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Charles Sharpless
Professor in the Chemistry department
at University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
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Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.2
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03/18/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem 111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is an awesome guy, but he moves very quickly! His tests are very hard and he throws lots of curve balls. He has office hours and tries to help, but he is so smart that it is hard to be able to relate to him. Lab is structured well, but lab exam is a killer. Final exam is death.

10/19/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem5 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a good professor, but he is really tough. His labs are insanely hard, he likes to use simulations for the reports, which makes the lab reports harder for you to comprehend.

10/16/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem332 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Prof. Sharpless for environmental chem lab. He is pretty intense and takes his stuff seriously. That said, environmental lab isn't a lot of work, but it isn;t an easy A. You need to make sure you know what he's looking for in the lab reports.

10/25/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A lot of people will tell you that Prof. Sharpless is really hard, but it's really the subject matter that is difficult. If you're looking for an easy class, this is not for you. However, if you're willing to put in the time and read the book, then you'll be fine. I personally liked having him as a professor and thought he was a nice guy.

07/21/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sharpless is an incredibly smart guy. He knows pretty much everything and goes a little fast in lectures. He expects you to work to understand chemistry and gives you all the tools for success if you are dedicated. Fairly easy to get a decent grade because there are so many assignments.

04/03/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Horrible teacher

03/11/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sharpless is hard to say the least. I am not a chemistry person at all so it is a difficult class for me. I had him last semester and this semester but my grades are just average. Tests are difficult.

09/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM252 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Wonderful man, helps students whenever he can. Does have a monotone voice, but really gets into his subject matter. Has parties at his house for chem folks.. You really should invest in him, it'll pay off. :)

08/19/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sharpless has gotten a bad rap in these reviews, but i thought he was actually a good professor. He made the material available and his tests were to the point with no surprises. It's the MATERIAL that's sometimes tricky, not the way he teaches it. With little chem background i got an A in his class. Anyone can if they just READ the book

03/25/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I actually liked him, even though I thought the class was hard and his lectures were boring. He pushed me to do well.

01/03/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This teacher is extremely, extremely boring. He made me hate chemistry with a passion. I would avoid his class at all costs. I rarely went to class. He is extremely picky with his grading. Not really approachable. Overall, a bad experience.

11/17/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lecture is sometimes confusing, but like he say, you should read the text beofre lecture and it does make more sense. But the key to doing well is seeking him out and discussing problems with him. He is helpful and available outside of class.

11/16/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I want to fall asleep EVERY MWF at 9 am. He has a radio voice so that doesn't help with ANYTHING! He's a picky picky PICKY grader and the online quizzes hardly ever have anything you've learned in class in them. He's a picky on the test. I started off wanting to be a chem major, and now I NEVER want to take a chem class again.

10/30/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Chemistry in general is a hard subject. he doesn't help in making it easier. he expects you to have background knowledge in the subject, he is VERY VERY picky when it comes to doing labs and projects, and when i asked him for help, i was even more confused. He talks really fast and mumbles, too. only thing i liked was that he offers extra credit.

08/17/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHM111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is a nice guy, but I found the class to be very difficult. He expects you to have had some background in chemistry. I had to spend a lot of time reading the book and even then?

04/30/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

After having silly chem teachers & the like in highschool i thought science wasn't for me. Then, Dr. Sharpless made me love science again; i basically switched my major to science and took more Chem classes than i had originally planned! And if you are bad at science and math you shouldn't be taking Chem in the first place, try Geography instead!

03/12/2008
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

sharpless is a really nice guy, does his best to teach the material. however, this class is extrmely hard and very time consuming. if ur into chem its probably ok..but if not, its brutal.

03/18/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

he is a good professor, he cares about his students and will help you if you need help. His tests are ok and much easier than other professors' tests.

02/27/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

HARD, HARD, HARD! Not very clear, expects you to know a lot about chemistry on an entry level, very hard grader, in general nice guy though. He also talks fast and mumbles when he speaks sometimes.

11/28/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
chem111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him for both gen chem 111/112. He's a very nice guy, but as a teacher so-so. You'll have to read the book to clarify stuff. Office hours were not helpful to me, since he confused me even more. But do your work and you'll do fine. He grades fair, and curves a lot too.

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