Fall 2022 - Profesor Larkin is VERY smart, but his lectures are structured completely around conceptual ideas, yet his exams are all problem-solving. It makes no sense how we are actually supposed to learn and practice the problem-solving. He maybe walked through a total of 10 problems the entire quarter. The homework also was not helpful and made us work through problems for hours that were not even included in the lectures. He was quite rude over email. The exams are difficult for no reason and include deep analysis and revision on variables we didn't cover in class, and he just expects you to know how to set them up. The TA's reviewed problems that didn't even appear on the exam. This is one of the hardest classes I have ever taken. There are much easier physics professors out there. Save yourself.
Winter 2021 - This class is definitely an EASY A class. Just make sure you use professor Larkin's slides and the STUDY QUESTION GUIDE. You don't even have to go to the lecture at all. I didn't go to the lecture this quarter, but I go over all the lecture slides before the midterm (This way can save your time). Make sure you go over ALL the questions of STUDYGUIDE provided before exams, and that is very very helpful. Lots of questions come from that studyguide. Just try to answer all those questions in advance based on information you can find in the lecture slides, and you will get through the exam very easily.
*This is a review for Physics 11 Physics 11 with Larkin is literally one of the best classes I've ever taken. It goes through the intricacies of physics with zero math involved, so it's only concept based. Yet, by the end, you'll have a general idea of Einstein's theories, quantum mechanics, black holes, string theory, etc. Basically, the course will absolutely blow your mind and the fact that it's stripped of math will allow you to appreciate the beauty of physics without drowning yourself in the numbers. Professor Larkin himself makes the course extremely fun. He's an amazing lecturer and answers questions before you even ask. Everything he teaches is interesting. He's also very clear with the material exam wise. His powerpoints really help the lecture (although notes are still highly recommended) and he uploads study guides which will easily help you through the midterms. He makes himself extra available before midterms and thoroughly cares about his students. Do whatever you can to take physics 11 with Larkin, it is truly an eye opening experience. You will learn more about physics than you ever thought you could know.
Winter 2016 - Larkin is one of the better professors that I've had so far. He seems to genuinely care about his students understanding the concepts. Lectures were very organized and clear. He does talk a little fast which makes it hard to take notes in class, but he does post his slideshows online, so I guess it's fair. Exams are heavily based on his review questions (which is provided a week in advance), so as long as you can answer those, you're pretty much guaranteed at least a B. I think this course is interesting for anyone regardless of their major as the professor makes the concepts very accessible to everyone.
Fall 2015 - Take this class if: you want to avoid actual math and science classes/your major requirements don't have any math or science classes, you want to learn about physics, astronomy, the birth of the universe, evolution, and geology without ever doing any tedious math. The professors are all amazing lecturers, and are genuinely fun and kind people. They have lunch office hours every Tuesday after lecture, and plan tons of fun field trips to help expand students' learning and get to know their class. Because everyone who takes the class is pretty much a social science/biz-econ major, the class is super social and fun to be in. Plus you get an entire school year two get to know people and bond rather than a 10-week quarter! The information is all so interesting and really deepened my understanding of the world around me. My overarching understanding of special and general relativity rivals that of most of the physics majors I know, and I'm so much better equipped to understand geology, evolution, and atomic interactions. The readings are painless, the papers are manageable, and the labs (while sometimes tedious) build on the information we cover in lecture. I would highly recommend this class. Make friends with those around you, study for the midterm and final, and GO ON THE FIELD TRIPS.
He is a fast though interesting and coherent lecturer. He is also good at bringing up various current events in astronomy and it really feels like we are at the forefront of the field in the class. Homework and tests are absurdly easy: really not much harder than high-school physics. He gives you any equation with more than three variables to use on the tests: which have calculational type questions that are just like those in the homework and conceptual questions that basically just make sure that you were paying attention in class and reviewed the material before the test. I would definitely not recommend taking this particular class unless you like astrophysics, as it goes pretty fast, though I cannot imagine Larkin being very difficult as a Astro 3 professor. Good class and good professor.