Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics

Physics department

Joshua Samani

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics

Physics department

Joshua Samani

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Overall 4.4
Good
Hard
Easiness of class 2.1
Easy
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Workload 2.9
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Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.6
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.6
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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Needs Textbook

Grades

Fall 2016
18.4%
15.3%
12.3%
9.2%
6.1%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Winter 2016
25.1%
20.9%
16.7%
12.5%
8.4%
4.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2016
16.0%
13.3%
10.7%
8.0%
5.3%
2.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Spring 2015
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Summer 2015
28.1%
23.4%
18.8%
14.1%
9.4%
4.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

Summer 2014
14.5%
12.0%
9.6%
7.2%
4.8%
2.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

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

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted May 17, 2017 Grade Received: A-

Samani is a LEGEND. He's an extremely engaging lecturer and he deeply passionately cares about student learning. Everyone should take his class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 20, 2016 Grade Received: B

My favorite professor of this quarter. He does a very good job teaching concepts to you and he tries really hard to avoid convoluted proofs and math heavy lectures. But that's not to say that the class never delves into long proofs and complicated algebra. Homework is cut into two parts, the book questions and the challenge problems. Challenge is the keyword here because you will most likely, no matter how good you think you are in physics, will spend a good amount of time for these 4-5 questions that ask you to not only stretch out what already know but also do some complicated algebra. His tests are difficult but it never felt unfair. His grading curve and criteria are also so nice which is something you really don't expect from a STEM class at UCLA. You shouldn't have any unfair problems passing the class. You get what you deserve from Samani.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2016 Submitted Dec. 18, 2016 Grade Received: B-

As a first-quarter freshman taking this course as one of his first classes, this class was a real challenge. The averages on the midterms were 38% and 58%. Like some of the other reviews said, Samani is one of the best teachers of physics at UCLA and has very engaging and stimulating lectures, however there is a huge divide between the simple concepts he teaches during lectures and the exams. Most questions from problem sets and tests rival or surpass MIT problems, some are nearly impossible to solve. You leave midterms wondering if you know anything, becuase of how hard the problems are to solve in the short amount of time given.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted Dec. 12, 2016 Grade Received: A+

Very good professor that is passionate about teaching. He gave clear, interesting, entertaining lectures. My only issue is that sometimes he kept things too simple in his lectures, and the homework/tests were on another level.

Homework consists of masteringphysics and challenge problems. The challenge problems were very difficult- sometimes impossible.

The tests were quite difficult, but reasonable.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2016 Submitted Nov. 21, 2016 Grade Received: B+

The subject sucks, and the class is quite difficult (avg. on midterms is about 40-50%), but nonetheless, Samani finds a way to make lecture fly by and make learning physics somewhat manageable. He's without a doubt the best physics prof on campus as he's engaging, understanding, helpful, and caring. He draws pictures to explain the problems, uses clickers to encourage active learning, and is extremely well organized in lecture. I do not particularly like the way he sets up his discussion sections, but he does often give extra credit in section so it's fine. I loved him so much I'm taking him again for 1B this winter. HIGHLY recommend Samani if you've gotta take physics.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted June 2, 2016 Grade Received: A+

I took Professor Samani in my Winter Quarter for my freshman year. I absolutely loved him. I have never seen a professor who's so considerate of his students. He wants everyone to understand the concepts behind the equations and formulas in Physics. He tries to recreate a picture of everything so it is easier for students to understand what he's trying to say. I feel that his midterms and finals were fair. If you had actually worked during the quarter and did all the homework by yourself (which could be a bit challenging) then you should be well prepared for the exams. His lectures are really thoughtful and interactive. You never realize how the time passes by. Even his office hours are very interesting and usually full. Overall, in my 3 quarters at UCLA so far, Professor Samani has been the best instructor by far. I highly recommend taking him.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2015 Submitted May 25, 2016 Grade Received: A-

Samani is the best! He really gets his student engaged with the lecture and has you think about physics conceptually, as well as mathematically. He really does his best to ensure his students understand his material. I'm so grateful that my first physics class at UCLA was with him.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted April 13, 2016 Grade Received: A

I would FULLY RECOMMEND TAKING PHYSICS 1A WITH SAMANI.

This guy is SO PASSIONATE about not only physics, but teaching it to students. I had previously no AP Physics experience and ran into a steep learning curve. However, I could tell that Josh really CARED about understanding the physical concepts and applying them to problems. Yes, the exams are difficult (but the averages were quite higher than the other instructors, the overrated Corbin and Professor Campbell, each at ~35%). Josh does make it easy to stay on track in the class with his clicker participation questions and biweekly problems sets. I am NOT A FAN of MasteringPhysics but whatever.

I would say you're DEFINITELY MISSING OUT if you don't take this guy at least once in your UCLA Physics undergraduate career.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2015 Submitted April 9, 2016 Grade Received: A-

Professor Samani is the physics guy you want. He is extremely passionate about the subject and willing to devote 100% of his effort in teaching. His use of clickers really gets me involved in the class instead of falling asleep.

In summer the class was much smaller and we did not use mastering physics. He gave a problem set every week. The first midterm was fine but the second one was really hard, and I think I only did 3 out of 6 problems on the final...

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 23, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Homework: There are problem sets and MasteringPhysics assignments due every other week. The problem sets are fairly difficult, but with the help of peers there is no reason why you shouldn't get a very high homework average.

Tests: Pretty difficult. The first one wasn't too bad and if you took AP Physics, you should do fine. The second one was tough and the grading was merciless. The average was around 45%. The final was really hard, probably harder than both midterms.

Lectures: Four times a week is kindof a pain, but Samani is an enthusiastic guy who does plenty of demonstrations to keep students interested. This is a clicker class, which is good because I feel like a lot of students would skip lectures otherwise. Definitely go to lecture, it is helpful.

Discussions: Not helpful, I went the first two times and then never again. My TA just wasn't very good so I can't really speak for other discussions.

Overall: Samani is really a great guy who cares a lot about the students. He seemed legimitately hurt when he heard students were crying after his final exam. Besides the second midterm, he is very fair with grading. Take Samani if you can, I learned a lot and the workload is easily manageable.

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Tags

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Needs Textbook
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