Chemistry

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Physics
Mathematics
Materials Science

In Short

I found part IA Chemistry to be a good course; while it didn’t add much new material to my pre-university knowledge, everything was explained better and more methodically. New things this year were slight extensions of my organic knowledge, kinetics and thermodynamics, and a much better treatment of molecular orbitals.

The lecturers for Chemistry in IA were all highly competent, and engaging. Though on occasion lectures can contain a lot of waffle.

Practicals are mostly really interesting, though sometimes producing colourless liquid three times in a row gets a bit dull! They are marked but moderation means everyone gets the same mark unless you’re truly abysmal.

Modules

Michaelmas:
The Shapes and Structures of Molecules (Wothers)
Reactions and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry

Lent:
Reactions and Mechanisms in Organic Chemistry
Energetics and Equilibria
Kinetics of Chemical Reactions

Easter:
The Chemistry of the Elements

Useful Links

Part 1A Chemistry Website