Chemical Instrumentation

Joseph A Loo

Chemical Instrumentation

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Joseph A Loo

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.5
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Clarity of professor 4.5
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Helpfulness of professor 4.5
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tough Tests

Grades

Winter 2020
41.7%
34.7%
27.8%
20.8%
13.9%
6.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2019
25.8%
21.5%
17.2%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
37.9%
31.6%
25.3%
19.0%
12.6%
6.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
20.7%
17.2%
13.8%
10.3%
6.9%
3.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
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B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
26.3%
21.9%
17.5%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
30.6%
25.5%
20.4%
15.3%
10.2%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
25.6%
21.4%
17.1%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
31.6%
26.3%
21.1%
15.8%
10.5%
5.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted July 13, 2020 Grade Received: A

The previous reviews are pretty accurate. I honestly enjoyed this class and I highly recommend it. The class structure was fair and reasonable. Dr. Loo himself is actually pretty funny and he always tried to make his lectures interesting with little anecdotes. He would gear lectures towards topics that actually interested him and were actually useful, so it never got too boring. You walk away from this class feeling like you actually learned something useful as a future chemist (even if it is mainly mass spec).

The midterm was really long and our class average was super low (55%). I bombed the midterm but I admit it wasn’t necessarily too difficult, he just expects you to remember a lot of little details from lecture, so you basically have to memorize the whole powerpoints.

Even with my low midterm I got an A in the class thanks to the lab reports. The reports make up the majority of your grade, and they will also take up the majority of your time. Lab reports are due every week and trust me, do not underestimate how long it will take you to finish them. I actually pulled my first all-nighters trying to get these done. They’re not super complicated but they do ask for a lot, and the TAs have pretty high standards for how they should be written. The labs are actually pretty interesting, and the lab work and data analysis itself was pretty quick. My TAs were absolutely incredible and I am very grateful that they made the lab experience so smooth.

I took this class Winter 2020, so week 10 and finals week were cut short by COVID. He ended up canceling our final group presentation, extended our final group report deadline, and gave us 24 hours to do a straightforward open-note final, which all showed me that Dr. Loo is a pretty understanding guy. Wish I got a chance to talk to him because he seemed really chill. I knew many people who avoided this class because of the grade distribution, but if you have even the slightest interest in learning instrumentation, I think you’ll be happy that you took this class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 30, 2019 Grade Received: A

This class is a 5 unit lab class where you will explore the techniques of analytical chemistry. It is important to remember that with a 5 unit lab class, there will be weekly reports due that take up a majority of your time. The lab reports are no t as cutthroat as the physics 4AL/4BL series, but they do require you to put effort and create a complete analytical report. While his lectures are not in sync with the rotating lab periods, he does give you a good overview of the techniques used in analytical chemistry. Also, the techniques practiced during the lab sections are very fundamental and important to adding to your arsenal. The test were a bit tricky, but nothing new of information provided on the slides. Study the slides, read the book and do well on the lab/lab reports and this class should be no problem. I definitely learned a lot under prof loo and I hope he continues this class!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 28, 2016 Grade Received: A

Dr. Loo is great. He has very interesting lectures with little bits of chemistry trivia. There is a lot of lab work, given that there are two days per week, but it's still a relatively light load for a five unit lab class. The lecture material isn't always correlated to lab but it often is. Brcause Dr. Loo is an MS specialist, the class focuses a lot on MS. The tests are somewhat challenging but they're not that bad as long as you study for them. I highly recommend taking this class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2021
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted April 22, 2021
Grade Received: A

Awesome professor and awesome course. I'm a chem and matsci major and I had to take either 184 or 114 as an elective. After reading the horrendous reviews on Bouchard's 114, I signed up for 184 as soon as it was available. Took it remotely during covid, and the class was awesome. Lectures were engaging, and had fair workloads in terms of lab reports and exams. As long as you put some time into writing quality reports and taking notes, should be an easy A.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Has Group Projects
  • Tough Tests
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