All Ratings and Reviews for Mathieu Bauchy
Big fan of Bauchy. I came in with a cursory knowledge of materials science but the class was taught clearly enough that I understood just about everything we had to know for the final. The lectures built off of one another, so this is a class that you do not want to skip. In addition, the class size will be generally small so Bauchy will probably notice your absence. Bauchy's lecturing style is highly interactive, where he asks students questions and even follows their wrong answers in order to highlight where the line of thinking went wrong. He also has a very understated sense of humor which makes his lectures very enjoyable. In general you will have very little outside work for this class; during our quarter we had a total of 3 short homework assignments and a final exam, and the graduate students in the class also had to contribute to a relevant Wikipedia article. Final was very fair and required a decent understanding of the course material. Stay engaged with the professor and you'll do fine.
I loved Bauchy. His lectures were super clear and methodical. He never skipped steps. The midterm wasn't too bad, and it was on par with the homework assignments. I think the TA, Han Liu, made the homework assignments and he did a good job with them. The final was also about on par with the homework assignments. The class wasn't too difficult for me. I think in previous years Bauchy assigned homework from the book but this year he didn't. Having good homework assignments really helped.
Bauchy is very methodical. He never skips steps when explaining things. He has a French accent but he is easy to understand. Take this class if you want to understand things on a fundamental level. Exam difficulty is on par with what I have experienced at UCLA, so hard but not impossible.
Overall an okay professor, but an absolutely terrible grader. If you make a tiny numerical mistake at the beginning of a problem, you'll lose points through the rest of the problem and get close to zero credit. This means the midterm average was a D, and it's an non-curved class. It's also hard to get him to regrade mistakes he made, he's very obstinate.
Other than that he's pretty decent though.
Bauchy does a good job of thoroughly explaining the course material. His exams tended to be difficult, and is due to the fact that he likes to test your knowledge of the concepts as opposed to being able to solve numerical problems, much like the homework assignments. Even though the midterm average was low (~D) , he was willing to change his grading policy to place more weight on our final exam. Although I didn't do well on the midterm, I was still able to get an A- in his class because of this. I would recommend his class to those who want to build a strong foundation.
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