J. David Neelin
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J. David Neelin

Professor

neelin@atmos.ucla.edu

http://www.atmos.ucla.edu/~neelin/

Math Sciences, Room 7961

310-206-3734

Rating

Not Effective
6.83
Very Effective
Very Hard
5.17
Very Easy
Not Concerned
7.83
Very Concerned
Not Available
7.00
Very Available
Not Good Overall
6.83
Very Good Overall

Grade history

Climate Change and Climate Modeling

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 102 - Spring 2010

A+
0.0%
A
26.8%
A-
12.2%
B+
20.7%
B
17.1%
B-
8.5%
C+
6.1%
C
6.1%
C-
2.4%
D+
0.0%
D
0.0%
D-
0.0%
F
0.0%

Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Climate Change: From Puzzles to Policy -- Laboratory

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 1L - Fall 2009

A+
0.0%
A
41.3%
A-
19.6%
B+
10.9%
B
8.7%
B-
4.3%
C+
0.0%
C
4.3%
C-
2.2%
D+
0.0%
D
0.0%
D-
2.2%
F
6.5%

Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Climate Change: From Puzzles to Policy

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 1 - Fall 2009

A+
0.7%
A
14.4%
A-
15.8%
B+
19.2%
B
16.4%
B-
8.9%
C+
6.8%
C
7.5%
C-
2.7%
D+
2.1%
D
1.4%
D-
2.7%
F
1.4%

Pass: 6 ~ No Pass: 2 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0

Evaluations

Posted 06/28/2014
Course(s) taken: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 102

Class is boring, however Neelin and the TA Baird are awesome.
Neelin did screencasts so that helped me a lot.
I could miss a lot of lectures.
Just go to the discussion for the hw answers. Or the TA's office hours.
HW is wordy but chill.

Im a CS major and I think it was a fair class. Not too much workload and if you study uul get a decent grade(i got a-)

Posted 01/05/2013
Course(s) taken: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 102

- Professor Neelin was very kind and knowledgeable about the topics that were presented in class.

- Though the topics seemed a little boring at times, he did simplify them quite a bit for our understanding.

- There was actually not as much material from this class compared to other AOS classes I have taken, and if you’re wondering, I found the material valuable in the future toward an atmospheric science career.

- He also provides podcasts of each lecture just in case.

- However, he does not have any official office hours, so seeing him after class is your only chance to communicate in person with the professor.

- There are 3 take-home HW assignments for the class, and though I found the problems to be a little wordy, they are not that difficult at all, especially with hints provided in discussion.

- There are also 2 problem sets done in discussion, but as long as you attend discussion, those are easy points, as you’ll find out.

- While all the HW and discussion work is 30% of the grade, there is a midterm worth 30% of the grade and the final worth 40% (or 15% and 55%, respectively, if your midterm score is poor, and this scenario gives you the better grade).

- The final (as the Professor will repeat many times) is cumulative, but does weigh more toward the material after the midterm.

- Overall, as long as you keep up with and comprehend the material, you should be able to have a decent grade.

Posted 06/10/2012
Course(s) taken: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 102

Dr. Neelin knows his subject and is passionate about it. He's a great professor and makes the material very simple to understand since he teaches out of a textbook that he wrote. He doesnt try and trick you, his exams are structured exactly around what he teaches and problems in the homework he assigns. The problem is that the subject is a little boring so its hard to stay attentive and take good notes in class. The class takes a decent amount of time and effort to study and learn the material for exams but nothing close to some others classes in the life of a south campus major. Overall I would reccommend taking the course with Neelin.

Posted 12/14/2009
Course(s) taken: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 1

Professor Neelin was great.
You can tell he really knows the information.
Sometimes he may have a hard time expressing what hes thinking.
And i do agree he does have a monotone voice,
but he really does help us absorb the information by
reviewing past lectures and offering more office hours and review sessions.
Everyone below me says that hes boring but its just because the subject may be boring.
The reality is that this information is really relavant for our future.
I may be bias because my major is Mathematics/Atmosphere & Oceanic Science.

But seriously this GE class is rediculously easy and give Neelin a break,
hes a genius.

Posted 12/08/2009
Course(s) taken: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences : 1

Professor Neelin is very, very nice. That said, yes, you will struggle mightily to remain awake during his morning lectures.

However, if you are north campus and you want to get a low-stress science GE out of the way, I cannot possibly emphasize enough that this class is one of the easiest GEs I have ever taken. There is no textbook, so it saves you money, too. The course materials are limited to powerpoint slides that he posts on the website. The handful of homework assignments are essentially free points if you spend a quality hour or so on them. He won't give you a study guide for his exams, but it's irrelevant, because his exams are impossibly easy. If you memorize all of the information on the lecture slides and take quality notes, there is no reason why you should not be able to pass this class with a very good grade.

Speaking as a polysci major, I am normally atrocious at math and science. However, I thought this was a very easy class that covered an interesting topic. Yes, you will need to be learning about scientific information, but it's very general. Plus, the second half of the course mostly covers policymaking aspects of climate change, so it almost feels like a north campus class after the midterm.

Posted 07/11/2006
Course(s) taken: A &O 102

Please, if you intend to maintain your sanity, do not take this class. Professor Neelin is absolutely wonderful, the class is not very difficult, but you will die of boredom. He is a very monotonous speaker, but its not entirely his fault... the material is just too boring. I used to think that as long as the class is easy, I should take it, regardless of the material. I have learned my lesson, sitting for 2 hours straight looking at wind patterns, and having no clue what the professor is talking about. That is indeed the gist of this class. I would only recommend this class to people who have a genuine interest in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. Otherwise, do not take this class.

Posted 06/24/2005
Course(s) taken: AS 102

Alright, here is the low-down on this guy and this class: You will die of boredom. No, really. I passed out a few times and thought I was a gonner. Joking aside, yes, the class is easy. I think I spent a day a piece studying for the midterm and final and pulled an A in this class, but I simply cannot recommend this class. Seriously, it took every ounce of sheer will to force myself to sit and study a subject matter that is about as interesting as the history of the spark plug. Hey, if you like studying climate models and how ocean currents "work" then take this class. Its not a hard class at all and he is a nice guy. But everytime I managed to get myself to class (and I'm premed, so its not like I make a habit of missing class) I spent the entire hour and 15 minutes staring at the wall with my eyes glazed over.

Posted 01/04/2004
Course(s) taken: AS 102

professor neelin is one of the nicest professors i've ever had. before i took his class, i hadn't taken an Atmospheric Science class before, so i was intimidated. i found this class to be relatively easy. he hands out lecture notes, and as long as you understand them, you'll do fine. the midterm and final are very straightforward and just like the homework. he doesn't trick you, but instead focuses on exactly what he says is important in class. i'm often too lazy to review professors on this site, but the fact that i'm actually wasting my time here shows how much i appreciated this guy!

Posted 12/08/2003
Course(s) taken: None

Professor Neelin clearly knows his stuff, but he so concerned that we understand the material clearly that he spends most of his time reviewing past information so the class moves a little slowly. If you are interested in clymate dynamics, things like el nino and global warming take this class. He hands out his own lecture notes, homework assignments are easy although a little unclear sometimes, and the tests were exactly like the homework.

Posted 06/13/2003
Course(s) taken: AS 102

Pros: Neelin uses his own reader/handouts which are pretty detailed and clear. He's also a good lecturer. There aren't too many homework assignments and they don't take very long to do. Exams were relatively straightforward and fair.

Cons: Class lags at the beginning of the quarter, especially for atmosci majors. Other people may find the subject matter boring if you aren't really into climate, global warming, El Nino, etc.

Posted 06/06/2003
Course(s) taken: 102

The thing that makes a class truly special is when the professor knows the material like the palm on his/her hand. Such is the case with Prof. Neelin. Here we have a man who is truly dedicated to his field and it reflects on his teaching. Before this class, "El Ni\322o" was just a storm but now, it has become one of my favorite subjects. Take 102, you'll learn a lot of interesting facts.

Posted 05/18/2001
Course(s) taken: None

Dr. N was really really boring
he put us to sleep daily
i don't know how i survived that class
it wasn't an easy A either