I would highly recommend taking Professor Friesner's class. He is fair and approachable. If you attend class regularly, complete the homework and study from his lecture notes, you will be well prepared for his exams. He provides you with all the resources to do well. In fact, in disagreement with some of the other negative reviews, Professor Friesner makes it very clear that he wants his students to do well and to master the material. The first exam is extremely challenging, most likely because Professor Friesner's exams are far different from the average science exam. His questions are demanding, especially conceptually and qualitatively. His evaluations really do demonstrate whether or not you have mastered the material. If you are having trouble grasping concepts, I would highly suggest that you go to his office hours-they are very helpful.
Take Parkins if you can. This guy just reads confusing slides that he probably got from the internet. He's useless. The slides are bad, as they try to digest everything into a few words to fit on the slide, which simply ends up being tough to understand. You might as well read the book by yourself. TAs, at least as I've learned from mine and from friends' are stupid. They don't really care about you and just quiz you. if this is an ivy league school, why cant they get good teachers? fuh, my high school teachers were better than the majority here
I feel like the people who wrote unhappy bitter reviews about Fine and about the irrelevancy of his teaching just don't care about learning, or don't care about chemisty. They only cared abou getting a quick and painless A. If you aren't a fan of science, you won't like this class. However, if you are a chem major or you have a genuine interest in the sciences and how things work, I really think you'll like it, aprticularly if you like learning for learning's sake. Fine does talk about some random stuff during his lectures that doesn't show up on tests, and he does throw in random questions that don't seem relevant to what you are studying. But I found that when he started going on about effects of radiation on the body or history of nuclear warfare or einstein's life, thats when I perked up and paid attention. He's the first professor I have found who spends his time teaching students what all this stuff is actually used for, and why its important. Don't think I got some wonderful grade in this class either... I was fine throughout the whole class and somehow bombed the exam and wound up extremely disappointed, but I'm telling you, if you are genuinely interested in chemistry and science, you'll like this class.
I really loved this professor. If you pay attention, his lectures will really clarify things that may not have been so clear in the text. He's also very sweet and funny. There is no curve in this class because he doesn't want students competing with each other, he wants us to learn together. An A is very attainable but I wouldn't say it's easy to earn. You will work for it. The majority of the test questions come straight off of the practice exams. The questions you've never seen before are the ones that separate the B's from the A's. They are not meant to trick you. If you understand what's going on, you should be able to get them. Turro is a great teacher. You will learn enormous amounts if you take his class seriously and you'll have the grade to match. He truly wants you to succeed. I probably averaged around 10 hours a week of studying and got an A (I'd never taken chemistry before). Don't bother with the other chemistry teachers. I had friends in other sections who were ripping their hair out because they had fussy, tricky teachers. It's just not worth it. Take Turro, he's wonderful. I just wish he were teaching Chem II next semester.