they have a bit of a leg up on those without that advantage.</p>

<p>Remember, there are people in the Broward Teaching Center who are paid to assist you in your courses. Most of the weed-out/difficult lower division courses are offered there.</p>