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NUS Chemistry Module Review: CM2191 Experiments in Chemistry 2

The module is taught in two parts. Inorganic is taught by Dr Chui, and Organic is taught by Dr Hoang. Both parts are taught very independently, and (for most part) there is some coordination to avoid too many submissions/assignments in a week, but as you can see from the module breakdown below, there are still some overlaps (not even looking at the other modules yet).

The module itself was modified due to the pandemic, so the order of the assignments and lab experiments may be different, and is definitely “toned down” as compared to a normal semester.

Like most lab modules, you are required to prepare for the lab by attending the lecture, reading the lab manual (or don’t, up to you), and prepare/print out whatever data sheet you need. That being said, you just need to follow the instructions in the lab manual for the sessions, so there is still a level of hand-holding.

It was somewhat fun (as fun as a lab module can get, if you like doing experiments), but nothing really spectacular with the module. Most of the experiments are related to CM2111 and CM2121, so it is good to form the connection between the modules. However, with the restructuring of the order/sequence of experiments, it has somewhat broke the links. For instance, the first Cobalt experiment revolved around some CM2111 topic that was covered in like week 6. By then, I have already done the experiment and submitted the report. We also then learnt some stuff in like week 9 or 10 (d-d transition stuff) that was also somewhat related to these inorganic experiments. Either way, it’s still good to be able to learn it “side by side” in the same semester.

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