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Phil Brown
Professor in the Chemistry department
at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
are you Phil Brown?
Overall Quality
2.3
Average Grade
D
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
1.6
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
48 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
11/19/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH101 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Lectures are long"

Brown is a really nice person, he is entertaining but confusing as all get out. I basically taught myself everything I knew. One day he spent 30 minutes ranting about sunscreen because someone mentioned zinc and he went off about zincs potential uses rather than sticking to the topic. Very funny, VERY loud. Would not take again. STRESSFUL.

11/10/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
221 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

He is passionate about what he does he just isn't very good at explaining it. He is very sporadic with his lectures and will sometimes waste 10-15 minutes of class on a point and then finish off with "but you won't need that until Organic Chem 2" his test questions differ greatly from those in the homework and there is no partial credit.

11/06/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ch 223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

There is no partial credit (which is INSANE for any organic chemistry class) if you miss one Carbon or Hydrogen you lose points for the ENTIRE problem.

10/23/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
221 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: C-
"Tests are tough" "Skip class? You won't pass." "Get ready to read"

Prof. Brown is a serious character. Person wise, I think he's great! He is funny and extremely passionate about what he teaches. On the down side, he's not very good at teaching it. His lectures are confusing and only sound like a bunch of foreign words stuck together. Read the book, go to SI sessions, and pray for a miracle and you MIGHT make a B.

10/15/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
cH223 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

By far the worst professor ever. Goes berserk during lectures. Literally asks you to learn hundreds of pages of reactions for a test. All over the place. You have no idea what you need to know. Coming from someone with an A in organic 1.

10/05/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
221 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

I took Dr. Brown for Organic Chemistry I--lecture does not help with comprehension. His lectures are very disorganized and does not give necessary detail to follow along. He expects you to read the material before class--designed for review. Tests do not match lecture or hw. Lots of book reading and practice tests. Future grad school student? AVOID

09/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH 223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Brown gets such a bad wrap, and look, Organic is a HARD class. You have to study a TON out of class, but as far as professors go, Dr. Brown is approachable, funny, and actually a pretty decent teacher. If you put in the time and effort, Dr. Brown will help you achieve a good grade, but don't expect him to just give it to you.

09/10/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Worst chemistry teacher I have ever had. What he taught it class has NOTHING to do with the test and he does not respond to emails, nor does he care that the majority of his students fail every test.

07/11/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ch223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took organic II with Brown, it was a hard class because of the material but he was very fair and understanding. And kind of hilarious

04/29/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CH 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Okay let me start by saving you some time. If you expect to go to class and get a good grade don't take Brown or Organic Chem for that matter. Now with that being said, Dr. Brown is the best professor i've had at NCSU he is extremely passionate about teaching organic and if you work hard (Read the textbook and sutdy outside class) you'll do fine!

04/28/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH 223 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awful, avoid at all costs. Half the problems on tests seem irrelevant to what is being learned and he seems not to care much about helping you learn.

04/02/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Oh man. I really liked Chemistry, especially Organic, and Dr. Brown is starting to make me hate it. He doesn't give partial credit, even if you get 99% of the answer right. He gives 20 question tests and if you miss one thing, automatic 5 point deduction. He comes in late to class and rambles about stuff that has nothing to do w/ the exam. AVOID!

03/03/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH221 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: WD

AVOID BROWN AT ALL COSTS. 1st exam I got an 80. 2nd exam, class average of 56.12, 15 point curve, only 1 A in the whole class. Over half the class has dropped since the start. Med school hopefuls: avoid him. He loves the material but is spastic at best. His tests are ridiculous, multiple answers for one question, must get all to get points.

12/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is usually an organic teacher, but rumor has it he was so bad they moved him to 101. Do not expect this class to be easy. You will be your own teacher, you will need to read the book, and he will curve the tests so the average is a 70. His office hours are useful if you come in with specific questions, but lectures are jumbled a best.

12/16/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Probably the worst teacher I've ever had. I went to lecture for the first few weeks before realizing they were just a huge waste of time. I tried to understand what he was saying, but the guy is simply not cut out for teaching. He needs to stick to research and never step foot in a classroom or lecture hall ever again. Made my 1st semester a PITA.

12/11/2013
average
5 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr Brown is usually an organic chemistry teacher, but if you have him for CH 101, be prepared to not understand anything and be confused for the majority of the semester. He's a really interesting guy with an alright sense of humor but his method of teaching really sucks. If you ask for help he will go out of his way to help you solve your problem

12/04/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guy is the worst teacher i have ever had and ever will have in my life. He does not teach. He does not know the material himself. His test averages are in the 50s and 60s and he excludes grades below 20's from the average so he bumps it to a 65 average and gives a 4pt curve. Still half the class under 60 on tests. He is too stubborn to curve.

11/27/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE PHILIP BROWN!!!!! You will regret it!

11/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Brown makes Chemistry way more harder and confusing than it needs to be. I attend every single lecture and get absolutely NOTHING out of them. The only way I learn in this class is by going to SI and doing problems in the book. I love Chemistry as a subject, I would NEVER take him again.

11/13/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CH 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Do Not Take Him !

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