*ls3 I took his class in spring 2014 and got an A. His tests are straightforward for the most part, but there are a few that are impossible for most people, like there's only one way to prepare for them and that is test bank plain and simple. If you know these difficult problems and the master all the basic stuff you're good to go. He tests just from slides so don't bother with the book at all. Just memorize every little tiny piece of every single slide and you will get an A.
Took MIMG 168 with her for half o the quarter and loved it!! People will try to warn you and tell you that the half of the class that she teaches is much more difficult than the half of the class Simpson teaches, but don't believe them. Her half of the class just requires you to understand some of the experiments and be able to apply them. It sounds scary but I promise it's not. She's a very interesting lecturer and has a good sense of humor. I never went to her office hours but she seems like a very nice person. She knows a lot about what she teaches, and I'm very happy that I took her class.
Professor Simpson is a nice person but a so-so instructor, which is what really matters. The material really is not that bad, it's just difficult to organize it in your head because his slides are not very organized at all. He is very passionate about the subject which is nice, except for it makes him go really in depth about some topics, he goes off on tangents and goes on and on about stuff that is not on the slides and you don't know whether you're going to need to know that stuff or not...it would be really nice if he'd tell you. But other than that his tests are not that bad. It's not all just memorization but for the most part it is. I really can't complain about his tests, it wasn't too hard. Except for one question that the TA said almost every person got wrong because it wasn't a good question. But overall, his test wasn't too bad and as long as you can organize the material well in your head you should be fine.