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I took astronomy 5 this quarter. This professor and his assistent laura, kept saying "don't worry, don't worry," the whole quarter. We don't know too much about this class, it is the first time that we are teaching it, don't don't worry don't worry." At then end they were very tough for grading this class despite the low quality, and the hard to hear voice this teacher has. I don't recommend to take classes with this professor because he pretends to be honest but he doesn't. He will screw you up at the end.
Professor Coroniti is a very smart professor and his class is a little bit challenging.
His exam questions are all proofs without calculating numbers. It can be difficult to prove only with variables. But, don't worry. He is giving us test information (even final) before each tests. So you can guess which questions might be appeared on the exam.
Personally, to succeed in this class, you really need solid high school math skills - Trigonometry and Algebra, especially. It can be useful to take Math 32 series before this class, but if you have a good high school math skills, math 32 series are unnecessary, because there are no calculus-based math questions in his exam.
2012 Winter Physics 6A statistics:
Midterm 1: Average 69, got 98.
Midterm 2: Average 55, got 68.
Final: No clue.
Final grade: A.
The final is much harder than two midterms even though averages of midterms are low. So be prepared.
I only got C for math 32A so obviously I am not good at math, but I still got A- for his class.
He tells you what exactly will be on midterms and even final. So you DO NOT even have to understand his note, just do ALL the suggested problems + related problem of the past paper (very similar problem) and I assure you that you will do fine.
The final was a bit tougher than the midterms so be prepared.
I didn't understand a damn thing what he said in lecture but I still manage to get A- so I'm sure you can do it too!
Coroniti isn't bad at all! I think people avoid taking his class because its at 8am and you CAN NOT miss a lecture. It's not podcasted, but overall I enjoyed his class. He's very sweet and nice and he is pretty concerned about his students.
Midterm 1: avg 79, I got an 84
Midterm 2; avg 70, I got an 85
Final: no clue
Final Grade: A-
I don't think I did that well on the final (only studied for one day) but I'm very happy with my final grade.
Take him! He tells you what exact problems will be on the midterms and finals. I wasn't surprised by any question that appeared on his tests. Good professor!
1st midterm: avg 79, got 81
2nd midterm: avg 70, got 69.
Final: have no idea
He sends u an email about whats gonna be on the test so u need to understand the homework and think of any possible variations. Honestly, as long as you understand the basic principles of the concepts and apply them into it, variation is a no problem.
office hours: he's kinda intimidated. depends on what kind of person you are; i just kept asking him because i really dont understand some of the stuffss lol. he prob got mad. but yeah i got an A- because i think i did well on the final.
Although I've only taken the first midterm, I think Coroniti is a good professor. Physics is difficult and most of the time I don't understand what he's saying, but I'm pretty sure that it's because the material is hard. He always asks the class if there are any questions, and he's a very sweet (and cute!) professor. He does tend to go through the concepts and examples fairly quickly (especially parts concerning math, he'll skip steps). However, on his tests, he tells you exactly what's going to be on there. And I don't see how it's too difficult to get a good grade on the exam. Just make sure you UNDERSTAND (not memorize) the problems he says are going to be on the test.
He is a nice guy but a very hard teacher. I went to his lectures everyday and was never able to follow him in class. All he does is prove equations and doesn't show you how to use them. The only things that got me through his class were the TA and the fact that Coroniti tells you exactly what type of problems are gonna be on the test. So study just what he tells you and go to your discussion sessions and do problems from the book and see how your TA solves them.
Coroniti took what could be a challenging class, and turned it into something almost impossibly hard. He only offers his classes at 8 AM, so everyone is half asleep in class to begin with, if they even came that is. In addition, Coroniti does little to no actual problem-solving or examples in class, choosing to do proofs or define theory instead. While that is all well and good, that's what a textbook is for. I found myself skipping class, as I got nothing out of it, and reading the textbook instead. Luckily the TAs for this class were often helpful. Unfortunately, the assigned homework is the only exposure to problems that you will get in this class. Did i mention it's inputted into an online form, and you don't have a solutions manual to know whether you are doing the problems right or not? Not to mention that the three exams all deal in variables, rather than solid numbers like one gets in the homework problems.
Everyone did so poorly in this class, that the curve was forced to reflect it. I recieved a B in the class, even though I got a 38/100 and 53/100 respectively on each midterm, and left 2 of the 8 final problems blank.
If you must take 6A, take it with another professor. Even wait a quarter if you must. You won't regret it.
He completely undermines the established curriculum and removes any fairness between classes by being the most difficult teacher I have ever had! I can tell you if people have much easier teachers in physics they will do better in the other classes you share with them because you will be miserably studying for his tests while others are okay. It is unbelievable that there is no conformity at all between his class and other 6a teachers. Save yourself from his idea that everyone is a physicist and take someone else.
I would not recommend Professor Coroniti to anyone. He seems like a nice guy, but once lecture begins he starts writing a ton of stuff on the board very quickly and most of the class has no idea what's going on. He doesn't explain what he does sufficiently, and as a result I stopped going to lecture early on in the quarter (also my class was at 8 am). If it wasn't for Emin, the greatest TA I've ever had, I would have been screwed. I went to discussion every week and attended Emin's office hours for most of the quarter, which I highly recommend you do if you take Coroniti. The one thing the professor did do that was appreciated is before each midterm and the final, he would give us specifics about what each individual problem would entail. However the tests were still difficult and entirely variable-based.