CHEM 103

Environmental Chemistry

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Orville Chapman See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.4

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The class for which Prof Chapman is being rated must be accounted for. I take him not for OChem but for Environmental Chem. I find the class very relaxing, enjoyable and informative even at 8AM! CPR is not that big of a deal, and there are only 4 assignments per quarter. They are easy, you learn more about topics covered in class, and you practice your writing skills.

I must say that he seems to me VERY different from descriptions in previous reviews. I must admire him also for his strength and the energy he puts into lecture and the class. To me it is admirable that he continues to find purpose and activity and remains still so full of life and will. He lectures with an oxygen tank, but that never seems to slow him down or hinder the effectiveness of his lectures. I enjoy his class and thank him for it.

April 18, 2003
James Gimzewski See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 4.6 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.6

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Simply put, take this class for easy upper division credit in what is possibly the easiest chemistry course you will ever take at UCLA.

Professor Gimzewski is a really nice professor, however, the hardest part of his class was actually showing up. The lectures are dry and boring. Gimzewski reads off 100-page powerpoints about the most simple topics like the water cycle or rock formation. Toward the end of the class I would literally set a timer to see how long I could go before picking up my phone and at best I could last around 10 minutes before giving up. The sad news is that participation is about 10% of your grade and a sign-in sheet is passed around to take attendance.

Aside from the class atmosphere the grade breakdown is pretty simple. There are weekly blogs, 4 quizzes, a midterm, final, and a "special" blog. The weekly blogs only take a couple hours to complete on the high end, and the majority of the grade is based off correct formatting. All the testing (quizzes, midterm, and final) are all super easy short answer style questions. The TA's tell you exactly what to study for so there are no surprises and there is usually extra credit that you can get for each test. I am by no means an A-student, but I was frequently able to pull off a 50+/50 on the quizzes. I studied for the midterm the day of the exam for about two hours and was able to get 192/200. Lastly, the special blog is assigned during Week 7 and you are given until the end of the class to complete it. It is the equivalent of 3 blog posts in length and requires 10 references, 6 of which must come from scientific journals. It is graded in a very similar style to the blog posts. If you format correctly and follow the directions you should get full credit. All if all, if I can do well in this class, anyone can!

*One last note: This profile picture is not of Professor Gimzewski. He is a bald older gentleman with glasses, a white goatee, and a lovely Scottish accent :).

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John Wasson See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 2.3

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Professor Wasson is a very nice professor. However, it does frustrate me when he's not even clear about the lecture slides he lectures on that day. During class, he'll say something like, "I'm not sure why I put this graph here......." So yeah.. he is a little unprepared before coming to class. He's nice in a sense that he's very approachable and that he gives out his lecture notes to students. It's such a pain when i have to print them out myself. His midterm was VERY long. But the average was low, so if you do at least 60%, you're in about the B+ range. Overall, this course and the professor is pretty chill. As long as you study the lecture slides, you'll do at least a B.

June 4, 2008
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