Jason Kahn
School:University of Maryland
Department: Chemistry
Location:College Park, MD
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Pros: large curve
smartwork is eay and gives you points
Cons: VERY HARD!
Exams are impossible
quizes are hard
questions are worded correctly
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Pros: Very good at explaining theory behind concepts covered in class
Lectures are straightforward
Makes sure that each section of his class is graded fairly against the others
Cons: Lecture slides are not complete, making attendance in class necessary
Somewhat boring
Doesn't show enough examples
Tests are hard
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Pros: He has many powerpoints and he is very smart.
I took his class in Fall 2012 and I thought his exams were okay. The averages were in the 60s. His final exam average was lower than the midterms. His quizzes were okay. Discussion I thought was helpful. He puts his old exams online, so doing them is helpful when studying for the exams. His curve was like I think around a 77% (500 total point) was an A, around 76% was a A-, and so forth. His curve I think slightly changes depending on the exam and quiz averages. Smartworks was the online homework and easy points.
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Pros: He's really really smart but he's too smart and sometimes he doesn't explain things very well.
Cons: He's really really smart but he's too smart and sometimes he doesn't explain things very well.
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Pros: he is smart...that's about it
Cons: i did not like him. i didn't think his tests were fair nor did i like his teaching methods. chemistry should not be taught through powerpoint, especially gen chem 2 with all the math involved. he also taught more biochem than gen chem 2, which he would always point out to us
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Pros: Study his previous exams that he has online and you'll be good for his exams.
Cons: Tends to go off on tangents.
Condescending
You either love him or hate him. I enjoyed his odd sense of humor and condescending manner. Call me weird, but I liked going to class and listening to his rambles. Probably one of the more attractive professors on campus.
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Pros: Learned alot
Cons: Boring lectures
Overall Kahn is a good teacher just memorize slides and you will be ok
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Pros: Direct
Cons: Incorporates a lot of biochem
Exams are difficult, made so that not many people get an A. Tests a lot on theory rather than just the ability to understand what's going on. The material itself isn't difficult, but how he goes about asking for it is rather difficult.
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Cons: He is extremely pretentious, loves talking about himself, and loves making exams he knows he will be the only one able to complete. Says he aims for no one to do really well on the exams and he scoffs at people who do very poorly.
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Pros: Kahn is a great lecturer, and curves are big
Cons: Lots of biochem info on the exams, so if you don't plan on taking it, look elsewhere.
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Pros: Detailed and provided slides
In depth presentations
Easter Eggs in lecture that can keep things interesting if you get bored
Cons: Little examples
Too in depth some times
Kahn is a good teacher in my book, because he didn't want you to know how to mindlessly answer questions by math. Instead, he focused on theory. Although theory is almost impossible to test and grade, it is crucial in understanding chemistry. After taking his course I feel like I have a better grip on chemistry. Most other teachers just make me feel like I'm taking another math course.
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Cons: Test are close to impossible to understand. He makes the tests very confusing to answer.
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Pros: nice guy, some decent jokes, uploads lectures online
Cons: makes mistakes, talks himself in circles and ends up making things more confusing
You never need to go to lecture because he uploads them online and they are pretty clear.
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Pros: Nice.
Cons: None.
He doesn't actually teach this class. It is actually taught by David Schwartz. Schwartz is really easy, but also pretty dry. He uses a powerpoint as a crutch like so many other teachers at UNC. The class is very easy though, so give it a crack if you're interested in it. Good to take along with Psyc 220 (biopsychology) because they parallel.
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there were no projects, just several quizzes, everything in this class was difficult and the professor is pretty tough.
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Pros: curves a lot
Cons: more biochemistry than general chemistry, tests are hard and are on material not gone over all that well in class
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Pros: The book helps.
Cons: More theorizing and biochem them actual chemistry.
I did not like Professor Kahn's way of teaching. His lectures/slides do not prepare you at all for the tests. He goes into wayyy to much detail about stuff that is not even going to be tested.
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He assigns two homework assignments in addition to the exams. Brilliant lecturer.
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Pros: Straightforward from textbook problems
Cons: Very fast paced teacher.
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Pros: The homework problems he assigns really do help you on the exams.
Cons: There is no assistance for homework...so you're on your own, but he does give you unlimited online tries. He goes off on tangents during lecture and so can be really boring. The exams are very difficult to extremely difficult.
He likes his exam averages to be a little less than 60% and spends a lot of time going into the theory of chemistry, which he then tells us we don't need to know.

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