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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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30 39 11 41 30

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 26 50 6 50

Comment: Extremely difficult. "I never make mistakes" Bright side: most people in the course will have about as much trouble as you do. Just keep beating your head against the material and it might sink in.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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74 39 40 76 60

Comment: I think this class is the most useful one for all ChemE courses, it is pretty basic, you should study well

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 63 21 39 64

Comment: Make sure to not fall behind in this class. Ask questions as they arise, otherwise you'll fall too far behind!

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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44 44 30 50 50

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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93 90 92 50 91

Comment: Pretty good professor who teaches the material well. He demands respect though; don't show up late to any of his lectures. His exams are long, but not too hard (looking back at it, of course). The curve will usually be enough to save your grade regardless of how poorly you did (unless you are more than 2 deviations below. Then good luck with the rest of chem e). Would not rate him as the nicest professor though, as he will sometimes give you "that look" and smirk when you ask a stupid question.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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94 87 70 70 84

Comment: He tried to make the class horrible to push us. I like the assignments, although time-consuming, really learned a lot. and he has good notes....The exams are long but that how chemE class should be. He doesn't make me hate chemE.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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43 37 30 18 67

Comment: In nature, Iglesia seems quite strict and also apparently during office hours he doesn't like people standing around; everyone has to ask a question. In lecture he is however clear in his teaching, and his notes tend to be well organized. Tests sometimes can throw curveballs on you. Oh yes, and don't come late to class...

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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49 55 43 43 47

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 39 10 80 38

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
51 82 37 39 59

Comment: He's a nice guy. Most lecture contents were from the book. Need to relate practical examples to what we learned in class. Overall, I learned how to draw boxes and that's it.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 77 26 66 92

Comment: I loved his lectures (except chapter "i") , but had trouble with the stressed out time crunched exams! First semester here and it was a fun awakening to ChemE at cal. Inglesia is a great teacher though, I still use his notes in thermo and fluids. GSI's were lifesavers.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 6 10 42 50

Comment: This is a horribly hard class, but it's pretty much necessary. Assignments are hard, exams are hard, material is hard. But you learn things, so it's somewhat ok.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 61 9 28 74

Comment: Hard tests and a bit of a troll. I wish that I had actually cared.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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83 90 50 50 100

Comment: Good professor, clear, but midterms were not really bad but 5 long problems in 50 mins, it all depends on how well you know the material

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 66 31 50 31

Comment: Professor Iglesia loves hitting you with pop quizzes. He loves toying with the class. He takes great pleasure in knowing that he keeps you in fear of a quiz and that you come to class every day thinking, "Today is the day." His exams are extremely time-crunched and you'll do best if you write a bunch of stuff and, sometimes, solve things symbolically rather than numerically. His final, however, was very fair. At the end of the course, it seemed that Iglesia had a heart afterall and was very generous with final grade distributions.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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73 69 59 59 63

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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42 72 54 45 42

Comment: This class sucked. 8 AM everyday for a chemE is horror. Iglesia would fill 120 Latimer up with half-asleep students with the threat of giving unannounced quizzes. I got my first ever score in the single digits (percentage-wise), which was quite scarring. He seemed to have no role when it came to the problem sets, and his midterms were ridiculous. The first midterm, it took him 38 minutes to do, while he only gave us 50 to do, thus resulting in an average of 36. The second midterm was just as bad time-wise, but I feel students knew what was coming their way, so it wasn't as bad. The concept of giving tests that just cannot be finished in the time given, in order to produce a distribution that is near-normal is just not right. Rather, the test should be difficult but fair in the sense that people who know the material can do well, rather than being a test of how fast you can write and think. The final was more fair in that it was only 6 questions, but again, Iglesia lied in saying that there would be no time crunch: rather, each question was pretty complicated and took a good amount of time to solve. This isn't me ranting about a bad grade, as I ended up with an A- with a failing grade, but this class was a nightmare.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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55 74 31 58 72

Comment: Where do I being with this class? Man, this class was the equivalent of seeing a bunch of cute fuzzy animals from afar and then you get closer and closer and they just eat your soul, rip out your eyes and proceed to pee in your eye sockets(South Park reference) to add insult to injury. Its not the material in this class is hard, its just the way the class is set up that makes you want to jump off the nearest bridge. Iglesia is an ok lecturer and did a decent job presenting material considering he hasn't taught the class in almost 10 years. He cares about his students, but sometimes expects too much in too little time. Midterms: I really really struggled with the midterms which were epically time crunched. Words fail to describe how demoralizing the 2 midterms made me feel. Welcome to the land of averages of 36 with standard deviations of 18. You absolutely cannot dwell on the past in this class. Whatever happens, happens. MOVE ON AFTER MIDTERMS. Figure out what you did wrong, and redo the questions. Pop-Quizzes: I absolutely hated the pop quizzes. It was a great way for Iglesia to make sure no one bailed on 8AM lectures. They were sometimes a problem from the midterms so even more of a reason to figure out what you did wrong. Homework: The homework assignments were usually a mix of GSI's creating problems and some from the book and were usually pretty challenging. They forced to think outside the box (lots of box drawing in the class for various stream processes, so no pun intended lol) I just wish we had more practice with simpler problems before jumping into full blown mass-balance problems. Basically, if you had trouble understanding the simpler problems, you were doomed to being with. GSI's were super helpful with the problem sets though. WORKING IN GROUPS IS A MUST!!! to survive this class. I've seen ratings not only for Iglesia, but others instructors who have taught this class, you need to put your pride away and get used to the fact that there are gonna be problems you have no idea where to start. The collective brain is always better than one. Don't wait until the last minute to get the problem sets done. Its a horrible horrible idea as some of them took several hours to figure out one question. (Usually about 5 multipart questions) Final: Iglesia said we wouldn't be time crunched for the final. He lied lol. Didnt finish a few of the questions. Set-up points were key. If you can show or write down what you would do if you did have time, write it down. GSI's: I found Megan to be the most helpful GSI, but I cant comment on the other 2 as I rarely had interaction with them. I just went to Megan's office hours one day and always went thereafter. Study Groups: FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, FORM STUDY GROUPS. I know its super cliche, but there is no way in hell I would've barely passed this class if not for study groups. (*hint: use technology to form study groups too if you can't meet in person regularly ;) Conclusion: If you are going to be a chemical engineer, do not let this review frighten or discourage you from taking this class. If you put the work in the class, you will reap the rewards. I clearly did not work hard enough and barely passed. Read the book, go to ALL the 8AM lectures, pay attention, go to section, ASK QUESTIONS, and keep your head held high and stay confident. You are the future of the chemical engineering industry that spreads from the atoms on your skin to the frontiers of space well beyond what the naked eye can see. I wouldn't have written this review if I didn't have some seemingly valuable advice to give to all you future ChemE's, so with that, good luck in ChemE 140 and wherever your degree takes you!!! Long Live the Dead ChemE's Society!!! \m/

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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67 77 17 36 69

Comment: Those tests are long.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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61 86 34 65 50

Comment: Professor Iglesia can be intimidating in both lecture and office hours, so at times it may be better to seek out the GSI's for help. This class has produced many horror stories, most of them involving in-lecture pop quizzes and exams that are about 50% longer than what the average student can complete in 50 minutes. There was also plenty of angst about passing the class, considering that the cumulative average was never above 50% this semester. However, most passing students seem to find Iglesia's class a worthwhile and enriching experience, particularly because it is one of those classes that forces students to work together to survive. If the "Dead Chem E's Society" is still around years from now, we'll have this class to thank. Homework assignments were the most helpful part of the class, particularly because the GSI's were wonderful during office hours and were very understanding graders. Exams were nerve-wracking due to their length, but since the class reduces to mass and energy balances that involve simple algebra and elementary calculus, I grudgingly admit that a near-unfinishible exam may create a better distribution than an exam where the average is above 80%. Iglesia managed to drive us crazy with the threat of a pop quiz hanging over our heads every day, and I think that drawn-out madness was unnecessary– hopefully he will find a way to ease everyone's nerves about quizzes in the future. It is easy to over-dramatize this class, having just completed it. However, if you get yourself to average a few practice problems per day, you have a decent shot at an A or B. Chemical engineering WILL get more interesting in the near future, but 140 is just one of those tough experiences that becomes a classic memory.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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73 83 30 40 81

Comment: Assignments are tedious but very useful, I think his teaching is good but his exams are simply designed NOT to be completed within the timeframe. And the random questions on differential equations is just pure BS 'coz that's 99% math and 1% chem e for a question that gives hella marks and can be solved in a few lines if you're good with math. Compare this to some of the reactor questions which require like 50 lines/2 pages just to get the same marks.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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66 86 27 66 77

Comment: Doing the assignments helps greatly with the tests. Except every one of his midterms had a curveball which almost no one got right. And his midterms are a ridiculous time crunch. 50 minutes for 4 problems when each problem takes 20+ minutes even if you know what you're doing isn't enough time. Also he incorporates a lot of PFR/CSTR/Batch/Semi-batch reactor probblems that are more in the scope of ChemE 142 and people have trouble understanding them.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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77 83 63 83 79

Comment: This class is difficult, plain and simple. Assignments were long and hard, but they helped you learn a ton if you put in the time and effort to actually work through it all. NO LATE HOMEWORK. Lectures were okay, a little bit difficult to keep up with at points, but overall, not bad. DON'T SHOW UP LATE. He gets miffed pretty easily about this, just show up on time, and everything's good. Exams, weren't even really that difficult, they just produced quite a bit of anxiety, and were made to be long. Iglesia wants a real curve, which is fair, albeit unforgiving.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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63 41 33 100 69

Comment: ChemE is arduous and difficult. As a ChemE yourself, you have likely heard about this. Now you get to experience it. Iglesia was brought in because Radke, the previous professor, didn't fail enough students. Iglesia takes to this well. The lectures are barrage after barrage of formulas, derivations, and the occasional example; the homeworks are time-consuming to the point where starting them the day before they're due means you aren't getting sleep, and it's almost necessary to work in a group; the exams are not too harsh in material, actually, but Iglesia strives for a large time crunch to maintain an average of ~40, which he does quite well. You'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who can manage to complete every single problem on his exam in the time given. I make it sound like torture, but this was actually my favorite class taken at Berkeley thus far. Conceptually, everything is extremely simple: balance everything, and make sure nothing is unaccounted for. But it isn't THAT simple; a problem can take a littany of different forms. A chemical can be dissolved in another, partially vaporized, combusted, separated, diffused, inert, or something else. Energy can be supplied from turbines, height drops, cooling, condensing, reactions, radiant heat, or from so many other processes. There's always a twist to be put on a problem. The GSIs are incredibly helpful; as somebody who never went to office hours Freshman year, I found myself attending them more and more. Discussion section, although only one hour per week, is about the most helpful thing you can get. Iglesia himself is certainly passionate about the subject, too; he's not above laughing at himself, and he can get a bit carried away with how much he expects his students to know and be able to do, but you'll come out of the class prepped and ready for action. Work together in groups; there will always be something you need help in, and something that you excel at. Be open-minded towards the class; if you enjoy piecing together concepts, taking tours down memory lane of your Chemistry career, and don't mind surprises now and then, you'd be surprised at how much you enjoy this class.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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67 68 61 77 75

Comment: You are going to work for your grade - the homework is not easy, and the the exams are not easy. That said, this course is challenging mostly it's probably your first real engineering class, and you aren't used to dealing with engineering problem sets and engineering midterms. The level of support from the GSIs via Office Hours and Discussion is absolutely insane, to the extent that many people may be having trouble with the class because they spend all of their time in OH and let the GSIs do the thinking for them. You'll have to invest a lot of time in the class if you want to do well, but it's better to get into that habit now, while everything's conceptually easy. Iglesia himself isn't THAT great of a lecturer (i.e. he doesn't do much to make the material fascinating), but he isn't bad (i.e. he doesn't do much to make the material mind-numbingly dull, either).

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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59 30 5 51 84

Comment: Nice guy, lectures clearly but quickly, which isn't too good since the material takes a good amount of time to understand. Weekly problem sets can get pretty tough. Midterms are extremely hard, avg was 36 on the first one. He definitely is enthusiastic but the feeling you get from him is that he is purposefully trying to fail you

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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0 0 0 0 28

Comment: horrible, horrible, horrible, avoid at all costs he is unfair, and literally doles out exam questions from nowhere

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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50 27 50 62 78

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2011)

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61 52 11 60 67

Comment: The pop quizzes were annoying. Horribly tough exams, make sure to write things down even if you don't know what to do. 40 minutes is not enough for 4 exam questions...