MECH&AE 105D

Transport Phenomena

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Mohamed Abdou See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 2.3 Helpfulness 2.6

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Not a good teacher at all. As other say on top, he just reads his notes and rewrites some stuff on the board. I saw no point of attending class. However, he does care for his students that he knows who comes to class or not. He always talks in condescending tone and his answer doesn't even help for student to understand the stuff. Don't expect to learn anything in his class. However, one good news is that he lets his TA write his exam. If you get a good TA, the exam will be piece of cake.

Nov. 21, 2013
Ravnesh Amar See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 3.6

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This class was quite boring and quite dense, but for a lot of students this is a mandatory class. As a mandatory class it could have been much worse. The material gradually gets more difficult and more confusing, but as long as you have a good understanding of the first 4 weeks of class, the textbook can help you easily pick up the later 6 weeks. The midterm and the final were very fair and were based on homeworks. The Professor was a bit sassy with students at times, or was not as good at answering questions as you might hope, but overall was able to get the material across.

Winter Quarter 2021
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Portonovo Ayyaswamy See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 4.0 Workload 2.5 Clarity 1.5 Helpfulness 3.0

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Breakdown: Homework 20% - These homeworks are super easy. 2-4 problems from the textbook once a week. The professor knew it was a light homework load but he said it's better to understand the most important problems than to copy down solutions to a lot of them.

Midterm 30% - The professor was very soft on this. The average was around a 92% and it was easier than the homeworks. 2 pages of cheat sheets.

Final 50% - Because of Coronavirus, this was a take home final that we had 3.5 hours to complete. It was challenging in the time span but because it was open book/open note, this is understandable. It was very similar to the practice final he sent out. The concepts of this class aren't too hard but there are A LOT of equations to keep track of.

Overall, his lectures were pretty dry and focused on derivations so most people didn't go. I just sat in the back and did homework. You can skip these and still get a good grade. However, the discussion sections you should not skip. The TA's select the most important practice problems and walk you through how to do them. My TA was super helpful and told you exactly what concepts you need to know. Overall, this professor probably wasn't better or worse than any other one. Like most classes, you'll end up teaching yourself most of the material.

Winter Quarter 2020
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M Bahadori See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Yongjie Hu See Full Profile

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Yongho Ju See Full Profile

Overall 2.8 Easiness 1.5 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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Professor Ju does an excellent job of teaching his material. He made the entire course lecture into a pdf file for you to follow. While the material of 105D may not come as easily as material of other courses, he really does cover all the material in a very concise and organized manner.

He really believes in thinking as opposed to plugging and chugging, and thus is a fan of derivations in his tests. The problems he gives are good. i.e. slightly challenging, but very "core".

In lecture, sitting in your seat, he seems like the nicest guy. When you ask him a question, however, he cam make you feel pretty stupid, and kind of don't feel like asking him any further questions. But thicken your skin, and ask what you need to know. He makes himself very available, despite all that, and will answer your question thoroughly, provided he deems it not too basic and something you should have learned from other classes.

Overall, great professor. You learn a ton from his lectures, he puts a lot of effort into organizing his lectures, and they are effective. His education philosophy is good, and you come out learning something worthwhile.

June 25, 2011
Adrienne Lavine See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.3

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Professor Lavine is a great instructor who is obviously concerned with students learning and understanding the course materials. Her lectures are clear and she presents the course material in a useful and accessible way. She is always open to students asking questions and gives very clear explanations. I am not a big fan of heat transfer but she managed to make the course enjoyable and understandable anyways. The homeworks can be difficult at times but I would much prefer getting confused on a homework assignment than in an exam or quiz. Expectations for assignments and assessments are well communicated and I never felt like I was going into a situation unprepared for what was going to be asked of me. Overall a difficult but enjoyable course with a fantastic professor.

Winter Quarter 2021
Wilbur Marner See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.3 Workload 1.7 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.3

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Professor Marner is the best professor that MAE has to offer. No question about it. He has a fantastic lecture style, a high level of organization and straight forwardness, and he involves the students in his lectures through his charismatic personality and humor. Don't graduate from UCLA MAE without taking this guy at least once.

That being said, students considering taking his class should be aware that a high workload will be the norm. I also took him for MAE 133A, were there is a project which takes up a lot of time. During this time in the course the homework piled up sometimes even up to two homework assignments per week in addition to an approaching project deadline. Students should also not expect to pick their own groups; Marner wishes to make the class like industry so the TA's pick the groups according to a skills questionnaire.

Great professor, great man...take his class at least once.

Feb. 20, 2009
Laurent Pilon See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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I loved Pilon! He's a good professor and even tries to learn everyone's names. Don't be late for class or he'll call you out on it. His tests are actually pretty easy...half conceptual and half analytical. When you solve problems, don't make stupid mistakes cause they're pretty stingy on the partial credit. On the midterm, one of the problems asked you to compare two different values. I solved for the two different numbers (correctly) but since I didn't find the ratio I got 7 points marked down. Kinda unfair in my opinion. Just make sure you read the questions carefully! You kinda have to go to every lecture. He'll notice.

Aug. 28, 2009
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