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I think the difficulty of this class depends on your prior experience with chemistry. If you took AP chemistry in high school, I would tend to believe that many of the concepts in 14A are a review. Personally, this class is moderately challenging for me because I only took an honors chem class in high school. I would consider it one of my harder classes, but then again, it really depends on the person. Hope this helps! (I'm also taking a math class and a psych GE.)
Coming from an underfunded and underprivileged high school, my only experience with Chemistry was during sophomore year, and was extremely unhelpful in terms of how it relates to this current class. I am struggling a lot in Chem 14A, and because the topics covered seems to by review for every one else, it is hard to get help to do better. I hope things get better for all of us fellow strugglers!
I would definitely say that this class requires a lot of work, and especially coming from a not-so-strong chemistry background in high school, I think it makes me put more effort and take more advantage of all the resources that are out there to understand the topics and excel in the class.
I never took AP Chem during high school and I took honors chem during my freshman year of high school so chem 14a has definitely been super difficult for me. Alot of these concepts are completely new to me and I don't even recall learning them during my freshman year.
I agree with Kayley and Megan, I took AP chem in high school, and I think it definitely helped, but I also am not having an easy time in the class either. There's a lot of concepts like they were saying that go more in depth here in college
I have never taken chem before and so this class is honestly my hardest class because it is hard for me to learn chem. But ive heard chem 14b shouldn't be as bad since its a continuation. For people who have taken chem before ive heard its a breeze.
Compared to AP Chem, we are encouraged to think more deeply and combine concepts when solving problems. Our midterm questions for example utilized many different concepts in just one question. This class is certainly fair and not demanding in the course load, but you do have to practice many problems and understand concepts to be successful.
I think there is an obvious higher level of difficulty for students who haven't taken AP Chemistry. This class has me beyond stressed compared to my other classes! However, I make this assumption loosely based on my experience in my calculus class I'm also taking this quarter. My experience in that class is a lot better than a majority of my peers due to my prior election to take AP Calculus AB in high school. I believe there's a higher retention rate among AP Chem veterans due to the higher chance they have of relearning the material as opposed to students who did not take AP Chem and are being exposed to the material for the first time.
From a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most difficult, I'd say this class was a 7.5. It is difficult as I only had a limited background with chem and feels really accelerated, but it is manageable if you seek help (review sessions, UA workshops/step-up, PLF sessions, looking up concepts).
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