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Amy Phelps
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Middle Tennessee (MTSU)
Chemistry
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4.7703****+
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Rated by 74 students
2.29
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across 3 classes
Spring Term 2014 Schedule
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Add to schedule F 11:30am-2:40pm
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CHEM 1030
CHEM 1110
CHEM 1120
CHEM 1121
CHEM 2880
CHEM 7640
CHEM 7810
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
She is the best Chem. Professor MTSU has if you have the chance take her. But be prepared to work because it is still a hard class. She is very fair too.
Professor rated by: Eng Tech (RODP Only) Student on January 6, 2012
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Dr. Phelps is awesome she explains chemistry in a way that people our age can relate to. She also keeps you cracking up with her jokes (although some are kinda corny) but she explains things very well. The lab final and the final for the class are brutal they are the reason that I got a C and not a B.



Homework: No homework



Textbook: Didn't ever use the textbook.
Professor rated by: Student on December 14, 2006
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: Entertaining professor.

Gave small, frequent tests.

Easy to understand what she's explaining.
Cons: None
Dr. Phelps is a very good chemistry professor. She definitely enjoys teaching and interacting with students. She does some things a little different than other chemistry professors, but in a good way. She explains everything thoroughly, and helps you outside of class.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on May 12, 2012
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: She changed the class structure to 11 "testlings" instead of 3 big tests. They were every Friday because I had a MWF class, but I actually loved it. It allows you to focus on less material and I think I learned better this way.
Take Dr. Phelps if you can! She is one of the best professor's I have ever had.
Professor rated by: Exercise Science Student on December 13, 2011
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: awesome teacher! love her teaching style, 1 of a kind, this is wat i call a real teacher! energetic, wakes u up in the morning, and is ready to teach what she loves!
Cons: none!
weekly quizzes worth a lot, come to class and ull do good on them.
Professor rated by: Biology (MTSU and RODP) Student on November 22, 2011
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Take her, she gives so much extra credit and builds extra points into her exams. Online HW but it helps you out eventually. She was very entertaining at 8:00 in the morning.
Professor rated by: Concrete Industry Mgmt Student on December 8, 2010
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: Easy to understand

Goes over everything a million times

Tests just like handouts
Just study some or remember high school chemistry and its an easy A
Professor rated by: Biology (MTSU and RODP) Student on April 9, 2012
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: she usually offers extra credit oppurtunities and she is really one of the best and easiest chem teachers!!
Professor rated by: Biology (MTSU and RODP) Student on April 6, 2011
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: Amazing Teacher
Cons: Come to class
You have to pay attention but she is awesome!
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on October 18, 2011
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CHEM 1120
General Chemistry II
5*****
Our Honors section was taught in the Honors Building. Phelps would come in five minutes late perhaps once a week; she had to walk from the Davis Science Building and often carried her books or her class demonstrations in a trolley-thing, and she underestimated the time it took to get there. She was almost always prepared for class. She's very ethusiastic about chemistry, and almost always stayed after class to talk with various students about topics or answer questions. I'd recommend her. She responds to emails and keeps office hours, as far as I am aware. The grading scale was standard, and she would try to help you out by giving lots of quizzes to pad your grade. She took the course seriously, but overall it was a highschool course; I blame the Chemistry department, not her, for that. Classtime was usually spent well and you were not bogged down with homework. I absolutely loathed the labs. They were tedious follow-the-procedure three-hour recipes for an 18/20 demonstration about something you read from the textbook (or rather, that she said in class). If you enjoy Chemistry then it shouldn't take long to do them, as they were easy, but there were often times when you had to let things sit, simmer, or heat for half an hour, taking measurements. The labs were typically 9th-grade level; not really suitable for college students, and I didn't find them exciting or stimulating.



Exams: They were long. Typically the class took 5-10 minutes past classtime to finish them (four pages, front and back, short answer). Our final test she finally stopped us -- saying it was obvious no one would finish on time, again -- and told us we would have 30 minutes of the next class period to finish it. She was frustrated; she tries to write good tests. They were good, but even after cutting a page or two it was still too long. Not too difficult, and covered class material.



Homework: Homework packets (short answer, sometimes numerical) would be due almost every week, consisting of 10-20 questions. Additional bookwork was listed in the syllabus and was optional. Typically reading the textbook (not often necessary) and doing the required packet (sometimes done in class) was enough to get an A and know the material. Not very difficult. Would maybe take an hour or two out of class. Dr Phelps is a Chemist; her English skills were sometimes lacking when writing the questions, but it was clear what she was asking.



Textbook: A decent textbook. Covers the chemistry material but the writing is very plain, written for a 9th grader to understand. Not mathematical at all, which was disappointing: It gives formulas usually without explaining their derivation, so you just "plug and chug"; unless you had a mathematical background you might miss the point of what the equations were actually saying. Came in handy when Phelps assigned special research topics like acid rain and the ozone; the book had sections discussing them, although search engines return the same material.
Professor rated by: Student on May 31, 2007
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Dr. Phelps is prob. the easiest prof. in the chem. dept. however do not take that to mean it is easy because it is not by any means an easy A course. She does explain things in a way you can understand and she is funny and entertaining and a very nice lady, and she is always available for help and wants you to get help early. I spent a lot of time in her office and it did help to clear up concepts that were cloudy from lecutre. However understanding it and then being able to put it to good use on the test are two different things, her test can be tricky. She likes for you to explain in detail. There really is no chances for extra credit, there are 16 quizes 3 are dropped. Take her if you have to take Chemistry!



Exams: Her tests are tricky and hard after test 1. Her tests are extremely long so long the majority of the class couldnt take it during the class period, she would try to hold the other class off for like 5 minutes just to try to give us a little more time, its stupid how long her test are and she will tell you it is long answer what you know first and then if you have time go back to what you skipped and never leave multiple choice blank. She didn't curve even when test 4's class average was in the 50's.This class was large (102 ppl. However some of the test were worth 7-10 points over 100 which helped a little.



Homework: There is online homework OWL and you want to do it because it is equal to a test grade and it is prob. the easiest A you will receive in that class, you cant get homework problems wrong it won't let you. Please don't be dumb and just not do it.



Textbook: I never used the textbook however I guess you need it to be able to get the password to access the online homework OWL. It's a very expensive book new.
Professor rated by: Student on December 18, 2009
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
3***
Let me start by saying that Dr. Phelps is a very caring, funny woman. However, her class is HARD and about 70% of us (the other 30% being the 4-5 seniors who needed one last science credit and decided to take a FRESHMAN level course for an easy grade) were in over our heads.



I took Dr. P’s 1110 Honors section. Nobody was too intimidated at the start of the semester; she covered very basic principles and explained new concepts in an actual “lecture” fashion. Once we reached the halfway mark, though, things changed drastically. Dr. Phelps stopped lecturing. About half of the class was devoted to going over the previous day’s homework. For the last half, she would hand out new homework and was basically like, “Okay, here ya go. Work on it until the end of class and if you need help you can ask your neighbor.” That wouldn’t have been a problem if we were chemistry professors like she was, but what we needed was her instruction, not the halfway guessing of our neighbor.



Homework was pretty much key. It was extremely challenging, and the majority of the class wouldn’t have it finished nor have any clue how to do it. Tests (which were cumulative and given EVERY single Thursday) were based on the homework, and since the aforementioned 30% were the only ones who ever understood the homework, well…



I wouldn’t have a problem recommending Dr. P to anybody who needs a chemistry class, but be warned that it will require a TON of work and studying outside of class. Be prepared to study the material outside of class for at least an hour a day and FORM STUDY GROUPS!!! This class is NOT an easy A; you will work for every single point you get.

Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on November 17, 2012
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CHEM 1120
General Chemistry II
5*****
Dr. Phelps is by far the best teacher I have had here at MTSU. The way she explains things, makes even the most difficult of topics understandable. She performs experiments in class whenever she can to help solidify concepts in a particular chapter. She is very witty and has no problem going head to head with the "class clown." She gives quizzes pretty regularly, and they are marked on the syllabus when she is going to give them. There were 14 quizzes total, but she only grades the best 12. There is also extra credit built into the questions.



Her exams are rather lengthy and kind of difficult. she wants you to explain in depth about a topic instead of just writing the "rule" or "because the formula says so." Her exams consist of multiple choice and short answer. She does even reward partial credit for the multiple choice questions provided you show your work when performing calculations.



There is homework that is assigned for every chapter. The Homework is done online and covers the topics of what she is teaching about in class. Some of the questions are difficult, but if you get the question wrong it goes into a tutorial mode to help you answer the question.



As far as the textbook goes, I used it maybe 5 times throughout the semester.

Dr. Phelps is by far, the most approachable teacher here at this school. She is more than happy to help you if you are having difficulty understanding concepts or calculations. I would definitely take advantage of her office hours.
Professor rated by: Environmental Sci & Tech Student on May 2, 2011
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CHEM 1120
General Chemistry II
5*****
Pros: She gives many grades which is helpful if you don’t do too hot on a few assignments. She gives extra points on every test and that’s what her extra credit is. She is very approachable and is willing to work with you as long as you ask for the help. She has interesting lectures and she also does experiments in the lectures which helped keep my attention span.
Cons: You have a quiz every day so it is necessary to go to every lecture. She does not give extra credit outside of the bonus points added to the test. Overall though I don’t have many complaints from taking her class!
She is one of the best chemistry teachers in the department! She was also very nice to me and her lectures were not boring at all. It was more like an open discussion with facts for her. I had her twice a week for 85 minutes and class always went by very fast! If you have any questions you can always go to her office or email her. Emailing her is best and she usually responds pretty fast.

Her tests are mainly short answer and there might be a few multiple choice questions on there. If you go to lecture and study then you will do fine in her class. They will generally take the entire time and they are very lengthy. They were straight forward, but it was a lengthy response and math to the questions. Ninety percent of her homework is online, so check periodically to make sure that you do all the ones listed. She gives a quiz every day to ensure that you will show up to class.

Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on May 7, 2011
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CHEM 1120
General Chemistry II
5*****
Do what everyone else is saying and take Dr. Phelps! She is the professor to get for any chemistry class you can take her for. I know people who had Dr. Pearson for this course and were freaking out all semester because they were so lost! Dr. Phelps is an excellent teacher and moves at the pace of the class. She doesn't teach a syllabus like most professors do. If one day the class doesn't understand something completely, she will go over it again. Her class goes by REALLY fast, too, because she is so funny and entertaining, and she frequently brings experiements as well. Her grade was based on three tests (The tests weren't too bad, but she was occasionally a tad picky I thought on certain questions. However, she's good about partial credit), quizzes (Pretty easy and add up to a test grade), lab, and the ACS Final (Very hard, but she curves). She also gave a little bit of extra credit that helped as well.



Exams: Tests weren't too bad but involved critical thinking, calculations, and were short answer.



Homework: Practice problems were recommended, but the class was a little behind because of reviewing at the first of the semester, so the homework problems started not being relevant to the material covered in class because she was having to skip around a little, so I stopped doing them.



Textbook: Pretty good but should only be used if you need additional reinforcement of lectures.
Professor rated by: Student on May 6, 2006
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Dr. Phelps is probably one of the best teachers I've ever had. She is sooooo good at her job, and you can tell that she likes teaching. She is hilarious, and uses humor that helps you remember things when it comes test time. She is really good at breaking it down to a level that just about anyone could understand, and she is always there to help post-class. She has helped me understand chemistry better than anyone else ever has. She is a lovely person, and I would strongly recommend her to anyone who needs to take this class.



Exams: Her tests are not ridiculously hard. But you do need to study. She does a great job of letting you know what's going to be on the test, so that you don't over-study. She also gives a quiz, pretty much every other class period, but she only takes the best 13 out of 17. They are very short, and usually not terribly hard. She gives them at the end of class, and lectures over exactly what the quizzes are going to be on, so you're never left in the dark.



Homework: She uses Webassign, and gives an assignment on there for every chapter she covers. The questions usualy aren't terribly hard, and I found them to be a good study tool to go back and look at before a test.



Textbook: It is helpful for clarifying things that you didn't quite understand in lecture, but it is not necessary.
Professor rated by: Student on February 14, 2009
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
Pros: She is the BEST Chem professor. She is also very fair with the grading scale. It's not an easy class, so prepare yourself to work hard. Here's what we had to do: 1. testlings every Tuesday (she calls them testlings b/c they are not long as a test and not short as a quiz) and thus you must study the materials on a weekly bases otherwise you won't pass b/c there are 12 of them and she counts the best 10 and these add up to be 450 points of your lecture grade.

2. We had 10 worksheets relevant to the work (they are not hard, they were like a practice) count for 150 points (MUST DO)

3. The syllabus had suggested HW to practice. I've found similar questions on the testling that came out these problems.

If you are dedicated and really wants to do well, you must study your notes on daily bases if you can and review them before each testlling. If you bumped the testlings you won't be able to pull an "A" neither a "B"
Cons: NONE
Final: was two parts, 1st a national exam and it was terribly difficult, and the second part is her exam. You must do VERY well on her final b/c the national exam will get you!!!

Go to her office and seek help, b/c if you didn't you will the questions you missed on the next tesling. She is always willing to help.

Professor rated by: Nutrition and Food Science Student on December 16, 2013
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CHEM 1110
General Chemistry I
5*****
She is pretty funny. The first couple of days, I admit, I thought she was annoying because she jokes a lot, but it helps keep the class not bored to death. Time flies by in that class. We watched experiments in class and it helped us understand the material better. She is such a good teacher. I recommend her to anyone! Even if you're bad at science and have to take CHEM1110, I recommend her. She will help after class and during her office hours.



Exams: I didn't study for the tests completely. I just went over the things I was iffy about and dived right in and did pretty well. The avg. for the class was around mid-high 70s which is pretty fair.



Homework: There was optional homework on the syllabus, but no one did it because it wasn't ever for a grade. Sometimes we had take-home quizzes for a grade, but it was only out of 10 pts.



Textbook: The textbook is great if you need things clarified. But you really don't need it because she gives you a lot of worksheets and what she lectures in class, you test on. We didn't go over every specific detail the book has; we went over the basics.
Professor rated by: Student on December 6, 2006
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CHEM 1120
General Chemistry II
5*****
Pros: Really cool teacher!

In class examples!

Labs aren't usually "cookbook labs"

Gives bonus points for everyone on some tests.

Great at answering questions

Very knowledgeable!

Cares about students!
Cons: None
This is the best teacher I have ever had. For starters she is a teacher. She loves teaching and she is good at it. She told us right off that if a professor wanted to fail a class they could write the tests to be impossible, but her goal was for us to learn and understand the material. She does really cool in class examples!

If I ever needed help I knew I could go to her office. She really is enthusiastic about helping students. I was nervous about my chemistry based major at first, but now I am really excited to take more chemistry classes. This was the coolest class I have had.

There is homework every couple weeks and "testlings" every couple weeks, but if you come to class and do the homework; they aren't hard. Having so many "testlings" helps your average. Everyone loved her no matter what they thought about chemistry as a subject.

Best teacher ever. I highly recommend this class.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on April 19, 2014
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PSCI 1030
Topics in Physical Science
5*****
She is an awesome teacher. I signed up for her b/c I read on here that she was good. It was right. She has a dry sense of humor which I usually thought was funny. She explains things well and does a lot of experiments in class to help demonstrate what she is talking about. The class I was in had about 110 people in it so, needless to say, she didn't take role. We had a lot of quizzes that she gave after assigning some reading the night before. They weren't pop quizzes, so you knew what to expect. They were usually pretty easy and she ended up dropping a few b/c we took so many. I would definitely reccommend her to anyone. She is a great teacher and if you can get her for lab too, it's even better.



Exams: Dr. Phelps gives a study guide of exactly what will be on the test. Tests were easy if you study the study guides.



Homework: assigned reading



Textbook: the textbook absolutely sucked. It had no index or glossary, so you had to search for what you were looking for thru the whole chapter.
Professor rated by: Student on December 9, 2003
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