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any reason to take intro to chem?


New Member
Mar 24, 2012
  1. Pre-Medical
    would rather just get to chem 1 if I can find success there.
    background: 5 years removed from academia until last fall. will have somewhere around a 3.65 when this second semester is over. had to drop a trig course because i had forgotten alot of algebra so even in the examples there seemed to be mysterious steps taken that I was unaware of and it kind ****ed up that class for me, not to mention some chronic insomnia that has plagued me the past decade. But I have seemed to find a good balance in medications and that I don't foresee that as being a problem anymore.
    Will retake trig and have been re-studying algebra and some college algebra that last few weeks to get read for that and a pre-calc course i got lined up for fall.

    CHE 101 - Intro to Chemistry I : SC1 ----- 5 credit hours
    Includes the study of measurements, atomic theory, chemical bonding, nomenclature, stoichiometry, solutions, acid and base, gas laws, and condensed states. Laboratory experiments demonstrate the above concepts qualitatively and quantitatively. Designed for non-science majors, students in occupational and health programs, or students with no chemistry background.

    CHE 111 - Gen College Chemistry I : SC1 ---- 5 credit hours
    Focuses on basic chemistry and measurement, matter, chemical formulas, reactions and equations, stoichiometry and thermochemistry. This course covers the development of atomic theory culminating in the use of quantum numbers to determine electron configurations of atoms, and the relationship of electron configuration to chemical bond theory and molecular orbital theory. The course includes gases, liquids, and solids and problem-solving skills are emphasized through laboratory experiments.

    Is it safe to skip intro to chem and just jump to chem 1? I already feel like I am behind, though I plan on taking 10 course hours every summer semester like this upcoming summer to keep up. But if intro to chem is a skippable course then I might just go ahead and jump tight into chem 1.

    Any insight or required prior knowledge for these courses would be great.


    I wish I were a dentist
    7+ Year Member
    Jan 22, 2010
    The "Garden" State
    1. Resident [Any Field]
      Why don't you open a review book and start learning Chem now to see how hard it is? Nobody can tell you "oh class X is easy for you".

      What I can tell you is, Chem was easy for most people. Ochem was hard.

      Prior knowledge is not required for most class. If there is prior knowledge required, it's up to you to go and acquire it. A Medical Immunology course is not going to coddle you just because you don't know how phagocytosis works or that "white blood cells" can mean a bajillion different cells.

      Note: Fix the health problems and/or make sure that it doesn't affect your academic performance. People don't drop out of med school for random reasons, but when they do, it's usually a personal one, not an academic one.


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      Aug 26, 2011
      The Desert
      1. Pre-Medical
        Take your time, I would recommend taking the intro class if you were even having problems remembering algebra. A lot if not most concepts (stoichiometry, ideal gas, Bohr model, titrations) in General Chemistry I are algebra based, not difficult at all but doable with a basic background in algebra. I would have to say stoichiometry is one of the base concepts that you must learn to survive and it is algebra based. Also the concepts you would learn in the intro class should set you up to get a good grade in General Chemistry.
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        Mar 24, 2012
        1. Pre-Medical
          thanks for the replies. I went ahead and enrolled in the pre-chem course for the fall and will re-learn algebra and teach myself college algebra and see how I do while I retake that trig course this summer and switch it to chem 1 if I feel I am prepared.

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