PHYSICS 1A

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics

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Shahriar Abachi Full Profile > 2.3 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness
I found Abachi's intructions very interesting. He was well organized and came to class exactly on...
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Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.6 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I found Abachi's intructions very interesting. He was well organized and came to class exactly on the clock. He is one of the greatest professors I have met at UCLA. I took his class in summer before i started my freshman year and he made my transition very rewarding. His teachings were advanced and difficult yet he taught it in a way where i can follow. I highly recommend him and sadly when i did begin my freshman year at UCLA I was unfortunate to not have an instructor like him.

Ernest Abers Full Profile > 2.1 Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.9 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness
This man cannot teach! His lectures are trivial and utterly meaningless; he never solves any...
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Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.9 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness 3.4

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This man cannot teach! His lectures are trivial and utterly meaningless; he never solves any useful problems, he simply (tries) to derive every formula already given to you. And I say "tries" because he can never quite do it. He's always making little mistakes here and there that confuses both himself and the class. What makes it worse is that his handwriting is horrible so you're not going to even be able to decipher the incorrect proofs scrawled upon the board. I also thought he kind of sounded like Bill Cosby (which may or may not be a bad thing depending on your predeliction for Jello and Kodak film). I never went to class after the second week. If you took AP Physics in high school, this class is EXACTLY the same and you shouldn't have to go either. For me it was an easy A. Oh yeah, and try to find someone with last year's midterms and final solutions for insurance. You'd be surprised how many people have them.

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Luca Bertello Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.5 Workload 4.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
Bertello is a magnificent professor, who explains everything from the basics to the more advanced...
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Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.3

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Bertello is a magnificent professor, who explains everything from the basics to the more advanced concepts. He makes it so clear how things work. Class isn't too hard, about average, and you learn a lot. Highly recommended.

Charles Buchanan Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness
I took physics 1a with Buchanan for summer and I must say it was the best decision I've made so...
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.0

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I took physics 1a with Buchanan for summer and I must say it was the best decision I've made so far! He was so nice and always did his best to explain things so that everyone understood. His midterms were completely reasonable. His final I admit was challenging. He asked questions that went beyond what we did in homework, but they were still do-able. I believe the median was around 56 but with the curve there were about 5 A's (30 people in the class).

Overall 30% got As, almost 50% got Bs, 30% Cs, and then there were a couple Ds.

One of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. If you get the chance definitely take him.

Wesley Campbell Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
Professor Campbell was a good physics teacher. He did his best to explain mechanics, and I believe...
Winter Quarter 2016
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.0

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Professor Campbell was a good physics teacher. He did his best to explain mechanics, and I believe he did his tests in a fair way (particularly since I did well). He gave out extremely hard tests, where the average might be a 40%. If you knew the material, or had this knack for mechanics, then you could easily get an A. I consistently scored above the average, but not outstanding, and I did well.
I feel like his lectures weren't particularly good, as he tried to explain all of the topics in 10 weeks, but ultimately it comes down to you either learning the material on your own as well as you can or having a knack or physics.

(Winter Quarter 2016)
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Brent Corbin Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 1.4 Easiness 2.1 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.1 Helpfulness
Is it the toughest physics class UCLA has to offer for the series? Yes I've heard he uses only...
Winter Quarter 2016
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Overall 4.3 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.1 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.1

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Is it the toughest physics class UCLA has to offer for the series? Yes

I've heard he uses only variables in all his questions "Yes. You've heard right. Nowhere in the course would you encounter a single problem that uses a number"

But do you feel fucking awesome and a deep sense of fulfillment after reaching where he wants you to reach? FUCKING YES. If you plan to have a career in a science, don't miss the opportunity to have this man as your professor and his squad of awesome TAs

(Winter Quarter 2016)
Mostafa El Alaoui Full Profile > 3.3 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
So stupid. Very easy questions, just don't have time to look at them during exam. I just don't...
Spring Quarter 2017
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Overall 3.3 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.2

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So stupid. Very easy questions, just don't have time to look at them during exam. I just don't understand why the professor encourages students not to think and deeply understand the logic behind. Why I said those? Because you simply don't have time to think

(Spring Quarter 2017)
Christian Fronsdal Full Profile > 3.2 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 3.0 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
Professor Fronsdal, unless you feel pretty confident about physics in general, is a very difficult...
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Overall 3.2 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Fronsdal, unless you feel pretty confident about physics in general, is a very difficult teacher in that his lectures are not very helpful. You would think the examples he goes over in lecture would help but you soon realize there is no real purpose in showing up cause the problems on the test are way different. He tries to be fair and he does care (there is no doubt). But because hes not very good at explaining things--its gonna be harder for you. Overall, hes like any physics teacher--not very good. So you would think it should be easy to handle. The problem is that both his TA's are horrible. One takes forever in solving a problem and the other is practically apathetic to getting the message across. This made the class harder than it should have been. The only good thing is that his midterms are 10% each and HW is 30%. Just watch out for the final--thats the main factor in your final grade. The only advice I got if you're taking him for a lower div, get a lot of friends who are good in teaching physics.

Walter Gekelman Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 1.8 Easiness 1.7 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness
Professor Gekelman is a nice person and a fair lecturer. If you pay attention in class, there is no...
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Overall 3.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.7 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.2

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Professor Gekelman is a nice person and a fair lecturer. If you pay attention in class, there is no way you will not get an A for his class. A very fair grader with optional homework (this helps people like me a lot), he curves generously. Overall, a pretty good professor. On a scale of whether I'll recommend him to a friend, definitely!

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