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Oh my goodness, Prof Yaghi is funny but not the best professor. I think I'm one of the kids who had a good foundation in General Chemistry from high school so his lectures made sense if I related everything I knew about the topic. The class isn't hard as people make it to be. He loves his structures, especially the ones he discovered.
Belinda was a terrible TA, btw.
His lecture is getting better and better.
You know he became an millionare recently because of his research?
He now wears nice suits and present lecture with power point. (Still use projector sometimes, but only when he need to practice with us.)
I guess, professor Kanar is very popular, but because of that, the class will be really competitive.
Though Yaghi might not be better than Kanar, the class will be less competitive.
Actually, the TAs are really smart and helpful. I liked both of them.
ok whoever said this teacher is easy is NOT correct. He does seem like a genuinely nice professor but when it comes to teaching, that's another story. We spent a lot of time covering topics during class (molecular symmetry, i.e.) when on the exam he had one true and false question on it. If anything, he REALLY REALLY likes structures so he always puts a bunch of random formulas or asks you to come up with formulas based on what we've learned about molecular packing. If anything, THAT is what you should be studying. Don't be fooled by the easy first exam; his second midterm and final were significantly much harder. The average on the second midterm was a 50? I want to say. He does NOT curve the class, even when the highest score on the final was about a 93. Go figure.
Take Kaner if you can. Kaner is significantly more difficult, but also significantly more enjoyable and helpful.
Yaghi's lectures are pretty boring and don't really seem to help that much. He doesn't cite the book at all, especially since "90% or more" of his exams are from lecture. His powerpoints are sloppy, full of things that he skips over in lecture, and often contain numerous significant errors (which, if you were studying on your own, would easily throw you off completely). His two TAs, Fernando and DJ, are both equally useless as resources. However, the TAs have the added bonus of being condescending and rude.
The grading is typically one or two midterms (100 points ea.), a final (200 points), and 50 points that can be assigned however the TAs desire. The TAs haven't clarified how this works, but I think it's a freebie.
If you took Kaner and didn't pass, take Yaghi to get an easy, good grade. If you've never taken Inorganic, just wait and take it with Kaner. You won't regret it.
He is the worst professor i have ever had. His notes are unorganized and he is absolutely poor in explaning lecture material. Do not take his course if you truly want to learn. Exam wise, the midterm and final are honestly not that hard, and if you have a good background in general chemistry, this course should not be hard for you! Afterall, I REGRET TAKING HIS COURSE!! TAKE KANER INSTEAD!
I liked professor Yaghi, but he is a bad teacher. He comes in unprepared for lecture, with a list of subjects to lecture on, and lectures pretty much from memory. This leads to chaotic lectures with no real structure and frequent mistakes. On top of that, he was absent for about a quarter of the lectures with a TA to fill in (who ironically gave clearer, more organized lectures). He assigns incredibly long homework with questions from a different book than the one assigned for the class, and some of them are on material that was not covered in lecture, isn't in the assigned book and is almost impossible to find online (unless you want to go searching through inorganic chemistry journals).
To professor Yaghi's credit, he tried to narrow the focus of the exams to a significant degree and he usually gives you a pretty clear idea what to expect.