Laurence Lavelle

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CHEM 14A
Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
Dr. Lavelle is an amazing professor!!! He genuinely cares about his students and wants them to succeed. He has a multitude of resources to assist all of... (Fall Quarter 2015)
CHEM 14A
Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.6

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Dr. Lavelle is an amazing professor!!! He genuinely cares about his students and wants them to succeed. He has a multitude of resources to assist all of his students. With all his TAs, UAs, and himself, there are 40-50 hours of office hours each week for students to attend and ask questions on homework, lecture, or online material. Even if you are studying chemistry in the evening and have a question, Dr. Lavelle’s online chemistry forum, Chemistry Community, allows you to ask your questions, answer other students’ questions, or even read previous posts at any time of the day. They are virtual 24/7 office hours. Before the midterm and final exams, there are over 24 hours of review sessions! Dr. Lavelle wants everyone to excel in his class and it shows through his numerous resources and his videocasts and podcasts of all his lectures. He has 3 quizzes per quarter, but believes in second chances. If you do the graded practice quizzes in his workbook, you can use the totaled score to replace your lowest quiz score. Bottom line…if you see Dr. Lavelle is teaching Chem14A or Chem14B, TAKE HIM!

(Fall Quarter 2015)
CHEM 14B
Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 2.3 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness
I had Dr. Lavelle for Chem 14A and I am so glad I had him again for Chem 14B. The resources that Dr. Lavelle provides for his classes are endless. With ... (Winter Quarter 2015)
CHEM 14B
Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Kinetics, and Organic Chemistry See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.6

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I had Dr. Lavelle for Chem 14A and I am so glad I had him again for Chem 14B. The resources that Dr. Lavelle provides for his classes are endless. With about 50 hours of office hours per week and over 15 hours of review sessions before an exam, there are plenty of opportunities to get your questions answered. He developed this Undergraduate Assistant program where undergrads like us hold office hours and answer all types of questions. The UAs are really helpful and really easy to approach when I had a question. Dr. Lavelle really wants his students to do well. He always stays after class to answer student questions, and even when he says his review sessions are only an hour and a half, he always ends up staying longer to make sure all the questions are answered before he concludes. When registering for classes, make sure to use your first pass on Dr. Lavelle’s Chem 14A or Chem 14B. You do not want to wait too long or else his courses will fill up!

(Winter Quarter 2015)
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CHEM 20B
Chemical Energetics and Change Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.0 Workload 3.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness
After taking Chem20A, I thought this class was almost a joke! The material is much easier, because it's less conceptual than 20A. The class was not tha... (June 12, 2003)
CHEM 20B
Chemical Energetics and Change See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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After taking Chem20A, I thought this class was almost a joke! The material is much easier, because it's less conceptual than 20A. The class was not that difficult at all, but then again, I wouldn't say that it's an easy A either. He's very straight forward with his HW and most of his midterm questions. As long as you do the HW, you'll do fine. He doesn't go by the physical science book that we have. Instead, he uses the Chem14B book, and their problems are easier! I never read the book, but I managed to get good grades on the quizes and midterms. I have to admit, the final was unexpectedly really harder than his midterms. Overall, Lavelle is a good prof. He explains the concepts clearly. He'll answer all the questions you may have and he won't make you feel stupid for asking them, unlike some profs. I don't know why people say he's a bad lecturer. I don't think he's bad at all. He may not be the most exciting, but he's not the worst either.

(June 12, 2003)
CHEM 89
Honors Seminars Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.4 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness No reviews have been written yet.
CHEM 89
Honors Seminars See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.4 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.4

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CHEM 99
Student Research Program Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
Doing an SRP with Dr. Lavelle helped to increase my depth of knowledge with chemistry. Using ChemBioDraw and Chem3D, I made over one hundred three-dimen... (Spring Quarter 2014)
CHEM 99
Student Research Program See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Doing an SRP with Dr. Lavelle helped to increase my depth of knowledge with chemistry. Using ChemBioDraw and Chem3D, I made over one hundred three-dimensional molecules that show the correct bond angles and shape. Developing these molecules to upload to Chemistry Community, I was able to fully grasp how reaction mechanisms work. Seeing the space-filling models and regions of electron density, I was able to tie everything together about organic chemistry and understand not only why the nucleophile always attacks the electrophile, but the importance of orientation of these molecules in reaction mechanisms. Chem99 was a great, more hands-on way to study chemistry in a manner not taught in lecture.

(Spring Quarter 2014)
CHEM 192C
Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum in Chemistry and Biochemistry Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.2 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
Having four years of experience as an Undergraduate Assistant (UA), I have nothing but great things to say. I have taken Chemistry 14A and 14B with Dr. ... (Fall Quarter 2016)
CHEM 192C
Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Having four years of experience as an Undergraduate Assistant (UA), I have nothing but great things to say. I have taken Chemistry 14A and 14B with Dr. Lavelle and then working with him for four additional years, I have come to understand what goes on behind the scenes with the teaching process. As a UA, I hold weekly office hours and review sessions for the midterm and final. Being able to help the students and work one-on-one with them is really nice. Getting this teaching opportunity similar to a TA, but as an undergraduate has been an amazing experience. Working with Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Laurence Lavelle is incredible. With over 18,000 anonymous student evaluations, he scores an 8.11 out of 9, as can be viewed on his website https://lavelle.chem.ucla.edu/teaching/. With a score that strong, it is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to work with a professor of this high caliber.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
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CHEM 192D
Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum in Chemistry and Biochemistry Full Profile > 1.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness
Not worth it. Waste of time. Poor and mean instructor. (Summer Quarter 2017)
CHEM 192D
Undergraduate Assistant Education Practicum in Chemistry and Biochemistry See Full Profile

Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 1.0 Helpfulness 1.0

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Not worth it. Waste of time. Poor and mean instructor.

(Summer Quarter 2017)
CHEM 375
Teaching Appentice Practicum Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.7 Workload 3.3 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
I feel like a new person after teaching for Dr. Lavelle. This is a unique experience unlike anything I have ever done before. You will go places you've... (Winter Quarter 2017)
CHEM 375
Teaching Appentice Practicum See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 3.8

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I feel like a new person after teaching for Dr. Lavelle. This is a unique experience unlike anything I have ever done before. You will go places you've never been, do things you've never done, and meet people you've never met. In addition, you will definitely get a taste for many of the organic snacks offered by Trader Joe's.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
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