Comment: This class was great! And so is Jeff Long! The class is a review of the most important parts of Chem 104A and 104B (except group theory; that's covered in-depth in Chem 250A). It's a five-week class so it goes pretty fast, but the pace felt just right. It gives you an opportunity to look back on upper div inorganic and get a clearer picture in your mind of all the chemical principles at work. Problem sets and the exam were more challenging than in 104, although the topics are the same. We used DeKock and Gray for the first half of the class, and "your favorite text" for the second half (Cotton & Wilkinson; Huheey, Keiter & Keiter; Meissler & Tarr... whatever you want, really). I would recommend this class to anyone who enjoyed 104 and wants to give all the topics a quick second read-through.
CHEM 250A (Fall 2012)
Comment: Jeff Long is a great professor. He explains things pretty thoroughly. We covered the first nine chapters of Cotton's book in four and a half weeks. Granted, we glossed over a lot of the mathematical aspects of the subject and spent more time on applications to MO theory and spectroscopy. Overall I would say this class is really easy if you have a good background in group theory, but it goes way too fast otherwise. I was left a bit unsatisfied... but I don't want to blame the time constraints of the course on Jeff - he was awesome.