December 26, 2013

Magyar, John
General Chemistry 2001

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I got 95+ on all the sapling hw, did every odd problem in the back of the book (additional problems) and understood the material, and I feel horrible after the final. I want to write this review before I get my grade for this class, which will probably be a GPA dropper. I didn't have prior experience in chem so I studied a lot for this class. I learned every required chapter literally and still couldn't do well on the exam. The book asks easy direct questions, while the exam has these "If you take beaker A and mix it with beaker B which is 20% of this, then dilute it by 10, do this, do that, do that, what is the pH or something. You had to read a whole paragraph of this to understand the question and you had less than 50 minutes for a bunch of these. The question had part a, b, c, d, and e and you really had to know how to answer part a to do part b, c, d, and e. So if you don't get what part a asks, you got like half of the exam wrong.

You never know what grade you are getting in the class. He said that everyone can get an A and that tests are not curved. So does this mean everyone can get C? It's December 26 and he still has not given our grades for Exam #4. Really? My grade in that class will be a complete surprise.

He is a nice and funny guy I have to say. I liked going to lectures and I liked the demos, which cover like the review before said 10% of the material you should know. At first he appears as a sweet professor and you think how this guy could possibly be such an asshole.

He is not really approachable at any time except his office hours, lecture time, or problem solving workshop.

This class, along with lab consumed my whole semester. I also did not have a fall break or thanksgiving break because of exams right after.

He said that the final could substitute your lowest exam grade. I think the final was my lowest grade! The multiple choice was some standard test and it suggested i believe 140 minutes. Magyar said he expected us to finish in much less than that on the final and do hard short answer questions and write an essay. I was so disappointed for the final.

For the lab, the grading I feel is totally random. Sometimes I do one thing wrong I get a B. At other times, I get a B+ for nothing wrong. All the comments say Yes! Yes! Excellent! Great Calculations! B+- Great Job. What? Why not A? At other times I get an A- and I mess up a few times. The lab also took forever to write!! I spent the whole afternoon all the time before the lab is due. The labs are not organized and some labs are extremely long while others are really short. One lab was so long that it was not even graded.

The timing of the class is so annoying. You cant have a 10:10-11:25 class or 11:40-12:55 class, which is a really popular time.

Overall I hated this class. The exams were not representative of sapling and book and you are always confused on what you need to know and how you are doing in the class. I am so glad I am done with this class. Every time I check for my grade I get a mini heart attack before I see that it is not posted yet.

Workload:

70- lecture 30- lab