Eric Peterson at Bowdoin College

Eric Peterson

  • 4.0Overall Quality
  • 4.5Helpfulness
  • 3.4Clarity
  • 2.6Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
8/3/07

pchem251

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wanted to do research with him. Really like his stuff and attitude towards science and people.

7/21/07

Chem109

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

excellent class, but you must keep up. Exams will test everything you can give. They are combinations of many homework problems with a curve built in. Clearly loves to teach and is good at it, but you can't just sit there as a student. Took a while to get used to that.

5/2/07

CHEM109

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

great guy- totally enthusiastic about what he is teaching, which really inspires students to become excited/interested as well. in a small class was willing to answer all questions, though perhaps in a large class he could be difficult to follow in lecture. tests are tricky but if you study it is easy to do well.

4/25/07

PChem1

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Prof. Peterson will be missed!

2/5/07

pchem251

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I went in thinking that this was just going to be hard and not the type of chem I wanted to do. I still am not going to do this stuff much in my career, probably, but I had fun in the course and now appreciate what equations mean and how they might be limiting. Great exam problems--real world, not textbook at all. Nicest prof I have had here.

1/22/07

Chem251

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Thermo was one of the most challenging courses I have ever taken. Peterson cares so much about his students. He was there for us even though he had to be out of town a lot. This course gives a lot of insight into how chemistry works--really good. You do have to work hard though--Peterson will not let you coast.

12808113
11/10/06

chem251

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I had Peterson last year and he's stupendous. You can't beat his effort and desire for us to learn. He just keeps encouraging you and it works. I learned how to solve problems I could not imagine doing at the start of the class. I'm helping this years class and I can still do most if it and I feel pretty damn good about it.

12/27/05

p chem

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

P chem was fun.

5/18/05

CHEM 109

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity1

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Smartest guy, but doesn't know how to lecture or convey ideas to students. Basically have to teach yourself all the material and killer exams. Extremely nice guy if you go in and see him, though.

3885104
5/5/05

p.chem

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

quite possibly the worst experience i had at bowdoin. unless you're into feeling awful about yourself and not getting anything out of a class, i'd avoid him. he might be book smart, but he sure doesn't know how to teach.

3795288
5/3/05

chem 109

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness3

Clarity1

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

he is way too smart to be teaching an introductory chem course. His lectures are extrememly unclear and he often leaves the class confused. I would not take his class unless you enjoy teaching yourself from the textbook.

3773304
1/31/05

chemistry 109

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

excellent gen chem course--but you have to work. teaches at a high level--expects you to meet him by working a bit each day. You cannot cram for this course and succeed, but why would you? he loves chemistry and it shows.

1/31/05

chem 109

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

very good at answering questions. helpful handouts make lecture easy to follow. problem sets challenging, but straight out of lecture notes and book. Overall very good if you keep up.

12/18/04

chem 109

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

Lectures are scattered, very random and unorganized. Really nice guy and helpful outside of class, but the classes themselves are really painful.

11/9/04

Chem 109

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Really great guy with a funny Minnesota accent. Seemed to be way too smart to be teaching an intro level chem class. Killer exams. I bet he is an amazing P-chem teacher.

10/24/04

Chem 109

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Great guy

5/5/04

chem109

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

he really is enthusiastic about the material, he is very available if you need extra help, and an all around-nice guy

4/13/04

Chem 109

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a great guy and he tries so hard to engage class, but no one's too enthusiastic. If you pay attention and work on the problem sets, you should be fine.

4/13/04

Chem 109

Average Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness4

Clarity1

Rater Interest 

Grade ReceivedN/A

very smart but cannot effectively convey the material in class. lectures are unorganized, hard to follow. killer exams. he is good at office hours, i just didn't have time to go in for help twice week. turned me off from future chem classes.

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