MECH&AE 103

Elementary Fluid Mechanics

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Ravnesh Amar See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 3.9

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I had Professor Amar for MAE 105A and MAE 103. I didn't like him all that much in 105A because he seemed to enjoy making us suffer when giving us pop quizzes. However he told us when the quizzes were in 103 so that made things a lot better. He does have an attitude and can be quite sassy but he's a great teacher. I never had any trouble understanding what he taught (as long as I was paying attention). The first quiz in both classes was fairly easy but the ones after that were quite tricky. The midterms for both were fine. The 105A final was pretty hard but the 103 final was fairly easy. The homeworks were also quite short for both classes. I would recommend taking his class but don't bother asking any questions because he'll just ask you the same question back.

Dec. 12, 2010
Kwitae Chong See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Overall a good professor. Lectures were long and very dense but not over the top and I enjoyed them. Some people complained about the lectures but some people are just complainers.
I learned a great deal.
He always took time to answer all my questions.
Grading was fair if not pretty generous.
Nice guy.

Summer Quarter 2016
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Michael Colonno Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Jeffrey Eldredge See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.7

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Fluids are hard, but Eldredge does an excellent job. There were 3 midterms, lowest one got dropped. The first test was super easy, the next two were much more difficult, but they were graded leniently. The final was cake. Eldredge is very helpful if you go to OH or email him. He actually made an effort to teach us despite the circumstances. I would absolutely take him for another class again. I highly doubt you can do better than Eldredge.

Spring Quarter 2021
Hossein Kavehpour See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.3 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.0

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Good class, good professor, challenging exams.

The exams are nothing like the homework, and in my opinion, they do not accurately reflect learning—they measure how good you are at solving a problem you've never seen before (using what you've learned). As an analogy, the homework and lectures are like high school physics, everything is in the textbook; while the exams are like physics olympiads, you've never seen this before and it'll likely take creativity to solve it. I can somewhat sympathize with this method of administering exams—I suppose I'm spoiled by being spoonfed by high school and textbook problems. I wish Dr. Kavehpour would direct us to resources that more accurately reflect the challenges on the exams.

Fall Quarter 2020
Pirouz Kavehpour See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.1 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.6

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Don't be fooled by these other reviews. Yes, Professor Kavehpour is a "cool" guy, who plays music during lecture breaks, make humorous small talk with the few students who turn their cameras on, and makes light sarcastic remarks to get a chuckle. BUT, that does not make him a good professor, and unfortunately, the truth is exactly opposite. His lectures only consist of lengthy and rambling derivations, and he does not actually teach how to solve any practical problems with the material. Additionally, the material itself is also very difficult to understand in concept. You come out of lectures completely lost and confused feeling like you haven't learned anything (because you probably haven't).

His tests are absolutely ridiculous as well, because 1.) he doesn't teach how to actually solve problems in the first place, and 2.) his tests are filled to the brim with grammatical errors, confusing and misleading wording, and things we have never seen before. Additionally, he said that the tests are not curved, which is compounded by the fact that many people literally got like 60% or lower.

I'll admit, the first week, I too thought the professor was really awesome, because he was super chill and all that, and I thought this was going to be a nice class. Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. For a discouraged student stuck at home in front of a computer screen all day, the professor's "cool guy" vibe wears off after the first week, and its all downhill from there.

One tip if you do take this class: actually go to discussion sections. They are much more informative and helpful than the lectures, and you actually learn things from them. So don't ditch them. Unlike many classes, this class's discussions are actually worth going to.

This is the review that I wish I had read before taking this class. This class was very hard, extremely frustrating, and really just morale-destroying. And don't just write this review off as a disgruntled student who failed the class. The grades haven't come out yet, but I'm expecting a high C or a B most likely, which I will be fine with, given the nature of this class. If I knew what I was getting into, I would've had second thoughts about taking this class with this professor. Good luck.

Fall Quarter 2020
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J. Kim Full Profile > 3.0 Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness
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John Kim Full Profile > 4.3 Overall 2.5 Easiness 2.3 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness
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Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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Maher Lagha See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.0 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Lagha is a wildcard. His lectures are disorganized and don't totally follow the curriculum, but he's a homie and makes the class as easy as possible. I ended up relying a lot on the TA to learn the subjects, but with that the class is very easy. Lagha gives you all of the diagrams that will be on the exams, so it's pretty easy to figure out what the questions are going to be and solve them beforehand. Overall Lagha is a great guy and his class is pretty easy, but if you're really trying to learn all the basics of fluid mechanics I would try to take it with another professor.

Winter Quarter 2019
Ryan McGuan Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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