PHYSICS 6B

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism

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Shahriar Abachi Full Profile > 2.5 Overall 1.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness
Prof. Abachi is a nice guy but his teaching method is quite sketchy. The first two weeks of class he came in from 5-15 minutes late and one day he didn... (Nov. 26, 2006)
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Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.8

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Prof. Abachi is a nice guy but his teaching method is quite sketchy. The first two weeks of class he came in from 5-15 minutes late and one day he didn't show up and someone had to tell us he cancelled class. But he has been on time from then on. His lectures are ok but he tends to mess up on equations very VERY frequently. And he will also mess up on example problems and sometimes when he tells the history of something he will mess up. One of his mess ups were when he told us that Washington saw that there were two types of charges, positive and negative. But the real person was Franklin, a different guy on a different dollar bill. His exams are ok not the best not the worse but his practice exams range because sometimes it has material we haven't covered that won't be on the test and sometimes it will me missing something. Homework and lab are ok just that he tends to get behind in lab so in lab we are clueless. That's all but he seems to try his best and he tries to be funny when he really isn't.

Nov. 26, 2006
Katsushi Arisaka Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 2.9 Easiness 2.6 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Arisaka is the MAN. Absolute best professor I've had at UCLA thus far. He cares so much about his students. He emails us after every lecture. He gets ex... (Winter Quarter 2016)
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Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.9 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.9 Helpfulness 4.4

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Arisaka is the MAN. Absolute best professor I've had at UCLA thus far. He cares so much about his students. He emails us after every lecture. He gets exams graded extremely fast. He puts his students as his priority. He is super funny and was literally like a father to me. His emails were hilarious. He'd tell us to make sure to go to bed by 11pm and get 8 hours of sleep before the exam. It was so cute! He's awesome. He's great. Arisaka is love. Arisaka is life.

Winter Quarter 2016
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Maha Ashour-abdalla Full Profile > 4.0 Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness
I personally don't think that Abdalla is the 'best' Physics professor. SHE HAS 'BAILED OUT' ON HER STUDENTS TWICE, NOT JUST ONCE (the person below is ac... (July 1, 2010)
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Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.8

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I personally don't think that Abdalla is the 'best' Physics professor. SHE HAS 'BAILED OUT' ON HER STUDENTS TWICE, NOT JUST ONCE (the person below is actually wrong). She is okay and tries, but she really expects you to be super involved. She did change her mind at the last minute and decide not to teach a class. She did this twice. And yes, it did frustrate many students as they used their first pass thinking they were going to get an easy professor, but got a hard professor instead. So I personally would get another easier prof.

THERE ARE EASIER PROFS OUT THERE. Good luck

July 1, 2010
Luca Bertello Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.9 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness
The man is a miracle. Keeps it simple. Tells you exactly what you need to know. Very approachable outside of class. Speaks ten languages but is very cle... (June 15, 2006)
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Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.7

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The man is a miracle. Keeps it simple. Tells you exactly what you need to know. Very approachable outside of class. Speaks ten languages but is very clear in lecture. Tests are straightforward. No alarms and no surprises. Only thing to watch out for is the pants. He is European so he wears tight pants. Not for the faint of heart. But the man's a saint. If you can get him- take him.

June 15, 2006
Stuart Brown Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.2 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Professor Brown is an awesome teacher for those students who don't mind thinking on a test. Granted, it's not plug and chug nor do you get cheat sheets ... (March 31, 2002)
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Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Brown is an awesome teacher for those students who don't mind thinking on a test. Granted, it's not plug and chug nor do you get cheat sheets but it's kept on such a simple level and he tells you what will be on the test before hand. The reason not everyone gets an A is because the tests he makes actually assess whether or not you can apply the material to situations that aren't exactly like HW problems. Overall, I think most people will retain what is learned in his class longer than material learned in other courses due to the fundamental but thorough presentation. Definitely recommend him to those students who want to do minimal work (i.e. no busy work) and can think well (recall + algebraic manipulation) on exams. If you don't like that style look for someone else.
Oh, he's also a really nice guy and cares about learning. Just don't ask him to do an example with numbers because he doesn't believe plug and chug teaches anything that an understanding of the material can't provide.

March 31, 2002
Robijn Bruinsma Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 1.6 Easiness 1.8 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness
I hated 6A and have always found physics pointless and boring. I was not looking forward to 6B. But Bruinsma totally surprised me. His excitement abo... (June 4, 2002)
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Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 3.8

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I hated 6A and have always found physics pointless and boring. I was not looking forward to 6B. But Bruinsma totally surprised me. His excitement about the material is catching and I now feel that 6B is one of the best science classes I have taken at UCLA. He is 100% concerned with students actually learning this stuff. I definitely reccommend taking 6B with Bruinsma.

June 4, 2002
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Brent Corbin Full Profile > 4.7 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness
I took 1B with Brent in the summer. His lectures were very organized and he explained the concepts very clearly. I liked how he wrote everything on the ... (March 16, 2011)
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Overall 4.7 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.9

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I took 1B with Brent in the summer. His lectures were very organized and he explained the concepts very clearly. I liked how he wrote everything on the chalkboard instead of just bringing in slides to show on the projector like so many other science professors.

Brent had office hours every single day for 2 hours, although I didn't go to a single one (had another class).

There were no midterms but we had weekly quizzes. His exams were very tough and you really had to study a lot for them. Going into the final I thought that I was going to get a C or worse because I had done poorly on the quizzes. The final was difficult, but there were no curveballs. If you do well on the final he is more likely to give you a good grade even if you didn't do so well in the rest of the quarter.

Overall the class was very challenging but I came out with a solid foundation in physics. You may think you're doing poorly in the class but his curves are HUGE!!!

March 16, 2011
Ferdinand Coroniti Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 1.5 Easiness 2.0 Workload 4.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness
Coroniti is the cutest professor I've come across! He's like a funny grandfather. His teaching style is very organized. He doesn't use notes or anyt... (Winter Quarter 2015)
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Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Coroniti is the cutest professor I've come across! He's like a funny grandfather.

His teaching style is very organized. He doesn't use notes or anything while teaching, so he must really know the material. Most of the time he will be deriving equations but he also works out a few examples. It really helped me to record his lectures and review them afterward, since he doesn't podcast them. Coroniti also gives you the questions that will be on the exam, so it's impossible to not do well unless if you don't go to class!

Winter Quarter 2015
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Jean-luc Gauvreau Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 1.4 Easiness 1.2 Workload 3.4 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
Professor Gauvreau was NOT bad at all! His tests were really straight forward and he was a super nice professor! He is such a friendly, easygoing guy!... (Sept. 9, 2005)
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Overall 3.6 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.2 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.0

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Professor Gauvreau was NOT bad at all! His tests were really straight forward and he was a super nice professor! He is such a friendly, easygoing guy! He's always smiling in class and he really wants us to learn. Sure, his second midterm was killer because of the easy first midterm, but he was really generous with grades. The reason why he went over so many chapters within a few days was because it was summer school. Six weeks was barely enough time. That's why we had to put in a lot of our study time. I dreaded taking physics but he made it so easy for us. I ended up with an A- in the class when I had received a B- in Physics 6A. I would definitely recommended this professor to everyone!

Sept. 9, 2005
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