Electricity and Magnetism
Winter 2019 - Professor Bachtis is a pretty cool and helpful professor who clearly enjoys the material and teaching students. For the final exam, make sure to understand the midterm exam solutions in high detail as we were tossed questions that were highly similar with minor changes/nuances. The first midterm exam was pretty simple and mainly based on more advanced Physics 1 material. I would have done much better in this course if I didn't bomb the first midterm. The median was an 86% on Midterm 1 and 50% on Midterm 2. Make sure you also get all the points possible on HW since the solutions are widely available. The professor has a pretty lenient grading distribution and does not fail any students with around 35% getting an A+, A, or A-. I recommend taking 110A with this professor. Selling a collection of all past exams (both midterm and final) with full solutions and detailed grading rubric, homework solutions, and highly organized course materials including lecture notes and grade distributions for the exams/homework: *************
Winter 2023 - She's a good teacher and very fun person, but can be kind of scatter brained sometimes. Her lectures were always relatively easy to follow, and homeworks were fine but the exams killed me. Because she gave you two full pages front and back of notes to bring to the first midterm (adding a page for both the 2nd midterm and final) she made the questions pretty dang difficult. For the midterms you don't even have time to go through your cheat sheets so you better know what you're doing. And if you don't have something on your cheat sheet you're screwed, especially for the final.
Fall 2021 - Professor Hudson was a great professor, engaging lectures! The material is quite dense and so I got lost quite often. Go to office hours if you can, he will be there to answer any questions you have and clearly wants to help his students. I was practically in danger of failing, I have the worst test anxiety imaginable and scored far below average on the midterm and two quizzes (which were supposed to be easy and based on the homework which are problems from the textbook), but he reached out to my research advisor who was able to talk me through some options to help me. He was very understanding and accommodating and with his help I was actually able to perform well on the final and not fail. overall he's a good professor and I would take him again.
Very nice guy. Always available and very accomodating. I had him for Physics 110A, and he was very clear and articulate about concepts in electro- and magnetostatics. I came to his office hours once, and he pretty much explained all of physics to me from a small example that had sparked my curiosity. Very good teacher.