Ratings for Andersen, R A
Based on 8 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: This class was very peculiar. Andersen talks about pretty much whatever he wants. He's very entertaining -- one of the more quotable professors in the department. The reading is *technically* DeKock & Gray (the not-so-great later chapters) and Albright, Burdett, & Whangbo (fantastic MO theory textbook, although I never used it for this class), but he also throws a dozen papers at you in every lecture and another two or three in every problem set to spark your interest. The final is open notes/computers/books/everything, so don't bother studying. Just be ready to draw a whole lot of MO diagrams and think pretty hard about periodic trends and coordination geometries and whatnot. Overall: this class did a good job of teaching me some stuff while leaving me feeling like I haven't learned anything. Felt weird... but not bad.
Submitted Dec. 19th, 2012
Comment: No exams, just lab reports. This course is closer to a 6 unit workload. You will spend 8+ hours per week in lab. You will spend 12+ hours on your lab reports, searching the literature and analyzing data. You will get chewed up by Professor Andersen when he critiques your first lab report, because he will critique any and all errors, leaving no stone unturned. This class is a doozy. You will, however, learn a ton. You'll learn to use Scifinder, and the syntheses teach some sophisticated methods. You'll do a ton of spectroscopy, too. I. Ant't recommend this course for everyone, but if you want to make copious amounts of colored products, learns some amazing syntheses, and get a good primer on how to use literature, take this course. Just don't slack---you'll regret it.
Submitted Dec. 25th, 2011
Comment: Lectures are all over the place. He makes a lot of mistakes but if you try to correct him he will think you're an idiot. Also he gets mad if you ask questions in class. Exams were alright. You have to know how to appeal to him when answering the essay questions.
Submitted May 11th, 2011
Comment: Andersen is a NUT....but I really dig his approach. He puts the homework about 1/2 week in front of the lecture and sort of forces you to research and figure out much of the material on your own. He asks questions by saying: here is the phenomenon, now rationalize it. The exams are difficult - about 60% average. However, they are ace-able, if you truly understand the concepts. Answer the questions and be direct, and be meticulous when you label diagrams and you'll be just fine.
Submitted April 15th, 2011