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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Ketan Trivedi

Ketan Trivedi
Professor (2000 – 2011)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Chemistry
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4.1855****
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Rated by 442 students
2.84
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across 3 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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CHEM 1035
CHEM 1036
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5*****
CHEM 1035 - General Chemistry
I personally never liked chemistry and this class was hard for me. I failed pretty much all of my exams and managed to pull out a c- and I was very happy with that. He doesn't curve any of the exams but somehow has a pretty massive curve on the...
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Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on 1/4/10
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3***
CHEM 1035 - General Chemistry
Trivedi is a pretty strange guy, and at the start of my freshman year I thought he'd be awesome. As the year went on, it dawned on me that he really wasn't very good and I really didn't like his class. I was never good with chemistry, and...
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Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on 10/24/08
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
3***
Trivedi is a pretty strange guy, and at the start of my freshman year I thought he'd be awesome. As the year went on, it dawned on me that he really wasn't very good and I really didn't like his class. I was never good with chemistry, and while I was excited to use the DVD he uses in his class, I found that it really sucked and I didn't do so hot. I felt like Trivedi was awful at making sense during class. He would come up with some whacky analogies to try and jazz basic chemistry up and just make it awful. We had a guest lecturer / professor emeritus one day, and that lecture was a lot better. Trivedi does manage to spice it up by having people tell jokes and doing stupid things, but he really wasn't very good. To be fair, I must say that he gave me (and everyone) a generous curve / weird extra credit that took what probably would have been some kind of C to a B. We did the math and it was like 8 points added to the final grade. Despite being a huge goof in class and coming off as a real jerk sometimes, Trivedi was a smart guy. IIRC he graduated from a top school in India and was very hard to stump. I loved how he pushed the DVD instead of the typical book, but the implementation could have been a lot better - on the right track though. It just wasn't for me. Conclusion: If you decide to take Trivedi, DO THE DVD! I didn't, and I'll be honest, that's why I almost got a C. If you get B's on the test, the generous curves will save you, but don't bank on D's and such with them. Trust me, practice the DVD after class and again before the tests and you'll get an A or a B before curving.
Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on October 24, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
I personally never liked chemistry and this class was hard for me. I failed pretty much all of my exams and managed to pull out a c- and I was very happy with that. He doesn't curve any of the exams but somehow has a pretty massive curve on the final grade. If you're failing, hang in there and you should be alright in the end.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on January 4, 2010
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CHEM 1036
General Chemistry
4****
I had Trivedi for gen chem in Fall 2009 (1035) and Spring 2010 (1036).



-Trivedi made the class interesting with jokes and pronunciation errors that kept me paying attention to see what he would say next.

-He wants you to learn, and in class he'll do what he can to help you, even if it means calling you out for an answer and then explaining why you’re wrong. He'll make you participate by repeating/completing phrases, and he'll threaten the class with using PowerPoint if you’re unresponsive. He’s generally really good at helping you reason through concepts. He compounds what you already know with new material, and shows you the linkages among the information.

-I’m not easily intimidated, but what I heard from other students made me shy away from Trivedi's office hours. This left other students, most who didn’t know the material better than I did, as my most helpful resource.

-Class was a little uncomfortable at times. Once in a while it felt like he was picking on a student who didn’t understand the concepts he was explaining.

-Don’t ever forget your calculator (and periodic table for first semester), and don't fall asleep in his class. He’ll call you out and sometimes ask you to leave.

-His DVD is great. If you use it to its full extent, it teaches you most everything you need to know for the tests (though I still recommend going to class), and is significantly cheaper than the chemistry textbook (about $70 vs. $200)… so on that note, DON'T BUY THE TEXTBOOK! It'll be a waste of money. It’s also convenient to leave it running while in your room if you want a quick review, and for me, hearing and seeing the material and doing interactive problems was a lot more useful than reading out of a textbook.

-Trivedi gave an extra exam that was a combination of our first two exams and then dropped the lowest exam during the first semester to help us bring up our grades. No such luck second semester.

-From what I hear, Trivedi's class is more difficult than the average chemistry lecture section, but he does curve generously. First semester I knew someone who got a 69 and ended up with a C+. Trivedi also made I think an 88 an A. Second semester he curved a lot as well. He won't curve during the semester though, so it can be scary to have to wait until the end of the semester to see your grade.

-My biggest complaint is the amount of mistakes he makes, especially second semester. It is incomprehensibly frustrating to try to study something Trivedi glossed in class using homework and DVD examples whose answers are contradictory or whose problems lack vital information or do not provide the correct answer. If you're like me and you like to do every problem available to study for a test, you will find this to be an issue.

-Though he graded them, as long as we handed in all the Blackboard homework assignments (and if you had like a 75% on the Aris for second semester), he gave us 100% on homework.



Overall, I highly highly highly recommend Trivedi for first semester chemistry. I'd say to ask around and consider other professors for second semester… I found that he is a lot better at explaining the 1035 material than that for 1036. Got A's both semesters, but I did have to work hard for those grades. I mostly studied by pulling all-nighters with the DVD and homework problems (he takes questions from these and puts them on his tests a lot).
Professor rated by: EPIDEMIOLOGY Student on December 22, 2010
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Trivedi is by far the best teacher for Chemistry. I'll admit, if you don't really understand the material very well the homework will be such a drag to do. This doesn't mean to decide not to do it, because if you attempt it you'll likely get full credit at the end of the semester. Also, Trivedi doesn't use the Chemistry Textbook. Instead, he uses the DVD he created that happens to be the VERY BEST thing you could have. The studying for the final exam consisted of me taking a few hours the weekend before the exam and going over the practice problems on the DVD and reviewing any sections I had problems with. I missed one question on the final and ended up with an 'A' for the semester. The best news came as the grading curve. Trivedi wants us to do well and, as a result, gives us the grade we deserve. I suppose he just eyeballs the grade and gives an estimate near the end of the semester as to what he is going to do. For our class, you ended up having to do so poorly in that course to fail. I think you reached an actual 'D' grade somewhere in the 50's range. The point is, do the homework and listen to the DVD sections every Sunday night for the week to come and you'll do great in his course. And if he does ask your opinion or wants, do tell the truth. If you don't want homework, he'll usually not give it to you. He's a great guy!
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on February 11, 2009
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
4****
Pros: 1. He is a very enthustiastic teacher. 2. STUDY THE DISC EXAMPLES 3. He USUALLY does not fail anyone in the class. So the curve is depending on the lower final grades in the class. 4. He is always willing to help students in his office hours. 5. DO the hw's. You can find the answers online but i advise doing them, then checking them. You will not learn a lot by just looking up the answers.
Cons: 1. I found his tests medium-hard, but I hate chemistry.
Professor Trivedi does not use the textbook, so do not even bother getting the book unless you intend on pursuing chemistry. He uses a C.D. you can purchase online. DO NOT BORROW THE DISC FROM A FRIEND AND TRY AND GET HIM TO DOWNLOAD IT FOR YOU. Some students had trouble downloading the disc to their laptop and Trivedi will help you IF you purchase it yourself. My friend tried to get Trivedi to download an old disc that he got from a friend and then Trivedi found out and threw my friend out of his office. So if you do get a disc from an old friend do not go to Trivedi to help you with the program.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on July 7, 2010
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CHEM 1036
General Chemistry
3***
eh...i was expecting more based on the reviews i read before taking the class. his classes, like everyone else says, are kinda slow and he expects an answer after every question like it's an elementary school or something.. a bit childish. he also calls on people randomly, which i hated and even prevented me from going to class. if you dont like that, avoid wearing bright colors, hats, or anything that will make you stand out and sit in the back. the class is hard to follow but if you want something to save your grade, depend on the DVD. all the questions on homework and tests are from it and it teaches you everything...makes going to class kind of pointless. i got a high B before the curve. he curves pretty massively.. like ten points per test. but overall, i would probably never take him again. he also might be a bit mentally insane because he started yelling at me during the final for cheating when i wasnt...it was weird. funny guy tho but gay class and not the most organized.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 6, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Dr. Trivedi is an awesome professor and really does care about his students. He will "bend over backwards into a bloody pretzel" for his students to ensure that everyone understands the material. Many students insist that going to class isn't necessary (and it's not really necessary) but he explains things exactly like things are explained on his DVD. Just go to class for him to teach you, and then spend an hour or two per week doing examples from the DVD (and/or a few hours before each exam) and you should do fine. This class isn't much effort for a college chemistry class since he explains things so well and the DVD is awesome too! He makes a 400 person chemistry class seem like a 30 person class since he is always calling on people and emphasizes class participation. If you want to learn chemistry and have fun at the same time, Trivedi is the guy for you!
Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on December 18, 2007
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
If you're going to take CHEM1035, Trivedi is really the way to go. He teaches from the DVD he made, so you don't have to buy a book (saving yourself $200), and his exam questions closely parallel the practice questions found on his DVD, so scoring high on his tests is easily done with a bit of preparation. Although he initially grades homework, he gives you full credit as long as you complete most of it. He also gives a curve (although he says that he doesn't). Not only that, but he's a genuinely funny guy who will listen to his students and even change his course in response to class input. Definitely recommend him.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on December 17, 2009
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
4****
Trivedi is a decent professor. He is tough, but EXTREMELY fair with grading. He wants to help out his students, and he has yet to fail anyone for this course. He NEVER uses the book, he teaches through a DVD that he created himself. You have two types of homework, ARIS and Trivedi's personal homework that he assign, and they are both graded. The questions on his tests are so similar to the homework he makes, that if you study from those you will be fine. Also, make sure you go to class, and don't fall asleep because he will kick you out. Besides that, Trivedi is a good teacher and has a goofy sense of humor :)
Professor rated by: Chemical Engineering Student on December 12, 2009
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CHEM 1036
General Chemistry
4****
Dr. Trivedi can be scary because he calls people out. If you hate being called on I would suggest wearing solid colored clothes without writing, no bright colors, no glasses, no hokie apparel, no hats. And don't sit on the end of a row, especially in the back. If that fails, he will never call on somebody looking down and writing so write something and look at your paper.



Bring a calculator every day or else!



Studying the DVD thoroughly is the best way to prepare for tests. If you study it until you can do the problems without using the "solution" button then you can probably get a good grade on the test.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on April 1, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
4****
He loves to talk about his DVD. He has a very interesting personality and his class can be very easy or complete hell. He likes to put students on the spot by calling them out in class to answer questions. "I don't know" never suffices so you will be sitting there until you figure out the right answer. Every exam has been between 60-90% exact questions from old koofers tests except for the retake he gave us on Test 1 and 2. He is very charismatic and very welcoming at his office hours.
Professor rated by: MBA Student on November 30, 2009
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
3***
If you already took AP Chemistry, you might be able to follow Dr. Trivedi, but if you're like most people and only took Chemistry back in 10th grade then I do not suggest you take this class. He tells you major things that you need to know only once and does not stress important things you need to know. Also, he does not give homework, which made it that much harder to study for his class. If you know what you're doing though, go for it because he's a really funny guy.
Professor rated by: Health Sciences Student on February 7, 2007
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
4****
He's a very good teacher. Survivable accent in which you can understand his teaching and jokes. Very enthusiastic and lets his students know that he will do his best to help you. When teaching in class you can understand what he's actually teaching. The only problem is that what he teaches does not retain to your memory and you really do need to practice on his awesome DVD. cramming does only so much
Professor rated by: Human Development Student on January 14, 2010
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
By far, Dr. Trivedi has been my favorite professor here. His lecture are very thorough, and his exams test you on the materials that he has gone through. The dvd that is required for his class is extremely helpful for when you can't make it to class and when you are studying for an exam. Sometimes, he will pull questions from the dvd and use it on his exams, so make sure you do the practice questions.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on February 24, 2009
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Ketan Trivedi somehow finds a way to be able to answer all the students questions, even in a class of over 550 people. He always wants to help everyone out and make sure everyone has the ability to succeed. He is a great teacher, and he makes what could be a monotonous hour and fifteen minutes actually productive and sometimes even enjoyable with his constant jokes.
Professor rated by: Building Construction Student on September 18, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Trivedi is possible the best chem teacher we have at tech. He is always energetic towards his class and always gets the audience involved and paying attention even in a class of 500 people at 8 in the morning. His tests are hard but the class is curved at the end. It is almost impossible to fail his class. I highly recommend him for any level of chem.
Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on December 12, 2009
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Dr. Trivedi is the way you want to go if you have to take chemistry. you wont ever find a cooler guy to teacher you and he really cares about his students. he is very interactive and wants everyone to understand...so if you dont ASK! his tests are pretty challenging, but he makes sure that if you are trying, youll get a managable grade.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 17, 2007
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CHEM 1036
General Chemistry
5*****
Trivedi was an awesome chem teacher! I had him for both semesters, which I highly recommend doing. He made a DVD for the class so you dont have to buy the text! As long as you do the practice problems on the DVD and read the step-by-step solutions to the ones you didnt know, then you will be very prepared for his tests!
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on August 21, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Dr. Trivedi is the man. His class can be boring but he is a very entertaining man. He made a Chem DVD and it is the best thing to happen to chemistry ever. His class uses the DVD some but before tests is when it is the best. He has practice problems on the DVD that often appear on the tests. He is a great teacher.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on August 25, 2008
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CHEM 1035
General Chemistry
5*****
Amazing professor for Chemistry. He really explains the material on a basic level that all students can understand. He also makes class extremely entertaining and will ask questions to individual students, even in a lecture of 300 . He even has an entire facebook group dedicated to him.
Professor rated by: Engineering Science and Mechanics Student on February 11, 2009
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