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CHEM 104A (Fall 2014)

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41 70 54 41 40

Comment: Challenging to learn from this professor. The course material is fairly simple in concept, and requires a lot of drawing and/or 3D visualization. So he lectures entirely from slides– a good idea, but his slides need to be clearer and better-organized. Thankfully all slides are posted on the course website by lecture time, so students can follow along if they like. He's very knowledgeable and qualified to teach the material, but it's easy to get lost or confused in between his accent and his ways of explaining things. The lectures seriously need some problem-solving examples! After the second midterm the professor said he felt confused because the average was around 50%, yet most of the problems had come straight from lecture slides. While there was some truth in that, we had never explicitly learned how to SOLVE a problem, just how to accept the results he gave us right away. The point of all this? One basically needs to go to the voluntary section(s), which are two-hour time slots covering the same material twice a week. Many thanks to the GSI's who made these sessions clear, concise, including examples and sometimes working out a homework problem or two for us. I didn't like how I had to spend all this extra time in class, but it paid off. Side note: there are only 6 hw assignments throughout the semester, and of all the problems in a set, only two are selected for grading. It can get frustrating having your assignment grade based on 40% or fewer of your worked problems.

CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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62 50 50 26 10

CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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25 62 71 40 21

CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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15 30 25 28 13

Comment: Bad instructor. Almost no in-class learning went on for me. I stopped attending class halfway through the semester and ended up doing better (the extra sleep was worth missing lecture). Homework was not difficult, but not preparatory for the exams. Exams were very difficult and often contained material barely covered in the lecture. The final had 1/4th of the points come from a question present in ONE slide during ONE lecture. Instructor not particularly helpful either. The GSI's were very helpful.

CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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60 89 70 38 29

CHEM 104A (Fall 2011)

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76 69 100 96 37

Comment: Peidong is awesome. He gets kind of a bad rep for being boring, and I get that -- it's early, the classroom is really warm, and he lectures from PowerPoints in a rather monotonous voice, so half the class is asleep at any given time. But, trust me, his explanations are FANTASTICALLY clear if you put in the effort to listen. He goes through the material meticulously. Anytime the books fail you, Peidong is there to clarify. This man has all the answers. As far as the tests -- the midterms are pretty easy, but the final is one of the most challenging tests I've taken at Berkeley. Overall this was a thoroughly rewarding class, and I think it made me want to be an inorganic chemist. I just wish he would teach 104B.

CHEM 104A (Fall 2010)

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39 50 70 37 35

CHEM 104A (Fall 2010)

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70 70 76 64 60

CHEM 104A (Fall 2009)

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5 50 74 14 0

Comment: take it another semester unless you like watching a professor talk at a powerpoint for 3 hours each week. It's sad but you may even come to the realization that the professor is actually more asleep than the students...