CHEM 110A

Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics

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Delroy Baugh See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.4

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What I learned from Dr. Baugh: 1.) how to draw a potential curve 2.) solids have multiple different phases so a good business plan would be to sell the rare ones. Who would have known ice form 16 would cost so much?! Hahah! Maybe funny the first time, not so much the 9th time around....
The material covered in his lectures never found themselves on the exams or the homework... did not coordinate with the TA’s... horrible organization... and never a man of his word. I could go on forever ranting about how many things went wrong with the class, but I can strongly say that I would have had a harder time if I took this with another professor (as in Felker).
Tips: don’t worry about his lectures. He’s too conceptual for what’s on the exam and doesn’t make sense half of the time.
Go to discussion and get to know the TA’s.
Do the homework.
The midterms are not “straight from the homework” (don’t take his word for it that it is)
There could or could not be derivations on the exam (don’t take his word for it that it is).
The final is not open book (don’t take his work for it that it is)

Winter Quarter 2018
Robijn Bruinsma See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 5.0

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Professor Bruinsma's sense of humor is incompatible. It is natural. He doesnt even try to be funny but he will make you laugh during every single lecture. Beside, he cares about his students. He takes the time to explain something that might not be clear or difficult to understand. His tests are reasonable as long as you pay attention in lectures and understand the homework. I had amazing TA when I took this class the Winter quarter so that was one of the reason why I was able to do well.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Peter Felker See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.9 Workload 2.6 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.0

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Having taken Chem 113A with him, I came to this class prepared for how ineffective he is, and he did not surprise me. Just like what he did in 113A, he simply reads off his notes in the lecture. AND the notes are recycled because he is apparently not familiar with the notes, as he often loses himself when reading them. His material throughout the class is much more and much harder than the previous quarter's 110A, as I borrowed notes from a friend who took 110A in the fall, and they look like GE compared to this class. He apparently overestimates our motivation to do homework in this 3rd online quarter (not to mention with the least effective lectures), and does not grade our homework.
All these could have been mitigated if he gives fair exams and fair grades, but no. His midterm is way harder than the homework problems, and there is no practice midterm of any form. This means you can never reach the level of real exams before the exam. As for the final grades, look for yourself. That's 10% of A and A+ combined. He can singlehandedly kill your summa cum laude if you are pursuing one.

Winter Quarter 2021
William Gelbart See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.7

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I took this class when it was online because of COVID. Prof Gelbart was one of the most accommodating and genuine professors I've ever had. He really took into account student feedback and although his lectures were not always the most cohesive because of technological issues, he did his best and prioritized our understanding of the material. He was awesome and a super sweet guy

Spring Quarter 2020
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Thomas Mason See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 2.6

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slow and boring lecture. midterms were not that hard. Final was straightforward too. although i hate his class and lecturing style, i would actually recommend him for 110A cause u do little to none calculus (compared to other harder 110a prof like newhauser or valker).

March 23, 2009
Daniel Neuhauser See Full Profile

Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.9 Clarity 1.4 Helpfulness 2.6

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There's a reader for this class. GET IT if you're taking this class with him. It's pretty helpful. The material for this class is very challenging. I think that's why a lot of people complain about him not being clear about thing during lecture. To do well in this class, you need to do more than attend lectures and doing the homework. Office hour is almost a must to do well. I learned a lot of interesting thing in this class and I really enjoyed it although I ended up with a B+ in the class. For the midterm, he gives you almost all the time there is in the world... well 3+ hrs. His final was a big challenging. But he's pretty fair at curving the class and such. Overall, this course was great, and I think Dr.Neuhauser does his best at teaching the subject. I would recommend taking the course with him.

June 4, 2008
Robert Schwartz See Full Profile

Overall 3.5 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.0

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I thought PChem was going to be horrible but it really didn't turn out to be so bad. Schwartz really likes derivations so you wouldn't see too many plug and chug kind of problems on his exams. Be sure to go back to the most fundamental definitions when you solve his problems. You'll get the problems at least half right if you solve them this way. When I had 110A, the TA was Pep. Pep was so helpful. He gave out extra practice problems before the exams that really sum up what you should study. I go to the exams just doing these problems and I did fine (because the homework sucks). Also, be sure to look over Schwartz's old exams. He doesn't exactly recycle the questions but they are similar enough, if you know what I mean. He's taught 110A a lot of times so there should be quite a few exams floating around. Key to doing well in Schwartz's PChem class: practice, practice, pratice!

March 20, 2002
Aron Yoffe See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.9 Clarity 2.2 Helpfulness 2.4

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Yoffe is one of the worst professors I have had in the entirety of my academic career at UCLA. The final had absolutely no relation to anything that we had learned in class, and was punishingly difficult for no other reason than the fact he wanted to bring everyone's grades down since the midterm average was too high. When people asked questions in class, he often could not give a good answer. Avoid this professor if you can.

Winter Quarter 2019
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