Should I take Intro Chem?

The school experience. School related queries, discussions, and stories that aren't specific to a subject.

Moderators: gmalivuk, Moderators General, Prelates

NuclearTide
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:31 am UTC

Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby NuclearTide » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:57 am UTC

I'm an engineering student in my freshman year of college. I haven't declared my engineering specialization yet, but I have taken calculus and physics in high school and I'm ready to choose. However, my advisor wants me to take intro chem (basically AP Chem) next semester because I don't have AP credits for chemistry, and from what I've heard, intro chem is a total waste of time. So should I take intro chem, or is the material something I could learn by watching KhanAcademy videos on YouTube?

ahazaq2
Posts: 36
Joined: Sun May 16, 2010 6:27 pm UTC

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby ahazaq2 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:22 am UTC

I would imagine it's required for graduation, but if it's not then you've just gotta figure out whether it's going to be important for what you're majoring in. If you're majoring in electrical, then might as well get out of it if you can. If you're majoring in chemical, then you probably don't wanna get out of it.

And intro chem is usually one of those things you can teach yourself if you try, but the key is "if you try." And most people probably won't take the effort.

User avatar
jmorgan3
Posts: 710
Joined: Sat Jan 26, 2008 12:22 am UTC
Location: Pasadena, CA

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby jmorgan3 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:39 am UTC

NuclearTide wrote:I'm an engineering student in my freshman year of college. I haven't declared my engineering specialization yet, but I have taken calculus and physics in high school and I'm ready to choose. However, my advisor wants me to take intro chem (basically AP Chem) next semester because I don't have AP credits for chemistry, and from what I've heard, intro chem is a total waste of time. So should I take intro chem, or is the material something I could learn by watching KhanAcademy videos on YouTube?

Most engineering programs require Gen. Chem. I or equivalent AP credits. Check the curricula for the majors you're interested in, or just trust the adviser whose job it is to know this stuff, rather than a bunch of random yahoos on the internet.
This signature is Y2K compliant.
Last updated 6/29/108

NuclearTide
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:31 am UTC

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby NuclearTide » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:31 am UTC

I'm leaning toward EE/CS right now, so chem is irrelevant. It is required though, but it's not something I'd be bothered to self-study. Sucks, I guess I'll have to take chem. Thanks for the advice though!

Windmill
Posts: 200
Joined: Fri Dec 28, 2007 6:29 pm UTC
Location: Southern US
Contact:

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby Windmill » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:10 pm UTC

I wouldn't waste my time taking Gen Chem I at my university. Take it over a summer school session at a community college, maybe right after your freshman year (when you won't have many options with internships), and save the space in your university schedule.

NuclearTide
Posts: 14
Joined: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:31 am UTC

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby NuclearTide » Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:12 pm UTC

My advisor actually suggested taking chem at a community college, maybe I'll do that. Thanks!

User avatar
Bakemaster
pretty nice future dick
Posts: 8933
Joined: Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:33 pm UTC
Location: One of those hot places

Re: Should I take Intro Chem?

Postby Bakemaster » Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:25 pm UTC

If you can find it offered online from a community college, you would be able to work more at your own pace. Another option might be to study up using whatever free resources you have available (e.g. OCW, youtube) and then challenge the course at your school. Most institutions have this option, or something similar; basically, you claim that you already know the material, they administer a final exam to you, and give you whatever grade you earn on that exam as your grade for the course. You get credit without having to actually take the course. One risk for someone who honestly does know the material is that they won't know how that particular teacher wants questions answered or material presented, and so will come out with less than the grade they probably deserve, based on having given a correct answer which is not the particular correct answer the teacher wanted.
Image
c0 = 2.13085531 × 1014 smoots per fortnight
"Apparently you can't summon an alternate timeline clone of your inner demon, guys! Remember that." —Noc


Return to “School”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests