PHYSICS 1A

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics

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Shahriar Abachi See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.6 Clarity 2.1 Helpfulness 2.6

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I found Abachi's intructions very interesting. He was well organized and came to class exactly on the clock. He is one of the greatest professors I have met at UCLA. I took his class in summer before i started my freshman year and he made my transition very rewarding. His teachings were advanced and difficult yet he taught it in a way where i can follow. I highly recommend him and sadly when i did begin my freshman year at UCLA I was unfortunate to not have an instructor like him.

Dec. 18, 2003
Ernest Abers See Full Profile

Overall 2.1 Easiness 1.4 Workload 1.9 Clarity 1.7 Helpfulness 3.4

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This man cannot teach! His lectures are trivial and utterly meaningless; he never solves any useful problems, he simply (tries) to derive every formula already given to you. And I say "tries" because he can never quite do it. He's always making little mistakes here and there that confuses both himself and the class. What makes it worse is that his handwriting is horrible so you're not going to even be able to decipher the incorrect proofs scrawled upon the board. I also thought he kind of sounded like Bill Cosby (which may or may not be a bad thing depending on your predeliction for Jello and Kodak film). I never went to class after the second week. If you took AP Physics in high school, this class is EXACTLY the same and you shouldn't have to go either. For me it was an easy A. Oh yeah, and try to find someone with last year's midterms and final solutions for insurance. You'd be surprised how many people have them.

Feb. 10, 2004
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Arash Bellafard See Full Profile

Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.6 Helpfulness 2.7

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This guy is a joke, so far he has wasted almost all of class lecturing on irrelevant content ( he spent 40 minutes out of a 50 minute lecture explaining to us what a Cartesian plane is). However, the homework and tests reflect no content that was explained in lectures. His voice is very monotone, he does not seem engaged at all, and at times he just starts rambling on tangents. Save your time, save your gpa, do not take physics 1A with Arash.

Spring Quarter 2018
Luca Bertello See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.3

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Bertello is a magnificent professor, who explains everything from the basics to the more advanced concepts. He makes it so clear how things work. Class isn't too hard, about average, and you learn a lot. Highly recommended.

Nov. 21, 2005
Anton Bondarenko See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 3.1 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.3

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To be fair, I dislike physics and I don’t think anyone can really teach physics but here is my review.

Sure, the guy is organized and does his best but he does very few examples in class. It’s mostly derivations that will not be tested. You’ve gotta develop problem solving skills on your own. Kinda monotone as a lecturer - not engaging.

One thing I really disliked about this class were his rubrics. The partial credit is awful. He gives two points (out of 10) just for having the correct answer and then you’ll get additional points off for the reason why you don’t have the correct answer. No chaining. Tests are really long too. Tend to be 8 questions for a 50 minute midterm - crazy.

Spring Quarter 2019
Charles Buchanan See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.6 Helpfulness 4.0

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I took physics 1a with Buchanan for summer and I must say it was the best decision I've made so far! He was so nice and always did his best to explain things so that everyone understood. His midterms were completely reasonable. His final I admit was challenging. He asked questions that went beyond what we did in homework, but they were still do-able. I believe the median was around 56 but with the curve there were about 5 A's (30 people in the class).

Overall 30% got As, almost 50% got Bs, 30% Cs, and then there were a couple Ds.

One of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. If you get the chance definitely take him.

Aug. 8, 2005
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Wesley Campbell See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.0 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.0

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I loved having Prof. Campbell for mechanical physics. He is a young guy that interacts very well with students. I thought he gave some good lectures, but you can expect to fall asleep a couple times in his class. Some people love that he gives massively curved tests (the average on the first midterm was a 37%) and others don't. He is generous with the curve though to make sure that people succeed and learn something in his class. Would definitely recommend him to anyone.

Winter Quarter 2016
Brent Corbin See Full Profile

Overall 4.1 Easiness 1.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.0

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Is it the toughest physics class UCLA has to offer for the series? Yes

I've heard he uses only variables in all his questions "Yes. You've heard right. Nowhere in the course would you encounter a single problem that uses a number"

But do you feel fucking awesome and a deep sense of fulfillment after reaching where he wants you to reach? FUCKING YES. If you plan to have a career in a science, don't miss the opportunity to have this man as your professor and his squad of awesome TAs

Winter Quarter 2016
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Mostafa El Alaoui See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 3.2 Workload 3.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.8

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El Alaoui is one of the nicest professors I can think of. His Office Hours where generally empty, so definitely take advantage of them because he's super nice and will try his best to explain the concepts.
That being said, I agree with most of the reviews, as someone who may not know too much mechanics or isn't too confident with their ability in physics then he's not the best. He goes over his slides and just does a bunch of examples in class to show you how to do a problem.
Expect one midterm to be relatively difficult (generally 60% average) but the other to be decent (generally 80% average). GO TO HIS REVIEW SESSIONS because he puts a couple of problems from the review session into the midterms. Also his final may include some questions you do for his homework, so its not too bad.
In conclusion, he's a great guy, decent lecturer and relatively easy class in my opinion.

June 11, 2015
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