PHYSICS 6C

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics

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Shahriar Abachi Full Profile > 2.0 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness
Professor Abachi's class is not very difficult. I mean, granted the subject matter isn't very difficult in the first place, but his exams are very doab... (June 24, 2005)
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Professor Abachi's class is not very difficult. I mean, granted the subject matter isn't very difficult in the first place, but his exams are very doable. His lectures are boring, though. he tends to write a bunch of derivations on the board you don't need to know and he confuses himself and makes errors quite often. Anyway, I recommend him. Take him.

June 24, 2005
Katsushi Arisaka Full Profile > 3.2 Overall 2.2 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness
This is a review for Physics 5B: As previously mentioned, I can see why Dr. Arisaka had great reviews previously in the 6 series courses...he gave exam... (Winter Quarter 2018)
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This is a review for Physics 5B:
As previously mentioned, I can see why Dr. Arisaka had great reviews previously in the 6 series courses...he gave exams very similar to practice exams and homework, cracked a couple jokes, and everyone did well and everything was all hunky dory and wonderful. Be warned, however, that this is no longer the case with him in teaching the new 5 series. I agree to some extent that the point of any exam is to test student knowledge, not memory, and the exam should be tailored to be different enough that students need to have an understanding of the material, but not so different that it introduces new concepts and throws students off so much that exam averages are well below failing. Moreover, he takes it upon himself to assert himself as a medical school admissions officer and gauges which students will become doctors and which will become EFFECTIVE doctors, based on his INEFFECTIVE exams. No professor should feel comfortable enough to belittle and discourage his students from their career paths when he knows they are well into pursuing their pre-health career degrees. Trying to teach yourself material from the textbook is also ineffective unfortunately, because he does not follow the book's style at all. To put things into perspective, physics (at least at the undergraduate, lower-division, life science level), is applied math, yet I can count the number of times (on one hand) that I've needed to pick up a calculator to solve a problem on his exams. Put simply, if you have another professor choice, please take them and do not be fooled by the outdated reviews below. In the meantime, I hope Dr. Arisaka realizes his objectives in designing this series are not being carried out. I appreciate his efforts in trying to make physics more applicable to life sciences majors, but he is just taking the wrong approach in doing it.

Winter Quarter 2018
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Maha Ashour-abdalla Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
TAKE THIS CLASS WITH MAHA!!! As everyone below me already said, Maha is truly the most caring and amazing teacher at UCLA. You won't find any teacher wh... (May 27, 2010)
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TAKE THIS CLASS WITH MAHA!!! As everyone below me already said, Maha is truly the most caring and amazing teacher at UCLA. You won't find any teacher who cares about student's well-being more than her.
Now about the class:

Her lectures are very clear and organized. She makes sure to always post all the slides she uses during lecture
which is very helpful. Make sure to do your homework as it’s about 10 percent of the grade but most importantly, it will help a lot for the exams. Unlike any other UCLA teacher, Maha personally attended every review session before each exam. And I highly recommend going to them.

Make sure to go to office hours and personally meet her. If you don’t understand something, GO TALK TO HER! She’s great at explaining material and will make sure you understand it before you leave the room. If you pay attention in class, do the homework, go to review sessions, and ask questions during office hours, you're almost guaranteed an A. And don't let the fact that there's no cheat sheet during exams scare you. It better that you don't have it. Without it, you will understand the material more thoroughly and trust me you'll be happy especially if your taking your MCAT's. The material will come up again!
I changed my entire winter schedule around just to take this class and I do not regret it. By far the best teacher I’ve had at UCLA. Make sure you take this class with Maha! Trust me, its worth it. Thanks Maha!

May 27, 2010
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Luca Bertello Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
I am a Bio major, and not so great in Physics. But I heard Bertello is nice and easy, so took his section. He is nice and very approachable, but likes t... (Jan. 9, 2009)
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I am a Bio major, and not so great in Physics. But I heard Bertello is nice and easy, so took his section. He is nice and very approachable, but likes to even out his class curve. This means for the final even if you have an A going into the final, it's very possible to get a C for your final grade. Well, I didn't have an A going in, but I did have a solid A-/B+. I had perfect homework and lab scores, and did okay on the midterms. I have NEVER received a C before in any class. So glad I'm done with Physics. Btw, Lea is the BEST TA. She explains concepts better than any professor. I never skipped discussion.

Jan. 9, 2009
Stuart Brown Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 2.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
Selling the three textbooks you need for the Physics 6 series, the UCLA store sells the bundle for $177 but I'm selling for $100 and they're in mint con... (Spring Quarter 2016)
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Selling the three textbooks you need for the Physics 6 series, the UCLA store sells the bundle for $177 but I'm selling for $100 and they're in mint condition! (no highlights, marking, rip tears, etc.) text me if interested 7025562436

Spring Quarter 2016
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Troy Carter Full Profile > 4.6 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.7 Workload 4.6 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness
I really hate physics, but taking 6C with Professor Carter was great. To do well, you do have to know the concepts, but the great thing is if you study... (June 20, 2006)
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I really hate physics, but taking 6C with Professor Carter was great. To do well, you do have to know the concepts, but the great thing is if you study the homework, the practice tests, and the concept tests, the exams will be a breeze. In addition to that, he really does care about student learning and is willing to modify the way he teaches. When I took the class, he tried out the internet homework program, WebAssign, and it was a pain in the butt at first, but it's actually much better than paper homework because everyone helps out everyone else. Take him if you can!!

June 20, 2006
Brent Corbin Full Profile > 4.2 Overall 1.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 4.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
I have mixed opinions about Corbin. His lectures are entertaining (especially the physics puns) but he has a bit of an inflated ego. His tests are crazy... (March 24, 2011)
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I have mixed opinions about Corbin. His lectures are entertaining (especially the physics puns) but he has a bit of an inflated ego. His tests are crazy... if you're scoring 60% you're doing "well". At first, this kinda hurts your sense of progress. You could study all night and still score in the 50-60% range: it's discouraging. After the first test, I learned really quickly how to take his midterms successfully. Don't start at the beginning of the test; flip through all of the problems. Don't attempt to start the difficult problems until later. Pick a problem you KNOW you can do well, then move onto other ones, because the time limit (50 minutes) is the biggest issue, and you want to rack up all the points you can get. Write something down for every part of every question, because even when I pulled answers out of my ass that made no sense, the TA would give me 1-2 points out of 5. Partial credit is the key! I basically didn't study more than 1 hour for each midterm, and 2 hours for the final, but I got an A because I understood the concepts and I could explain myself through sentences on the exams, even when I couldn't recall the correct equations. Attend lecture! and when I attended office hours once, I realized that the OH regulars probably got a TON of hints about exam problems. This class is intimidating, but doable. Sean is an amazing TA, so attend his review sessions and discussions when you can. (Also, I never even did one problem from the book, but they probably help you become more familiar with the equations.)

March 24, 2011
Ferdinand Coroniti Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.4 Easiness 2.4 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
This class was easier and more interesting than 6B in my opinion, since it relates to life sciences toward the end of the quarter. I ended up getting an... (Spring Quarter 2015)
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This class was easier and more interesting than 6B in my opinion, since it relates to life sciences toward the end of the quarter. I ended up getting an A- in 6B and an A in 6C with Coroniti, whereas I actually failed 6A with a different professor. Coroniti's teaching style is basically all derivations and a few examples. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the equations like this because you really get to understand how they work. His exam questions are emailed to you, so it's easy to do well on his midterms and final. He's also friendly and hilarious. When he would turn off the lights for a demo but couldn't see the light switch, he would take out his mini flashlight from the back of his pocket. He makes a few jokes throughout lecture too, which I always found funny. Definitely give Coroniti a chance if possible! Don't be deterred by negative reviews from 6B or 6C.

Spring Quarter 2015
Mostafa El Alaoui Full Profile > 3.4 Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.1 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness
Cool professor, very nice guy. His lectures are well organized and the pace of the class was just right. He has review sessions before all of the tests ... (June 17, 2011)
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Cool professor, very nice guy. His lectures are well organized and the pace of the class was just right. He has review sessions before all of the tests (2 midterms and a final) in which he really tries to stress the concepts that will be on the test. I definitely recommend this professor!

June 17, 2011
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