Clyde McCurdy at University of California Davis

Clyde McCurdy

  • 2.5Overall Quality
  • 2.6Helpfulness
  • 2.4Clarity
  • 2.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
3/18/14

Chem 2AH

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

This class was terrible. I do not enjoy physical chemistry and that is all he focused on because that is his area of expertise. The whole quarter I was confused about what was being taught and ended up teaching myself the material from the book and going to TA office hours every week. The curve is pretty good though.

1/31/14

CHE 2AH

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Although some students thought Professor McCurdy was difficult, I think if you had a good background in chemistry (i.e., AP Chem or another course), then the course was easier than most. He curves to the CHE 2A level, so everyone's grades get bumped up a lot. My advice to fellow students is to talk to him in office hours and attend every lecture.

1/11/14

CHE2AH

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

Wow. What can I say about this class? The lectures were confusing, as he liked to go off on many tangents. He also liked to teach upper division chemistry to freshman. And while the tests were curved, they were extremely difficult. After this class, I wished I would have taken regular chemistry instead.

1/5/14

CHE 2AH

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This was one odd course; his lectures were often about the logic and derivatives behind modern atomic physics. He definitely knows what he's doing, but he presents upper division level material to freshman, who mostly have not seen this before. The exams are fair and he curves at the end. I thought all hope was lost for me, but I passed. STUDY LOTS

12/20/13

Chem 2AH

Average Quality

Easiness5

Helpfulness3

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

At times it may seem hopeless. It may seem as though you have failed the class, as if you understand nothing, as if you will not survive even the first quarter of honors gen chem. But always remember young padawan, the curve is your friend, the curve is you tool, the curve is your life. Use it well.

12/20/13

Chem 2AH

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

I got to know the guy and he's pretty nice, but this was one rollercoaster of a chem class. Overall he explains things continuously, rather than step by step so its easy to get confused. Heck even the TA's didn't understand what he was saying half the time. But if you read the book and go annoy him with tons of tedious questions, you'll be fine.

12/16/13

CHE2AH

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

He's a nice and pretty funny guy. He's also incredibly smart... Because of this, he'll sometimes go on tangents about advanced chemistry that confuse everyone. His tests are fair if you study and read the book. Take lots of notes during his lectures because what he says is usually important, but hard to understand as he says it (he goes very fast).

12/13/13

CHE 2AH

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures are extremely confusing and you basically have to teach yourself everything. He's really funny, but can be condescending at times. Tests were reasonable as long as you study. Overall, I did enjoy the class, but I wish his lectures were a bit clearer.

10/19/13

CHE 110a

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

top tier lecturer, akin to professor harris (phy) in terms of clarity and quality. genuine interest in his students, the material, etc

5/27/13

CHE 110A

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness5

Clarity3

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/A

Professor McCurdy is one of the best professors I have had at ucd. He is always so enthusiastic about QM that it gets contagious. The tests are fair, the homeworks are difficult and time consuming. Get a group of people to do homework together.

12/6/09

CHE110A

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

One of the best professors I've taken so far, lectures make as much sense as quantum mechanics can make. His exams aren't that hard, study off hw/lecture notes. Extremely knowledgeable.

12/31/08

CHE110

Good Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

It's always going to be hard to understand concepts of Q.M. so don't blame the professor too much if you don't understand his lecture. Professor McCurdy is a brilliant man, and he really, really wants you to do well in his class. Make sure you go to his and TA's OH asking Qs. Do all the HW and practice exams. his exams are easy. study your notes&hw

3/29/08

CHE2AH

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

This man really knows his stuff. His lectures are very spontaneous however, and he likes derivations of equations a lot. For 3/4ths of the quarter we were doing quantum chem. His area of expertise is in high energy particle physics, so he's more of a physical chemist. Overall though he's a good teacher. Really made me enjoy highly technical stuff

3/10/08

Che2AH

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

His lectures are fast paced, but he keeps it interesting and is always glad to help outside of class. Great guy and probably the best professor I have had at Davis.

12/11/07

CHE2A

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

A good professor. Class is a bit hard, but if you study the book, you'll do fine. He keeps you entertained with jokes.

4/19/07

CHE2A

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

Very bad lecturer. Leaves you confused and with no direction of whats going on. His tests aren't necessarily that hard, though.

3/27/07

CHE002a

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity5

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/A

dont mess up on the tests and you'll do fine. i failed the first midterm, aced the second, and got a b on the final and still got a c in the class. decent class though

2/15/07

CHE002A

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/A

The class was ok, great speaker, but lectures were a bit fastpaced and tests were eh, so and so. As long as you do the practice problems and read, you should be fine.

2/3/07

CHE2A

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity3

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

I had a crappy TA!

1/19/07

CHE2A

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

If you have the chance to get a better professor, do it! He is incredibly boring, and expects you to know more than you really need to which makes it more confused and complicated than it needs to be.

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