I just finished Chemistry I last semester and am taking Chemistry II this semester. These are the "101" type prerequisite Chemistry courses required for the AA. Although I earned a 98 in Chem I (with a class average of 75), I still feel like I didn't learn much. To sum it up, here are the problems: 1) Our teacher discourages you from asking questions, so nobody does. When a question is occasionally asked, he usually berates you, then either wanders off on a tangent or answers the question in such a convoluted way that nobody understands it. 2) Our labs are basically a "follow the steps" type of deal, where we work with mass spectrometry, colorimetry, and other interesting types of projects, but all we do is go through the steps outlined in a document he provides. If any of us in class were asked to replicate the labs independently without the walkthrough, we would have no clue. 3) Half the time in lab, we aren't even 100% sure of exactly what the chemicals we are mixing are doing. We just follow the steps, plug numbers into an excel sheet or word document, he tells us what the information we got means, but we are rarely told exactly how what we used (ex. colorimeter) got the answers it did or why the chemicals did what they did. 4) Our "textbook" is an online textbook, and makes even less sense than our teacher does. He frequently has to make corrections to typos in the textbook, symbols in equations aren't explained, etc. So, even if we wanted to learn on our own, we haven't been provided with a resource to do so. Though my major is physics, I am just concerned that this teacher may be causing me to lose out on things that I should be learning now. I am wary that I might hit a brick wall later on down the road when I get to a course that utilizes information that Chem I and II should have taught me. So I have to ask, is this normal? Is lab in Chem I and II typically just a matter of going through the motions and only getting a general idea of what is going on? Is it normal to not touch on anything more than basic algebra formulas even in Chem II?