Louis-Serge Bouchard

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CHEM 20B
Chemical Energetics and Change Full Profile > 1.6 Overall 1.3 Easiness 2.2 Workload 1.9 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness
tl;dr: FUCK THIS GUY. Avoid him at all costs. 20B is hard. But Bouchard will make it 10x harder than any class you have ever taken in your entire li... (Winter Quarter 2018)
CHEM 20B
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Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.3 Workload 2.2 Clarity 1.9 Helpfulness 2.1

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tl;dr: FUCK THIS GUY. Avoid him at all costs.

20B is hard. But Bouchard will make it 10x harder than any class you have ever taken in your entire life. For winter 2018, we were given the choice of Felker and Bouchard, both of whom have pretty shit ratings. But boy did I choose wrong. Bouchard takes pride in flexing his PhD. You will understand this after the first 5 minutes of the first lecture. He asks intentionally convoluted questions in lecture just so he can see the confused looks on our faces, and then when someone is brave enough to attempt an answer, he shoots them down dramatically, pointing out how stupid they are in front of the whole class. Lectures are boring and convoluted, and his lecture notes make even less sense. Most of the content of HIS version of 20B requires knowledge of Math 32B, which is not a pre-requisite of this class. His homework was created by him, took about 6 -10 hours to complete on a good day, and was graded extremely harshly. He went out of his way to make obtaining the solutions to the homework impossible- they were printed and posted in some random hallway in Young Hall. The TAs were useless; I think their relationship with the professor was just as bad as the students'. No practice exams were given, and if you were lucky enough to find one from previous years, the TAs were specifically instructed not to help with them. The exams were IMPOSSIBLE. The averages were in the 50s. There was no correlation between time studied/knowledge of the material and grade received. This guy needs to be fired.

(Winter Quarter 2018)
CHEM 20BH
Chemical Energetics and Change Full Profile > 3.7 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness
He teaches the hardest class I've ever taken, but also the best class. The material he teaches is well above the standard general chemistry level (more ... (May 29, 2015)
CHEM 20BH
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Overall 3.7 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.9

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He teaches the hardest class I've ever taken, but also the best class. The material he teaches is well above the standard general chemistry level (more on the order of graduate level), but he makes it all very understandable. Furthermore, he writes you a fantastic textbook of lecture notes (and does NOT charge you for it).
Perhaps the best thing about his class is his teaching style, there are no hand-wavey explanations. Everything is derived, so it makes sense.
He is very nice in office hours and answers all questions very fully.

tl;dr: if you can put in a lot of work it's the best class available.

(May 29, 2015)
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CHEM 99
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CHEM 114
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness
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 ... (Winter Quarter 2017)
CHEM 114
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 2.0

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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.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
CHEM 194
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CHEM 196A
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CHEM 196A
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CHEM 199
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CHEM 219X
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CHEM 375
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