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CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

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50 50 14 38 50

Comment: Let's get one thing straight: Professor Majda sucked, and Professor Arnold rocked. Arnold was a great lecturer, but he was inaccessible for office hours as there were over 600 students in the class. When I went to Majda's lectures because I couldn't wake up for the Monday or Friday 9am lecture, he was so dull and always made dry jokes, like "Oh, the coffee still hasn't kicked in yet, hahaha." It only got worse with Majda as the semester went on. The GSI was helpful in clarifying some general confusing concepts from the theory. But the midterms were brutal. The 2nd midterm was the single grade killer for many students. The only way to combat the midterms was by practicing problems in tandem with the homework. The online homework was ridiculously long at times, and the only way to finish certain problems was to find solutions on Chegg or some other source online in some instances. The final was just a killer, as I had no idea what truly to expect even after going to review sessions, taking practice exams, and paying attention and taking notes in class. Glad I passed the class, and can move on. But if I had wind of how brutal and grade-shattering this class could be, I probably would've APed out of it. Note: Lectures with Majda or Arnold don't do even a decent job of teaching you the material. I never went to office hours, which was a horrible idea. So go and do that first thing!! You've gotta be comfortable totally learning and reading on your own, and forcing yourself to practice problems from the book even if you just don't feel like it. Other than that, it was very eye-opening to what college rigor and difficulty truly is.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

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45 78 22 46 78

Comment: This class seems ALMOST doable. The material isn't crazy, usually about AP-level. The most bewildering thing is that you can know the material and apply it to classes like Chem 3A easily but fail tests because your understanding of certain phenomena is slightly different from the word-by-word rubric. B's are easy to achieve, A's extremely difficult unless Chem is your passion (especially since everyone takes this first semester). It might help to try to go overkill on studying, because I and most of my friends would stop at studying lecture notes and the homework, rather than also closely reading the textbook or going to office hours.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

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86 91 80 76 45

Comment: Do your Sapling Homework and make sure you understand it, go to class and discussion, and the class shouldn't be too hard

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 73 41 41 74

Comment: I really loved Arnold, he was very enthusiastic about chemistry and his lectures were very easy to understand and grasp. Sapling helped a lot-- it was a pain in the butt to do, but it helped in knowing what would be on the midterms and finals (the short answer part of Sapling DEFINITELY helps, study that!!) The exams seem fair, but the grading is incredibly harsh. The exams are more conceptual than mathematical, so the book is a plus. I was comparing Majda's exams (Arnold and Majda's exams are the same) with Saykally's exams-- Saykally's seemed easier in my opinion. It might be better if you could take this class in the spring, but if you have a pretty strong chemistry background, the fall is bearable as well. Didn't get my expected grade in the class because I took it pretty lightly (which I regret), so make sure you put in the hours for this class. READ THE RECOMMENDED BOOK CHAPTERS, DO YOUR SAPLING HOMEWORK THOROUGHLY, AND STUDY WITH FRIENDS.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

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65 41 45 50 88

Comment: An enthusiastic and engaging lecturer, but be careful because the lectures are very broad while the assignments require detailed reading and understanding. The Sapling HW assignments were often quite difficult. Midterm 2 and the final were very difficult, though it was partially made up for by an easy Midterm 3. Exams were graded pretty harshly. I would recommend taking the course if you have previous experience (AP or IB) because it is rather challenging and fast-paced, but definitely doable if you put in the effort.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

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83 90 75 67 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 60 50 88 90

Comment: I have mixed feelings about this class. At the beginning, you are probably going to be terrified of it, after hearing all the horror stories of students failing and not being able to go on to do MCB/IB/pre-med, but this class really is more doable than you think, especially with Arnold as your professor. I always enjoyed going to lecture for this class because of all the entertaining demos and because Arnold is such an engaging lecture. Arnold is very enthusiastic and really does care about his students, and it shows. iClicker quizzes during lecture are sometimes annoying, but I promise you will get better at them as the semester progresses. Make sure to look at the wording; often, they will try to trick you by wording the question a certain way. Arnold is fair about the quizzes though; if hardly anyone gets it right, he will not count that particular quiz. Plus, they are only worth 10% of your grade along with homework, so don't stress the quizzes too much. You also get to discuss with the people around you, but a lot of the time, I found this kind of useless because all of the hypercompetitive pre-meds around me would just argue about who was right, so I usually just went with my gut feeling. Basically, your grade in this class is based on your test scores, which is what makes it so intimidating. The first midterm was fair, the second midterm was unreasonably hard (but there was a curve to account for this), and the third midterm was easy. The final was fair, but study your butt off because they will ask very specific questions about material from all throughout the semester. I think they adjusted the cutoffs because of the difficulty of the final because I calculated my grade based on my test scores and homework grades/iClicker scores, and I should have technically received an A-, but I got an A. The key to my success in this class was reading the Tro textbook (it's super helpful and well written) and going to study group. If you can get Angela as your study group leader, do it! She's super down to earth, and she knows a lot about chemistry! Don't bother with the study guides and pre-class assignments. I found them useless and way too time consuming. Plus, the professors don't provide you with the answers, so even if you did do them, you wouldn't even know if you were doing them right because there would be no way to check your work. I suppose you could ask your GSI, but I was too lazy for that. I never attended office hours, but I suppose they could be a useful resource if you didn't go to a study group. Also, the Sapling homework is super tedious and time consuming, but it does help with your understanding. I know a lot of people who would redo the sapling problems before tests to get extra practice. I never did that, but I think it would be a useful resource if you wanted to work on the mathematical calculations associated with the class. Just know that walking out of the second midterm, no matter how hard you study, you are going to feel very disheartened, but don't give up! The second midterm isn't reflective of the entire class, and you will make it through, and if you work hard enough, you may just end up with an A like I did! GOOD LUCK!! :)

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

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100 50 38 59 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 75 40 100 100

Comment: Great professor who is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his subject. Getting an A in this class is not impossible, but completely manageable. As long as you stay on task, do all the homework and really conceptually understand the lecture slides and key points, you'll do fine. However, oftentimes it's easy to get behind due to the fast nature of the class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 72 84 78 91

Comment: Acquiring an A in this class is definitely possible as long as you don't fall behind on the material. The online sapling homework, which can sometimes be annoying, offers ample practice and if supplemented with previous midterms will be enough to do well on the tests. HOWEVER I highly recommend that you read the relevant chapters in the Tro textbook (any edition is fine). My high school did not offer honors or AP Chem so I studied by reading the textbook. Unless you've taken AP Chem, make sure to carefully read the textbook and you will do fine! I followed this method and earned an A+ course grade. Professor Arnold has a very amusing sense of humor and explains most concepts clearly. Also, his experiments are very exciting and will keep you awake. Of the three midterms, the second one was by far the most difficult, but it was mainly due to insufficient amount of time, yet all the midterms including the final are fair. Professor Arnold's tests are considerably easier than professor Stacy's. Good luck!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 62 69 87 89

Comment: Office hours were helpful. He does teach the class with little detail and doesn't really prepare you for tests. Sapling homework is REALLY hard so get people together and do it with them. SLC study group is recommended. Test 2 was extremely hard but test 3 was easy to compensate. Test 1 and the Final were fair. I recommend that you join study blue and do all past finals and midterms.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

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56 40 50 50 72

Comment: Assignments are awful and mostly irrelevant to the exams. Never went to his office hours but the GSI office hour is pretty packed...

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

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74 51 60 75 70

Comment: He's a good lecturer

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 74 40 50 86

Comment: Arnold was a pretty decent prof, just a little scattered sometimes. The demos are interesting but if I had the choice, I would have just watched all of Stacy's lectures online instead. The basics of a concept are explained and you'll be expected to learn most of it on your own. His exams were much easier than that from previous years, but the short answer sections were usually pretty difficult. The study groups at the SLC are worth trying out, skimming the textbook isn't a bad idea, and the sapling will be helpful.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 83 64 87 87

Comment: Arnold was a really good professor!! He was able to explain concepts with a lot of clarity and his (and Majda's) tests were easier than Stacy's. I would also definitely recommend going to Arnold's lectures over Majda's if you have zero background in chemistry.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 68 67 79 73

Comment: Arnold wasn't a bad prof by any stretch of the imagination, but he wasn't stupendous either. I left the course feeling like a lot of the concepts didn't connect, that they were just kind of strung together in response to the department declaring "thou shalt teach the following concepts to students in general chemistry." I don't know if this disjointedness and discontinuity was a result of Arnold's teaching style, my lack of understanding, the course syllabus, or a mixture of all three. For instance, Arnold would mention an equation off-hand, leaving it as almost a footnote on a slide and not showing us a situation where it might be useful. Then two days later, we would be given a pop quiz to which the solution was "obviously" (so we were told) to use this one equation that wasn't given more than a passing glance two days previously. Again, could be my bad. We now proceed to part-by-part analysis: Assignments: Sapling is actually pretty forgiving, though the problems can be tricky from time to time. If you have a friend or two to complete assignments with, that will help, since if you're unsure of the correctness of your method, you can take turns inputting an answer to spread out the loss of points. (Since the program generates different numbers for each student, copying of answers is generally not feasible.) Make sure you understand the problems and supplement from the book and lecture notes when there's a concept that eludes you. I would imagine joining SLC study groups would be helpful; I regret not having done so. Enthusiasm: Arnold has a sort of dry sense of humor that shows up in his lectures every now and then, but overall he's pretty vanilla. The demonstrations he conducts in almost every lecture are quite fun to watch and most are pretty helpful for understanding. Helpfulness: Prof. Arnold was very kind and accessible when I went to see him in office hours, though his explanations weren't always the clearest. He did help me understand better though. Exams: Ahh the exams. Study. Study hard. Find as many practice midterms as you can from resources like the Tau Beta Pi test bank, StudyBlue.com, etc. and work through them with a reliable friend. Practicing what is likely to be on the exam is definitely the best way to prepare. The first midterm is fairly easy, the second one is difficult because the acids/bases/titrations unit has a lot of situations/variables to keep track of, the third one is harder than the first but easier than the second (just make sure you practice sufficiently so you don't trip/choke like I did) and the final...well just because I didn't do particularly well on it doesn't mean it was a bad exam. Be warned that there will probably be a lot of material from unit 4 because it hasn't been tested yet, so make sure that you're comfortable with those semi-weird concepts. They may not have been explained too well, so seek extra help if needed. The fall 2013 final was very qualitative; I think I only picked up my calculator three times during the 40+ question exam. The exams are manageable, but unless you're a chem wizard they will require work to prepare for. Don't let them catch you off-guard, practice a lot, and you'll do well. I heard Prof. Stacy wrote this year's exams, though she herself wasn't teaching the class. That may have been purely a rumor. In summary, Chem 1A is a very doable course and an A is not beyond reach. I slapped myself for getting a B because I felt like if I had studied more/more efficiently, I would definitely have had an A. How well you do in the class largely depends on how much time you put in outside of class, because there isn't a terribly strong correlation between the lectures and the exams (more so between the homework and the exams...some homework assignments featured past midterm questions.) This course will put you through your paces, but if you're on your toes, bring your A-game, and are humble enough to ask for help when you need it, you will excel. And hey, if you get a B, it's only 3 units, so it's weighted less than your other technical courses.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

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79 84 85 84 100

Comment: Overall a good professor! Though his lectures are not that related to the exams, but still easy class and easy A.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 79 19 48 100

Comment: Overall, I liked Arnold. He gave easier exams (though still challenging) than Stacy did last year and was a funny guy in lecture. I also went to several of his office hours, and he was very kind, though I should mention I did not always leave feeling very clear of what he was trying to explain to me. Many people will tell you not to buy the textbook; THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE. BUY TRO. Tro is an excellent resource that explains the material clearly with incredibly useful examples and practice problems. As for the class itself: Unit 1 is easy, though the exam is full of trick questions for that reason. Unit 2 is hard due to the speed of the unit and the amount of material; our average for that midterm was a 65%. Unit 3 is similarly easy to Unit 1, and Unit 4... is weird. It's just weird, and Arnold doesn't do the best job at keeping everything clear. TO SUCCEED IN THIS CLASS: go to SLC Study Group, do the pre-class assignments, go to GSI/Arnold's office hours, and KNOW when you don't understand something and fix it. Also, study your butt off for the exams. You WILL need it.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 81 19 25 84

Comment: Definitely read the textbook, and go over the sapling homework. Professor Arnold explains concepts at an elementary level, but then expects his students to do complex problems in homework and on the exam.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 62 75 95 100

Comment: A really inspiring professor with a great sense of humour! But his assignments are really really tough. The exams are not quite easy either. So you may have a hard time if you do not have an interest in chemistry or any knowledge of it.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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93 76 77 85 85

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 33 19 70 95

Comment: Prof. Arnold is a very intelligent man who is very enthusiastic in class, especially when he demonstrates experiments. His British accent was definitely a plus! However, OWL Homeworks were always a pain and quite difficult for me; they'd generally take me anywhere from 1 hour to 6 hours. Start them early and do them with a group! I was stubborn and always did them by myself. The three midterms and final were also extremely difficult, but not impossible to do well on if you study chemistry every day or have natural affinity for it. ****Suggestion. If you aren't a premed, take Chem1A in the spring. Otherwise you set yourself up to be miserable. Overall, one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken, but I learned a lot!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 20 62 66 92

Comment: he's good, but Stacy is better at explaining the really hard stuff in terms that everyone can understand. overall, do all of the practice midterms before you take each midterm and you should be all right. if you have trouble, watch Stacy's webcast or go to office hours. awesome accent :)

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
54 39 15 61 100

Comment: Enthusiasm: Professor Arnold knows his stuff. Keeping that in mind, he's not that great at imparting that knowledge unto you. Helpfulness: During the lectures, he skims over things that are the foundation or basic concepts (assuming that the class already knows them) and explains the harder stuff more in depth. The trouble is that without the foundation, those harder concepts don't make sense either. He's great at answering questions, although the nature of the class is such that there isn't that much time for questions. However, he's incredibly helpful during office hours, so you should go starting from the second unit onwards. Assignments: The pre-class assignments are okay, they don't help all that much and in my opinion they're not worth doing unless you have absolutely no previous instruction on the content of the upcoming lecture. The OWL homework is difficult, and often requires the use of Google to figure things out. The troubling part of this is that the disparity in difficulty between lecture and homework is so high. You may follow along perfectly during lecture, but you still won't be able to answer the homework problems. Exams: The exams are really killer. No matter how hard I studied, I found it impossible to get an A on Midterm 2 or the final. You should take advantage of Midterm 1 since the concepts are all basic, and you don't want to lose easy points. There are three midterms, which is kind of irritating because you're always studying for one of them. Overall, the exams are more difficult than the Homework, and you don't have Google to help you. Recommendation: I wouldn't recommend taking this class unless you like Chemistry, but it's a mandatory course for most. I'd advise going to Stacy's lectures (the iClicker points will still count there) or at least watching her webcasts, and going to Arnold's office hours if you need further assistance. The other professor (Majda) is difficult to understand and be condescending at times, so steer clear of him if you can. The book is also unhelpful; I never opened it and ended up getting a B in the course. I'd definitely recommend taking all the past midterms you can, and learning how they ask the questions and which answer choices can yield you partial credit.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 83 70 61 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 59 38 55 78

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 96 95 52 69

Comment: Please note that even if you are enrolled in either Majda or Arnold's lectures, you can still attend Stacy's lectures and still get iClicker credit. Stacy is by far the best professor of the three and my best professor this semester. Not only is she a brilliant lecturer, but she comes to class every morning with a smile on her face. Majda has terrible handwriting and a thick accent and Arnold doesn't explain things very clearly at times. OWL can be a bit frustrating at times, but just form a regular study group to work on it every week. The multiple choice are pretty easy, but the free responses can be hard. Start early in the week so that you can ask your GSI at office hours for help. I regret not attending her office hours until the end of the semester; GO TO ALL OF THEM. Her office hours are amazing and clear up concepts that were gone by too quickly in lecture. While lectures slides are a great way to teach, sometimes they fly right over your head because you need the diagram or model to be drawn out by hand for you. The exams can be difficult and are unlike any you've probably experienced before. Rather than asking you to regurgitate definitions or memorizations, you are being asked to apply concepts from lecture to scenarios you've never been exposed to before. For example, you learn in class about intermolecular attractions but on exams you'll be asked to predict the Moh's hardness of a compound based on its structure. Exams are about 75% multiple choice and 25% free response. The class is graded on an ever so slight curve with an A being approximately 85%+, but don't feel discouraged from helping out classmates because you're being curved against all 3 lectures totaling 1500 students, so helping a few friends won't really affect the curve at all. Overall, I would definitely recommend this course (well, usually you take it because you're forced to) and this instructor because if you look at the grade distributions you'll see that Stacy's classes average B+ and other instructors' classes average a B. Chem 1A is a great first class to take at Cal; the staff really wants to ease you into the college scene and be a successful undergrad.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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78 37 48 50 50

Comment: He was enthusiastic about the subject, plus he had a nice accent. As long as you put in the time and effort it shouldn't be too bad.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 27 22 70 70

Comment: Arnold is a great and funny lecturer! The online homework and tests are ridiculously difficult though

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 78 81 77 81

Comment: Humorous, but don't expect an A by putting in minimal effort.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 25 25 55 65

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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46 50 50 50 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 55 81 90 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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50 50 20 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 91 76 86 94

Comment: Assignments are useful and help you to prepare if you do them all on time. That includes pre-class assignment, read slides, doing OWL homework and review study guide! It's definitely more helpful and fun than AP or whatever high school chemistry. Just spend decent amount on it and you will handle it.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 44 9 57 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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77 50 50 50 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 72 9 69 75

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 8 35 71 78

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 50 27 50 88

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 50 50 97 91

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 63 61 56 88

Comment: He's cool and funny, and does a pretty good job at explaining. His demos are ultra-cool though!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 22 74 74 88

Comment: Arnold makes lectures interesting. Power points with interesting demo experiments every lecture. Lectures do require iClickers though, quizzes are easy. Homework is a bitch. They are online assignments on a site called OWL (like Webassign/Mastering). Questions aren't googleable and only 1 submission. Part MC and part short answer. GSI's grade short answers kind of strictly Midterms are alright, MC is easy but Short answer again are graded strictly. Class isn't curved! But an A is 85+, B is 70-85

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 69 50 86 89

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 60 55 100 100

Comment: My favorite out of the three fall chem 1a lecturers. He's easy to understand and is pretty good about actually explaining everything on the slides vs just glossing over them. good, hard tests, but if you're smart about them, and you think about WHY the questions are being asked and which concept theyre trying to address, you can figure out what to do.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 28 34 50 65

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
59 50 35 33 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 75 15 90 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 99 71 89 84

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 58 32 70 67

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 76 70 70 75

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 23 36 50 57

Comment: Exams, assignments, and readings have little to do with each other. Study the lecture notes religiously

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 58 33 78 63

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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91 82 80 88 80

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

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75 73 81 76 75

CHEM 1A (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 76 71 85 76

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 59 74 83 83

Comment: I LOVE ARNOLD! His accent made everything soo much better! OWL was ok, not the best for assignments. Demonstrations in class were amazing especially when Arnold would get super excited about them. Office hours were very helpful and he was willing to make time in his schedule for you. Exams were very hard but in retrospect, they didn't seem horrible. Definitely challenged you and made you think differently about Chem.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 50 39 61 59

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 50 64 50 69

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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18 15 3 12 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 50 20 61 77

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 76 51 75 79

Comment: I was never bored

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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81 100 73 61 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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66 75 30 38 93

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
57 71 49 65 70

Comment: Exams were harder than what was on the tests but a pretty reasonable lecturer. Good accent

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 76 75 77 75

Comment: I never attended professor Stacy's lectures, so I really can't make any real comparisons between the most popular and the most British professors, but I would definitely say Professor Arnold is awesome! His teaching was engaging, the way he handles his demonstrations is hilarious, and his British accent keeps you awake and listening. Sometimes he can be a bit dry, and sometimes he can seem a little intimidating (my friends and I joked that if he smiled at you, that you would pass the class), but I definitely recommend him.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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73 50 65 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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70 64 71 72 92

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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89 82 31 50 87

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 50 72 82 86

Comment: LOVE HIS BRITISH ACCENT AND THE MUSIC HE PLAYS BEFORE CLASS. He is an awesome teacher and really loves teaching and doing fun demos during class. With his resources the class is not unbearable.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 73 69 70 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 77 32 82 95

Comment: Hard class. Go to office hours even if you dont have questions.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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51 27 27 51 76

Comment: Professor Arnold was very enthusiastic about chemistry, however enthusiasm doesn't always translate to being an excellent professor. I feel like the class did not prepare me for the exams at all, and the exams were unfair based on material covered in lecture

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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77 82 81 80 76

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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59 50 39 50 66

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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64 70 71 63 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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80 75 25 81 95

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 58 40 70 54

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 50 75 82 100

Comment: exams were good if you studied with a friend. Funny guy with a nice accent!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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78 86 76 77 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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39 38 39 38 39

Comment: chem is hard in general

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 87 93 93 72

Comment: Overall, a very clear lecturer, but his handwriting could be hard to comprehend.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

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75 40 20 44 81

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 71 67 57 50

Comment: This nig is tha shit his accent is hella funny

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 79 28 63 96

Comment: Professor Arnold has a really nice British accent. His lectures are interesting but sometimes tends to rush. Overall, he's very clear, fair, and nice. Be careful, exams in Chem 1A in the Fall are HARD!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 70 50 62 59

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 90 90 91 91

Comment: Pretty interesting lectures but not quite as good as Stacy. At times he isn't the best at explaining hard concepts but he obiviously understands what he's talking about.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 50 100 76

Comment: He was an awesome professor. His lectures were very fun and engaging.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 70 70 86 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 82 80 83 100

Comment: Professor Arnold was great. I had a few problems with the class set-up, though. The OWL homework is not very useful for exam prep, it's way too easy but gives you virtually free points. Also, DO NOT BUY THE TEXTBOOK unless you feel you will need an expensive, extra reference source. Study study study for exams, they're pretty tricky but not too bad if you put effort into it. Prof Arnold is very good at explaining concepts, I had AP Chem in high school so I was pretty familiar with most stuff, but he was good at connecting the different themes of the class. He's also pretty funny and super smart. Take it with Arnold or Stacy, Majda stood in for Arnold a few times and it was pretty bad.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 42 50 50 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 88 71 89 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 0 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
24 50 4 39 26

Comment: He was completely useless at explaining concepts properly, and the only way to truly know that you would do well on the exams was to attend office hours during which he would go over major concepts which he would not at all address during class. The exams were also ridiculous and focused on material that we specifically did NOT learn (which was actually explicitly stated in the questions). He seemed incredibly unenthusiastic all throughout class and was intimidating overall. The only reason to take this class is so you can get to Chem 3A (organic chemistry) which is the most wonderful class I've taken so far!!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 43 43 68 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 66 60 77 86

Comment: Absolutely loved this course. Quite challenging; which is what made it interesting. Personally, I only attended Majda and Arnold's lectures. Stacy's were webcasted. Arnold tends to have a British accent which makes everything sound better. Unfortunately, he does skate over details which is passable for his charm, humour and enthusiasm. He is extremely helpful and the midterms and final will be challenging. The course is not curved, so caveat emptor. Great course and a memorable one. The homework software was awful.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 66 50 50 70

Comment: like his accent :)

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 71 50 71 74

Comment: He was a really good lecturer, managed to keep the class interesting, even though the material is really dry. The exams were designed to test how well you could apply the concepts, but those were written by Stacy, not Arnold.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 71 70 80 80

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 50 50 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 70 19 68 91

Comment: awesome teacher horrible class. tests are horrendous. then again i barely knew any chemistry going in so maybe im not the guy to ask

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 79 57 88 82

Comment: I loved chem 1a with prof arnold and his accent. But the exams throw you in at the deep end.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 73 57 100 86

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 70 38 64 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 50 50 80 78

Comment: He was very interesting although the subject wasn't. His English accent was so adorable and he was very enthusiastic about the displays and material. Also, you can easily webcast Stacy's lecture, so it's nice to get two different ways of explaining the same material

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 18 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 27 3 75 69

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
59 58 45 57 56

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 66 59 89 97

Comment: Definitely requires work and focus, but Arnold did an excellent job during all lectures. Always prepared, very professional, and exceptional at engaging with students. Exams are difficult and require lots of studying, but are manageable.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 100 68 69 89

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 82 34 85 94

Comment: Arnold was a fun professor. As a professor he is great, but the class in general was difficult....if you want it easy, take it in the spring.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 72 50 62 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 73 57 80 92

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
44 9 6 54 74

Comment: Arnold is an awesome teacher. But I really hated Chem 1A. And I didn't learn too much in lecture. But there were cool demos.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
40 29 31 40 42

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 91 58 81 59

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 70 36 80 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 39 17 39 68

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 98 75 85 86

Comment: Explain concepts clearly. Lovely accent.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 72 38 52 85

Comment: Arnold is a good professor, he went over all the same stuff as Stacy but he explained it clearly and was easy to understand. The tests were usually pretty tricky and covered material that wasn't necessarily covered in class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 100 50 76 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
58 59 40 45 15

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 74 59 83 74

Comment: He's a pretty funny guy and teaches well. Best of all, he's British.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 61 33 72 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 43 41 42 70

Comment: haaard class

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 25 70 60 59

Comment: helpful will talk with you outside of class cool accent hard class

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 34 33 54 80

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 95 42 90 97

Comment: Arnold is a great guy and a very good professor. He teaches well, but the exams are mostly created by Stacy and her exams are HARD. However, if you are struggling, send Arnold an email and he can help you understand the concepts better. Remember that this is a weeder class so they will try to scare you with the first two midterms, but it gets better as the semester goes on. If you do all the work and read the book, there's no reason why you shouldn't get an A by the end.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 65 61 74 88

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 100 42 50 79

Comment: Loved the OWL homeworks.. such easy grade boosters lol Arnold was pretty interesting, his accent did keep you awake for some of the time. Exams aren't too terrible, just that some odd topics that you don't really expect to see come up and it kinda throws you off. Refer to the lecture slides for studying, they really help!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 49 43 41 55

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 87 57 76 83

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
0 0 0 0 0

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 67 52 77 83

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 60 24 83 100

Comment: Arnold is a great professor. He makes Chemistry pretty fun with his British accent. However, midterms and final were hard.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 69 50 50 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
51 59 18 61 18

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 100 65 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 58 21 68 74

Comment: Horrifyingly difficult exams but interesting, engaging professor.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

Comment: hard to understand

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 77 50 53 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 100 42 65 61

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 30 16 71 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 63 60 80 89

Comment: Lecture was pretty huge, with about 500 kids in each section so it could be hard getting to know him. He tried to keep lectures fun and interesting and explained a lot of the slides well in my opinion. Exams can be pretty stressful but it was curved at the end, although I don't know how big this curve actually was. Go to office hours because he goes over things in lecture if you don't understand it and you can actually ask him questions. He also went over some midterm problems during office hours.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 75 50 50 78

Comment: Cool British accent! Fairly good lecturer! Easy course if you've taken Chemistry AP, but tests are a bit ridiculous at times, and fairly subjective

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
68 70 76 63 66

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 50 50 72 75

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 45 50 72 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 71 41 58 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 70 37 62 82

Comment: Out of the 3 Chem 1A professors for Fall 2011, I have to say I appreciated Arnold the most. He has a very endearing way of lecturing (the British accent helps) that never sounds like he's talking down to students. He knows his material thoroughly, and is great at explaining concepts during lecture. Assignments for Chem 1A mainly consist of (optional) OWL online homework assignments as well as labs and the group poster presentation project if you're in 1AL (the lab portion of the class). Chem 1A covers essentially the same material as AP Chem (arguably even less than AP Chem in retrospect...), and so if you've taken AP Chem before, all of the concepts will look familiar. The midterms are written as a collaboration between the 3 professors, although I hear Stacy is the main person behind them. The midterms and final were a bit nasty, but are curved up reasonably.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 50 14 50 100

Comment: He was alright... I feel as though I learned more about a British accent than chemistry, though

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 67 40 62 77

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 100 62 100 100

Comment: His lectures are very clear and effective, but not as effective as Stacy. If you were to compare the two professors, I would say that Arnold and Stacy are great, but Stacy is better. The assignments just involved online homework that are involved with the topics taught in class, but not necessarily covered. He is very helpful with clarify any information. Exams were difficult, BUT they are written by Professor Stacy. These exams are not your typical exams - you really have to understand the concepts and apply them in any type of question. This class requires lots of work and if you work hard, you should be fine.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 50 39 36 70

Comment: Professor Arnold is a genuinely terrific chap. His accent is grade-A, although his lecture sections are largely useless. One's grade in this course is determined almost entirely by performance on midterms and the final exam, neither of which are adequately prepared for by i>clicker questions, nor by OWL assignments. (OWL) Assignments are tedious but relatively simple, exams are ridiculous, but I'd be lying if I said John Arnold didn't have a hell of a glorious voice.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 66 28 74 88

Comment: Professor Arnold is really funny and enthusiastic during lectures. The exams are really difficult, but office hours are super helpful!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 82 69 74 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 95 88 100 100

Comment: Arnold is a boss. British, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, he is a very good professor. That said, however, Arnold will not decide your grade. If you are a Fall Chemistry student, Prof. Stacy makes the exams, she sets the questions. Listen to the Stacy webcasts to anticipate the questions. Exams are very practical to an extreme degree - little theory is testes, merely its application to real-world situations. A class with a lot of work and a lot of assignments. Again, not an indictment of Arnold, who is a wonderful prof, but an evaluation of Chem 1A as a class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 42 16 70 74

Comment: Arnold's pretty badass. But too bad your grade has no relationship with how good your professor is. If you thought homework could get even worse, OWL homework will drive you to insanity by having you miss the easiest problems because of a typo. To top it off, OWL doesn't even prepare you for the exams. The questions in the exams are mostly abstract and without sufficient chemistry background, don't hope to get an A in the class (low expectations = happiness).

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 72 50 77 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 50 15 72 76

Comment: Great lecturer (I admit, part of the reason why I liked attending his lecture of the 3 professors is that I love listening to his accent). Exams are insanely difficult. They require you to really understand the concepts in chemistry and to be able to apply them to anything from kitty litter to amino acids. Assignments are nothing compared to the exams, and don't prepare you for them.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
36 76 15 50 56

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 100 7 76 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
68 83 70 50 50

Comment: He's a funny guy, but has a classic British way of understating everything which can make concepts kind of confusing. I think Stacy is still more clear of a lecturer. arnold seems more into his green energy research than teaching per se. But he is still a good lecturer and nice. Besides, you can go to his lectures if you can't make Stacy's, and just watch Stacy's webcasts online.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 70 60 83 95

Comment: Professor Arnold is a professor that really knows what he's doing, and does his best to make the process of learning chemistry fun. His lectures were pretty good; in my opinion, he doesn't teach as well as Stacy, but it's not bad at all. In fact it falls just shy of Stacy's teaching. He's an extremely funny guy though, and attending lectures with him is always entertaining. I would suggest attending his lectures, and watching Stacy's recorded lectures later to clear anything up that you don't understand. He doesn't make the exams, but the exams for this course are actually pretty tough. It doesn't really test your direct knowledge of the concepts; instead, they come up with specific applications for the concepts and you have to show how you would apply the concepts you learned. The scores can often be pretty low on the exams, but your grade is boosted by the homeworks, iClicker quizzes in lecture, and quizzes in section (in fact, they're more like extra credit). The A range is set at 85%+, but don't slack off, because an 85% is actually quite hard to achieve. The OWL homework is often very easy to complete, but very little of it shows up on the exams. To study for the exams, I found it extremely helpful to come to ninjacourses, and look at the past midterms/solutions under the "Exams" tab.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 67 65 70 64

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 87 68 83 100

Comment: Arnold is probably the best lecturer for Chem 1A. He's entertaining and knows the material well. Still it would be good to attend some of Stacy's lectures as she is the one who makes the midterms and finals

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 51 45 55 75

Comment: Professor Arnold is very helpful in office hours, as he goes over practice midterm problems and explains them.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 75 30 89 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
88 58 36 72 86

Comment: He is a fun lecturer, but the class sucks.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 75 50 72 76

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 85 34 67 59

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 75 35 62 88

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 78 49 50 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 36 41 63 66

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 84 77 79 66

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
60 59 50 80 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
68 33 19 70 68

Comment: Has a cool accent - seems to really care about one-on-one interaction with students because he does by appointment office hours.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 98 74 76 82

Comment: This professor is very cool, and overall made chemistry very enjoyable. Be sure to attend lectures because that is what will help most on the tests. He likes what he is teaching, and talks about some of the research at Berkeley.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
58 60 11 60 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 45 41 75 76

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
99 78 68 60 99

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
89 76 70 75 87

Comment: Excellent, funny lecturer. Maybe not the greatest at explaining concepts but he's certainly entertaining to listen to. The class itself is a lot of work, lab assignments take more time than they should and aren't extremely helpful in learning new material. The exams can be pretty hard, but looking over past midterms gives a good feel for how the test questions will look like.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
97 85 48 83 83

Comment: Office hours really helpful. Nice English accent.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 84 24 87 87

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 50 44 62 62

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 86 70 83 91

Comment: Pretty good teacher, helps a lot at office hours. Knows material very well and is very sincere.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
68 71 42 65 93

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Totally awesome

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 30 10 82 85

Comment: Good office hours. Fun little anecdotes. Great demos.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 80 50 84 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 30 23 61 83

Comment: Arnold was entertaining but vague when explaining concepts. I would usually watch Stacey's webcasts online in order to actually understand. The demos were cool but didn't really help for understanding the concepts. The OWL homework had almost no correlation to what we were learning and was very annoying to complete (so I gave up after the first few weeks). All four of the exams were basically impossible to predict. The midterms were difficult but manageable if you studied really hard, and the final was very difficult plus the questions were not evenly distributed across the topics that we learned. Overall, it's probably a class that you have to take as a prerequisite, so just stay on top of the lectures, study hard, and do your best. Join an SLC study group (they are somewhat helpful) and go to office hours.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 80 75 75 76

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 59 71 73 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 76 71 72 74

Comment: One of the better lecturers. Definitely go to him if you can't wake up early enough for stacey.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 67 71 60 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 65 75 76 96

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
14 0 0 17 50

Comment: The concepts in class never correlated with the OWL homework and was much more quantitative than on the midterms. Concepts taught in class seem feasible and easy, but the tests were written in such a difficult manner that it deters people from wanting to go into science.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 50 8 50 82

Comment: He's one of the teachers where you are very neutral about what you think about him. He does his job.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 96 23 50 78

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 50 41 71 88

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 76 63 60 64

Comment: Clear speaker, can learn well.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 60 0 61 82

Comment: Arnold is a good teacher, but that doesn't mean Chem 1A is fair by any means whatsoever. Leaving it at that.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 42 40 72 73

Comment: Arnold was a good lecturer with a cool British accent. His handwriting was difficult to read at times and sometimes he didn't cover the material enough for us to get the iclicker correct. OWL assignments were irrelevant to exam material (but we had unlimited submissions back then), and exams didn't seem to relate well to lecture. Stacy is clearer in lecturing, but Arnold is funnier, so take your pick.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 81 45 63 80

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 79 50 69 76

Comment: Arnold is funny and interesting, but Stacy is much better at explaining than Arnold. The exams are quite challenging in the sense that you really have to understand the concepts in order to do well.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 99 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 85 82 96 95

Comment: I took this class first semester freshman year, so it seemed a little more intimidating at the time. However, all the professors are really helpful. Professor Arnold's office hours were the best and helped me learn the material way better than in the big lecture halls.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 72 50 50 62

Comment: I didn't like the exams. Very vague questions....lots of application questions

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 71 75 62 36

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 50 68 76 79

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 68 43 79 81

Comment: Professor Arnold doesn't quite give you everything that you need for Stacy's exams, but he is helpful during office hours and has a fun sense of humor when he lectures. What he lectures doesn't always help you during the chem quizzes either. If you have him enjoy his lectures and rewatch Stacy's lectures online.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
60 77 71 82 60

Comment: Arnold was definitely the worst of the 3 teachers. It might just be because he had the late lecture, but every single one of his lectures was boring and felt like it took twice as long as it should have.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
60 70 50 58 62

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 70 58 50 82

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 65 66 76 73

Comment: Pretty decent professor. Does a basic job of explaining the concepts. A good replacement for stacy.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 49 53 81 100

Comment: BRITISH ACCENT. HE IS COOL.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
67 75 59 77 73

Comment: Organized

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 74 69 80 74

Comment: Good professor, hard exams. The order in which topics are presented in the class is not that great. I recommend going to either his lectures or Stacy's, Majda is not a very good professor. Arnold has an adorable British accent.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 22 41 75

Comment: Arnold doesn't write the test he's not as clear as Stacy, but his accent is cool. He's alright.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 50 0 50 100

Comment: Awesome professor but class sucked

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 90 95 84 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
75 82 63 62 82

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 57 70 100 93

Comment: Very helpful, explain details :)

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 50 38 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 75 72 95 90

Comment: His accent was cool, and his class was the only one in the afternoon, which was a big plus. The exams were doable if you had already taken AP chem. If you didn't, you just have to read the book and the class will be okay.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 50 66 82 100

Comment: Professor Arnold is a brilliant man with a sweet English accent. If British accents are your thing, then go for his lecture. He has the latest section out of all the Chem 1A professors. If you predict you will be tired and ready to doze off after 1:00 PM, then avoid his section. He speaks rather fast but has a lot of meaningful things to say that can help you on the exam. Stay awake in his section and be rewarded. After all, Stacy posts her lectures on webcasts ^_-

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 100 61 76 93

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 81 60 83 93

Comment: Arnold is pretty enthusiastic during lecture which was enough to keep me awake most of the time.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 86 50 91 86

Comment: Professor Arnold is really good at explaining concepts - very straightforward. If you can't attend Stacy's lectures, at least sign up for Arnold's lectures. He's really helpful in office hours as well, and his British accent is nice to listen to.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 87 44 46 85

Comment: Arnold's a good lecturer and cracks jokes every now and then, although he sometimes uses terms that I'm not particularly familiar with, as he assumes that the students will have done their readings before the lectures. The midterms and definitely the final were very tough for me, even though I have finished all of the OWL homework assignments, completed the labs, etc. Strongly suggest reading the text if you are really struggling with the concepts, as the course can get pretty in-depth and definitely more challenging about the different topics that were covered in AP chemistry. Some material may be new to past AP chem students though. Arnold's office hours weren't particularly helpful and were usually packed with students before a midterm. Also one other note-- Arnold executes the lecture experiments pretty much flawlessly and leaves me with vivid memories of each experiment, which were fun to watch.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 71 65 70 84

Comment: Arnold is really engaging and he gives a really great overview of the concepts, but expect to study on your own. I found SLC study groups to be very useful, more so than the GSI led ones since the SLC lectures went into greater depth while the GSIs just gave extra problems.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 75 40 75 85

Comment: He is pretty good at lecturing, but will sometimes go over concepts very quickly. However, he's willing to take questions and re-explain concepts if they're confusing. Exams are a doozy.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 72 50 50 78

Comment: His lectures were interesting (he has a cool accent!), but the exams are tough even though the three professors have the same midterms & final for their class. Be ready to study a lot on your own in Chem 1A...

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 68 68 70 92

Comment: He is really good at explaining concepts in lecture, but his office hours are kind of useless. He spends so much time talking about strategies for notes or telling us how much we need to study that he never gets around to explaining the chemistry. However, in lecture he is great, giving really good demos, examples, explanations, and helpful tips for exams.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
63 100 70 71 58

Comment: I went to a few of his office hours... Although he is a very intelligent man, he does frequently get confused about explanations during office hours. As a lecturer, he is great; no mistakes, runs smoothly through the slides.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 100 92 100 100

Comment: Professor Arnold was very enthusiastic about chemistry in general and was very helpful in explaining concepts. Especially in office hours. He was very helpful in answering my questions.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 62 54 61 93

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
59 57 40 47 51

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 49 29 50 68

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 77 42 76 77

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 86 69 76 92

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 58 73 22 72

Comment: I went to his office hours 3x. A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME! He likes to just talk and talk about logistics and what the course is like or what the exams are like. Then the hour is up and (1) you never get a chance to ask any questions you have (2) he doesnt go over any chemistry concepts you might have hoped to get clarified

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 50 78 81 78

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 49 35 72 71

Comment: Arnold is a very passionate Chemistry professor. He is very approachable and wants his students to come to his office hours (he states this repeatedly during lectures). In general, Chem 1A is too much material to cover in just 1 hr lectures and a lab each week so expect to spend a lot more time on it than you would think from a 4 credit class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 39 37 50 84

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 86 45 72 100

Comment: Love his British Accent! Great professor!

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
64 65 40 37 55

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 61 50 50 50

Comment: Hey Arnold! He's a cool bloke.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
58 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 68 50 77 78

Comment: Explains concepts well, cool demos (pwns steel cans), British accent.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 87 29 94 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 66 59 72 93

Comment: He's really excited about chemistry but you need to get involved to do well. Success comes on your own accord.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 50 50 68 77

Comment: british accent. funny. great.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 60 50 84 84

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 50 50 61 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 100 50 80 100

Comment: Professor Arnold's lectures are pretty interesting but make sure you don't rely on them! There's a lot of resources out there that you need to look at to do well in this class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 66 50 70 79

Comment: Professor Arnold is totally awesome. He has a way of constantly keeping students engaged in his lectures. Be aware that he's not gonna be the type to hold your hand and walk you through step-by-step, but he does give you all of the resources you need to succeed.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
96 71 33 50 87

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
61 59 0 37 81

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
94 100 50 100 100

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
82 76 74 84 74

Comment: A great professor. He made chemistry clear, was enthusiastic, spoke in a British accent, and was even willing to spend a little more time popping hydrogen-filled balloons than he was supposed to.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 61 40 50 69

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 71 34 67 71

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 42 58 47 65

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 50 68 76 91

Comment: Keeps you interested. Fun accent.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
77 70 40 75 70

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
62 75 40 72 54

Comment: Can be hilarious and cool British accent, but sometimes he was a little monotonous. Also didn't finish the powerpoint a lot.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 71 45 41 100

Comment: He was a clear and pretty funny (at times) lecturer, Chem 1A has fair exams that test concepts, not memorization - just study hard, do well in lab, Arnold was approachable in OH and helped with difficult concepts

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 91 91 95 91

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 50 85 50 82

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 43 37 43 72

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 78 75 73 58

Comment: Arnold is a good chem 1A teacher but can be very boring. Especially if he's teaching the afternoon lecture. He tends to have low attendance And he doesn't engage the class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
74 66 70 66 78

Comment: A lot of interesting demonstrations in class, and Arnold's accent and anecdotes are interesting. The exams are kind of challenging, but nothing too obscure. Good general intro to chemistry class.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
40 66 46 40 74

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 41 30 50 61

Comment: his british accent keeps it lively. other than that, just a good lecturer.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 61 50 80 79

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
91 92 61 84 91

Comment: I love the Chem 1A team, they are all pretty good at keeping the class engaged. Arnold knew his material and presented the information well. I attended classes with Arnold, Majda, and Stacy...Majda was by far the worst, Stacy was a tiny bit better at explaining material, but I like Arnold and his lecture style. Lab was helpful, exams were hard but there's a really nice curve. Lots of GSIs to tutor and answer questions.

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 41 57 72 75

CHEM 1A (Fall 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
83 55 64 90 81

Comment: He has a British accent. That's so cool. Overall, the class was alright. It wasn't too hard-if you kept up with all assignments and readings. Everything was pretty fair.

CHEM 104B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 104B (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 104B (Spring 2009)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
76 42 63 81 76

Comment: he's pretty good; very enthusiastic but the lectures can be dry although he does a good job of injecting anecdotes...

CHEM 298 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
58 65 61 58 65

CHEM 298 (Spring 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

CHEM 300 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
65 50 73 50 77