All Ratings and Reviews for Douglas Durian
Made me feel real stupid for asking questions during office hours. He is really mean and does not care for his students' grasp of the material at all!! Avoid taking a class with this guy...he sucks!
Professor Durian, I believe, is an effective lecturer. The lectures are clear and to the point, minimizing confusion. I took his 6A course, and unfortunately, he used the Bruinsma notes. The fact that this text is horribly written should not be a reflection on his ability to lecture. I have beef with the text, not the professor, except for the fact that professor durian can often be condescending, especially during office hours and in his somewhat elementary-school approach to teaching physics. makes you feel like you're REALLY stupid, but he gets the job done--period.
Durian is a pretty hard professor. I had him for Physics 112 and for those who don't know, thats just about the hardest physics class at ucla. You have to know your stuff because his tests are pretty hard. He gave us absolutely no idea of what to expect. His is horrible in office hours. I don't know what the point is of encouraging people to go to office hours if he is just going to make you feel stupid.
Professor Durian does have his flaws. He seems to understand physics in a light different from his 6A students. That should be expected, since he has been doing this for many years. Though he is partially to blame, the stupidity of some of the class members is also to blame. What do you expect students to say about a professor when they ask questions like, "What is an arrow?," and "Isn't your pulse the same as your blood pressure?" Given the subpar performance of most teachers here at UCLA, we should be grateful atleast he speaks English. Although the class is tough (Midterm grading, homework, and lectures), people should stop acting so stupid. Learn what an arrow is first, and then complain.
in physics 6a he only uses Bruinsma and simce that book is pretty much worthless, the student is left screaming for help!!! Professor isn't very helpful in office hours either. He is pretty much intimidating. You gotta know what you are talking about to go to his office hours or else you come our of there feeling belittled because of the way he talks to his students. He tries to guide you by asking you a whole bunch of questions that in the end help for nothing. ALso, What in the world was up with him dividing the class by Midterm I testscores??!! How degrading is that?! People that had 0-23 go to one room, and 24-30 go to another. When asked why he divided the class like that, he simply answered "to have even numbers". "Even numbers", my &*%$#&*#ss. He could have done the same alphabetically. So, basically, now we know who were at the "top" and the "bottom" of the class. May I repeat...degrading to the students!!! Shame on Durian!!!!
One good thing about this professor is he grades for improvement. I got an F (a very deep F) on the first midterm, got B+'s and A-'s on the second midterm and final, and he hooked it up with a B+ for my quarter grade. I wouldn't say he was a poor lecturer. I would actually say he is quite good, I mean on certain days he would go off on weird proofs that no one understood, but in general he would just show us difficult problem that applied to the work at hand, and it was good preparation for the exams. What did make this class difficult was the homeworks. Many of the questions were nearly impossible to solve and without the assistance of a TA, tutor, or someone who scored a 5 on the AP exam, you'll pretty much end up being helpless. To do well on the exams, download the homework solutions offline and investigate the methods the TA's use to solve the problems, and be very picky with what you choose to put on your 8x11 paper, it could make or break you.
Durian is a good professor and extremely smart, don't expect to get through his class without a challenge. He doesn't expect this class to be easy, is very much approachable, personable in his way, and is often available outside of class. You have to attend his office hours, working with others is a huge benefit. If you talk to him he will work with you, he will consider improvements for the final grade. Homework is difficult and takes a while to figure out, pay attention to labs for the final. His class is not for coasters, it is as difficult as a class at a highly regarded university is expected to be.
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