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CHEM 98 (Spring 2012)

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93 88 88 85 88

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 68 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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95 74 71 96 91

Comment: Excellent professor, if you can take a course offered by him, do it.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 50 100 100

Comment: Francis was awesome! It's hard to find a professor at Cal who is as excited about their subject as much as Francis. His assigned problem sets really gave a good feel of what problems he was expecting us to be able to solve. As always with a Chem class though, his tests were definitely on the harder side. So just make sure you study and put time into it and it'll show up on your grades.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 93 80 86 99

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 95 79 94 99

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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91 68 47 81 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 90 100 100

Comment: great lecturer. fair exams. lectures are a must go.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
98 88 85 94 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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87 72 50 70 68

Comment: A great professor, with an awesome attitude. Very cheerful and approachable. Definitely go to his lectures, as most of the test material comes from them, and do the problem sets, they will help.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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83 43 66 98 90

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Quite possibly one of the best professors here at Berkeley. He cares about his students and wants them to do well, and clearly puts in extra effort to help them. Problem sets are helpful, and office hours are a great resource. Exams are challenging but fair. Take his classes whenever possible!!

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 94 100 100 100

Comment: Really interesting. Really helpful during OH. Keep up with the assignments, do the practice exams, and you're good.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 96 96 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 83 65 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 85 100 100

Comment: Matt Francis is awesome. He's really enthusiastic and clear. He's really approachable and his office hours are *incredibly* helpful. He'll do problems in office hours and then put them on the next midterm/final. His problem sets are really easy if you work in groups and the exams are pretty straightforward.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 76 100 100

Comment: Francis taught clearly and his exams covered everything taught in lecture. The book was not necessary and the problem sets prepare you for the exam very well. But the exams are tricky and require you to think outside the box sometimes.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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95 72 35 87 73

Comment: Definitely a must have professor! Professor Francis is very good at teaching, the material is difficult, but if you follow his lectures and stay on top of your game, you will do fine.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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98 91 80 95 88

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 89 50 77 100

Comment: Francis was really helpful and really organized in presenting the material. The problem sets are somewhat difficult at times, but it is really good practice. The exams were relatively good, but the final was very difficult.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 82 100 100

Comment: Everything was great until the final. The final was hard.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 80 75 100 100

Comment: Professor Matt Based Francis is an amazing professor that seemingly knows everything about the course. He can take a question asked during lecture, rephrase in such a way that answers your original question, give you a history about what he just said, and, overall, so much insight that it'll leave you amazed. His problem sets are somewhat tedious at times, but they are very similar to the exams. ..Sometimes. The practice exams are very helpful and should definitely be studied.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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97 82 100 84 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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96 74 70 95 91

Comment: He is so great! Very clear lecturer!

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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96 87 84 90 89

Comment: Francis is a fascinating lecturer who was able to keep me awake and involved at 8 am. Tests are fair and require a conceptual understanding as well as basic memorization of reactions. You will be asked to apply the processes of reactions and mechanisms from lecture to reactions that seem very very different from any you've seen before. Problem sets are fair and are very similar to exams. Lab is lengthy and very demanding and unfortunately the expectations change from lab to lab (if you forget something in one of your labs twice in a row you may only lose points for it once). Don't expect to get out early.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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85 86 73 92 100

Comment: Francis is a great professor. However, even he could not make me completely interested in ochem. There was a ton of memorization involved, pretty much x conditions, y happens, etc. That said, if you attend lecture and take good notes, and do the problem sets, you should be fine. The midterms weren't too bad, but the final was outright brutal. I didn't go to many a lecture, and didn't really pay attention in those that I went to, so it was quite a struggle for me. Ochem lab has to be one of the worst things ever though. 5 hours of captivity in 3rd floor latimer, with not a great gsi, was complete torture on Thursdays. The lab reports are graded quite critically. One time, i lost 4 points for not for not writing the solvent for TLC, one for each plate. Lab required so much effort, but it was worth only 20% of the grade at the end.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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95 93 91 90 100

Comment: Francis is a wonderful professor. He's very bright and entertaining, even at 8 in the morning, and really knows how to explain the material to you so it makes sense the first time you hear it. It also helps that the material is really pretty easy. It only gets creative at the end, when you have to string together multi-step reactions. Francis' explanations will make the book (Loudon) useless, unless you zone out during lecture. And, on that note, don't skip any lectures unless you absolutely have to. A lot of stuff happens in those 80 minutes. Problem sets will provide more than enough practice, and they feature heavily on exams. Exams certainly take much less time than you're given and involve a lot of regurgitation of simple problem set questions, but there is usually a tricky conceptual problem or two that will stump a lot of people and test you more as a "chemist" than as a "student." Also, a note for the students taking this concurrently with Chem 104A: Keep your MO theory and your VB theory straight. Organic and inorganic chemistry have a very different understanding of the two. For instance, in *organic* MO diagrams you will hybridize all the atoms to make really easy, neat diagrams, while in *inorganic* you will NOT hybridize anything and end up with somewhat chaotic, confusing (albeit more accurate) diagrams. Similarly, in *inorganic* VB theory you don't put lone pairs into generic hybrid orbitals like you do in *organic* VB theory -- inorganic chemistry uses bond angle calculations to determine the s and p character of the lone pair orbitals via molecular geometry. When in doubt, remember that organic bonding theory is MUCH easier all around.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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50 65 43 94 98

Comment: First thing you should know about OChem: don't underestimate it. At times it may seem like you're learning nothing, and then a problem set or midterm rolls around and you realize how much you've been doing. The class is definitely WAY more on the micro over the micro; oftentimes a correct answer can come down to one electron, and although it delves a bit into the macro, the class mostly revolves around predicting reaction outcomes and effects of various classifications of solvents on organic molecules. After the 4A-4B series, labs may not be your favorite 4 hours of the week, and with 5 hours of lab it may seem daunting. During our year (not sure if they'll continue this), they often set aside an hour or two to do the lab report and hand it in during lab so you aren't stuck doing it all outside of class. For the earlier parts of the class, this holds true, but sometimes the writeups can be overtly long/tricky and you'll have until 5:00 the next day, so take this claim with a grain of salt. Labs aren't TOO tricky, definitely doable, but just make sure to fully understand what's going on before lab. Problem sets are a tad annoying because, while not terribly long time-wise, they frequently have questions on certain reactions or exceptions that are mentioned in lecture ONCE and never appear in the class ever again. As such, it's imperative to go to lecture unless you're working in groups, because Francis's lectures cover lots of small things not found in the book. Exams are pretty fair, make sure to go over everything you do in lecture, because his exams sure do. Keep MO theory and orbitals from 4A fresh in mind because they DO show up in full force, and they WILL surprise you. Francis supplies you with study guides of what you need to know for the exam (read: lists of concepts he's covered in lecture) but these can sometimes be pretty open-ended. Overall, they're pretty fair, just don't assume Francis gives easy exams just because he's nice. The only major complaint with the class is the grading; it can be EXTREMELY harsh, and you can get points taken off of assignments and labs for the littlest things (People have gotten points off for not drawing glassware, not writing who added what chemical, and not writing the amounts of some chemical you added when you're told to add a specific amount). It's a very daunting thing, since it kinda undermines your hard work, but everyone gets slammed on labs... don't sweat it. The class is definitely for those who want to know the intricacies of reactions and don't want to burden themselves with calculations and amounts.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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81 100 75 79 100

Comment: Francis is just a boss. His friendly presence during 8AM lectures is enough to make you WANT to get up early to go to lecture. I highly recommend not missing ANY lectures as during the 1.5 hour lectures A LOT of material can be covered.He made difficult concepts become a lot more clear and reinforced easier concepts introduced in the 4 series. This class was much more enjoyable and manageable than the 4 series even though OChem is supposed to be "harder." The only tough part of 112A were the large amount of reactions and mechanisms you need to memorize. It was easy to confuse different solvents and mechanisms if you hadn't had a lot of practice with them. Luckily Francis' problem sets were plenty of practice. Francis was really helpful during office hours and didn't make you feel stupid for asking "stupid" questions. He wants you to learn so if you had a question on a problem set, he would walk you through a similar problem instead of answering your question immediately which I felt was more helpful in letting you think through the chemistry yourself. The GSI's were also helpful during office hours. I didn't particularly like the lab lectures with Robak (her voice is a bit aggravating), but they were manageable and learning about NMR was definitely the highlight of lab lecture. Missing class during the lectures on elimination/substitution/ethers/epoxides/alcohols reactions was a HUGE mistake but I had the misfortune of being really sick that week. I was not a big fan of the mechanisms and wealth of different reactions, so I'm personally glad to be done with OChem...Hooray for ChemE's only having to take one semester. P.S. the Good Guy Greg meme should be replaced by Friendly Professor Francis.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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75 69 58 71 75

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: I love Matt Francis. He is an incredible professor. Assignments are all relevant to information you need to learn, exams are straightforward with minimal to no tricks, and he's always willing to go the extra mile to help students learn.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 85 100 100

Comment: Excellent excellent excellent! Very enthusiastic great at explaining mechanisms. Exams are similar to the year before... although there are some tricky problems. If you can do the homework you can do the exams. Best chemistry I have had / ever will have

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 93 85 79 93

Comment: Best chem teacher I have ever had

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 86 65 90 85

Comment: His exams are tricky, but he is very helpful and easy to understand.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 72 49 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 74 100

Comment: Excellent, charismatic professor. Assignments are extremely helpful in preparing for exams. Exams are similar to the assignments. He's very willing to help out, answers emails, and very friendly. Exams are fair and not too hard.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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89 80 66 77 84

CHEM 112A (Fall 2011)

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50 92 70 94 84

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: This class made me want to do organic chemistry. Francis is one of the best professors I have ever had. Incredibly coherent lectures (esp at 8 am)

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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99 100 100 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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100 95 80 100 100

Comment: Francis is a good lecturer and was very helpful during office hours. You might find his dog, Maxwell Silverthorn Francis, in his office if you visit. Midterms were easy, but that final came out of nowhere and dropped my grade a bit. Bleh. I had heard that Ochem would be painful, but this wasn't too bad.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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96 90 90 92 92

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 80 74 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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90 90 86 88 92

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 90 75 87 93

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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98 98 98 98 98

Comment: his exams were very fair, but it is important that you study the notes and are solid on the problem set questions. francis is awesome :)

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 71 35 97 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 39 88 87 85

Comment: His assignments are somewhat difficult if you don't go to lecture. That aside, he is a great lecturer and will keep you awake (even at 8am in the morning). His exams are generally straight forward and very similar to the problem sets

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 86 84 88 100

Comment: Class was fairly easy so long as you did well on the homework packets. Nice professor.

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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92 74 59 100 100

CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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CHEM 112A (Fall 2010)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: his midterms are totally a combination of the homework packets

CHEM 135 (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: I'm an MCB biochem major who loves ochem, and I LOVED this class. If you enjoy ochem and have the option to take this over MCB 102 or MCB 100B, do it! Prior to taking the class, I've heard godly things about Professor Francis-I'll admit I was skeptical at first, but from the very first lecture I could tell that he was going to be amazing. Professor Francis is hands down my most favorite professor at Berkeley--he is extremely patient, lectures very clearly, has a great sense of humor, keeps us engaged in class, and is super helpful in office hours. Exams are very fair and are generally the same format as previous exams, which he posts for students to practice. I highly highly recommend students to take this class!

CHEM 135 (Fall 2013)

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60 99 100 100 100

Comment: Honestly overrated. Lecture isn't too good as he doesn't really lecture on board or follow exactly with powerpoint. He is way too disorganized. The class is jokingly easy though. Curve is generous.

CHEM 135 (Fall 2012)

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96 91 80 81 87

Comment: Fair exams, great teacher. If you pay attention in class and do the homework, you'll be fine.

CHEM 135 (Fall 2012)

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95 60 69 100 100

Comment: Good course. Covered proteins, enzyme mechanisms, metabolic pathways, and molecular cloning. Exams were very heavy on the arrow-pushing, but very similar to the problem sets. Take your time working on those, and you should do fine.

CHEM 135 (Fall 2012)

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100 98 100 100 100

CHEM 135 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

Comment: As long as you study hard, you will get an A. No matter how much you fail the midterm, if you can do well on the final, you're safe!

CHEM 135 (Fall 2012)

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100 100 71 99 99

Comment: Absolutely amazing professor. Clear, concise, and really cares about students. Takes an effort to get to know you.

CHEM 198 (Fall 2011)

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94 93 92 93 86