Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Hector Garcia

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Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Physics department

Hector Garcia

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Overall 3.6
Easiness of class 3.8
Workload 3.5
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 2.8
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.7


  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Issues PTEs
  • Participation Matters
  • Appropriately Priced Materials


Spring 2019

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

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Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 18, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Prof. Garcia is fairly new to lecturing, but I think he still did a good job of covering material. His 1B class is way easier than other professors' (like Corbin's), but you still learn. Granted, you may not learn to be the expert problem-solver that you may think you need to be, but you will still learn enough to understand the basics of electricity. Garcia's usage of Kudu was a bit frustrating (because Kudu sucks), but he promised that he will use the textbook the next time he teaches this course. His exams are very fair (he adjusted after the first midterm) and are actually medium-level difficulty if you study problems out of the textbook (ones he recommends and other extra ones). As far as helpfulness, Prof. Garcia is probably the best in that department. He is very easy to approach and answers questions very positively without any judgement. In other words, if you ask a stupid question, Garcia will still call it a "good question" and answer it without making you feel badly. His office hours are very helpful, as he goes over the problems students have difficulty with, and he is very supportive of setting up personal appointments if you need them. Overall, Prof. Garcia's class is a bit easier than other 1B classes, but I'm sure he will learn to toughen up in the future. I would definitely take another class with him if I can. Thank you for a great quarter, Prof. Garcia.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 8, 2019 Grade Received: A

Having previously taken physics in high school, I did not learn anything new from this class. Everything covered was very surface level, so don't expect to be able to actually understand Physics as a result of this class. He did do some derivations and examples in class, but generally everything you needed to know for the test would be on Kudu. I didn't really show up to class and generally did not miss anything important. When I did show up, it was pretty useless, as he is not great at explaining. He was also very generous with extra credit (up to 5% through participation in in-class Kudu questions, though this may change since this was originally required participation). We had very easy exams. The first midterm had a lower average, but in my opinion was not actually that bad. It was a time crunch and I didn't finish, but most of the questions were pretty similar to the ungraded homework problems that he gave us. The TAs were also pretty generous with partial credit. Since the first exam had low averages, he gave us a very easy second midterm and final. Essentially, if you do his ungraded homework problems and practice them when you're studying, you'll do fine on the exams.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted July 3, 2019 Grade Received: A

I'm not sure if my review is similar to others, but I found the lecture and the professor to be unhelpful for my grades, and the midterms and final were unpredictable to me (I got a 61/100 on the first midterm, a 98/100 on the second, and 100/100 on the final (i was shook lol)). After the first midterm I realized the tests had nothing to do with the derivations and proofs he'd do in class, and I just couldn't focus during lecture (maybe I'm just not a morning person?). So I basically stopped going and I also don't go to office hours, but I would never miss a homework set and I'd take thorough notes of each unit in Kudu. To study for tests, I'd look over the notes, make the cheat sheet, then do every practice set, then every homework set. It seemed to work? In general, you can tell Hector's new to teaching this class, but he seems like a reasonable and nice person.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A+

This professor was a nice guy and really new, so definitely don't be afraid to take 1B with him. I don't know his grade distribution yet, but judging off mine and others' grades I assume his scheme was extremely generous. I don't really feel like my grade accurately reflects my knowledge on Physics 1B, but I did feel that this class gave me a good baseline knowledge of everything to prepare me adequately enough moving forwards. Overall, as a professor he seems like a genuine guy, and the class was pretty easy.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Good class, lectures were example heavy, so I found it essential to take notes on the textbook, tests were very straightforward, and Garcia had so many extra office hours to help us struggling folks out and provide more space to ask questions! I really appreciated the level of commitment and care he showed to his classes, as well as his willingness to go on some tangents in office hours.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Garcia is a really nice guy but he's not that great at teaching. His lectures were a bit disorganized, and he didn't go too in depth. That being said, his tests are pretty easy as they are essentially straight up copied from the homework and ungraded homework. Workload was pretty light with a couple of homework questions and some pre-lecture questions per week. If you want to really learn physics, take another prof, but if you're looking to get an easy A, this class is great.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Hector Garcia is a very nice professor, he's very forgiving and actually very kind. However, it is unfortunate that his lectures are not that clear or that useful. However, in exchange, his tests were very easy, and very doable. The first midterm had a few trick questions, but the 2nd and the final had very reasonable questions. He is good for an easy class, but you will not learn that much. Garcia often gave surface level explanations and often skipped or glanced over complicated topics like Forced or Damped Oscillations.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 25, 2019 Grade Received: A

Decent professor, with easy tests (really does not want to fail students), but I felt like his explanations and lectures were not the most clear.
Class was taught with Kudu, homework and class participation quizzes.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 25, 2019 Grade Received: A+

Professor Garcia is a nice guy, but I didn't really like his teaching style. His lectures consisted of going over Kudu (the online textbook) almost verbatim, with very little explanation of the concepts or demonstrations. Although he offered in-class participation points (later turned into extra credit), the lectures were quite dull and I found it nearly impossible to pay attention. I decided to read through the Kudu myself and rely on practice problems and study groups to prepare for the exams.

The exams were completely fair, and in hindsight pretty straightforward. The first midterm was definitely the hardest, because it had a time crunch and had a few tricky parts. Garcia tried to compensate for the low average (53%) by making the second midterm and final easy, with all of the questions either simple or straight from the ungraded homework problems. In general, the exams were not as difficult as in a standard 1B class, but I felt it was still challenging to prepare for them because I could not rely on the lectures.

It's worth noting that this was Garcia's first time teaching 1B, so he will likely improve. At times, Garcia struggled to solve homework problems during office hours, but I expect that he will develop a much better grasp of the material over time.

In conclusion, I recommend taking another professor if you want to truly learn the material, or especially if you are an electrical engineering major. Otherwise, Garcia could be a good choice because the exams are predictable and you will still learn, albeit not on a deep level.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2019 Submitted June 24, 2019 Grade Received: B

Professor Garcia is a very very kind person and will always try to help you if you need it. He is very patient and understanding and wants his students to succeed. As long as you do and understand all the homework and ungraded problems, you will definitely pass or do better on his exams. Since it was his first time teaching, a couple of times he was unable to solve certain homework problems or would get stuck while solving them. His lectures are informative for sure, but it is difficult to pay attention as they are not very engaging.
Do take him though if you can! His physics class is personally easier than the classes of other physics 1b professors (imo), and he is a genuinely kind man, and very easy to approach.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Issues PTEs
  • Participation Matters
  • Appropriately Priced Materials

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