Fall 2018 - Technically, Iman Mehdipour taught the class but Gaurav Sant was the listed professor at the beginning so this will be in regards to this class. Iman's lectures were very thorough AND they were posted on CCLE!! They were great for understanding homework a little better, and he's very responsive to feedback. We used Slack to communicate as a class, which was helpful for asking questions and hearing back from Tandre the TA at great speeds! This class isn't curved, but Iman gave out many "bonus points" through Kahoot quizzes or asking questions in Slack or sending a "creative way to study for the final" which just became a meme channel in the Statics Slack group. We also built popsicle stick bridges in teams for bonus points, and that was one of my favorite memories of the quarter! The class is like the first 5 weeks for Physics 1A with a structural application.
IMO, he was not a good professor who cared about the students. He was very snappy and had the TA lecture the course on multiple occasions. He apparently had to travel to Asia about three weeks before the class was over. He simply had his TA lecture the course, whom had no idea what she was doing. I would avoid him if at all possible for 101. He has good credentials, but I would not suggest him for 101.
Winter 2021 - Fun class with an abundance of useful information for any major relating with concrete. I would've, however, preferred the class to be more interactive (could've been a limitation of online learning). No required textbook, but there is a recommended one that you should read to expand on the lectures. The exams are closed notes and are tough for those who struggle with rote memorization, which is what I felt the exams mostly entailed. Let's just say every detail on the PowerPoint slides is fair game on the exam. It doesn't have to be word for word, but you should understand the slides and explain the concepts in a sentence to a short paragraph, or even a diagram. There are several short equations, and you should memorize those too. The only extra-credit is from tougher exam problems. You only have about 2 hours for each exam with ~10 questions with multiple parts. A tip to be successful: Convert every bullet on the slides to a potential exam question. Study enough so you can answer them all orally or draw a picture.