Astrobiology

Jean-Luc Margot

Astrobiology

Earth and Space Sciences department

Jean-Luc Margot

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Overall 4.5
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Easiness of class 3.7
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Workload 3.9
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Clarity of professor 4.4
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Helpfulness of professor 4.3
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  • Uses Slides
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Needs Textbook

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Grades

Fall 2017
21.1%
17.6%
14.1%
10.5%
7.0%
3.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
31.4%
26.2%
20.9%
15.7%
10.5%
5.2%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
24.4%
20.3%
16.2%
12.2%
8.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
21.8%
18.2%
14.5%
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7.3%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
24.6%
20.5%
16.4%
12.3%
8.2%
4.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
27.0%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
21.5%
17.9%
14.3%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 6, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Selling the Life in the Universe book 3rd edition for earth ans space sciences 3 for $90 OBO. Its useful for some lecture reviews and great for discussion. If interested please text me 323-412-6651

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 15, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot is an excellent lecturer. He is very passionate and his lectures are fun. This course was easy, just basic biology, geology, and astronomy. TA's were excellent too. The textbook is not necessary, as the tests are based on the lectures. The book is a great read, but you'll be fine with a PDF or not buying it at all if you don't want to spend +$100 for it.
The homework and classwork is really easy, and is given every week by the TA during discussion, where the TA goes over the material discussed in the lecture. And there is a midterm and final of course.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 1, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

JLM was absolutely terrific. He had a great presence in class and his lectures were pretty fun to attend. Great class, great material, great professor.

The co-instructor Tina Treude should be commended for her efforts as well.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 13, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

One of the most passionate professors I've had. Take this class

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 19, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot was awesome. He was really enthusiastic and described what was going on in lecture in an organized way. He really cared that the students understood what he was talking about, and he's very approachable. ESS 3 was a little difficult, but just pay attention to what he talks about in lecture, because some random little things he talks about will be on the test. Make sure you know a good amount of bio & chem stuff, and pay attention to what the questions on the test are asking because they can be kind of tricky. I got a perfect score on the first midterm and I didn't do so well on the second midterm and final, and I got a B. If Dan is your TA this year, be prepared to have a couple pop quizzes and some projects that aren't hard, you just have to get creative with the concepts. I thought they were fun to write actually. Ask Dan questions because his discussion section is 30% of your grade.Overall, a very interesting class!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 3, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

More interesting than the other professor.
Textbook is pointless.
Listen to his notes, and basically know science facts that he assumes you know. distances, ages etc.
I got a B, but only because i Re learned everything with my TA.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 27, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

I was truly blessed to take Professor Margot for Astrobiology. He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable and is clearly very passionate about planetary physics/astronomy and the like. He always was able to answer student questions and had ample office hours for the class. When I talked to him he was friendly and welcoming, and very patient. His demonstrations were very applicable and taught the class a LOT about physics. What he taught in this class (which is a very easy GE geared towards north campus majors) helped me in my Physics 1 series classes. The best part was: he made it easy to understand and use.

I scored the mean on one midterm, and ranked in the top 15% for the other midterm and final. Somehow I pulled an A+, so I'm guessing his curve is a monster. I think he actually gave half the class an A of some form.

If you have the opportunity, take a class with Professor Margot.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 7, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

I took this class during fall 2012, and I would have to say that Professor Margot is probably one of the most energetic and passionate lecturers around campus. He really cares about what he is teaching, and truly believes in the wonders of space and science. *disclaimer* On the other hand his tests are ridiculously hard consisting of conceptual physics, earth science, and the formation of the universe. BUT! do not be discouraged because even though you get a low grade on the tests (the average for my class was 75%) there is Runnegars test whom he co-teaches with and his test is way easier dealing with geology, and planet structures ( average was around 82%) and then they only take the best score out of the two midterms then double it to boost your grade. Also there is a final, but NO LAB! They have a great EC option in this class and all it takes is to go to the natural history museum, La Brea Tar Pits, or California Science Center and you automatically get 10% EC to your OVERALL! grade (so 70% + EC = 80%). So trust me when I say that professor Margot makes his class challenging but definately fair to his students. Also remember if you take this class there are weekly discussions and those are super important to your grade b/c you have HW and weekly tests, but the tests are generally SUPER easy so no worries, they are just there to boost your grade. So I highly suggest this course as an EASY science GE for any incoming freshman or lazy 4th year. I got an A- in the class with some work but it was fun. Also the textbook is pretty useful because professor Margot based his test off both his lecture slides and the reading, but it was generally more on his lectures. so make sure to go to class, trust me its fun and you wont regret it!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 8, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

The second half of the quarter begins with Professor Margot teaching. He is a very enthusiastic and concerning professor. He is available at all times and asks for clarification during lectures. His power points were easy to understand and most of it comes from the book, so it makes it easier to follow along. The quizzes and homework were worth 40% of the grade. The quizzes were really easy they were based on lectures from the week before.So, just study up on the power points. They were occasionally graded out of 10, so 10 points each quiz. Overall, worth 10% of your grade. While, the homework was mainly based off of the book. Be warned, it is rare to get a perfect score on the homework because the T.A was kind of nit-picky in my class, especially if we did not thoroughly write word-for-word from the book. So, the homework was worth 30%. The final was quite difficult because it contained conceptual physics (as said before in the previous evaluation), it contained some questions about planets, mainly Io and Europa, ice giants, stars, carbon, doppler effect, and questions that were like "did you write your name on the scantron?" The final was worth 30% of the grade. Of course, the other 30% was from the midterm, which was mainly based on geology and mars. As said before, the T.A's take the best of the either two(midterm or final) and drop your lowest score, and double your highest score. Also, the midterm was curved.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 23, 2016 Grade Received: A

Homework: Really easy. It's like one page of multiple choice questions due every week and you get to drop 2 of them at the end of the quarter.

Tests: The midterm and final are both multiple choice and not that hard. Both were not incredibly easy (averages in the 70s), but the curve at the end of the quarter is amazing. I got a B on the Midterm and a C on the final and had an A in the class.

Lectures: Professor Margot's lectures are great. He is an interesting guy and cares a lot about the class. The other professor, Professor Treude, was very boring.

Discussion: These discussions are required because you have to turn homework in. My TA was bad, but not all of them were.

Overall: Take this class. It's an easy A and it's really interesting. Professor Margot is fantastic and he even offers an extra credit opportunity if you go to a museum during the quarter. I cannot stress enough that you should take this class.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Often Funny
  • Needs Textbook

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