This course is designed very well, Hollingsworth is a good professor. She explains each step of the experiment well. Students do not have to go to recitation, many do not because it is at 8am on Monday mornings and is that way most semesters. However, attending the hour recitation is helpful for tests. Lab reports aren't too bad but grading is very strict, so make sure you're thorough on them. There are weekly quizzes which are very hard. The reason I gave this course such a low rating is because TAs aren't particularly helpful.