Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Louis-Serge Bouchard

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Louis-Serge Bouchard

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Overall 3.0
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Easiness of class 1.0
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Workload 1.0
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Clarity of professor 4.0
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Helpfulness of professor 2.0
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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Textbooks

Measurements and their Uncertainties: A practical guide to modern error analysis
Ifan Hughes, Thomas Hase
ISBN: 9780199566334
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Grades

Winter 2017
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11.9%
8.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
27.8%
23.1%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
25.0%
20.8%
16.7%
12.5%
8.3%
4.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
22.7%
18.9%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
23.3%
19.4%
15.5%
11.6%
7.8%
3.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted July 7, 2018 Grade Received: B+

If you are taking this course with Professor Bouchard, this is what you should expect:
Professor:
- does not motivate yet strongly discourage learning in class. Through the course of this semester, he has been adamant in his way of teaching, rejecting any challenges raised by the students and got irritated easily, responding “If you do not believe in X concept, you should not do science”.
- does not answer student’s questions after class; give only overly general responses or merely “you should know this”.
- scares students in class, constantly claiming that he is not afraid to fail seniors.
- fails to retreat students’ equally; have preference over some selected group of students; always treat these students with patience while ignoring or occasionally castigating other less preferred students. A concrete example is that, whenever I get answers to questions he raises wrong in class, Prof. Bouchard consistently used discouraging words like “Wrong” and “No” and did not let me continue answering the question, whereas he treats other student with much more patience, using words like “try harder” or “thinker deeper” while waiting for their answers. Such disparity in treatment directly impacted my passion for this class and discouraged me from participating in class discussion or engage in intellectual thinking.

TA:
- highly unfamiliar with the course material, could not help with students’ lab report or questions related to class material
- demonstrate unprofessionalism in grading: carelessly glance over students’ lab report carefully and do not assign grades based on a uniform standard; fail to respond to students’ re-grading request when points are unfairly deducted

But Professor Bouchard's notes are very clear and the course will indeed improve your Matlab skill and stats to a great extent. Even though the average score of the test is around or below 30/100 and the first lab report grade is also 30/100, I received satisfactory scores for this class. If you study really hard your hard work will pay off.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Nov. 9, 2017 Grade Received: A+

If you are reading this, then more than likely you have heard horror stories about Bouchard and 114. And, you also probably don't have much of a choice about taking this class. But, let me address a few things.

The class is very difficult, no lies here. On top of the lab reports, Louie gives the hardest homework assignments I ever had at UCLA, and exams aren't a walk in the park (although if you study and do the hw they actually aren't all that bad). Ultimately, however, I ended up appreciating the class. Louie is very rigorous, derived, and straight forward in his lectures, and ultimately the lectures are clear. He also provides incredibly detailed notes, which are long but you MUST study them to do well. Be sure to go to the TA's to make sure your lab reports are well written, as you shouldn't lose sight of the fact that they are the biggest portion of your grade. The class is hard, and you will have to work your tail off, but Bouchard is actually a cool guy, he just enjoys challenging people.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Participation Matters
  • Would Take Again

Textbooks

Measurements and their Uncertainties: A practical guide to modern error analysis
Ifan Hughes, Thomas Hase
ISBN: 9780199566334
View on Amazon
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