Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity
Spring 2016 - I love this professor. He has been my favorite physics professor thus far. His lectures make sense and he's not doing over complicated proofs that won't even be on the tests like other physics professors. He's a good lecturer and makes it easy to learn the material.
Spring 2022 - I think Hamilton is pretty easy compared to some other Physics teachers. Discussion worksheets are a joke and there's just MasteringPhysics due every Monday. He lectures really fast which made it tough to keep up with. He does read right off the lecture notes, so if you miss anything you can basically "reread" the entire lecture on Canvas. Overall, the tests usually had one easy, one medium, and one hard question. He lets you bring in your own double-sided notes on a standard piece of printer paper though, which was helpful. The graders are generous and his rubric doesn't grade harshly anyways. You could probably end up with a B or high C in the class even if you didn't spend much time on the HW problems. Hamilton is not an outstanding professor and he's standard by any measure, but if that's all you're looking for I would recommend him.
Spring 2021 - Great professor with clear lectures and interesting demos. He's quite understanding as well in case you can't take the test at the regular time. The class is well organized and the TAs and LAs did a great job at each discussion. The grading is fair--there's a straight scale with 5% for each grade, so 90%+ is A, 85-90% is A-, 80-85% is B+, etc. The pace of the class is roughly 1 chapter per week with 2 chapters a week near the last few weeks which was rough. Discussions are mandatory with a worksheet due at the end of discussion. There are three midterms, 2 worth 15% and the first worth 5%. They aren't too bad although you should expect double jeopardy in that if you get something wrong in part a, but is used in b, c, d, e, etc. you'll get marked off for all those parts so your grade can drop significantly over a small mistake. Workload is manageable--about 10 to 12 book problems each week assigned on Pearson due Monday night. Only thing I didn't like was that on Pearson, you immediately lost 20-50% of your grade if you got a MC question incorrect. This is different from free response questions where you get 6 tries and don't lose any points until you've used up all your attempts. Other than that, great class, would definitely take Professor Hauser again.
Very hard and not concerned at all. not helpful at office hours,he trys to keep your stay at his office hour as short as possible. his way of grading is not fair as he penalize you for the same mistake as many times as possible on the same test. He expect you to memorize all the formulas and all the units. But,he is very quik at grading and submitting the grades. WHICH HE DOES ALL BY HIMSELF, and His office is the most organized Than any office I've seen at UCLA.
Winter 2020 - Professor Kang is considered to be one of the best physics professors I have taken at UCLA. He is engaging and very helpful with students. He is great at explaining his view and the subject well but you need to go to his office hours. His office hours are very helpful. Use that time to talk about the subject and HW. His TA Reddy is extremely helpful as well for he doesn't rest with Professor Kang to provide the best quality teaching for the students. Professor Kang is constantly developing to be a better professor for all students alike. Here are the stats: Midterms: 20% each. There are two midterms. Evaluation: 1% Discussion Worksheet: 3% HW Mastering Physics: 16% Final: 40% All these stats can change due to the survey he does throughout the quarter. Depend on that survey he will work towards benefiting you as much as he can. So don't be rude when you get a bad midterm grade. Just make sure to work hard and do your best. Oh and he takes efforts into your grade. Good luck!
His lectures are pretty good and I loved that he put the notes online for us. He's a lot more clear, organized, and comprehensible than other physics professors at UCLA. The homework was MasteringPhysics. It was difficult and sometimes kind of long, but the real problem was that the homework looked nothing like the tests. In order to do well on the tests, make sure you study the lecture notes and go to the review sessions, because studying the book and the homework problems does not prepare you well. Going to class every day and trying to understand the concepts he lectures on is a lot more helpful than trying to get good grades on the homework, so don't worry about it too much. The midterms and final were pretty difficult, but he's not a hard grader.
Fall 2022 - Profesor Larkin is VERY smart, but his lectures are structured completely around conceptual ideas, yet his exams are all problem-solving. It makes no sense how we are actually supposed to learn and practice the problem-solving. He maybe walked through a total of 10 problems the entire quarter. The homework also was not helpful and made us work through problems for hours that were not even included in the lectures. He was quite rude over email. The exams are difficult for no reason and include deep analysis and revision on variables we didn't cover in class, and he just expects you to know how to set them up. The TA's reviewed problems that didn't even appear on the exam. This is one of the hardest classes I have ever taken. There are much easier physics professors out there. Save yourself.