Chemical Dynamics and Reactivity: Introduction to Organic Chemistry

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 20B with grade of C- or better. First term of organic chemistry for Chemistry, Biochemistry, and engineering majors. Covalent bonding, shapes, stereochemistry, and acid/base properties of organic molecules. Properties, synthesis, and reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, and alkynes. SN2, SN1, elimination, and radical reactions. P/NP or letter grading.

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Most Helpful Review
Fall 2022 - I loved this class so much. The professor was very knowledgable of the subject and expanded the content we learned to other interesting things. Harran made jokes here and there and you could tell he really loved the subject. His lectures were pretty good because he does a demonstration mostly on the whiteboard to explain concepts while the slides were there to lay out organized and detailed tables that are helpful to review. The class was engaging and the TAs were wonderful and they busted their butts off to help all of the students. I really liked how direct the grading and exams were. The scores came out pretty fast as well. Despite the gnarly averages, the curves helped a lot. I ended up getting a 90 and then a 70 on the midterms and ended up getting an A. As long as you score over the average by a margin of 15-25 I don't think you do not have to worry about getting below an A. There were many resources and helpful resources, the best being the professors and TAs themselves. The textbook is genuinely the best thing to study if you want to understand the content well. It takes a lot of time and effort to really understand the material. This class is a reflection of how if you really want it, you can have it, but you need to work hard for it. Some advice would be to not fall behind. Always stay on top of the class and read ahead of time. Ask your TA or professor for help. Practicing problems and doing the textbook problems were very helpful, too. It's all about repetition and understanding how things worked.
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