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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2013)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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90 77 100 83 91

Comment: I was lucky to be in Radke's last ChemE 140 class. The course was a very good introduction to chemical engineering. Difficult yes, but looking back on this class after taking the other upper-division chemical engineering courses, you'll find that 140 isn't bad. You should come out of this class feeling like you learned a lot. Very rewarding. :)

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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50 59 87 91 73

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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100 35 36 100 78

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 67 76

Comment: Radke definitely knows his stuff, but he does make 140 a very intimidating class with his homework assignments and exams. Design project is very rewarding though.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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64 50 44 73 72

Comment: Exams were lengthy and difficult. Homework was also difficult. Overall he was a good lecturer, but he made the class a little too difficult.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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95 79 35 89 93

Comment: Exams were difficult by fair. Radke really makes you learn!

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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97 13 76 100 100

Comment: Assignments can take a long time. Attending the professor or GSI office hours help tremendously. He's a good teacher. What he teaches in class and what is on the old exams is very similar to the exams. The exams are long, but not impossible. The assignments can be long and impossible.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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Comment: It's all about the balances. A great professor, enthusiastic and determined. He's a bit brash but that's what makes him so lovable. Too bad he's not teaching ChemE 140 anymore

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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75 50 68 50 84

Comment: Works hard to "mold" you to think like a chemical engineer. Midterms and exams made by the GSI's so that's a negative if you take the effort to go to his lectures.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2010)

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97 37 50 84 88

Comment: Good Professor. One of the smartest people you will ever meet. His tests and homework are hard, but the way he allocates points helps out. Final isn't worth much. Lots of hw and stuff is factored into grade. Overall, great class, probably my favorite professor. Make friends quick to do the problem sets.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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82 37 40 79 89

Comment: Assignments and exams are fairly difficult, but Radke is a good lecturer. Overall he's a good teacher, but a hard teacher as well.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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Comment: Horrendous course--Radke is the bane of the Chemical Engineering Department. Avoid at all costs or switch majors

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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Comment: Very hard- no way getting around it. Form study groups early! don't attempt to work by yourself. But don't leach off of other people or you won't learn anything! Everything you learn is very important. Keep well organized notes.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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88 50 50 98 74

Comment: GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS! If you're not afraid to look like an idiot you will learn something. In retrospect, this class is one a very helpful class for anyone who wants to major in ChemE. This intro class sets the tone for pretty much the rest of your ChemE classes, so do your best the rest of the ChemE courses will only grow more intense.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2009)

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57 61 57 50 75

Comment: Radke was a pretty solid lecturer for the course, though his style did become somewhat grating. The exams were long but always what you expect, given past exams.

CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2008)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2008)

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CHM ENG 140 (Fall 2008)

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Comment: Nice guy, but can get frustrated when students don't understand the material. Exams are long, but the curve makes them okay.

CHM ENG 150A (Spring 2015)

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83 50 69 92 100

Comment: Professor Radke is one of the best professors at Berkeley. He is passionate but mean....> < His homework is helpful but hard. It's important for you to finish his homework because they are similar to midterms. His tests are hard but fair. He is a super good lecturer and makes staff really clear. Take class with him!!!

CHM ENG 150A (Spring 2015)

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Comment: The most important fact about Radke is that you are either going to love him or hate him. There really is no one in between. He is a rather polarizing person as you can likely see from the other reviews. Assignments are generally on point with what is taught in lecture though some can be rather difficult and require a fair amount of critical thinking. The exams generally work in the same way as more difficult problems from problem sets though only one question with multiple parts on midterms can ruin you if you don't understand the problem correctly. Radke is clearly passionate about what he teaches since it is in line with his research and is generally a good lecturer though I have heard he is not as helpful during office hours. However one thing to take note of is that he has typically taught CBE 140 meaning he has certain expectations on what students learned in 140. However for our year he did not teach 140 and so we did not learn all the concepts he expected us to. This led him to go very slowly through these concepts and then rush through a bunch of stuff ie. heat exchangers in the last couple of lectures, a topic that he typically spends a couple of weeks on because we were running short on time. He also has a rather crass sense of humor that I enjoyed but I understand why some people would not.

CHM ENG 150A (Spring 2015)

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Comment: This was a tough, but relatively enjoyable class as far as ChemE courses go. The first two thirds of the course deal with fluid mechanics, and bascially involved mass, momentum, and energy balances along with Navier-Stokes problems, which were conceptually not very difficult, but in practice involved a lot of tricky calculus (integrals upon integrals...). The final third is more of the same, but deals with heat transfer and heat exchanger design, which was slightly easier imo. Problem sets were difficult, but there were usually answer keys online that do a decent job of explaining stuff, although GSI office hours is where the bulk of students figured them out. Exams were difficult, but fair in that they took the concepts from problem sets and applied them to a different physical scenario. If you understand how the concepts apply to the scenario, then you were golden. If not, then you wrote down whatever you could and hoped for partial credit. The best part about this course was undoubtedly having Radke instructing it. He was such a likeable, enthusiastic, and smart lecturer. He did complex derivations in lecture that were difficult to follow, but you could just tell from his tone and the pace at which he ran through his lecture that he knew exactly what he was talking about. Plus he tells random stories sometimes that are always hilarious. Overall a pretty dry course with boring subject matter, but Radke made everything tolerable.

CHM ENG 150A (Spring 2011)

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CHM ENG 150A (Spring 2008)

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CHM ENG 154 (Spring 2013)

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73 100 100 90 83

Comment: Definitely a lot of work. Main work consisted of 2 written and 4 oral (powerpoint) reports. Stayed up later than I ever have in Berkeley for the written reports. Had Radke as primary "instructor." He's a tough grader and it was often hard to do anything seemingly right on the written reports unless you made the effort to go into office hours multiple times a week. He was generally very helpful during OH's though. Learning the COMSOL modeling software was a bit annoying, but once you get the hang of it, its easy to use. Just requires about a full day of messing around with it to learn all the stuff. The labs themselves could get incredibly frustrating as you 4 lab periods to get your data/finish the experiment and more often than not, the equipment would be giving pretty shitty results and you'd struggle to get any results that looked remotely decent. But Radke didnt really grade on results since he knew you'd get crap data, but was more focused on what you learned from the lab and what conclusions you can draw from bad data and how you would compare to what you SHOULD have gotten. In that sense he was more than fair. Oral presentations were set up in his office in power-point format and you just give a presentation like you normally would except Radke(or whoever your primary instructor is) is the audience (maybe a GSI sits in too). The orals were split such that one person gave 1 of the 4 orals and one of the orals was a group presentation. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. Practicing 6-7 times in front of my group before the actual oral presentation definitely came in handy as we critiqued each other as if Radke would critique us. This builds confidence up to the presentation and it clearly shows in the real thing since not one of my group members stumbled mid-sentence at any point in front of Radke. He takes this into account and can tell who has prepared and who hasnt. 154 can be really frustrating and you'll be in for long nights of data crunching and formal lab writing, but the feeling when this class is over is absolutely amazing. This class will bring back to life a lot of the concepts learned in 142, 150A, and 150B, so make sure you have a strong understanding of everything from those classes. Good luck with 154!!

CHM ENG 248 (Spring 2012)

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