October 7, 2008 10:00 PM
I am taking Chem 3BL this semester. For those of you who are not science majors, Chem 3BL is the lab course accompanying the second semester of organic chemistry. It is worth 2 units, but you have to put 10+ hours into it each week. Sounds ridiculous, huh? Let me show you the math.
So each week, you would spend about 4 hours doing the experiment, and another hour sitting in the lab lecture where the instructor talks about techniques and theories used in organic chemistry laboratories. That’s already 5 hour there. Then you would spend 3-4 hours working on your lab report, answering supplemental questions and assigning NMR spectra. On top of these, you have to spend another 2-3 hours reading for the lab you are going to do next week and completing the pre-lab exercises.
If you are planning to take Chem 3BL next semester, do think if you are able to put in this amount of time on top of you other classes and extracurricular activities. And it is actually not a bad idea to take the lecture part first and then do the lab. This way, you will know all the reactions and possibly do better!
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