Chong Liu

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CHEM 14B
Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.6

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Liu is a man of the people 10/10 would recommend

(Spring Quarter 2019)
CHEM 14B
General Chemistry for Life Scientists II See Full Profile

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Student Research Program Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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CHEM 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

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CHEM 171
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CHEM 171
Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM C172
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 5.0

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Second the reviews given here! Dr. Liu was incredibly caring since it was his first time teaching this class I think it will be even better the next time he teaches. The 3 problem sets were pretty extensive but I think the tradeoff for not having midterms is pretty good and the class felt like you were getting out what you were putting in. I think it was super manageable with the other 3 classes I was taking and research and the week long final that we had was also not too bad and I could fit it in after I was done with my other finals.

I think the only disclaimer is brush up on molecular orbitals because that is literally what this class is: using symmetry to make molecular orbitals and what results we may obtain with this. Deriving MO diagrams was introduced week 1 and stayed up until even the final :)

Also, here is the grading breakdown he used with our class: A+, > 100; A, 95~99.5; A-, 90~94.5; B+, 85~89.5; B, 80~84.5; B-, 75~79.5; C+, 70~74.5; C, 65~69.5; C-, 60~64.5; D/F, < 60. Each problem set was 20 points each (60 total) and final was 40 points. There were 2 points of extra credit given for completing surveys (as well as .5 bonus points possible on each pset) and honestly the grading was pretty light- I was never stressed about my grade.

Would definitely take a class with him again!

(Spring Quarter 2021)
CHEM C173
Electrochemical Systems See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Chong is a great professor who's able to simplify fairly difficult electrochemical concepts to something more manageable. His lectures were good, and he always made sure to show the practical applications of concepts to experimental design or current research.

In regards to material, the class starts with a fair amount of physical chem. After Week 3, the class transitions from more theoretical lectures to applications, like cyclic voltammograms. If you're interested in chemistry research, this class is incredibly useful, as you'll learn how to interpret CVs from literature and from sample data.

The course only consisted of 3 problem sets and 1 final. As a result, most of the work was concentrated around the problem set weeks. The problem sets were difficult but doable, and grading was lenient. The assigned work complemented the lectures very well, and you'll need to think really critically about experimental design or CV interpretation to answer the questions.

Overall, this is a great choice for a chemistry upper-div if you enjoy physical or inorganic chemistry. Difficult content and problem sets, but it's interesting!

(Fall Quarter 2020)
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CHEM 194
Research Group Seminars: Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM 196A
Research Apprenticeship in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM 196B
Research Apprenticeship in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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CHEM 199
Directed Research in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

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