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I honestly had a really tough time in this class and a bunch of breakdowns. Professor Liu is a really sweet guy, but I didn't really like how fast he lectured and I didn't think he made much sense at times. I did well in the class at first, but I started doing extremely poorly on quizzes and exams towards the end, and I hated my TA. I wish I was able to attend more of his office hours because I probably would have been able to get a better grade, but I personally struggle with conceptual stuff, and Professor Liu made 14B more conceptual than I thought it should have been in my opinion
Liu legitimately cares about his students' understanding of the material and tries his best to address student concerns. I came in with no Chemistry experience, and a nasty 14A grade and I did better than I thought I would. Professor Liu offers many resources for students seeking extra help and has very extensive office hours for busy students. He uploads all of this lecture slides in advance and his practice worksheets and tests are very similar to the real thing. On top of this, he offered extra credit problems on the midterms and finals
Liu really cared about the learning that we did in class - and constantly gave us more material to practice with - practice midterms, weekly worksheets etc. His presentations are great to work with after class. Do the worksheets, because they are slightly harder than the actual exams, so if you clearly understand what's in the worksheets, the exams should be a breeze. His clicker questions are a great check to see if you understand what's on the slides. Do the practice midterms and finals PROPERLY because the actual exams follow the same format so you will find it easier and faster to finish the exam. He is a really great teacher and you should take him if you can!
Dr. Liu is a very humble and caring professor. For his first time teaching this course, I think he did an awesome job. He made the content very easy to understand. He is soft-spoken so it could be hard to understand what he is lecturing about during class. I recommend sitting in the front during lecture. His midterms and final are very similar to the practice midterms and final. He also hosts a lot of office hours during the week so if you can't make it to one, you're bound to make it to another session. His discussion worksheets are very hard but the midterms and finals are not like the worksheets. The clicker questions are based on accuracy which is annoying but helpful so you actually try to get the right answers during lecture.
chong liu is the biggest sweetheart I have ever met and I genuinely could not love him anymore. 14B was not hard by any means; I rarely paid close (re: much of any) attention in lecture and the exams were extremely easy, I got a 98% or higher on both midterms and a high B on the final (mostly because i just ran out of motivation and ultimately didn't study really at all at the end) . Honestly 14A and 14B were basically AP Chem and as long as you do the guides and review things Liu provided, you’ll be fine. The quizzes were not hard either, minimal studying garnered me A’s on three out of the four and the lowest of the four he drops. Everyone did relatively well on the midterms and honestly so many people over exaggerate how hard the course is when if you put in some effort and have targeted practice you will literally have to try hard to not get an A or B with Chong. Liu really really tries to help you. The only downside was his lectures were full of proofs and integration that didn't really apply or even help all that much. Basically he's a beautiful soul that babied us through the course. He also ended up curving grades up a couple percentage points in the end to boost everyone's grade a lil extra. also discussion was optional.
I am honestly shocked by how great of a professor Chong Liu was. I was in Lavelle's 14B class for a good amount of time, and Prof. Liu's lectures were far more clear, his expectations far better expressed, and his tests far more fair.
Plenty of opportunity to miss class and skip the iClicker, just not to a crazy amount. Discussion is optional, which is awesome.
Tests are very similar to discussion worksheets and practice exam material. No textbook required, but could be good to look over if you already have it or can borrow from a friend.
The grade is broken down strictly into exams and iClicker out 350 Points:
iClicker = 75 points
Four, 10 minute quizzes = 25 points each (lowest is dropped) - 75 points total
Two midterms = 50 points each
Final Exam = 100 points
Chong is the best, his tests are 100% fair. All his guidelines for the midterms and even the final are basically the exact test he just changes the numbers. So as long as you put some effort into getting the practice midterms he posts then you'll get an A. He also gives like 8 bonus points on the tests.
Honestly, I came into the class worried about 14B especially since Liu was a new teacher. However, I'm glad to have taken this class over any other teacher. What you get on Liu's tests are pretty much what he makes you practice during clickers and discussion worksheets. He gives practice midterms and finals which are very representative of the material on the tests. It's easy to consistently score high just by reading the lecture slides and looking through clicker questions, which he uploads online.
He's approachable and very receptive to student feedback. Also he gives extra credit to pad your grade. The best thing is that you make up clicker points by emailing him your explanations for them. Additionally, the midterms are only 50 minutes with plenty of time left for you to check your work!