Laurence Lavelle
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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3.7
Overall Rating
Based on 40 User s
Easiness 2.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 23, 2020

Same format as his Chem 14A class. Due to COVID-19 however our final was changed to an online Multiple Choice quiz, which for sure was WAY easier than any 3-hour exam he could have made in person so my grade got kind of saved on it.

I feel like I should have done better for my efforts but oh well.

Grade Distribution I got:
- Chem Community: 100% (easy points)
- Homework: 100% (also, easy points)
- Test 1: 100% (I studied through the pre assignments he assigned over break, only had to review a bit to do well)
- Midterm: 69% nice (STRAIGHT BS for this test, studied really hard on the new concepts... in the end it tested 1 problem from new content covered through class, the rest of the test was Test 1 content but more tricky, CHEM14A material, and THERE WAS NO FOLLOW THROUGH POINTS! Lost 16 points for messing up a calculation on Step 1 even though the concept was right)
- Test 2: 96% (Studied my butt off for 2 days through homework problems)
- Online Final: 100% (blessed that I went to every single lecture, took detailed notes, and had a ton of homework problems done that I can look at and refresh my memory when taking it online)

I Took AP Chem and did really well on that in high school. You need to have a pretty solid understanding of the material to do well. Proceed with Caution but Lavelle is a great teacher and you certainly will learn a lot of Chem material from him! He does do a lot of things outside of lecture to give students resources to succeed, so if you enjoyed taking him with CHEM14A then you should still take him!

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 24, 2020

I'm going give you guys a no BS review of Dr. Lavelle unlike the other reviews made here just to sell past exams which btw don't help, because Lavelle changes everything every quarter.

First and foremost, Lavelle's class is a hit or miss which is what I hated the most. Literally luck is 40% of the class. Our midterm was so fucked in terms of content distribution compared to the 2019 midterm. On the corollary our small 50 point tests were much easier. And finally COVID-19 saved us from his brutal paper final and inflated our averages. I believe the class median grade was a B+ to an A minus.

Now on to luck some TA's will be lenient with small mistakes some won't. And remember every point counts. If a TA took of too many points call them out or ask for a regrade. This is a total point system and Lavelle never curves. You need a 465/500 to get an A period!!!!! Midterm is 120 pt. Homework is 50. His chem community posts are 50. 180 pt final and two 50 pt tests. Tests are a joke but don't make silly mistakes. I fucked a quadratic equation in an ice table and got a 47/50. My total score was a 464/500, bt thankfully I argued a point from an old test and brought it up to a 465/500

This class isn't hard, but every point matters and write as much bs on a test as you can. From equations to anything just to pick up partial credit.

This class is an easy to get an A- you just ned a 450/500. Getting an A requires more luck and effort and pray Dr. Lavelle writes a fair test the quarter you are taking it.

Finally, do the fucking homework like you are reading the Bible. Lavelle puts a good chunk of homework problems on the midterm and final which are like 15 points each!!!

Lavelle is a good prof in general compared to the other ones for 14A and 14B. He doesn't expect you to know anything from hs and he doesn't pit students against each other by using bad grading systems.

If you give just one shit getting an A- isn't bad and if you try a little you can get an A

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 30, 2021

LIVE, LAUGH, LAVELLE! Truer words have never been spoken, as Professor Lavelle is amazing at simplifying the difficulties of general chemistry. This class is much more calculation based than 14A, which I found to be easier when doing problems and harder when trying to understand concepts.

Here's my short and ez guide to success in this class:
1. Attend lecture- Sometimes Lavelle will go off topic deriving equations that will be given, but I found them helpful to my overall understanding + Lectures serve as an outline for what is tested

2. Go to as many UA workshops as possible- Lavelle doesn't cover many problems in his lectures, so these serve as extremely valuable resources to go over past test problems and discuss topics with well educated undergraduate mentors(the boys Matthew Tran and Michael Nguyen are 10/10)

3. Do the textbook problems!(A designated amount of midterm/final problems come straight word for word from the textbook)

TLDR Lavelle is extremely fair(he doesn't curve like Scerri) and gives you all the resources to succeed in general chemistry virtually

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 23, 2021

I took Chem 14A and 14B with Lavelle through covid, and I have to say I'm impressed! His classes were well organized, and although a lot of them ran longer than 50 minutes, most people just put him on 2x speed. His midterms and finals were not very difficult imo, and very similar to the textbook problems so just do those to practice. I personally read all chapters of the book and this saved me on the second midterm for 14B, but I would say you don't have to necessarily read to do well, just go over textbook problems. He gave a lot of resources to succeed! I didn't utilize TAs that much, but the workshops and review sessions with the UAs saved me a bunch of times. Go to as many as possible! I think Lavelle really adjusted well to the online format and didn't punish students for covid (unlike some professors who made their tests harder). Just beware that the tests have questions that are 10 points each or 5 points, and if you get the 5 point questions wrong, you don't get partial credit while the 10 points have partial credit for a select few answer choices. You can only lose 28-35 points to get an A (depending on total points of the course) so this was VERY stressful.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 19, 2021

The concepts in this class are harder than that of 14A, but you can still get an A in class, just attend a UA session weekly, do ALL the hw problems as he puts some on the tests, and don't fall behind on lectures.
Lavelle is actually a very kind professor and he gave us an opportunity to earn 4 points extra credit on both MT2 and the final. (I completely disagree with the review saying he was self-infatuated).
If you put in the work you'll easily be able to get an A, def would take Lavelle again if I could!
STATS: MT1 95%, MT2 96%, Final 93%

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 30, 2020

Great class. I had Chem 14a with Lavelle also and the format was identical. I found the content more difficult than 14a, even though I got the higher grade in this class. Make sure to study for the midterm! Test 1 and 2 had very high averages, but the midterm was significantly harder. Our final was online which made it way easier than it should have been.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 24, 2020

The class topics were harder than 14A but was still doable. Would advise on studying all topics for the midterm instead of just focusing on thermodynamics in case future midterms are like this years. Selling past tests and midterms at schoolstuffs135@gmail.com

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
June 14, 2022

Lavelle is a pretty cool guy (he always reminded us to exercise our mind and body at the end of each lecture lol) and a pretty good professor as well. What I really liked about Lavelle were his UA sessions and Chem Community. All of his UAs are wonderful and they host numerous sessions every week for practice worksheets. A good tip I have is to go on Chem Community (even if you aren't in Lavelle's class) and find the UA Worksheets with the answers since they're the only practice problems you'll get for the midterms and finals. Chem Community is also a HUGE lifesaver for anyone taking Chem. Just search up the textbook question or Achieve question you're stuck on, and more than likely someone has a post about the detailed solution.

The only homework is Achieve, which is due every 2-3 weeks and takes a couple hours to complete. You should also do at least some of the textbook questions just to get a better grip on the content. As for the tests, I took them all online and they were all multiple-choice on Lockdown Browser. Beware though, these tests are an easy to way to get points off since each question is either worth 4 or 8 points. However, his questions are straightforward and don't require a lot of time to solve (they're just basic calculations). You'll be in great hands if you take Lavelle!

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 20, 2022

Dr. Lavelle is a generous professor who gave us many relevant materials and organzie lots of LA's tutoring session.
To get an A in this class, you need to complete the post-class materials he assigned on time. And attend the LA tutoring session. Because he will explain the concepts very clearly, there is not much time to practice in class.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: N/A
Sept. 20, 2021

Selling textbook Chemical Principles seventh edition and solutions manual (used for both Chem 14A and 14B). Email me at hramsey121@gmail.com if interested!

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 23, 2020

Same format as his Chem 14A class. Due to COVID-19 however our final was changed to an online Multiple Choice quiz, which for sure was WAY easier than any 3-hour exam he could have made in person so my grade got kind of saved on it.

I feel like I should have done better for my efforts but oh well.

Grade Distribution I got:
- Chem Community: 100% (easy points)
- Homework: 100% (also, easy points)
- Test 1: 100% (I studied through the pre assignments he assigned over break, only had to review a bit to do well)
- Midterm: 69% nice (STRAIGHT BS for this test, studied really hard on the new concepts... in the end it tested 1 problem from new content covered through class, the rest of the test was Test 1 content but more tricky, CHEM14A material, and THERE WAS NO FOLLOW THROUGH POINTS! Lost 16 points for messing up a calculation on Step 1 even though the concept was right)
- Test 2: 96% (Studied my butt off for 2 days through homework problems)
- Online Final: 100% (blessed that I went to every single lecture, took detailed notes, and had a ton of homework problems done that I can look at and refresh my memory when taking it online)

I Took AP Chem and did really well on that in high school. You need to have a pretty solid understanding of the material to do well. Proceed with Caution but Lavelle is a great teacher and you certainly will learn a lot of Chem material from him! He does do a lot of things outside of lecture to give students resources to succeed, so if you enjoyed taking him with CHEM14A then you should still take him!

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
March 24, 2020

I'm going give you guys a no BS review of Dr. Lavelle unlike the other reviews made here just to sell past exams which btw don't help, because Lavelle changes everything every quarter.

First and foremost, Lavelle's class is a hit or miss which is what I hated the most. Literally luck is 40% of the class. Our midterm was so fucked in terms of content distribution compared to the 2019 midterm. On the corollary our small 50 point tests were much easier. And finally COVID-19 saved us from his brutal paper final and inflated our averages. I believe the class median grade was a B+ to an A minus.

Now on to luck some TA's will be lenient with small mistakes some won't. And remember every point counts. If a TA took of too many points call them out or ask for a regrade. This is a total point system and Lavelle never curves. You need a 465/500 to get an A period!!!!! Midterm is 120 pt. Homework is 50. His chem community posts are 50. 180 pt final and two 50 pt tests. Tests are a joke but don't make silly mistakes. I fucked a quadratic equation in an ice table and got a 47/50. My total score was a 464/500, bt thankfully I argued a point from an old test and brought it up to a 465/500

This class isn't hard, but every point matters and write as much bs on a test as you can. From equations to anything just to pick up partial credit.

This class is an easy to get an A- you just ned a 450/500. Getting an A requires more luck and effort and pray Dr. Lavelle writes a fair test the quarter you are taking it.

Finally, do the fucking homework like you are reading the Bible. Lavelle puts a good chunk of homework problems on the midterm and final which are like 15 points each!!!

Lavelle is a good prof in general compared to the other ones for 14A and 14B. He doesn't expect you to know anything from hs and he doesn't pit students against each other by using bad grading systems.

If you give just one shit getting an A- isn't bad and if you try a little you can get an A

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
March 30, 2021

LIVE, LAUGH, LAVELLE! Truer words have never been spoken, as Professor Lavelle is amazing at simplifying the difficulties of general chemistry. This class is much more calculation based than 14A, which I found to be easier when doing problems and harder when trying to understand concepts.

Here's my short and ez guide to success in this class:
1. Attend lecture- Sometimes Lavelle will go off topic deriving equations that will be given, but I found them helpful to my overall understanding + Lectures serve as an outline for what is tested

2. Go to as many UA workshops as possible- Lavelle doesn't cover many problems in his lectures, so these serve as extremely valuable resources to go over past test problems and discuss topics with well educated undergraduate mentors(the boys Matthew Tran and Michael Nguyen are 10/10)

3. Do the textbook problems!(A designated amount of midterm/final problems come straight word for word from the textbook)

TLDR Lavelle is extremely fair(he doesn't curve like Scerri) and gives you all the resources to succeed in general chemistry virtually

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
March 23, 2021

I took Chem 14A and 14B with Lavelle through covid, and I have to say I'm impressed! His classes were well organized, and although a lot of them ran longer than 50 minutes, most people just put him on 2x speed. His midterms and finals were not very difficult imo, and very similar to the textbook problems so just do those to practice. I personally read all chapters of the book and this saved me on the second midterm for 14B, but I would say you don't have to necessarily read to do well, just go over textbook problems. He gave a lot of resources to succeed! I didn't utilize TAs that much, but the workshops and review sessions with the UAs saved me a bunch of times. Go to as many as possible! I think Lavelle really adjusted well to the online format and didn't punish students for covid (unlike some professors who made their tests harder). Just beware that the tests have questions that are 10 points each or 5 points, and if you get the 5 point questions wrong, you don't get partial credit while the 10 points have partial credit for a select few answer choices. You can only lose 28-35 points to get an A (depending on total points of the course) so this was VERY stressful.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 19, 2021

The concepts in this class are harder than that of 14A, but you can still get an A in class, just attend a UA session weekly, do ALL the hw problems as he puts some on the tests, and don't fall behind on lectures.
Lavelle is actually a very kind professor and he gave us an opportunity to earn 4 points extra credit on both MT2 and the final. (I completely disagree with the review saying he was self-infatuated).
If you put in the work you'll easily be able to get an A, def would take Lavelle again if I could!
STATS: MT1 95%, MT2 96%, Final 93%

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 30, 2020

Great class. I had Chem 14a with Lavelle also and the format was identical. I found the content more difficult than 14a, even though I got the higher grade in this class. Make sure to study for the midterm! Test 1 and 2 had very high averages, but the midterm was significantly harder. Our final was online which made it way easier than it should have been.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
March 24, 2020

The class topics were harder than 14A but was still doable. Would advise on studying all topics for the midterm instead of just focusing on thermodynamics in case future midterms are like this years. Selling past tests and midterms at schoolstuffs135@gmail.com

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
June 14, 2022

Lavelle is a pretty cool guy (he always reminded us to exercise our mind and body at the end of each lecture lol) and a pretty good professor as well. What I really liked about Lavelle were his UA sessions and Chem Community. All of his UAs are wonderful and they host numerous sessions every week for practice worksheets. A good tip I have is to go on Chem Community (even if you aren't in Lavelle's class) and find the UA Worksheets with the answers since they're the only practice problems you'll get for the midterms and finals. Chem Community is also a HUGE lifesaver for anyone taking Chem. Just search up the textbook question or Achieve question you're stuck on, and more than likely someone has a post about the detailed solution.

The only homework is Achieve, which is due every 2-3 weeks and takes a couple hours to complete. You should also do at least some of the textbook questions just to get a better grip on the content. As for the tests, I took them all online and they were all multiple-choice on Lockdown Browser. Beware though, these tests are an easy to way to get points off since each question is either worth 4 or 8 points. However, his questions are straightforward and don't require a lot of time to solve (they're just basic calculations). You'll be in great hands if you take Lavelle!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
March 20, 2022

Dr. Lavelle is a generous professor who gave us many relevant materials and organzie lots of LA's tutoring session.
To get an A in this class, you need to complete the post-class materials he assigned on time. And attend the LA tutoring session. Because he will explain the concepts very clearly, there is not much time to practice in class.

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0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: N/A
Sept. 20, 2021

Selling textbook Chemical Principles seventh edition and solutions manual (used for both Chem 14A and 14B). Email me at hramsey121@gmail.com if interested!

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3.7
Overall Rating
Based on 40 Users
Easiness 2.6 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.9 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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