Paul Hamilton
Department of Physics
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2.8
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Based on 4 Users
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
April 3, 2019

Hamilton basically went over derivations the entire time which was super unuseful. Since this was 1A, most people knew the equations already and having examples of hard problems would be way more helpful but he mostly just does derivations which can go a page or two long and it becomes really hard to follow. Unless you took Physics C (in which case you can skip this class), you'll have to do a ton of self-study as most of what he teaches in class is different from his exams. That said, his exams are hard but aren't the hardest things in the world.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
March 28, 2019

He basically only went over derivations and since he's not Corbin it wasn't useful on the tests. What would've been useful would be examples... showing how to apply the equations. He uses this online textbook - Kudu - that I couldn't read but like if you're a fan of online textbooks then go ahead and read it... but I don't think reading a textbook for physics is useful. You just need to know what the formulas are and practice using it. I thought the final was hard but idk probably biased. The midterm, looking back, wasn't that hard... it was doable; but because we basically had no exposure to normal, long physics problems, I was a bit stunned by the difference between the midterm and kudu. The homework problems, other than to introduce you to the concept, are useless as study materials for the tests.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 27, 2019

Hamilton mostly went over the derivations of basic concepts and sparse, simple examples. His lectures were quite dry, and he also had a few demos which, while mildly amusing, were a waste of time. The tests were quite difficult and really do challenge you on the application of physics and math. The TAs were a great help; Hamilton, not so much.
As far as I know, the grade distribution for Hamilton's class is the same as the other 1A sections, so it's not as if his class is unfair; just don't expect to learn much from lecture.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
March 24, 2019

Hamilton is a standard professor - he goes over concepts/theory in class along with some examples. I liked how he did in-class questions through a software called Kudu - this allowed us to interact with each other and not fall asleep at 9 am haha.
However, I found that his lectures lacked example problems, and also he did not give us any sample exam problems before the midterm/final. As such, we kind of went into the exams without knowing exactly what to study. Also, some of the hw questions he assigned were kind of irrelevant to the material.
Overall, Hamilton is okay as a professor - I'm kind of neutral about recommending or not recommending him.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
April 3, 2019

Hamilton basically went over derivations the entire time which was super unuseful. Since this was 1A, most people knew the equations already and having examples of hard problems would be way more helpful but he mostly just does derivations which can go a page or two long and it becomes really hard to follow. Unless you took Physics C (in which case you can skip this class), you'll have to do a ton of self-study as most of what he teaches in class is different from his exams. That said, his exams are hard but aren't the hardest things in the world.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: B+
March 28, 2019

He basically only went over derivations and since he's not Corbin it wasn't useful on the tests. What would've been useful would be examples... showing how to apply the equations. He uses this online textbook - Kudu - that I couldn't read but like if you're a fan of online textbooks then go ahead and read it... but I don't think reading a textbook for physics is useful. You just need to know what the formulas are and practice using it. I thought the final was hard but idk probably biased. The midterm, looking back, wasn't that hard... it was doable; but because we basically had no exposure to normal, long physics problems, I was a bit stunned by the difference between the midterm and kudu. The homework problems, other than to introduce you to the concept, are useless as study materials for the tests.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
March 27, 2019

Hamilton mostly went over the derivations of basic concepts and sparse, simple examples. His lectures were quite dry, and he also had a few demos which, while mildly amusing, were a waste of time. The tests were quite difficult and really do challenge you on the application of physics and math. The TAs were a great help; Hamilton, not so much.
As far as I know, the grade distribution for Hamilton's class is the same as the other 1A sections, so it's not as if his class is unfair; just don't expect to learn much from lecture.

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Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: N/A
March 24, 2019

Hamilton is a standard professor - he goes over concepts/theory in class along with some examples. I liked how he did in-class questions through a software called Kudu - this allowed us to interact with each other and not fall asleep at 9 am haha.
However, I found that his lectures lacked example problems, and also he did not give us any sample exam problems before the midterm/final. As such, we kind of went into the exams without knowing exactly what to study. Also, some of the hw questions he assigned were kind of irrelevant to the material.
Overall, Hamilton is okay as a professor - I'm kind of neutral about recommending or not recommending him.

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2.8
Overall Rating
Based on 4 Users
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 2.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.0 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 2.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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