Electrical Engineering Physics I
Electrical Engineering: 1 - Winter 2010
Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
Physics for Electrical Engineers
Electrical Engineering: 2 - Fall 2006
Pass: 0 ~ No Pass: 0 ~ Satisfactory: 0 ~ Unsatisfactory: 0 ~ Incomplete: 0
*Taken 6B and 6C
He's the greatest physics professor ever. I got a A in 6B with him so I'm taking 6C with him now. I highly recommend him. He only tests what's in lecture which is great so you don't have to look at the book at all. He doesn't care about the homework either as long as it gets done. The homework is basically irrelevant for the tests. I would recommend recording the lectures and really understanding everything he says (ie every demo and practice problem). Pay special attention whenever he says various possibilities of variations of an example can appear on the test, hes not kidding. He's very straightforward, and honestly if you can't get an A in his class you can't get an A in any physics class at ucla. Very doable.
COURSE TAKEN: 6C
ABOUT THE PROFESSOR:
Niemann is monotone professor, who like any other physics professor, is usually rushed for time to complete lecture. He's like you're average not good not bad kinda guy.
6C is like a miscellaneous course for the 6 series with all the concepts seemingly having not much connection with each other. They're all like the left over topics.
1/3 Multiple Choice conceptual 2/3 calculations and problem solving. Make sure you understand everything conceptually because the MT choice is what sets the curve. But at the same time get as much partial credit for the Free response if you're stuck.
Practice tests that he gives as well as Test bank.
The TA Office hours are very helpful since TAs are more in depth and student-friendly in problem solving and explaining.
Things I would've done differently:
Not much really. Just gotta make sure you know the conceptual aspect, because you're allowed cheat sheets for midterms and finals.
He's okay. He mostly teaches concepts and not applications, which is fine, since applications are painful as hell.
Class: Physics 1B ( I didn't actually take EE M256C)
Niemann is probably my favorite professor so far. His lectures are well prepared and easy-to-follow; I also enjoyed that he had cool demonstrations. I like that he had Mastering Physics homework due every week to keep me on top of the reading. His test are very fair: 2 midterms and 1 final, and his grading scheme only counted the better of the two midterms. Overall, a great professor! I would highly recommend!
Professor Niemann was awesome. His lectures are very well paced. Tells the students what to study and what to ignore from the textbook. The tests were three questions with multiple parts but they were very doable. Final had 5 questions but most people who knew what they were doing finished in the first hour and half. The class is curved so it will be a struggle to get an A
You get to choose one out of two midterms. 20% HW (mastering physics) 30% Midterm and 50% final. Since everyone will choose the better score, final determined everything.
But other than that lectures were very well paced and clear. Arguably better than textbook. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
I took 6B with him. He teaches well,he doesn't confuse you, and he tells you which sections of the book to concentrate on. His midterms and final were all pretty easy if you understand the material taught during lecture(and study off the tests from the test bank). HOWEVER, he only gives out a certain amount of A's. Even if you actually EARNED the A, if you are not in the top 25% of the class, then you're given a B/B+....which really sucks because you earned a higher grade. So if you want an A in the class, you ought to do REALLY REALLY WELL on all his tests.
[oh yeah, his homework is really easy. There's even some extra credit!]
He is a very good professor. He teaches physics like physics not just like another math class. Although I've got A- for 6A from Dr.Coroniti, but I learned absolutely NOTHING more than abstract mathematical proofs.
Take Niemann if you want to learn physics principles and concepts rather than mere mathematical proofs.
If you are taking 6 series then you are probably bio/biochem major, and so math-oriented physics is not what you most need!!!! Don't take Coroniti unless you are very good at math.
For Exams, midterms have 3 questions, the first one consists of 10 MCs,which is the hardest part because you need to be very familiar with the concepts that he covers in lectures.
The other 2 questions are calculations, which are very straightforward (almost like free points). Similar to HW.
I've got an A from him. His final was actually quite easy! it was very similar to the midterms.
One of the best professors I've had in 3 years. Highly recommended!
Class: Physics 1B
I thought he was a really good teacher; he seemed to put in a lot of effort into helping us understand and even did demonstrations. Who does demonstrations anymore? It was pretty easy to get good grades on the homework, though it could be pretty tedious sometimes. His tests were hard though. I got a C+ in this class but deserved it; I didn't do the homework, and that 10% of easy A would probably have been helpful.
I had him for PHYSICS 1B. He's relatively easy as far as the midterms and homeworks go, but his final was brutal. midterms for us were half MC half problems. final was all problems.
I had Niemann for Physics 6C, Fall 2009. Overall, I had a very good experience in this class. His voice is a little monotone and he has an accent, but I was still able to understand and get through his lectures just fine. Niemann always spends the first 10 or 15 minutes of every lecture reviewing the material he taught during the previous lecture, so you pretty much get lectured on the same exact material twice, which I found to be very helpful since the most important concepts are emphasized again and again. I definitely think it's important to go to class because he writes a lot of notes on the board. I found that the class notes that I took were incredibly helpful because he bases much of his midterm and final on the concepts that were emphasized in class/written on the board. His midterm and final exam were both very reasonable. He tests you on the important concepts that he emphasized in class -- he doesn't try to screw you over by putting up some ridiculous questions that you've never seen before. The exams were about half concept questions and half questions that you had to work out. Overall, I loved Niemann as a professor because I felt that he did a good job teaching the material and because his exams were very fair. Physics 6C is supposed to be a hard class, but the material didn't feel too overwhelming at all because Niemann does a good job of simplifying and teaching the most important concepts to you. However, be aware that at the end of the quarter, a lot of students emailed Niemann complaining about their final grade. I guess since most of the students felt they did well in the class, they all expected to get good grades. However, Niemann DOES grade on a CURVE so... (this is what Niemann wrote in his final email to the class), "unfortunately [this means] that you could all be geniuses and still the students with the weakest score would get a D." I luckily ended up with an A, and I think an A is definitely achievable if you just make the effort to go to every single lecture, take really good notes, & keep up w/ the material so you can do well on the exams.
Niemann is not the BEST lecturer but he posted notes for us for every lecture which were very organized and easy to understand. He also lets you drop either midterm or hw grade to give you the best grade possible in the class. His tests are very reasonable and he prepares you well for them and gives you a past midterm with answers to study with. I would take him again if I had the chance.
He wasn't listed under the physics department, but I got Niemann for Physics 6C.
Very boring professor for a very boring subject. He can be very monotoned, but he does put a lot of effort into presenting his topics. He is very repetitive and likes to review everything from the previous lectures just to make sure that you get the point. He lectures straight out of the textbook, so reading the book would probably be helpful.
He only has one midterm, which was half concepts (multiple choice questions) and half work out problems. The questions are very to the point, but the concept questions can trip you up.
The class is graded on some mysterious curve at the end of the quarter. A lot of people unexpectedly got lower grades after final grades were calculated. Since everyone pretty much gets 100% on the HW and the labs, your grade is dependent on the midterm/final only.
I really didn't do anything for this class... barely did the homework, never went to lecture, just studied some formulas before the midterms and finals... which worked well for the midterms, his first two midterms were easy... like if you took physics 1B and got an A you don't have to study easy, but his final was hard. large part was conceptual questions that i probably got wrong, the other ones were do-able. either way from what i hear the EE1 teachers are hard but niemann really isn't... take him if you can!
He is not a great professor. He is decent. To be honest, the material is simply horrible unless you dream about magnetic and electric fields every night.
His homeworks were fair, his tests were fair. His class is composed of 5 units, but he drops the unit that had the lowest score.
Homework: 1 unit
Midterm 1: 1 unit
Midterm 2: 1 unit
Final: 2 units
I stopped going to lecture after 4th week, and was OK. He's not exciting, but he isn't completely useless.
Niemann is not a bad prof. His lectures focus on conceptual ideas (which have a high probability of showing up on tests). Going to lecture will teach you more of what you need to know for the test than reading the book. My one complaint about this professor is that he uses the masteringphysics website for online homework. It costs $40 to sign up for it and use it, and it takes off points when you get the question wrong or use the "hints" it offers you. A lot of the homework problems were a lot harder than anything we did in class or test questions.
Niemann was a pretty good professor aside from all the mistakes and slip-ups he made during class. His lectures can get dry at some times, but overall, it's not too hard to stay awake in class.
Niemann's grading scheme works like this:
1 unit for homework
1 unit per midterm (there were 2)
2 units for the final
and he'll drop your lowest unit (even from the final from what I heard) in calculating your final grade. But he made his class so that only 25% of students will get A's, or so he says. I scored in the top 20%, but still ended up with an A-.
Niemann's homework is actually pretty fun and entertaining: MasteringPhysics. It takes a while to get used to but it's pretty interesting. Nevertheless, it's ALWAYS nerve-wracking to hit that submit button especially on a multiple choice question cause if you screw up on a multiple choice question, your grade on the corresponding section goes down by A LOT. Nevertheless, I rarely used hints because most of them were useless, and if you didn't use the hints, you'd get extra credit.
Niemann ALWAYS said he would make the exams easy. The first midterm was extremely easy (you wouldn't need to go to lecture to do well), but the second midterm was a little tougher. Final was pretty tough, but I suspect that Niemann graded really generously (or I just got lucky).
If you can, take Niemann. He's a pretty cool professor and a funny one as well (he actually encourages you to read some EE topics on wikipedia!).
Niemann is definitely my top choice for any Physics or EE. Contrary to what most of his class thinks, he DOES know the material really well. The lecture is useful in that he goes over exactly what eqns you need and even hints at the exam topics. He's a fairly new professor but already has his coursework set for the lower div physics/ee sequence. He uses Mastering Physics (online program) for homework, which is VERY conceptual and kind of annoying to use. However, its a really good example of what his tests will be like: almost zero computation, multiple choice, and free responses that are just "explanatory". Don't worry about getting anything more than basic problems.
Curve ends up being pretty average because people aren't used to this. The normal curve-setters don't score that high, whereas people who know how his tests work get near perfect (like me =D).. so this can work to your advantage
No need to buy the book.. just pay attention to the mastering physics hw and go thru the hints (even if you got the question right). If you go to lecture for the eqns and really do Mastering Physics, theres no need for discussion or office hours.
Very conceptual and the tests are relatively easy. just make sure to keep up on the reading and follow his weekly summaries.
Professor Niemann is a pretty good teacher. He does a good job explaining things, but he gets a little dry at times.
His quizzes are straight from the homeworks, so if you do the homeworks, that's an easy 20% for you. His midterm and final are pretty difficult. They're a mix of theory and staright calculations so make sure you learn to do both.
This being said, EE1 is a difficult class because the material is very math intensive.
But the best thing about Professor Niemann is that he is a really nice guy. He always wants to help and is a very lenient grader. After seeing all my grades, I was expecting to get a C and in 9/10 classes I would have. But professor Niemann gave a B-.
I definately recommend him.