Solar System and Planets

Earth and Space Sciences department

Jean-Luc Margot

Solar System and Planets

Earth and Space Sciences department

Jean-Luc Margot

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Overall 4.7
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Easiness of class 3.8
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Winter 2014
18.5%
15.4%
12.3%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
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Winter 2013
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
22.0%
18.3%
14.6%
11.0%
7.3%
3.7%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 31, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

took 9 Solar System and Planets. great professor and easy test. selling textbook for the class. Text me 3109624479

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 24, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Took ESS9

Super easy GE, easy A. Ended up with an A+ put little work into the class. Selling textbook for the course, new and no marks on it.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

SELLING textbook for Earth and Space Sciences 9:

"The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System"
Authors: Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit

There's no markings or high lightings in the book. The edges are a little worn but it's in good condition.

Message me at [email protected] if you're interested!

This is a super easy GE... Easy A!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot's course is very easy if you have a background in science. Many students in my discussion had little background in physics and struggled as a result. I received an A on the midterm and an A on the final and an A+ overall. I put very little effort into the class.
As a lecturer, Professor Margot does well to keep your interest and tries and succeeds at making the material understandable for his students.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

selling the textbook. fifth edition (you are allowed to use the fifth, sixth, or seventh edition.)

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 30, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot is good in general. He has ppts for all his lectures put them online the night before the class so that you can preview. You don’t have to buy the textbook because professor himself explains everything in the class, and if you don’t understand, you can talk to your TAs and ask your friends. Nevertheless you can always refer to it for detailed explanation.

The class has homework and labs. Homework usually takes no more than 20 minutes and you can drop 2 lowest out of 6. Labs are in-section group work on 3-4 pages questions about what you have learned. These labs help you to understand the concepts and are easy to get a good grade. The first discussion was in the observatory, an awesome experience; the last discussion was in the meteorite gallery, which is also very interesting.

Before the midterm, the material focuses on concepts such as seasons, tides, eclipses, and many other things related to physics. Though he never tests calculation, you need to understand concepts such as Kelper’s Laws and Newton’s Laws. The midterm was difficult and a score around 80 was in the A range. The average is always around 60 and that is a B. The material after the midterm becomes boring because he introduces the solar system planet by planet. A lot of pure memorization of less useful stuff is required. Also he does less demonstration in the lecture, because there are probably less experiments to show. The final is hard, too. Only my friends who got A and both midterm and final earned an A or A+ in the end. For me I was below the average a little and got A for final, but still ended up with an A-.

What could the extra credit do if everyone does it? The trip to museum was fun anyway.

My suggestion: don’t take this class as something easy. Be cautious, or you will lose your A like me.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 21, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

He's a great professor but its not as easy as the way people before me saying this is a really easy class. I got a 52 and 50 on my midterm and final (both slightly below the mean), aced all the quizzes and hw and ended up with a B-. This isn't an easy GE class like people say. If you are interested in astronomy, this is a great class to take but be warned about what grade you get.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 21, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

TAKE THE PROFESSOR!
GRADE INFLATION RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!

I took ESS 9 Winter 2013 and ended up with final grade of 96. I got 59% on first midterm and 50% on final exam. (Both below the mean) .But I did the extra credit which is computed as (End grade +20)/120. Although the midterm was discouraging, the guy hands out 99% of the time. No matter what, he will make sure you fail. But in bare minimum work and you should still come out with an A-.

Both TA's are really helpful and will help you understand the material.
The HW and quizes are very simple and you can do them in group. Really 95% of the class got at least 95% on both of these. (Super easy).

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 6, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot is phenomenal! He's one of the most amazing professors I had at UCLA so far. He makes ESS9 very reasonable, especially for North Campus majors. As a South Campus major (physics), the first half of the course was review of basic properties of nature from your average high school science class (Ex: What is science vs. what isnt?, atoms, light, Newton's Laws, etc.) But I still went to lecture since Professor Margot is a brilliant lecturer. He posts his lecture slides night before which definitely help. Even if you already know and understand, he is definitely able to captivate you... especially with the demo's. If you're a North Campus major and have forgotten all your basic science, don't fear! Professor Margot usually has multiple demos per lecture to help you understand the concepts. The second half of the curriculum was spent applying the principles of nature we learned from the first half of the quarter to understand the planets and our solar system. This way, Professor Margot shed light on properties of celestial bodies without having you memorize rote facts. Because he thoroughly explains the underlying principles, facts that you should know become logical. In addition, our TA (Sebastiano Padovan) was awesome! Attending discussion sections was mandatory since we had weekly quizzes consisting of 4 questions at the end of section. Quizzes, in-class midterm, and final were all very reasonable. Sebastiano did a great job with helping us understand key concepts that may have been briefly touched in lecture using "labs" (aka. worksheets). Perhaps the only drawback for North Campus majors are the little math that was involved. But honestly, you will see math in any physical science course. But dont worry since the scariest math you will see is your multiplication tables on your homework. Homework was always pretty simple. I usually started homework about 30 minutes before it was due every week and always finished on time.

Overall, Professor Margot was amazing! Great lecturer/professor! (His research is also quite fascinating and definitely relevant to the course!) If I had the opportunity, I'd definitely take him again. Took this class for fun and I don't regret it! Final Grade: A+

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 19, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

This is a good professor and a good class to take for an easy GE.
if you're at all interested in astronomy or space, or even if you're not, this is a fairly interesting class.
Prof Margot is very fun and enthusiastic about his teaching and loves questions. His 1 midterm and final were challenging but fair and there is a generous curve.
He posts his slides from lecture online and no other study tools, but this is OK because these are all you need.
You do NOT need to buy or even read the textbook, although it could help some (and the readings are reasonably short). If you do choose to buy the textbook, he allows you to buy even very old versions of it, which you can find online for under $10.
My grade in this class was an A+

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