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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2005-08-31

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Warning to Freshman: Prof. Morse may seem amiable but in hindsight, in my opinion, he's one of the poorest teachers on campus. When I was a Freshman I had never taken a college level course, so when I didn't understand the material I thought it was my fault. After failing his class I joined another Chem 1 class and passed easily; I realized that Morse's Chem 1 class is NOT a normal freshman chemistry seminar. Prof. Morse does not know how to teach a class: he knows a great deal about Chemistry, but he has no idea how to impart this knowledge onto the students.

He tries to act incredibly jovial and socialize with the students but ultimately this didn't change the fact that if I asked a question about something he just said, all he's do was restate it using the exact same phrase as before.

He also has impossible officer hours. He spends much of his time socializing, AIMing, etc.; most importantly he actually teaches French classes in the language department, so many times as soon as class ends he rushes out to get there and no one can ask questions. Maybe he's trying to impress people by teaching two subjects. I don't know. What I do know is I learned less in his class than any other class I ever took. I failed out of Chem 1 with Morse, took another Prof's Chem 1 clas and passed with relative ease.

Another major flaw in his teaching style; during review classes he'd hand out of pack of practice problems, tell us to do them, and in the last 10 minutes try to explain it really quickly. In my other Chem 1 class the prof would ask if we had questions, someone would give him one, and then my other prof would slowly go through the problem step by step.

Workload:
Professor Morse's homework distribution is woefully incompetent, if his ultimate goals is to teach anyone how to do it: he makes up his own problems, by combining three or four unrelated concepts into a very difficult combined problem. For example, you might have to figure out a combustion problem, then you have to use your answer for that as the information in a mixture problem, after which you use your answer to the mixture problem as the info for finding out how many electrons are generated by the reactions. I had to retake Chem 1 with other teachers and they used the more standardized questions, and never did anything like this. Most important, if you get the first part of a problem wrong, individual segments of a problem aren't graded separately. I mean he was combining problems from separate units. He is obviously a man that enjoys crossword puzzles, etc. as the homework problems which he designed himself seemed more like novelty brainteasers than practice that would aid me in understanding a concept.

All in all, Morse made up his own horrifically difficult problems with little thought in mind as to how well we could do them, because he was trying to impress everyone with how much he knows. He has failed to grasp the concept that knowing alot about the material is not his job; his job is to impart this knowledge upon me.

Worse, Morse and his TA's routinely take off upwards of 20% off of any test or homework set because of significant figures. Example: If the answer is 25.0055 and you put down 25.0044, he will not give credit.

Other professors teaching Chem 1 at Tufts A) Used standardized problems and B) Did not obsess over significant figures 3 months after that unit.

No one even learns anything by giving this much homework: literally the entire class of 200 people arrange "study groups" which actually amounted to swapping answers rather than doing the entire set, because few understood what he told us. I never learned anything trading answers with other people, but it was all I could do.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2005-03-03

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I took Chem 1 and 2 a few years ago. Prof. Morse was very helpful and always took the time to help out students when they needed help in office hours. I enjoyed the class. I received an A in both Chem 1 and Chem 2. I spent many many hours studying but the work paid off. An A is achievable if you make social sacrifices. Also, WORK IN GROUPS FOR PROBLEM SETS, otherwise your grade will suffer.

Workload:
Lots of work, but definitely manageable.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2005-01-16

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Worst professor I have ever had. If you can bring yourself to do it (I couldn't) the best way to do well is to suck-up.

Workload:
The equivalent of the rest of your classes combined...


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2005-01-15

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Class was really interesting. I love chemistry, but I hate the teacher. The people on here who are saying how great a teacher Prof. Morse is are probably the one's who hung out with him the night before exams or psets. The class is not that hard if you study and do your work, but it is even easier if you have the professor's help because he is your friend.

Workload:
A lot of work, but it can be done.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-12-09

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I am sick of all the negative reviews of Professor Morse. I enjoyed the course and did well, but by no means am I a person with "no social life." Maybe I am just a person who can handle the workload (which is significant) and participate in other activities as well. The people who complain about this class are generally whiners who can't cut it and blame Professor Morse for their lack of intelligence. If you put in the effort you will do well. If you can't, then take Chem 1 in the spring.

Workload:
Problem sets are hard. So are tests. Deal with it.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-12-06

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Chem was not difficult, but Professor Morse's lectures were mundane and repetitive. He tries to be funny but fails miserably. Some people have said the class is easy and that the professor is fun, but I have noticed that the ones who express those feelings tend to have no social lives whatsoever, and due to their lack of a real life they try to pass themselves off as "cool" by showing how fun their horrendously boring Chem class is. I personally am running a high average, but I tremendously regret taking the class, it is a waste of time, and the kids who take the class (along with the professor who teaches it) seem to revel in their eccentricity and conceitedness.

Workload:
Just copy the problem sets from the kids that enjoy doing their work; they are dying to make friends anyway :-)


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-11-16

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I'm personally a little tired of hearing people complain about how difficult Chem 1 is. It's not easy for sure, but it's far from impossible. If you take it, take it because you're interested (or are one of pre-med masses, I feel sorry for you) in it. I never took AP Chem in high school and I'm doing fine, without spending my life studying. Professor Morse is very helpful and I find his lectures to be very organized and helpful. He keeps lecture interesting and to my amazement learned our names by the second week of school.

Workload:
Thursday nights have definitely been dominated by problem sets and I'm in the library much of the weekend before one of the exams (there are only 3 + the final) but I'm not there as much as I should be and I've been doing well. It's a challenge, but hey its college, did you want everything to be as easy as high school?
Worst part about the class is the stupid required lab.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-11-09

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The class is a lot of work, there's no way around it. However, Professor Morse leaves you very prepared for further chemistry classes, MCAT, and other sciences. Don't take this class if you want a professor who is going to spoon-feed you everything, and if that's what you want, why are you at Tufts?

Workload:
Reading the book is almost useless, except for finding tables of constants. There is a problem set due every week, and it takes a few hours. A lot of people complain that there is "so much work," but if you manage your time and actually do the work, it's not that bad.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-11-09

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Okay, its Tufts Chemistry. Go into it knowing it will takeover your life. Then, as long as you've dedicated yourself to the endless problem sets, labs, and study sessions, enjoy it. You will learn A TON in this class, and if you don't understand it, make the effort to figure it out. It might take more than one day at office hours, but if you're making an effort, he'll make the effort too.

Workload:
Chem is life. Chem is life. No Thursday night social scene, hell, no weekend social scene. Chem is life.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-11-07

Review:
He goes a bit fast and you don't always understand where he's getting his numbers from, but that can be solved if you pay attention in class. He's a good teacher and is always willing to help his students.

Workload:
It's not VERY necessary to read the book. Good grades are achievable if you understand the problem sets and lecture notes. Work load manageable.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-09-08

Review:
Run for your life!!! That says it all.

Workload:
Tedious and not worth it. Chem is hard, yes. But the extent of difficulty of this course is unnecessary and in my opinion he should be ashamed of himself crushing people's dreams.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-09-04

Review:
Absolutely the worst professor I have ever had. Turned me away from doing anything related to chemistry in the future.

Workload:
Insane amount of work. Get ready to spend 3-8 hours a week on problem sets. He is never in a mood to help either if you go for office hours. They're more for him to socialize and talk about being gay than anything else.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-07-17

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Having taken Chemistry 1 with both Morse and Kipp, I must say that I appreciate Morse more as a human being. He's a very nice person, ready with a fairly entertaining story or the like. He frequently doesn't have enough time to talk to students, but in terms of learning the content, he's the best chem professor for intro chem.

Workload:
The workload was more than a little sadistic. If you weren't rock-solid, and familiar with chemistry already, you were looking at several nights of straight work. Really fits the mold of a "weed out" class, and the problem sets are frustrating, and without a good TA (I didn't have a good one), very hellish. Especially for someone who finds study-groups (read: Doing 1/4th of the P-set) to be counter-productive, the work load is nearly unbearable. Upon dropping the class, my quality of life and enjoyment of Tufts, not to mention my grades in other classes, rose dramatically.

The load is unreasonable for students expected to take 3 or 4 other classes, unless they are taking the Tufts version of "Underwater Basket Weaving", and needs serious reform.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-07-16

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While Morse initially seems funny and like a pretty cool guy, it quickly becomes clear that he is more interested in impressing people with his knowledge and wit than actually imparting knowledge upon them. He is not evil, and he is a good lecturer, but he talks down to the class all the time, both collectively and individually. It seems that most people are taking the class to satisfy a premed, or biology requirement, not because of their love for chemistry-- however, you end up working your ass off for a class about a topic you don't even care to know. If you want to do well in this class, you really have to understand the stuff on your own, because Morse won't be a great help to you if you're lost after the lecture...he will just make you feel stupid. If you can keep up with the class, though, you will really know a surprising amount of chemistry in the end.

Workload:
There was more work for this class than for any class I have taken at Tufts.
There is a problem set and a lab report due every week, even when there are tests. The problem sets take hours to do...if you want to go out on Thursdays, you should have them done Wednesday night...the work never ends.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-07-11

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First of all he plays the favoritism card; which is just ludicrous. He spends way too much time trying to make your life a living hell. Honestly I think he gets a kick out of the whole thing.

Workload:
This class will definitely get you on assignments. Take Morse though if you like that kind of stuff.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-04-26

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Professor Morse was probably the WORST professor I had in my entire time at Tufts. He played favorites, was flighty, and tried too hard to act like a college kid. He seems too busy trying to socialize to actually take the time to teach chem. Office hours were not helpful particularly because he spends his time talking to people or talking on AIM. And the lack of office hour help really makes a difference on his insane tests. I did well, but still wish I had taken the class with another professor.

Workload:
Chemistry will dominate your life.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-04-24

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This class made me feel stupid. It's more of a class about how to figure out Prof. Morse's insane chemistry puzzles than learning about chem. The class itself is upbeat and Prof. Morse can be funny. You do learn the chemistry and it seems like you may even understand it until you take a test. He likes to trick you in questions and even if you do know the chem, you still won't get it. Prof. Morse also likes to tell the entire class that everyone is going to fail, which really makes everyone feel great. This class made my life a living hell.

Workload:
The problem sets will take up ALL your time and leave you time for nothing else. Get a study group right away.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-04-24

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If you want to spend your semester on a scavenger hunt for problem set answers, the meaning in pointless labs, or the humor your Professor's "funny" remarks, or if you are doing research on the interaction between "suck ups" and those who cannot live unless they have a cult of people that suck up to them (but then make fun of them behind their back), Chem 2 is the class for you!!! However, if you want to learn anything about the Principles of Chemistry, think about taking a summer class elsewhere. I wish I did.

Workload:
Um, this class has a stupid amount of work. Most of which you will have to either copy off of someone else or spend 8 hours trying to solve. I hope you don't have any other classes.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-04-24

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I thought Chem 1 was awesome. For a class that could be horrifically boring, Morse brings life and clarity to chemistry, even so early in the morning. His explanations of complicated chemical principles are clear and understandable. And, even though there is a tremendous amount of work, there is nothing unexpected. The problem sets and the practice test (oh thank god for the practice tests) adequately prepare you for the tests (which are hard). The labs are boring and the work can get tedious, but at least Morse' love of chemistry and profound knowledge of pop culture makes the class interesting.

Workload:
Insane amount of time spent on problem sets. But, get a study group of fun kids and even Thursday night chemistry can be somewhat fun. The test suck, but you do learn the material.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-04-24

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Chem 2 is harder than Chem 1. But, Morse's clear explanations in class and his brilliant TAs at recitation make the concepts understandable. Morse uses real life examples of chemistry fundamentals to explain why it?s important for us to know these abstract concepts. Not only do you learn about chemistry, but you learn about car batteries, what types of alcohols can get you drunk, how carbon dating works and more. I love how he incorporates the real work (and pop culture) into his class. His energy and clarity makes this very hard introductory class enjoyable most of the time and at least bearable the other times.

Workload:
A LOT OF WORK. Expect to spend several hours every Thursday night on problems sets. Tests are also hard and require a lot of studying (USE THE PRACTICE TESTS)! The labs are a pain but don't take that much time.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-04-22

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Absolutely terrible Professor - and this coming from someone who got an A- in the class. You either love him or you don't because he's either buddy-buddy with you or not. He plays favorites and the fact that he is so desperate for attention, makes him cling to some of his undergrads like flies on dead meat. For those in his select circle that actually receive help during office hours, the class I imagine is wonderful. But to those of us whose problems he glosses over as he passes from one social event to another, he lacks as a professor. Aside from that, I wake up for my 8:30 class to hear about chemistry, not to hear him whine that he hasn't gotten sleep. He needs to get professional or get fired.

Workload:
Extensive.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-04-21

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First of all, let me say that Prof. Morse is obviously incredibly intelligent and knows chemistry like the back of his hand. BUT I feel that this class is deeply divided. You're either in the clique or you're not - think middle school. It's about 50/50 in terms of class distribution.

Personally, in his class, I had a very hard time though I ended up with a good grade. While he has office hours often, he is not always available. I would go to his office hours fairly often (at least 10 times for the semester) but it's always busy with people "just hanging out" "just there to say hi." Socializing often supercedes student needs. Often I would get about 5 mins of help before he needed to move on to someone else - not always chemistry related.

While I love a Prof. who can mingle with his students just like everybody else, I also want a PROFESSOR, someone who can be a mentor and guide. Professor Morse is closer to a college kid than a college professor.

Workload:
A LOT of work. Problem sets take a long long time.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-03-30

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Awesome teacher! Very smart and fun. He'll do anything to help you out. He's wicked fair too. You'll learn more than you've ever imagined.

Workload:
Insane amount of work. P-sets take hours every week. You need a study group or you'll drown.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM002 - Chemical Principles | Chemistry2004-03-30

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Awesome teacher! Very smart and fun. He'll do anything to help you out. He's wicked fair too. You'll learn more than you've ever imagined.

Workload:
Insane amount of work. P-sets take hours every week. You need a study group or you'll drown.


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Christopher Morse | CHEM001 - Chemical Fundamentals | Chemistry2004-03-04

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Professor Christopher Morse makes 8:30am Chemistry bearable. His quick wit and obvious concern for his students' understanding distinguishes his class from other intro courses. By the end of the first few weeks, he'll know every student by name. He combines a love for the subject with innovative lesson plans and is always available to answer questions outside of class.

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