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IG Chem 2407

Jan 2004

Look, pre-meds, Flynn is easier than regular Gen Chem! You actually don’t have to deal with those frustrating lecturers, you can have fair exams and actually learn something with one of the highest regarded chemistry profs in the US. He is rather boring, and the lecture hall doesn’t really fill up, but he does throw in a few viable jokes now and then. I’d like to disagree with some of the reviews below, and say that the powerpoint presentations are actually quite helpful – though you’re right, it is better to go to class first to see how he treats each piece of material. He curved slightly lower than a B+ this past year, but an A- is easily within your reach if you do every HW problem and study all the lectures – the first, and maybe even also the second problem of four on the tests are straight out of the text! Recitations are rather tedious, so make sure you prepare for them so you don’t waste time during the session figuring it out. His challenge problems, always involving the excitation of molecules by light, may look intimidating, but if you are patient and try to figure them out, you’ll go a long way with them, and be on your way to an A. The final is quite easy – questions are philosophically identical to problems on previous exams.

Jan 2004

When I left Havemeyer after the first C2507 day, I wished I had a pistol to stick right down my throat. The lab will seem like a terror the first day, as Luis wants to put you right on pace with all the regulations and procedures that govern the class. You have a graded presentation on the first day – not anything academically hard, but when he says group work, organization, accuracy, and clarity, he means it! After that the lab becomes a bit more relaxed, and to varying degrees, depending on your TA (the vast majority suck). The hardest part about Intensive Chem Lab is the five hour sessions, and yes, they do take the whole time. This class is all about organization, and following format, and group work must be executed properly, so don’t wait until the night before its due to start getting your materials together and hold midnight meetings. You’ll see that it goes rather quickly – on that note, the more you stay focused and consistently prepared, the more manageable the requirement will be.