Dr. Lee Friedman 131

Quick Reference Guide

Professor Friedman has been teaching at University of Maryland College Park since at least 2007. I've been a full time tutor since 2010, and below is my personal guide to his teaching style that I have observed since then.

POINTS BREAKDOWN:
22% Non-Exam (130 - 140 points), 78% Exam & Final (500 points)
Estimated Curve: ~15 - 25%.

Clickers (In Class): 30-40 points. 1 point each: 0.5/accuracy, 0.5/participation.
Clicker Homework: None.
Bonus Points: Never.
Mastering Chemistry Online Homework: ONLY 3 attempts allowed/1 problem. 1 problem = 0.5 points. 20 problems (10 points)/1 homework. 10 homeworks total. 100 points. Graded on ACCURACY, not completion.
COMPARED to other professors, 20 problems/homework for 10 points is double the work with no extra benefit.
NOTE on Attempts: 3 attempts per homework problem is strict. It's very easy to enter the incorrect answer due to rounding error, or entering incorrectly. Some professors offer UNLIMITED attempts for every problem, but not Dr. Friedman.


EXAM STYLE:
- HIGHEST Difficulty - Dr. Friedman has the hardest exam problems among UMD Chemistry professors. The inspiration for his tests come from outside sources - making it impossible to figure out his strategy.
- 100% of exam questions are purposely TRICKY and involve exceptions.
- Rarely repeats old exam questions verbatim.
- 3 Exams per semester @ 100 points each.
- 8-11 questions per exam, and 2-16 points each.
- Friedman's style is consistent and asks the same set of topics
- Students who tutor with me will learn exam strategies curated from 10 semester's worth of Dr. Friedman's CHEM 131 exams.


HOW TO STUDY FOR DR. FRIEDMAN'S FINAL EXAM:
- Contact me for tutoring if you're interested in study strategies for Friedman's final exam.

Download CHEM 131 Syllabus (Most Recent Fall 2018)