Energy in Modern Economy
I took Jura/Kahn for the Energy in the Modern Economy class. It was a great course and I thought professor Jura did a terrific job! He understood that not everyone in the course was an engineer so he really made the physics easier on the rest of us. He was always happy to help on homeworks during office hours. The only drawback is that he's a little dry during lectures so he may come off as boring. Honestly though, if you like physics, I suggest you take him.
This evaluation is about Astro 3: Nature in Universe, not Physics M155. I took two Astro classes at UCLA, one of which with Prf. Malkan in Fall 2009. This might be a hasty generalization, but I want to say UCLA astronomers are good people indeed, but terrible teachers. 'Generous' grading scale they employ, intriguing class materials they teach. Yet insincere lectures they offer, and unreasonable tests they give out.
--ASTR 3 Firstly, let me just say it has been my favorite class. Grading: Straight scale, but he curves around the class performance on the first midterm if it helps the class [ we had a mean of 89 on the first midterm, and 86 on the second midterm so he brought the mean on the second up to 89]. 98+ is A+ 93-98 is A 90-93 is A-, and so on. Final (35%, ridiculously easy, mean was 90%) Midterm 2 (20%, very easy) Midterm 1 (20% also very easy) Labs (15%, don't get Robin; My average outside of labs was 98% in the class [without EC]; lab average 90%, always ended up below median on labs and was top 10 in everything else all the time. All the other TAs are much more chill. However, if you can't get out of her lab, just trudge through it.. only worth 15%) Homework (10% online quizzes, you might miss a point here and there, but should be an easy 95% in it. Check with a friend if you're paranoid ) 0.5% EC random attendance day [ ours was on the day after midterm 1 ] 1.5% EC -- Telescope viewing 1.5% EC -- Griffith Observatory -- Lecture: Always very engaging; I regret not going more often [ all the lecture notes are online ] . He's a funny, intelligent, and coherent professor. Moreover, he is perhaps the nicest professor in UCLA, and is always willing to help his students. Astronomy lends itself to interest, and he expands on that greatly. Also, his scottish accent is pretty awesome. That's about it. Take this class with Mclean. Nuff said.
I absolutely LOVE this professor. She is so concerned with her students and she tries so hard to make sure that we all pass. She is also super cute and funny and I love her soooo much! I would definitely recommend this class to anyone wanting an easy class, but also wanting a great professor. I remember for a midterm she wrote out an entire 4 page midterm review paper that pretty much laid out the entire midterm in review form. It was AMAZING! I absolutely love her. Honestly, TAKE HER! You won't regret it! =]