General Chemistry (FAQs)

Q: I'm having trouble with my homework, what should I do?

A. Students should always feel comfortable contacting their instructor for help, but please consider the following resources.

  1. Student Instructor (peer) led sessions for specific lecture sections of CHEM 111, 112, 261, and 262 are held weekly in ISB. Times and locations are noted on course Moodle pages, and at the LRC website http://www.umass.edu/lrc/ under "SI Schedule".
  2. Learning Resource Center (LRC) tutors are available at the W.E.B Du Bois Library (10th floor), for CHEM 111, 112, 121H, 122H, 261, 262, 265, 269, as well as non-chemistry subjects. Tutoring times are listed at "Tutor Schedule" on the LRC website http://www.umass.edu/lrc/.
  3. Chemistry has graduate TA's on duty to answer questions and tutor students in the Computer Resource Center (CRC) in 325 ISB. Computer Resource Center (CRC) hours and TA schedules

Important links:

Student Instructor (SI)
Learning Resource Center (LRC)
Computer Resource Center (CRC) hours and TA schedules
General Chemistry (laboratory schedules, experiment lists, TA information) 
 

Q: Which general chemistry course is right for me?

A: If you are a Chem Major or BMB OR CHEM E OR COMCOL with a math placement score of 23 then Chem 121/122 are the best options for you. We strongly recommend that Chem Majors take this sequence. However if your math scores are less than 23 we recommend you start with Chem 111 while making up your math deficiency. Based on your first semester math scores and you performance in Chem 111 you may be invited to go from Chem 111 to Chem 122.

Q: Which general chemistry courses fulfill General Education requirements?

A: If you are a Chemistry Major or Commonwealth Honors Student with a math placement score of 23 then Chem 121H/122H are the best options for you. We strongly recommend that Chem Majors take this sequence. However, if your math scores are less than 23 we recommend you start with Chem 111 while making up your math deficiency. Based on your first semester math scores and your performance in Chem 111 you may be invited to go from Chem 111 to Chem 122H.

Q: Is Chemistry 121 / 122 limited to Chemistry majors only?

A: No. These courses are available to students registered in the Chemistry B.A. and B.S. programs, and to Commonwealth College students.

Q: If I repeat Chem 111 / 112 / 121H / 122H, but I passed the laboratory component of the course the first time, do I need to take the laboratory component again for the repeat course?

A: If you received a grade of F for the course you must to retake the lab. If you received any other grade, and your lab grade was an 80 or higher, you should be entitled to a lab waiver. Waiver instructions are available in the Lab Waiver Form.