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

David Schriver

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

Physics department

David Schriver

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Overall 4.8
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Easiness of class 3.4
Easy
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Workload 3.4
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Needs Textbook

Grades

Spring 2017
40.2%
33.5%
26.8%
20.1%
13.4%
6.7%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
42.6%
35.5%
28.4%
21.3%
14.2%
7.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
32.1%
26.7%
21.4%
16.0%
10.7%
5.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
32.6%
27.2%
21.8%
16.3%
10.9%
5.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
54.5%
45.5%
36.4%
27.3%
18.2%
9.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2010
48.9%
40.8%
32.6%
24.5%
16.3%
8.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2006
30.7%
25.6%
20.5%
15.4%
10.2%
5.1%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
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C
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Dec. 30, 2018 Grade Received: B+

This is a review for 5C since he does not have a page for it yet.

A pretty straightforward class. You have online homework due every week, annoying/long physics labs of course, and discussions are optional (I did not go to any.)

The exams are pretty straightfoward, but unfortunately, both midterms are very very high speed. You will have 20+ physics problems in 50 minutes. I did okay on the first midterm, but I did not even finish the second midterm and got a pretty bad score :(

At least for the midterms and finals he gives you an equation sheet with EVERY EQUATION LABELLED. Like, a question will say, "what's the De Broglie wavelength of this atom..." and you go to the equation sheet and find one that is labelled "De Broglie wavelength." This makes things a lot less confusing and was a nice touch. That being said, it's not all plug and chug, you will still have to manipulate some different equations.

Overall, a pretty okay class, the only reason I got a B+ is the second midterm I could not go fast enough on. He is a nice grandpa kind of dude. Would recommend, unless you have a choice of taking someone with easier exams.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Jan. 1, 2018 Grade Received: A-

Professor Shriver is an excellent professor who genuinely cares about the well-beings of his students. Going to his office hours, I saw multiple "Teacher of the Year" awards hanging on the side of his wall. The difficulty of this course is somewhere between 6A and 6B. In order to do well on Shriver's exams, all you need to do is get a copy of his previous practice midterms and memorize how to do the questions (for most problems, he has the same questions, switched up the numbers). And I mean multiple exam copies, not just one (I had around 5 different past midterms). Review the harder HW problems too. His lectures are a bit dry, but the good news is that there's no proofs you need to know, and he clearly points out what you should focus on.

The average for the first midterm was a 77/100, the second was a 84/100, and I am not sure about the final. Professor Shriver said he curves the class in such a way that the students on the lower end of the spectrum will receive a higher grade; I received a 75/100 on midterm 1, 94/100 on midterm 2, and 177/200 on the final and I was able to pull an A-. The lab and mastering physics is the same old stuff from 6A and 6B. Definitely would recommend Shriver. He isn't as godly as everyone here makes him to be, but he's pretty damn good.

(P.S. if you go to his office hours and ask him to look over your test, you might be lucky and get a few points back :D)

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 26, 2017 Grade Received: A

Professor Schriver was my favorite physics professor by far. He was so clear and concise with what material he taught. He did not go off on tangents or go off the main topics/concepts and I actually enjoyed going to lecture. Some people can get by fine without going to lecture but its only 50 minutes long so I don't see why you wouldn't attend. If you do the homework assigned every week and understand it, you should do fine on the exams. Get your hands on his previous exams and itll help a ton. Schriver doesn't pull any tricks and he normally is pretty clear with what topics will be on the exam and what he won't test on. Cannot express how thankful I was to take his class and actually understand the content that was being taught. 10/10 would always recommend to take Schriver!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

Nearly always do most life science students not care much about learning physics. However, Schriver is SO clear in his lectures when he teaches concepts and does practice problems that I actually liked the physics 6c concepts. Mastering physics is straight from the textbook and it wasn't too hard overall. Discussion isn't mandatory but I still went anyways because I thought it was better than nothing. Furthermore, I think the labs were a little harder than the 6b labs but if you don't understand something, just keep pestering your TA until you get the right answer. The average for the first midterm was 77 and I think it was because the first question on electromagnetic waves had about double the parts of his normal test so most people barely finished or didn't finish at all. The second midterm average was 81 I think people for the most part finished this time. For the final, I had a 3 hour final right before this final so I was half dead to say the least. And yet, since he gives you an equation sheet for both midterms and final so that you don't have to derive or memorize any equations, me being half-dead, I just listed every number he gave in the question and just looked at which equation I needed and plugged and chugged to get the right answer. All in all, the final was as fair as both midterms difficulty wise. In addition, he took out four big concepts that we didn't have to know for the final. Certainly, to do well in his class: study his past midterms in the test bank since they are painfully similar to his actual tests->study the mastering physics->study his questions he does in class and in the review session and you should be able to get a good grade. Also, I went to his office hours and he is REALLY FRIENDLY and willingly to answer any problem you don't understand. I highly recommend him for the physics 5 series!!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted Dec. 24, 2017 Grade Received: A

I waited 2 years to take Schriver for Physics 6C and it was definitely worth the wait. I only to went class during the first week and was able to pull off an A by just doing the Mastering Physics problems and some old exams from the test bank. His final exam was a bit harder than I expected albeit I miraculously pulled off a 93 on it. Additionally, Schriver does curve as I ended with a 92 percent (raw A-) overall in the course which was curved to a solid A. Overall, 10/10 would take again.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted Nov. 5, 2017 Grade Received: A

One of the best professors I have had at UCLA. I strongly recommend you take physics with him.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 23, 2017 Grade Received: A

Dr. Schriver is hands down the BEST physics professor at UCLA. He made this class SO manageable, and I thank him so much. He never had us do any unit conversions OR memorize any equations. He gave us an equation sheet of every equation we needed! We also NEVER had to derive any equations. It was simply plug and chug for most questions. Despite this, I still learned a lot about physics! He taught us all about the basics of Physics 6C, which is how it should be because this class is for life science majors, not engineers. Not many of the 6 series physics professors understand this and make you do crazy derivations or unit conversions. NOT HELPFUL. Literally WAIT to take Schriver. I waited a whole year to take him, and boy did it pay off. Thank you, Dr. Schriver.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 21, 2017 Grade Received: N/A

Schriver is the best professor you can have for the physics series at UCLA. His teaching style is very straightforward, and he has no trick questions on his exams. He seems to be very knowledgeable on the subject of physics, but he teaches the very basics of every chapter for Physics 6C, which makes the students' lives a lot easier when it comes to studying for his exams. His midterm averages are around 80-85%, so you can easily see how manageable this class is. Just trust in Schriver, do the practice midterm problems he provides before every exam, and know the basic concepts of each chapter to succeed in his classes!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 13, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

As everyone said previously, Schriver is quite easy for 6C. As long as you understand the mastering physics problems he assigns and the review session problems, you're basically set for the tests. I personally never went to lecture and taught myself from the book and ended up scoring A's on every single exam. I would definitely recommend taking 6C with Schriver.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 20, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

David Schriver is a gangster. He just rolls into class carrying his little bag and laptop and he writes down a couple equations on the board. Then he beasts through a bunch of examples that are pretty helpful, and does a 2 hour review right after, which he was applauded for. He knows how we all feel about physics and he always makes us laugh with his jokes (if something was pretty funny, he'd let out a single chuckle), and makes us smile by skipping nearly half the sections in each chapter.

This magician will walk into lecture with nothing but a tiny bag for his laptop, and then suddenly at the end of class he'll whip out all the midterms that we just took two days ago, graded.

It's pretty easy to get an A in this class if you study, he's incredibly fair. He's mysterious in how he does his grading distribution, but as he always said, "ya know, it'll work in your favor." And he was right. God bless this man, David Schriver.

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Uses Slides
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Needs Textbook
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