William M Gelbart
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 19 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.7 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Engaging Lectures

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Sept. 18, 2020

I took this class when it was online because of COVID. Prof Gelbart was one of the most accommodating and genuine professors I've ever had. He really took into account student feedback and although his lectures were not always the most cohesive because of technological issues, he did his best and prioritized our understanding of the material. He was awesome and a super sweet guy

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
April 6, 2020

If you can take Chem 110A with Dr. Gelbart, you should definitely go for it! His lectures seem dry and confusing at first because he goes over a lot of derivations. However, his tests are more application based and test more if you understand the ideas rather than can memorize them. If you pay attention in class and really make sure you understand the concepts, I would say you don't really have to study as much for the exams. Overall, I really enjoyed this class because it doesn't require brute memorization (all equations and info are given). Dr. Gelbart & our TAs (Cheylene and Zach) were also super helpful and provided ample amount of office hours to teach us.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Dec. 30, 2019

If you don’t like physics and calculus, you will not like this class. But do not fret, all hope is not lost. You will pass, but it’ll take a lot of effort to get an A. I didn’t care enough to try for the A lol. This review is to reassure folks like me who don’t really want to do physics but must take this class to graduate. I’m here to tell you that you will survive. I never fully understood a single derivation and I survived! It was really hard for me to understand Gelbart during lecture, and I thought his lecture notes were also too complicated. After the second midterm, I pretty much stopped going to class because I was just always confused during lecture (and also I wanted to sleep in lol this class was a 9am) basically if you’re good at physics you’ll be cruising through this class. If you don’t like physics, just know that pain is temporary haha

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A+
Dec. 21, 2019

Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Gelbart. He's such a knowledgeable and caring professor who is super helpful during lecture and office hours. I loved the 110A material, but it can be a drag at times with all the derivations. He thankfully made it as painless as possible.

Problem sets can be difficult at times but are doable. His exams are actually quite straightforward, especially if you're familiar with physics. We didn't get to some of the solution stuff at the end of the quarter (we stopped at real gases and osmotic pressure) and spent the last week doing practice problems with the class.

If you get the chance to take Gelbart for 110A, make sure you do so.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Dec. 20, 2019

Between the two professors that I know teach this class (Gelbart and Felker), Gelbart is the way to go.I've heard horror stories from what Felker teaches in comparison to Gelbart. Plus, you aren't getting any derivations with Gelbart, but you will with Felker on the exams. I personally had a hard time with Thermo, and wrapping my head around concepts that were taught in this course. Gelbart himself is an incredibly nice professor that does care about student learning. It seems that a lot of people in the class were able to follow what he was saying; I couldn't really.

In order to succeed in this class, Gelbart will tell you that you need to understand derivations. This is complete BS. If you want to do well in this class, go to office hours. Likewise, for the final, go over the first and second midterm and see if you can understand how to do those problems. Can't do it? Then go to office hours and figure out how to do them. The textbook can be useful for actually learning the material if you don't understand what Gelbart is saying. However, the problems in the textbook aren't of any use.

Idk who the TA's will be for future quarters, but Cheylene and Zach are excellent TA's who can dumb down this course for you. Good news is that this class is curved. The first midterm average was a 79/100, and the second midterm average was a 59/100. 10% of the grade went to the HW problems (if you can do the hw problems and understand them, ur pretty much golden) 25% for Midterm 1, and 25% for midterm II, and 50% for the final. Gelbart rewards you for improvement from exam to exam. Make sure to really understand the challenge problems he provides for you for the final, they are stellar. I personally found this course to be the most challenging in the biochemistry major, but the class is doable.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
Aug. 13, 2016

Professor Gelbart is one of the most amazing professor I've had at UCLA. The materials are not easy, but he makes it very clear and comprehensive. His assignments are often much harder than the actual exams and they help you to understand the concept thoroughly. Best thing about professor Gelbart is he has a lot of office hours, very approachable and replies emails quickly. I didn't like thermodynamics at all, but I changed my mind after I took 110A with him.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A+
March 26, 2016

Dr. Gelbart is an incredible guy and a very passionate professor. As long as you genuinely understand the topics covered in the homework sets and do the practice problems he provides before each exam, you should not get anything lower than a B in his class. The exams are very fair and easier than his homework assignments. Also, while he lectures on the derivations, he will not test you on them. His intention is to test your understanding of the math and how it applies to thermodynamic systems. If you understand this relationship, you will pass with flying colors. 10/10 would take any class with Dr. Gelbart again.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
March 3, 2016

Although thermodynamics can be very obscure and difficult to understand, Professor Gelbart does a great job of breaking down the concepts. At first all the derivations seem overwhelming but they really help you to understand the concepts! The lecture notes are very organized and the professor does a great job of explaining them during class. He's very nice and I felt welcomed to seek help during office hours. 10/10 would recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: A
March 1, 2016

Gelbert is one of the best chemistry professors I have taken, he is a funny and approachable dude. 110A is full of derivations and some weird chemistry applied math but he takes his time to really explain the material , especially in his very useful office hours.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 4, 2012

Dr. Gelbart is an amazing professor. 110A is not an easy class with any professor, but it helps to have a caring professor. He has many office hours and is always willing to help. If you put in the effort, you should do fine in this class. What I liked about 110A was that the HW was always more difficult than the exams. So as long as you could do the HW and understood it conceptually, the exams shouldn't be too difficult.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
Sept. 18, 2020

I took this class when it was online because of COVID. Prof Gelbart was one of the most accommodating and genuine professors I've ever had. He really took into account student feedback and although his lectures were not always the most cohesive because of technological issues, he did his best and prioritized our understanding of the material. He was awesome and a super sweet guy

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
April 6, 2020

If you can take Chem 110A with Dr. Gelbart, you should definitely go for it! His lectures seem dry and confusing at first because he goes over a lot of derivations. However, his tests are more application based and test more if you understand the ideas rather than can memorize them. If you pay attention in class and really make sure you understand the concepts, I would say you don't really have to study as much for the exams. Overall, I really enjoyed this class because it doesn't require brute memorization (all equations and info are given). Dr. Gelbart & our TAs (Cheylene and Zach) were also super helpful and provided ample amount of office hours to teach us.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: B
Dec. 30, 2019

If you don’t like physics and calculus, you will not like this class. But do not fret, all hope is not lost. You will pass, but it’ll take a lot of effort to get an A. I didn’t care enough to try for the A lol. This review is to reassure folks like me who don’t really want to do physics but must take this class to graduate. I’m here to tell you that you will survive. I never fully understood a single derivation and I survived! It was really hard for me to understand Gelbart during lecture, and I thought his lecture notes were also too complicated. After the second midterm, I pretty much stopped going to class because I was just always confused during lecture (and also I wanted to sleep in lol this class was a 9am) basically if you’re good at physics you’ll be cruising through this class. If you don’t like physics, just know that pain is temporary haha

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A+
Dec. 21, 2019

Cannot say enough good things about Dr. Gelbart. He's such a knowledgeable and caring professor who is super helpful during lecture and office hours. I loved the 110A material, but it can be a drag at times with all the derivations. He thankfully made it as painless as possible.

Problem sets can be difficult at times but are doable. His exams are actually quite straightforward, especially if you're familiar with physics. We didn't get to some of the solution stuff at the end of the quarter (we stopped at real gases and osmotic pressure) and spent the last week doing practice problems with the class.

If you get the chance to take Gelbart for 110A, make sure you do so.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A
Dec. 20, 2019

Between the two professors that I know teach this class (Gelbart and Felker), Gelbart is the way to go.I've heard horror stories from what Felker teaches in comparison to Gelbart. Plus, you aren't getting any derivations with Gelbart, but you will with Felker on the exams. I personally had a hard time with Thermo, and wrapping my head around concepts that were taught in this course. Gelbart himself is an incredibly nice professor that does care about student learning. It seems that a lot of people in the class were able to follow what he was saying; I couldn't really.

In order to succeed in this class, Gelbart will tell you that you need to understand derivations. This is complete BS. If you want to do well in this class, go to office hours. Likewise, for the final, go over the first and second midterm and see if you can understand how to do those problems. Can't do it? Then go to office hours and figure out how to do them. The textbook can be useful for actually learning the material if you don't understand what Gelbart is saying. However, the problems in the textbook aren't of any use.

Idk who the TA's will be for future quarters, but Cheylene and Zach are excellent TA's who can dumb down this course for you. Good news is that this class is curved. The first midterm average was a 79/100, and the second midterm average was a 59/100. 10% of the grade went to the HW problems (if you can do the hw problems and understand them, ur pretty much golden) 25% for Midterm 1, and 25% for midterm II, and 50% for the final. Gelbart rewards you for improvement from exam to exam. Make sure to really understand the challenge problems he provides for you for the final, they are stellar. I personally found this course to be the most challenging in the biochemistry major, but the class is doable.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
Aug. 13, 2016

Professor Gelbart is one of the most amazing professor I've had at UCLA. The materials are not easy, but he makes it very clear and comprehensive. His assignments are often much harder than the actual exams and they help you to understand the concept thoroughly. Best thing about professor Gelbart is he has a lot of office hours, very approachable and replies emails quickly. I didn't like thermodynamics at all, but I changed my mind after I took 110A with him.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A+
March 26, 2016

Dr. Gelbart is an incredible guy and a very passionate professor. As long as you genuinely understand the topics covered in the homework sets and do the practice problems he provides before each exam, you should not get anything lower than a B in his class. The exams are very fair and easier than his homework assignments. Also, while he lectures on the derivations, he will not test you on them. His intention is to test your understanding of the math and how it applies to thermodynamic systems. If you understand this relationship, you will pass with flying colors. 10/10 would take any class with Dr. Gelbart again.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
March 3, 2016

Although thermodynamics can be very obscure and difficult to understand, Professor Gelbart does a great job of breaking down the concepts. At first all the derivations seem overwhelming but they really help you to understand the concepts! The lecture notes are very organized and the professor does a great job of explaining them during class. He's very nice and I felt welcomed to seek help during office hours. 10/10 would recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: A
March 1, 2016

Gelbert is one of the best chemistry professors I have taken, he is a funny and approachable dude. 110A is full of derivations and some weird chemistry applied math but he takes his time to really explain the material , especially in his very useful office hours.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Feb. 4, 2012

Dr. Gelbart is an amazing professor. 110A is not an easy class with any professor, but it helps to have a caring professor. He has many office hours and is always willing to help. If you put in the effort, you should do fine in this class. What I liked about 110A was that the HW was always more difficult than the exams. So as long as you could do the HW and understood it conceptually, the exams shouldn't be too difficult.

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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 19 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.9 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.7 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (7)
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  • Often Funny
    (8)
  • Would Take Again
    (7)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (5)
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