All Ratings and Reviews for Louis-Serge Bouchard
The bane of my existence.
The first day of class, he told us specifically that we would not need to use or even purchase the textbook for this class, and that the only thing we would need were his lecture notes. Unfortunately this is far from true. A few days before the midterm, he sent an email that said that he expected the students to read and understand all the material in the textbook and the lecture notes. There is also ADDITIONAL material in the homework (e.g. two page long explanations of new material for a certain question that you were required to know). There were mistakes on the solutions, which made my life so much more confusing. That's three different sources of different material. Plus actually going to lecture which sometimes he discussed material that wasn't in any of these three sources that was on the test.
He didn't discuss at all what from the material would be on the test and did not know his grading scale at all (when asked he basically just said he wouldn't know until all final grades were in). The only reason I did okay in this class was that I read all three sources of material and took ridiculously thorough notes of the textbook. I say ok because I got an A but my scores on the midterms were both C's, and I left a decent amount of the final blank. I took 4 classes and this is basically the only class I had time to study for. I knew an overwhelming amount of material including upper-div chem for this class slightly well instead of the ACTUAL information that I was SUPPOSED to know for this class very well. The midterms and final were actually not that hard in retrospect, but the averages were something like 30-50%, because he gave us so much material and people studied the wrong things/didn't know what they were supposed to study.
He is extremely condescending and will not answer your questions straight. I asked a very direct yes or no answer question to him and he kept giving roundabout answers, and lo and behold he very question I asked him was on a midterm and guess what I didn't know the fucking answer because he wouldn't help me.
I don't know what the final grade distribution for this class was, but seriously it is not worth your worry or stress with this professor I seriously aged 100 years by having him.
He was an okay guy. Sometimes he would laugh in lecture and seem like an actual human being. The homework was hard but it gave you a better understanding of the material plus its only 5% of your grade. Midterm is just the notes. Take your time reviewing everything.
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.
This class is the worst I've had at UCLA. Bouchard is unclear on his own and manages to be even more unclear when asked very direct questions. Most of the answers he gives are exactly the question that was asked, but reworded. Ex. "what happened to the negative in this step?" "Oh that's gone now" I cannot count how many useless hours I have spent on homework that is completely irrelevant to what was lectured on. It is unnecessarily difficult and does not give a better understanding of material. He also makes it due Sunday nights which ensures you waste each weekend trying to finish. He gives no guidance for what will be focused on in any of the tests when asked and his lectures themselves are not what is on the tests, they focus on the footnotes and subsections of his lectures that he posts later on and is not mentioned by him in person. His topics do not follow the explanations of the textbook and he claims to disagree with several of the approaches they take and used a much more complicated, calculus based way. Felker has a lower rating so I chose Bouchard and deeply regret it. Don't trust those numbers and pls take any other professor. P.S. you have to memorize 50+ equations and you don't get any kind of equation sheet for any tests
20B is a relatively hard class on its own. There are a lot of equations and a lot of topics that often don't really relate to each other. On top of this, Bouchard is by far the worst professor I've had yet. He's arrogant, condescending, and genuinely couldn't care less whether or not his students succeed. Do everything in your power to take this class with a different professor. If you do get stuck with Bouchard, don't worry too much about your test scores; the averages are usually around 50%. You probably won't get an A, but you'll pass the course and never have to see Bouchard's smug face again.
Worst class I’ve taken so far. Bouchard IS NOT misunderstood. He is out to screw people over. Do not take this class unless you have worse options or if you have take physics 1A. Bouchard teaches this class with a physics approach since he usually teaches this class during spring quarter, so he assumes people have taken physics. This class will consume your life and your weekends. The workload is unreasonable since he doesn’t really teach shit. This means you’ll end up learning only by taking notes of his lecture notes, not by attending lecture. His homework assignments are ridiculous as they are so next level. He expects us to have already mastered the concepts he taught in class, so he makes the homework problems 30 times harder. The homework problems also don’t have enough information for you to solve the problem because he thinks that “it would not be fun if you just plugged in values into equations”. This means you’ll be looking shit up that you can only find by reading abstracts about that specific topic (occasionally the values you need are in the book). In short, the homework he assigns is simply a road-block to learning the concepts.
Bouchard himself is a massive pile of cr*p. He is possibly the rudest Canadian you’ll ever meet. A girl bravely responded to one of Bouchard’s cryptic questions and he responded with “That is certainly not a stupid statement” as if he expects her to be stupid. Bouchard also can’t dress. For the first 8 weeks I swear he wore the same grey pants with either a grey shirt, grey with stripes, or a blue shirt. One day he decided to style on us by wearing blue pants….and then he wore the same blue pants for the rest of the quarter.
The midterms and final are OK. They are hard but kinda reasonable……except for the fact WE DON’T GET A FUCKIN EQUATION SHEET. Quizzes will fuck you over so might as well take the L in that part.
If you do take this class, keep your head up and endure the pain. Attend lecture and take notes of his lecture notes. Create a document with all the equations you learn as you go (you’ll be thankful you did when midterms and finals approach). Don’t bother with the book. Going to office hours helps a little, but not much. Best of luck!
This class wasn't too bad, if you have the mental fortitude to survive unreasonable loads of homework, mind numbing lectures that make you feel dumber than when you started and twisted tests that leave you wondering whether studying even made a difference
TL;DR : Satan
This was by far the worst class I have ever taken. I should have taken this class with any other professor or even at community college. Even Felker (who had a <2.0 Bruinwalk rating) would be more competent as an instructor. Bouchard was not only a horrible teacher, but he was actively trying to screw over students on exams as well, testing on things skimmed over once in class. Our final had a whole question based on something covered briefly on the last day of class, something the TA's said that we wouldn't be expected to know (which also shows how much he communicates with our TA's).
You get no equation sheets in a class that requires numerous lengthy equations in order to solve even the most basic problems on tests (Felkers class got 10 pages of notes on the final, compared to our 0). The only math pre-requisite was 31A yet the class frequently requires you to solve problems on homework and tests involving intimate knowledge of 32B material.
Homework was ignorantly difficult and took over 10 hours a week, effectively ruining every one of my weekends for 10 whole weeks. Also, participation was worth from 0 to -5% of our grade(who does that??). Basically, if you choose not to spend ridiculous amounts of time on this homework, you get points subtracted for your grade, on top of a fat 0% on your homework.
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