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Don Coltart
Professor in the Chemistry department
at Duke University, Durham, NC
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Overall Quality
3.4
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.0
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.4
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04/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
CHEM152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Yes, Dr. Coltart has an abrasive personality, but he's a brilliant man who can really teach orgo. He lays down the fundamentals and makes sure to explain how the complex topics are based on the simplest of ideas. His test ARE pretty tricky though (due to point value weight).

12/21/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is where this site is misleading. The poor reviews are from those mad at doing poorly. If you understand the basics in chemistry, Coltart will take your knowledge to the next level. He's not going to gift wrap you an A. He is extremely clear in lecture. However, I can't speak for his personality because I never went to office hours.

07/21/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I had Coltart 2 years ago, back in Spring 2008, and liked him a lot, but I'd strongly recommend avoiding him this year. Word around the chem department is that he will not get tenure, and since he's going into his last year before evaluation, he won't care about teaching at all. Avoid him at all costs in the Spring 2011 semester for Chem 152.

05/12/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I'm going to put it out there that I don't like Coltart, and he probably couldn't care less about what I, or anybody else in class, thinks about him. But to be fair, he is an amazing lecturer, who put an huge emphasis on the basics. Sure, he's never in class half the time, but his tests are predictable. I hate to admit this, but the guy can teach.

05/11/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
CHEM152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

If you actually have any interest in orgo or science or actually learning concepts, never take a class with him. Tests are complete bullspit and do not test understanding whatsoever. Worst professor in the chemistry department by far. He is outright rude to many of his students and does not care about the class at all. A monkey could teach better.

05/10/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Chem152L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

To Coltart's credit, he is very good at teaching difficult materials and concepts. However, good teaching skills do not make a quality professor. And Coltart is one of the worst professors at Duke. There isn't enough space on here for me to list all the reasons.

05/10/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Possibly the WORST professor in the entire world. Has extended response questions worth 4pts and multiple choice 'circle the answer' questions worth 15. O did I mention he is S**T at chemistry and his tests are littered with mistakes. My ass could write better midterms.

04/07/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Chem152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Didn't teach half of the classes, even when right before a test. Very tricky multiple choice but otherwise tests are fair. A good lecturer when he actually gives it. I would take the other professor if I could though

07/23/2009
good
2 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
chem152 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Good Professor. Class worthwhile to take with him.

05/06/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
CHEM152L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

An incredible teacher. He drills the fundamentals into you from the start and teaches you how to apply them to more advanced concepts. His exams are difficult but fair, although I never liked them. However, he was not a very approachable guy. But if you work hard enough and can appreciate the fundamentals, you'll do fine in his class.

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