Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism
Winter 2018 - My main motivation for writing this review is to address the student who wrote a negative review for Dorfman below. Dr. Dorfman has been the most inspirational professor I've ever had. You can tell he cares about students actually learning the material and your ability to apply concepts to new situations. If you truly love to learn and you love to challenge yourself then please take this class. Quite frankly, Dr. Dorfman is the smartest person I've ever met. Literally, he will answer your most challenging physics question without even thinking almost like a supercomputer. I've come to the conclusion that he knows everything there is to know about physics and I would not be surprised if he earns a nobel prize in the future. He is very organized and I have never seen him come to class late. He provides a lot of resources to help you master the concepts. To be honest, this class is hard. You have to put in the work to get a good grade. If all you care about is an easy A then avoid this class like the student who wrote the negative review below. The ideas I generated in this class and study habits I've developed have served me well in my other classes. Dr. Dorfman is the god of physics.
Professor Gauvreau was NOT bad at all! His tests were really straight forward and he was a super nice professor! He is such a friendly, easygoing guy! He's always smiling in class and he really wants us to learn. Sure, his second midterm was killer because of the easy first midterm, but he was really generous with grades. The reason why he went over so many chapters within a few days was because it was summer school. Six weeks was barely enough time. That's why we had to put in a lot of our study time. I dreaded taking physics but he made it so easy for us. I ended up with an A- in the class when I had received a B- in Physics 6A. I would definitely recommended this professor to everyone!
Prof. Gutperle is a very unique person; he is a physicist AND he has a sence of humor:)) He is a good teacher and he knows his stuff. The only complaint I have, is that he hardly ever solves example problems in the class, but he gives problems you've never seen on the test. The only practice you get solving problems is during the homework, and maybe if you have good TA during Discussons. The tests however are not anything like the HW problems. I did good in the class just because the averages on the tests were really low. However, he is a very conserned teacher, he is there if you have any questions.
I took 6B with him last quarter and I was in his honors section too. I think he was not a good lecturer, but his generous curve made up for it. The honors section definitely helped me understand the concepts in this class and it was really enjoyable. He let you bring cheat sheets too. I got an A by the way.
If you want juet pure derivation of formulas take him. He doesn't do any problems in class and he expects you to know them on the test. His first midterm is easy, and his second midterm and final are the hardest exam ever. His TA's are lazy and do not know how to help you. I think he is the worst professor for physics, because he doesn't teach you anything, he basically wrties whatever is in the book on the board. He does alot of demos in class which is intersting, but it doesn't help you in the problems. I think you are basically on you own, and you should rely on the book for understandin of the material. He is nice , but what does niceness do for you?
Professor Mclean is so great! He really, really just wants his students to succeed. He makes sure that you know exactly what to study for the midterms and final, and is super flexible about homework. He's such a sweet man, I had the absolute best experience taking this class. Even though I hate physics with a deep, deep passion. Like, for our first midterm the average was a 91% and he didn't curve it. His class isn't curved at all, but it doesn't need to be. Take this professor if you get the chance!