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Chem 20AH?

TheEarlyBirdTheEarlyBird Registered User Posts: 341 Member
I am going to be a Freshman this fall and am currently enrolled in Chem 20A with Scerri as my professor. I was thinking about switching into Chem 20AH (if I still can), where the professor is Gelbart. The reason I am considering the honors section is because of the smaller class size and the fact that the class delves further into the material. Also, I have heard that Gelbart is extremely helpful, accessible, and an amazing professor. His research also interests me so I'd like to be able to get to know him more through taking his class and discussion and office hours.

I'm not looking to take this class for the honors program (not even in it because I didn't think it was worth it) but rather for my interest in Chemistry. Any students have experience with either Honors Chem or Gelbart? How is the difficulty/grading curve compared to the regular chem?

Any help/input would be greatly appreciated!
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Replies to: Chem 20AH?

  • phospholipasephospholipase Registered User Posts: 686 Member
    You have good reasons to take the honors class, but somehow I'm surprised I'm not aware of any people I know who have taken 20AH. Kinda ironic as a chemistry student to not know this, but then again not a lot of people are particularly eager to take honors versions of classes. You shouldn't let grading scare you away from taking a class, unless you're a grade-grubbing pre-med. If you have a good mindset, you'll be fine even taking harder classes.
  • abusedphraseabusedphrase Registered User Posts: 57 Junior Member
    I'm currently in 20A as well but I was thinking about 20AH. I have only taken 1 year of chemistry in high school.

    Is the honors course significantly more difficult than Chem20A? I've tried googlling and heard mixed responses such as the only difference between honors and regular is that honors chem has mandatory online homework..

    Also how does the South campus curve work for honors classes? Because there will be significantly less students in the honors course o:.

    Thanks!
  • TheEarlyBirdTheEarlyBird Registered User Posts: 341 Member
    I'm worried about Scerri's curve as well because he said it could work against you if the class overall did well. If the class average was a 90 or something, then wouldn't that mean a 90 isn't an A, but more like a B/B- ?
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