Fall 2018 - Professor Neuhauser is a very nice person. He encourages his students to go to office hours and takes a good amount of questions during lecture. He tries his best, but unfortunately, his best isn't that good. He knows a lot of chemistry, but he can't pass down his knowledge efficiently. He doesn't do enough practice problems, as he talks about theory quite a bit, and when he is asked a question, his answer is not clear enough at all (he is still trying). The TA office hours were so much better, and honestly, it's the TA that run the show. His midterms are quite reasonable, but his final was pretty difficult. Word of advice, if something doesn't show up on the midterm, it's probably gonna show up on the final, so watch out. In the end, his class was doable with the TAs and online videos and everything. Not the easiest class; take someone better if available. Oh and one more thing, "do more practice problems!" P.S. Thanks Wenfei!
I took this guy for both 20B and 110A. I mean overall he is actually a nice guy and you can tell he cares about his students' sturies. However, he failed to explain concept during the class which sometimes leads the whole class in confusion. But his notes are incredible helpful so make sure you understand them. Also, remember those derivations since he likes to test on them. I managed to get A in both his class. If you study hard, you can also do that
Winter 2016 - If you're going to take 113A with Dr. Neuhauser, make sure you understand the following topics: photoelectric effect (along with all the relevant equations), the Rydberg formula derivation, operators and how they produce eigenvalues, potential wells, harmonic oscillators and the derivation for harmonic energy levels (includes raising and lowering operators), commutators (very important), the Schrödinger Equation (and its derivations for time-dependent and time-independent), expectation value and probability calculations, angular momentum operators (L), perturbation theory, and variational principle. If you genuinely understand these concepts, you'll pass with a decent grade. Dr. Neuhauser's lectures are not very helpful, but the homework sets are a great study tool. Use his notes to understand the derivations. The hardest part about this class is figuring out how to prepare for his exams, but overall they were very fair and the averages were in the D range. Dr. Neuhauser doesn't get the credit he deserves. This is a challenging course regardless of who your professor is, but he is always willing to help his students and encourages them to come to office hours. I definitely felt lost the first half of this class, but by the end, I understood how everything came together and it all made sense. Don't be afraid to take this class with Neuhauser. It is very doable.