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Great professor! Really passionate about statics. He always welcomes questions and is willing to clarify anything anyone has questions on. His quizzes are pretty straightforward and aren't difficult. Advice: Do the homework. A lot of his quiz questions and exam questions are like the homework problems. Midterm and final are more challenging, but doable. He podcasts his lectures, but I would still advise you to go, since he once told us an exact question on an exam. Of course, he turned off his microphone, so only those who showed up could hear him. Earned an A in his class.
I have to disagree with how people have been talking about his homework. This quarter (Fall 2011), Klug gave about 6 homework problems per week. they were fairly complicated, but if you put effort into learning then they were pretty simple. He never asked us to do anything he couldn't do himself during the class lectures.
I really liked him. He's a nice guy and helped with a lot of questions.
Someone earlier said he podcasted his lectures and turned off his mic. SUCKS, HE GAVE HINTS ON HIS FINAL. He turned off his mic to mention what problems were gonna be on the final. I went to every lecture, and he really worked hard to get the points across.
GO TO LECTURE. HE LIKES PEOPLE TO COME AND TURNS OFF HIS MIC ON PURPOSE.
Bad teacher. Gives me really bad impression on mechanical eng.
Here are the pros and cons, and I will leave you to decide if he is good or bad.
1. The class itself only has simple concepts, they are easy to learn. (Not related to Klug)
2. He is a patient person and answers questions all the time.
3. He is funny. (Sometimes)
However, the pros can lead to the cons.
1. He assigns too many hw problems. Some are easy and some are hard.
2. He has online video lectures, and makes people not to go to class. AND, he turns off his microphone few times, so you can't hear him on the video. (Fair? Not fair?)
3. He does examples in class and sometimes unprepared. When he is having troubles figuring out or the problems are too easy, you just doze off.
4. We had 4 quizzes during the quarter. First two quizzes are not easy problems that you can do within 30 minutes easily. He THINKS they are easy to do in 30 minutes, but the time limit makes you kind of stressed and affect your performance to figure things out. The last two are easy, and similar to hw problems.
5. The midterm focused a lot on geometry. Yes, GEOMETRY. I come to learn concepts and use my concepts not learn concepts and use my geometry skills. You may say, yeah, most physics problems involve geometry. However, his curve ball question is about geometry. Is it kind of missing the meaning of this class?
6. This part annoys me the most. I feel like I'm taking lower div class. This class does not involve hard concept, so the class is pretty competitive. In my major upper divs, we explore concepts. Tests are hard but somehow makes you have deeper understanding of the material when you walk out of the exams. Those classes make you feel you really learned something but not in this class.
If you have to take this class for your major, it sucks. I would recommend to start paying attention to the class and avoid this professor. Don't spend too much energy on this class, Klug can suck your motivations away from other classes. Happy learning.
I had him for MAE 101 and 102 and that's the worst experience I've ever had in UCLA. To be honest, his lecture is kind of boring. For most of the time, he is just solving some sort of "example problem" which is very similar to the example or exercise from the book. And he would still screw things up sometimes and you'll never know whether the things he write on the board is correct or not. (Perhaps you will say that I am TOO MEAN, but shouldn't a "Professor" be well prepared before the lecture?)And yes he is nice, he is willing to answer your question and yes he is humourous sometimes. But so what? I need someone who knows how to teach to be the PROFESSOR but not just a nice guy.
OK. The lecture is not the real problem (since most of us should have high ability to work things out by ourselves). The real problem of this guy is his grading policy. Even if you turn in a perfect approach (what I mean by perfect is correct definition and assumptions, correct steps with correct sequence and correct answers), you could still end up with a bad score. The reason is you have to include the "EXPLANATION" (you gotta use WORDS to explain each of your steps, even for problems like 1+1 =2) which is ABSOLUTELY WAY TOO PAINFUL for a junior ENGINEERING student. He assigned tons of homeworks and due almost every lecture. For me, I would need about 15-20 mins to work out the perfect approach for each problem, but over 20 mins for the EXPLANATION. This grading policy not only applies to HW, but ALSO YOUR MIDTERMS AND FINAL! I end up with a unsatisfactory midterm score JUST because I didn't explain my steps.
There are weekly quizzes. And only 10 minutes is allowed for each. And don't feel bad if you can't finish that. Just to remember to explain things and you will be able to get partial credits (probably 80%)...=.="
Well, you will be able to end up with a good grade if you do what he requires. It's just painful, not difficult. And I end up with a good grade.
I had klug for 101, and am currently taking 102 with him. He is a very nice professor, he is helpful in office hours, and i highly recommend going to them even if you do not have hw problems and just want to talk. If you need an extension on an assignment just ask and he is more than willing to accommodate you. He gives tests every friday at the start of section, and there are no make ups, but he drops the lowest score on one of them. His tests are pretty straight forward, 5 to 6 problems with 1 or 2 being a little outside the box. This quarter he assigns multiple small hw s per week rather than one large one. Which has it's pros and cons. His lectures can get a bit dry and tedious, this is because he actually solves the sample problems each time and does not follow the solutions he has prepared earlier. So if you pay attention, even when he messes up it is still very helpful. He also posts his notes online.
Overall i recommend Klug.
Overall he was a good professor. I thought he was great at communicating how to work out problems. What I didn't like was how much homework he assigned. it was ridiculous. otherwise, the tests were very fair and I feel I completely understand the material. I liked his dry sense of humor, although many thought it was corny.
Worst teacher ever, period.
His lectures are kinda going everywhere and his voice is really boring so most people fall asleep or just don't pay attention at all. He missed lectures and sometimes TAs would do the lectures but they were awful as well. The content goes by really fast at the end, i dont know if its like that for other 101 classes. However this guy is useless I learned nothing in his class.
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