Ratings for Head-Gordon, M

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Helpfulness
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Enthusiasm
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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 1A, Fall 2015)
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18
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Helpfulness
50
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75

Comment: Assignments NOT helpful. He expected a "chemistry intuition" from his students and didn't really explain and how to develop it. However, his lectures were alright, and he shows enthusiasm as he teaches. Exams were difficult, just as the content. He is a theoretical chemist, which explains alot of Quantum Chemistry in his lectures compared to other Chem 1A classes.

Submitted Oct. 21st, 2016

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 1A, Fall 2015)
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70
Exams
5
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
72

Comment: Martin was the better choice over Theresa, but still not a good choice. He doesn't normally teach gen chem and that shows. He includes a lot more computational chemistry in the curriculum than the average gen chem professor which makes it a LOT harder. Lecture, which was dull and impossible to follow, attempted (but failed) to explain concepts while the majority of exams were calculation-based. Discussion introduced the calculations but was not really helpful enough. At least Martin is enthusiastic and less monotonous.

Submitted May 2nd, 2016

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 1A, Fall 2015)
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20
Exams
9
Helpfulness
9
Enthusiasm
72

Comment: Nothing they teach is actually useful on the exam, the exams were absolutely terrible and not related to the class at all. Also only talks about his research subject.

Submitted March 20th, 2016

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 1A, Fall 2015)
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87
Exams
90
Helpfulness
87
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: The lectures are very clear, and the professor is very friendly. Homework is fair, and exams are relatively easy. One minor problem is that he occasionally runs into his computational quantum mechanics, which is very hard to understand, but it is rarely tested.

Submitted Dec. 30th, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
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50
Exams
45
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
84

Submitted May 23rd, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
Assignments
69
Exams
45
Helpfulness
81
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: This man is so cool. He clearly enjoys teaching. The lectures were always very clear and easy to follow, and he somehow managed to make some pretty dry topics not snoozeworthy. Definitely very friendly and approachable in office hours. Exams were challenging but definitely nothing too difficult. Very fun time.

Submitted April 19th, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
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100
Exams
60
Helpfulness
86
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Great teacher, notes were clear and concise and his handwriting was immaculate. Taught concepts really well, but maybe that was because he got the easier portion of Chem 4A to teach. Dry sense of humor. Exams were pretty tough for thermo and his portion of the final seemed significantly more difficult than Whaley's

Submitted April 14th, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
Assignments
67
Exams
60
Helpfulness
57
Enthusiasm
75

Comment: Easier topic covered than whaley. Enjoyed the class and the notes were almost all on the board before class

Submitted March 13th, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
Assignments
78
Exams
38
Helpfulness
57
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Hard as hell exams for thermo. Watch out. But, he's also a great lecturer and he has a great interactive way of teaching. Never went to OH, so idk about that, but he seems okay from what I've heard. He got the practical end of Chem4A compared to Whaley's topics, so maybe thats why the concepts seemed easier, but overall he's a good professor. Just don't underestimate his midterms. They hold a special place in my heart; the midterm he wrote was the first exam I've ever failed. But hey, I still ended up with an A in the class in the end, so don't lose hope.

Submitted Feb. 8th, 2015

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Head-Gordon, M (CHEM 4A, Fall 2014)
Assignments
50
Exams
50
Helpfulness
82
Enthusiasm
90

Submitted Jan. 20th, 2015