Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics

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Shahriar Abachi See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.5 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.8

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Professor Abachi's class is not very difficult. I mean, granted the subject matter isn't very difficult in the first place, but his exams are very doable. His lectures are boring, though. he tends to write a bunch of derivations on the board you don't need to know and he confuses himself and makes errors quite often. Anyway, I recommend him. Take him.

June 24, 2005
Katsushi Arisaka See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.3 Workload 3.1 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 3.3

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I took Physics 5B with Professor Arisaka. Before I begin, I think the man is WAY too overhyped. I came in thinking this guy was going to be the best professor ever after reading all these reviews, but he was alright. To this day, I still don't understand 20% of the things he says because of his heavy accent. His "review" sessions aren't that great either unless you can't complete the previous midterms. By the way, he used to reuse almost the exact same midterms, which is probably why people really liked him. He stated that he would not reuse midterms and finals anymore. The guy is also obsessed with really long exams for some reason. I barely had time to finish all 3 of his exams (2 midterms and 1 final). His "curve" doesn't really help either. I was 1% from an A-, and I still didn't get it after he "curved". I don't hate the guy, but I also don't like him. This is my honest review, especially after going in very optimistic. Don't be fooled by the other reviews. Overall, I did not like this class and I felt like I didn't learn much too.

Winter Quarter 2018
Maha Ashour-Abdalla See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 4.2

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TAKE THIS CLASS WITH MAHA!!! As everyone below me already said, Maha is truly the most caring and amazing teacher at UCLA. You won't find any teacher who cares about student's well-being more than her.
Now about the class:

Her lectures are very clear and organized. She makes sure to always post all the slides she uses during lecture
which is very helpful. Make sure to do your homework as it’s about 10 percent of the grade but most importantly, it will help a lot for the exams. Unlike any other UCLA teacher, Maha personally attended every review session before each exam. And I highly recommend going to them.

Make sure to go to office hours and personally meet her. If you don’t understand something, GO TALK TO HER! She’s great at explaining material and will make sure you understand it before you leave the room. If you pay attention in class, do the homework, go to review sessions, and ask questions during office hours, you're almost guaranteed an A. And don't let the fact that there's no cheat sheet during exams scare you. It better that you don't have it. Without it, you will understand the material more thoroughly and trust me you'll be happy especially if your taking your MCAT's. The material will come up again!
I changed my entire winter schedule around just to take this class and I do not regret it. By far the best teacher I’ve had at UCLA. Make sure you take this class with Maha! Trust me, its worth it. Thanks Maha!

May 27, 2010
Michail Bachtis See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 3.5

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I'm leaving this review for Physics 110A (E&M). Professor Bachtis was a nice lecturer with a sense of humor and a not heavy, perfectly understandable accent. I'd advise that you attend class frequently and go to the discussion sections as missing a single class can set you back in the course material. He is a fairly happy understanding person. Feel free to approach him if you have questions or need assistance.

The median was an 86% on Midterm 1 (Mainly Physics 1 content) and 50% on Midterm 2. The final was fairly difficult.

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Winter Quarter 2019
Luca Bertello See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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I am a Bio major, and not so great in Physics. But I heard Bertello is nice and easy, so took his section. He is nice and very approachable, but likes to even out his class curve. This means for the final even if you have an A going into the final, it's very possible to get a C for your final grade. Well, I didn't have an A going in, but I did have a solid A-/B+. I had perfect homework and lab scores, and did okay on the midterms. I have NEVER received a C before in any class. So glad I'm done with Physics. Btw, Lea is the BEST TA. She explains concepts better than any professor. I never skipped discussion.

Jan. 9, 2009
Stuart Brown See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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Selling the three textbooks you need for the Physics 6 series, the UCLA store sells the bundle for $177 but I'm selling for $100 and they're in mint condition! (no highlights, marking, rip tears, etc.) text me if interested 7025562436

Spring Quarter 2016
Troy Carter See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.9

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I really hate physics, but taking 6C with Professor Carter was great. To do well, you do have to know the concepts, but the great thing is if you study the homework, the practice tests, and the concept tests, the exams will be a breeze. In addition to that, he really does care about student learning and is willing to modify the way he teaches. When I took the class, he tried out the internet homework program, WebAssign, and it was a pain in the butt at first, but it's actually much better than paper homework because everyone helps out everyone else. Take him if you can!!

June 20, 2006
Brent Corbin See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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I have mixed opinions about Corbin. His lectures are entertaining (especially the physics puns) but he has a bit of an inflated ego. His tests are crazy... if you're scoring 60% you're doing "well". At first, this kinda hurts your sense of progress. You could study all night and still score in the 50-60% range: it's discouraging. After the first test, I learned really quickly how to take his midterms successfully. Don't start at the beginning of the test; flip through all of the problems. Don't attempt to start the difficult problems until later. Pick a problem you KNOW you can do well, then move onto other ones, because the time limit (50 minutes) is the biggest issue, and you want to rack up all the points you can get. Write something down for every part of every question, because even when I pulled answers out of my ass that made no sense, the TA would give me 1-2 points out of 5. Partial credit is the key! I basically didn't study more than 1 hour for each midterm, and 2 hours for the final, but I got an A because I understood the concepts and I could explain myself through sentences on the exams, even when I couldn't recall the correct equations. Attend lecture! and when I attended office hours once, I realized that the OH regulars probably got a TON of hints about exam problems. This class is intimidating, but doable. Sean is an amazing TA, so attend his review sessions and discussions when you can. (Also, I never even did one problem from the book, but they probably help you become more familiar with the equations.)

March 24, 2011
Ferdinand Coroniti See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.4

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Coroniti is a very nice guy...He's extremely approachable, plus he's very easy to talk to during office hours.
A little about Physics 6C with him: Fall 2002 was the first time he taught the class, and he did a decent job. For the midterms, he tells you the types of problems that he puts on each test so you know seemingly know exactly what to study. The homework assignments are very generous, only 5% of your final grade, and very few problems to do. Bottom line is, I think he had it in for our class...telling us exactly what to expect on every test, giving the reviews himself, and too many stupid questions were asked of FINAL WAS FRIGGIN HARD!!! I aced his first 2 tests, and studied my ass off for his final, but who even knows?!?! Don't take coroniti for the 6 series if you can't deal with not having your sheet of formulas and algorithms like you probably had in 6A...Coroniti provides his own sheet with a limited list of formulas. Don't take him if you don't like a conceptual based teaching-Coroniti derives every single formula that you'll use in gets kind of tedious. I'll add...Coroniti's good points-he's nice, he seemingly cares, he's got passion for the topic, he's straight forward on the exams. If you do take him, sit in the first 3-4 rows...he's got a really soft voice that does not carry pass the first 10 rows. Beware of his finals!!!

Dec. 13, 2002
Mostafa El Alaoui See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.1 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.3

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Cool professor, very nice guy. His lectures are well organized and the pace of the class was just right. He has review sessions before all of the tests (2 midterms and a final) in which he really tries to stress the concepts that will be on the test. I definitely recommend this professor!

June 17, 2011
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