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Professor Hall is a competent teacher. He explains concepts clearly and his tests are fair. I thought his lecture style was kinda boring because he doesn't vary his tone of voice enough, and I wished he did something to break it up a bit (like iClicker questions or asking us to solve problems on our own or in groups).
Get practice midterms from the test bank! He doesn't reuse questions, but his midterm questions are more similar to each other from year to year than they are to the practice problems in the textbook.
I found the class much easier than 1A, I got an A+ without too much work. That might just be because I took it in the summer.
Easy to pass, but don't expect to learn anything.
The lectures were boring, and bad (once spent 2 lectures working a problem on the board that had already been assigned/due as homework... wtf) and his sense of humor doesn't make sense to anyone.
I scraped by, but had a rough time with 1C because of how little I retained from 1B.
I took this guy for physics 1A and 1B. As monotone as he sounded, his lectures were actually quite good.
Unlike many other professors who just rehash the textbook or straight out just make powerpoints of pictures from the textbook, professor Hall writes out the material from his own lesson plan. You can actually get by not reading any of the chapters as long as you religiously study the class notes.
Don't bother studying the mastering physics homework to prepare for the tests. Do the practice tests early and multiple times and you are guaranteed to do well. The tests may look difficult at first, but they are easily solvable if you look closely at the class notes. I can't stress this enough, everything you need to know will be in the class notes so read it religiously. It goes without saying to never skip his lectures for this very reason.
To those that read this, most people will probably get wrecked by the tests (average for first midterm in 1B was 43%). Don't get tripped up and don't be a sheep. Get ahead, ask alot of questions, and understand the phasor method! Be prepared to work tedious integrations he does in class.
I got murdered in the 1st midterm in 1B but I kicked my own butt and got an A- in the end. This class is difficult but it will teach you how to fight for your grade. Good luck!
I'll agree with the poster below in that he claimed homework/discussion questions were similar to the tests, which they were not. He's very monotone when lecturing as well. I mean, I did enjoy the subject material, and I felt I learned, but not to the extent I wanted to. But that might be more on me than him. Anyway, the tests were rather tricky, but then when the answers are posted you kind of go "ohhh I should have known that." I didn't like that you really have no way of gauging your progress other than scoring better on the 2nd midterm than the 1st since he does not release averages. I thought I completely bombed the class though: 39/90 on the 1st, 44/90 on the 2nd, and 98/180 on the final, but I ended up with a C. So you'll most likely pass, but you'll have to put in some extra work if you wish to really understand the course material, which I think would be the goal of any student taking the class.
He's a very boring lecturer who only teaches very case-specific examples during lecture, which wasn't helpful when doing the homework. He wouldn't give out average scores on midterms which I thought was ridiculous. His tests were difficult and not very similar to the homework as he insisted they were. They were more based off his lectures, which makes going to lecture pretty important.
You're probably better off taking Corbin if you were going to take Hall for the "easy A" because you'll actually learn from Corbin.
The material isn't that difficult, but his exams are tricky. The homework is a lot of work but counts for little. He's not the best professor, and he doesn't publish averages, so its hard to gauge where you are in the class before your final grade comes out. He's a very boring lecturer, and the homework and lectures are useless in preparing for exams.
This professor looks young as hell. It's good to take Math 33B before this class or at the same time so that way you can understand the oscillations better. He did some nice demonstrations in class (my favorite was when he blew bubbles). Tests aren't very hard but can be tricky.