Ratings for Vollhardt, K P

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3A, Spring 2016)
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50
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75
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76
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72

Comment: Nice lecturer. He offered us a set of his old exams prior to teaching 3A, thus his exams are very predictable as a result. He reiterates the importance of studying, and that made me ensure I get a good grade in the class. Not bad. Assignments were Sapling quizzes, wasn't really helpful..

Submitted Oct. 21st, 2016

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2014)
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21
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14
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0
Enthusiasm
71

Submitted Aug. 12th, 2015

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2014)
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77
Exams
100
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
75

Comment: Vollhardt is super charismatic, he is a great professor but you need to study by yourself too. Do the book problems!!!! Remember he wrote the book! You need to invest a lot of energy and time to even get an A-

Submitted Jan. 17th, 2015

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2014)
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50
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100
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50
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100

Comment: You can tell that Professor Vollhardt has been teaching Chem 3B for a while; his lectures are always very well planned, rehearsed, and clear. Many will complain about Vollhardt, but I actually liked him as an instructor. Powerpoints are never a good medium for communicating the facets of organic chemistry, though at least his are color-coded and he will show the important mechanisms on the board ("low-tech" as he calls it). He offers mechanism and synthesis practice problems before his powerpoint slides start in lecture, and there are often similar questions on exams. Vollhardt did not assign any mandatory homework, though he recommended problems from Marsden's summer problems and his textbook; I did none of these and still pulled an A+. Vollhardt's exams are very predictable, as you get seven exams from previous years with repeated questions and obvious trends. If you study hard and learn the material, the exams are extremely doable and fair (somehow, averages will still be 50-60%). To succeed in this course, I recommend making flashcards in order to commit all of the reactions, reagants, and mechanisms to memory, especially once the roller coaster of carbonyl chemistry begins and the course really takes off. Do all of the practice exams at least once or twice and understand your mistakes, and you're golden. Had a great semester, one of my favorite classes so far at Cal, though I am an organic chemistry person!

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2014

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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50
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31
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56
Enthusiasm
77

Submitted Oct. 15th, 2013

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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50
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3
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17
Enthusiasm
55

Submitted July 24th, 2013

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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36
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3
Helpfulness
58
Enthusiasm
69

Submitted May 27th, 2013

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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36
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60
Helpfulness
38
Enthusiasm
74

Comment: Very straightforward class—in the sense that if you put in as much time as you can reading the book, studying, doing practice problems, and attending SLC study groups, you'll be able to pull at least a B. However, as great as his personality is, Vollhardt doesn't really help in making the material digestible. Seems like a lot of people had to rely on GSIs and SLC to understand what was going on in class.

Submitted March 19th, 2013

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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100
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10
Helpfulness
39
Enthusiasm
33

Comment: He was AWFUL. I understood nothing and I'm generally good at organic chemistry

Submitted March 18th, 2013

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Vollhardt, K P (CHEM 3B, Fall 2012)
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100
Exams
21
Helpfulness
29
Enthusiasm
93

Comment: Vollhardt is super excited about chemistry, and I loved the fact that there was no homework. HOWEVER the exams are really really hard, and the pace of the class is crazy! Don't get behind or you will never catch up! I struggled to understand the concepts because he uses a PowerPoint to teach chemistry.

Submitted Feb. 2nd, 2013