Eric Bescher

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MAT SCI 104
Science of Engineering Materials See Full Profile

Overall 2.3 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.3 Clarity 2.7 Helpfulness 2.0

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In class, basically goes through his powerpoint and makes some extra remarks on things he thinks are interesting or important. There's a lot of material to cover in the class so pacing is pretty fast. Quizzes and exams aren't hard, but require you to memorize a lot. I would recommend memorizing his slides front to back if you want an A.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
MAT SCI M105
Principles of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology See Full Profile

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MAT SCI 160
Introduction to Ceramics and Glasses See Full Profile

Overall 2.9 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.1 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 2.9

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Guy is the worst UCLA professor ever, and I'm not just saying that. All he does in class is lecture on and on, and the worst part is, he doesn't test you on what he lectures you on. The tests are just regurgitation of memorized information (despite this being an engineering course). Now this wouldn't be bad except like I said, he doesn't test you on what he teaches you. Oh yeah, if you don't know the answer to a question, don't bother bsing it because he'll just give you a big fat zero. Average midterm grades were 50/100, which isn't too horrible by all means, but he doesn't really curve his class so if you get average you will get a C- or D+ in the class (god help those who got below average). The class is graded solely on tests (2 midterms 25% and final 50%), there's no homework and no discussion section. You have to read the book and memorize every single detail. He doesn't tell you what's going to be covered on the tests, you just have the read the entire chapters, and by the time of the final, you'd pretty much have to read the entire book (over 600 pages of boring ceramics). I wish that there was another professor who teaches this class, but sadly every MSE major is stuck with this guy and this is a required class. If you're a non-MSE major looking for a technical breadth course, DO NOT take this class. There are many easy materials science classes, but this just isn't one of them.
Oh yeah, if there was one good thing about this class, it was the fact that this guy didn't teach for like 2 weeks because he was on a business trip. The substitute we had was infinite times better than him, but as usual he didn't test us on any of the stuff that was taught.
You might be wondering why I didn't mention anything about his teaching style. I would but... wait for it: He doesn't test you on lectures, so it's pointless to even come to them.

(Dec. 17, 2010)
MAT SCI 246B
Structure and Properties of Glass See Full Profile

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