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J.P. O'Connell
Professor in the Engineering department
at University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
are you J.P. O'Connell?
Overall Quality
2.1
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.3
Clarity
1.9
Easiness
1.6
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0
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11 Student Ratings
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05/12/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE2202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

O'Connell is a thermo legend. Lectures are conceptual, reading is more in depth, and homework is calculation intensive. Tests are hard. Class is a giant pain, but doable. If you're confused, hit up J-POC and he'll help you out...but only if you're putting forth an effort. Textbook. Absolutely. Sucks.

02/27/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE316 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

JPO expects alot of you. There is no free lunch. You are responsible for understanding even derivations. Easily one of the hardest classes at UVA. If you are mature (and actually know math) and respectable, JPO will help you as long as you have the time. Can't waste his. Very fair. Prepare yourself to enter a new phase in your academic career.

05/13/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHE202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

nice guy, but teaches concept instead of applications. the workshops are so pointless and the homework is really hard.

07/30/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Honestly giving this man zeros is to high, he is honestly the worst teacher I have ever had. I actually contemplated suicide to escape, hell seemed more bearable.

10/07/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 316 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He assumes that you already understand the material and goes from there. His lectures consist of incomprehensible equations that are put up with no context whatsoever. If you ask him a question, he will either give a vague response or ridicule you. One time when I asked him what a very technical term meant, his response was "Why don't you know?"

11/09/2004
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ENGR 162 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

O'Connell is an awesome guy.

11/01/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

WORST THERMO CLASS EVER...BOOK SUCKS, LECTURES SUCK, TESTS SUCK...all around bad class.

10/28/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This class is one of the hardest ever, but not because of the material. He doesn't teach, book sucks, hw sucks. Bend over, its going to be a rough ride.

10/25/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
ENGR 162W Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Wow. Stay away if possible. This class was designed for kindergarten kids. Gives classwork such as "Kick your Bad Habit" or "Learn to Manage Your Time". Makes those who ask questions feel stupid and totally avoids clear answers. Take another ENGR workshop, if possible.

08/31/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
che202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

OMG, this guy is crazy. When you ask a question in class, he ends up making you feel stupid. And that textbook has got to go. Not helpful at all, especially for the insane problems at the end of each chapter

04/30/2004
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHE 202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This class has to be one of the worst thermodynamics courses at any university anywhere. While the teacher is generally caring and understanding, he spends all sorts of time giving us "learning skills" tests and speaking in vague, nonsensical g

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