Solar System and Planets

Jean-Luc Margot

Solar System and Planets

Earth and Space Sciences department

Jean-Luc Margot

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Easiness of class 3.8
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Workload 3.3
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Textbooks

The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System (8th Edition) (Bennett Science & Math Titles)
Jeffrey O Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit
ISBN: 9780134073811
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Grades

Winter 2014
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15.4%
12.3%
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6.2%
3.1%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2010
22.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 14, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Personally, I wasn't very interested in astronomy, but if I had to learn in from someone, I'm glad it was from Margot. His lectures are extremely organized and clear-cut, posted the night before so you can print them out. There is textbook reading, but its not too bad. The first half of the class is more reading-intensive but it lessens as time goes by. Grading is divided into quizzes, homework, midterm, and final. You get to drop you 2 lowest quiz scores and 2 lowest homework assignments, so an A in the class is definitely attainable. Overall, Margot is a fair professor, who's clearly passionate about astronomy and tries to help all his students understand the subject well.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 31, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

took 9 Solar System and Planets. great professor and easy test. selling textbook for the class. Text me 3109624479

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 21, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

TAKE THE PROFESSOR!
GRADE INFLATION RIGHT HERE!!!!!!!

I took ESS 9 Winter 2013 and ended up with final grade of 96. I got 59% on first midterm and 50% on final exam. (Both below the mean) .But I did the extra credit which is computed as (End grade +20)/120. Although the midterm was discouraging, the guy hands out 99% of the time. No matter what, he will make sure you fail. But in bare minimum work and you should still come out with an A-.

Both TA's are really helpful and will help you understand the material.
The HW and quizes are very simple and you can do them in group. Really 95% of the class got at least 95% on both of these. (Super easy).

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

This is a good professor and a good class to take for an easy GE.
if you're at all interested in astronomy or space, or even if you're not, this is a fairly interesting class.
Prof Margot is very fun and enthusiastic about his teaching and loves questions. His 1 midterm and final were challenging but fair and there is a generous curve.
He posts his slides from lecture online and no other study tools, but this is OK because these are all you need.
You do NOT need to buy or even read the textbook, although it could help some (and the readings are reasonably short). If you do choose to buy the textbook, he allows you to buy even very old versions of it, which you can find online for under $10.
My grade in this class was an A+

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted July 6, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot is phenomenal! He's one of the most amazing professors I had at UCLA so far. He makes ESS9 very reasonable, especially for North Campus majors. As a South Campus major (physics), the first half of the course was review of basic properties of nature from your average high school science class (Ex: What is science vs. what isnt?, atoms, light, Newton's Laws, etc.) But I still went to lecture since Professor Margot is a brilliant lecturer. He posts his lecture slides night before which definitely help. Even if you already know and understand, he is definitely able to captivate you... especially with the demo's. If you're a North Campus major and have forgotten all your basic science, don't fear! Professor Margot usually has multiple demos per lecture to help you understand the concepts. The second half of the curriculum was spent applying the principles of nature we learned from the first half of the quarter to understand the planets and our solar system. This way, Professor Margot shed light on properties of celestial bodies without having you memorize rote facts. Because he thoroughly explains the underlying principles, facts that you should know become logical. In addition, our TA (Sebastiano Padovan) was awesome! Attending discussion sections was mandatory since we had weekly quizzes consisting of 4 questions at the end of section. Quizzes, in-class midterm, and final were all very reasonable. Sebastiano did a great job with helping us understand key concepts that may have been briefly touched in lecture using "labs" (aka. worksheets). Perhaps the only drawback for North Campus majors are the little math that was involved. But honestly, you will see math in any physical science course. But dont worry since the scariest math you will see is your multiplication tables on your homework. Homework was always pretty simple. I usually started homework about 30 minutes before it was due every week and always finished on time.

Overall, Professor Margot was amazing! Great lecturer/professor! (His research is also quite fascinating and definitely relevant to the course!) If I had the opportunity, I'd definitely take him again. Took this class for fun and I don't regret it! Final Grade: A+

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 21, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

He's a great professor but its not as easy as the way people before me saying this is a really easy class. I got a 52 and 50 on my midterm and final (both slightly below the mean), aced all the quizzes and hw and ended up with a B-. This isn't an easy GE class like people say. If you are interested in astronomy, this is a great class to take but be warned about what grade you get.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 29, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

SELLING textbook for Earth and Space Sciences 9:

"The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System"
Authors: Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit

There's no markings or high lightings in the book. The edges are a little worn but it's in good condition.

Message me at aluchay@ucla.edu if you're interested!

This is a super easy GE... Easy A!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 31, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

selling the textbook. fifth edition (you are allowed to use the fifth, sixth, or seventh edition.)

veronicafang@hotmail.com

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 1, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Margot's course is very easy if you have a background in science. Many students in my discussion had little background in physics and struggled as a result. I received an A on the midterm and an A on the final and an A+ overall. I put very little effort into the class.
As a lecturer, Professor Margot does well to keep your interest and tries and succeeds at making the material understandable for his students.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 24, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Took ESS9

Super easy GE, easy A. Ended up with an A+ put little work into the class. Selling textbook for the course, new and no marks on it.

Message me crosales17@ucla.edu

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The Cosmic Perspective: The Solar System (8th Edition) (Bennett Science & Math Titles)
Jeffrey O Bennett, Megan O. Donahue, Nicholas Schneider, Mark Voit
ISBN: 9780134073811
View on Amazon
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