Ian McLean

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Nature of Universe See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Mclean is straight-up GOD. I am not even kidding. If you are worried about an A, this class will give you loads of opportunities to get there, including telescope viewing activities and random extra credits by the professor. But this class isn't just about the grade because Professor Mclean is the most genuine, funny and dedicated professor I've seen at UCLA. He is actually concerned about your learning and class performance and continuously motivates you throughout the quarter. If the class isn't performing well on labs, he will literally give a 100% to all students on the homework sets. If the midterm didn't go well, he will give extra weight to homework. He will break down the coursework to the simplest syllabus and will give you hints about what he will ask you in the midterms and finals. And let's not even talk about the study guide, because that is literally all you need to read for the exams, and I cannot emphasize that enough. Damn, I wish every professor was Ian Mclean at UCLA.

(Spring Quarter 2017)
Black Holes and Cosmic Catastrophes See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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Amazing! I took him for Astro 4, and the class was amazing. You learn a lot of interesting information. He is a really good lecturer, even though he just says exactly what's in the book, so you don't actually have to go to class. He is really nice and helpful, and he did everything he could to make sure that you got an A if you wanted it. Plus, it was an easy class!

(June 11, 2009)
Life in Universe See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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If you need an easy science GE to balance a tough class load or need a GPA booster, take this class! Dr. McLean is a great professor because not only does he give a majority the class an A, but he is really passionate about the subject and strives for students to gain the same appreciation. Meaning he is always very helpful and breaks down astronomy to make it clear and concise. The class was graded on online quizzes, one 50q midterm, 1 90q final, and discussion participation. The homework quizzes are straight from the lecture slides. The exams are verbatim his exam reviews and the quiz questions. You get discussion participation for showing up. It is extremely easy to do well and I encourage students to go to lectures because it is honestly awesome stuff to hear about. Protect Dr. McLean at all costs!!!!

(Winter Quarter 2019)
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 4.0 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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This review is for Physics 5C.

There are two amazing things about this class.
1. It is very easy to do well. The median on the first midterm was an 88%, and around a 94% on the final. The reviews he gives the lecture before the midterm is pretty much all you need to understand to do well. Understanding all that material guarantees you at least an A-, but he always adds a very small twist that is worth about 5%. If you study enough, this "twist" will not be difficult at all. He also offers around 2-2.5% extra credit by going to discussion (it is not mandatory) and attending a guest lecture and writing a 2-page paper (double-spaced).

2. Dr. McLean is the nicest and most caring professor I have encountered so far in my college education. The man loves what he does, and it shows everyday in class and in office hours. I never bombed an exam, but I personally witnessed him bump up the scores of students who were really struggling. Bottom line: you will not find a STEM professor in all of UCLA who wants you to succeed more than Dr. McLean. He even tells you during his first lecture that his main goal is for everyone to understand the material and get an A.

If you are lucky and McLean is teaching when you need to take 5C, do not think twice about it.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.8 Workload 3.1 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.5

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I can't say enough good things about Professor McLean. Considering that I can't stand the thought of Physics and I have never been good at it, Physics 6C with Prof. McLean was AWESOME!!! His tests are practically identical to the homework problems. One time he changed the due date for one of the homework sets and I didn't hear about it...he let me turn it in one week late for full credit. How many professors do you know that would do that? Prof McLean is such a nice guy, and he really tries to make physics interesting and fun for everyone. Going into the quarter, I was most worried about 6C, and thought it would be my hardest class, but it turned out that it was my easiest and when it came down to finals week it was a big lift off my shoulders to have an easy final. It was practically identical to the practice final. If physics is hard for you, and you want to finally Ace a physics class, you HAVE to take it with Professor McLean. He is one of the best professors I've taken at UCLA, if not the best.

(June 22, 2002)
Introduction to Biophysics See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.4 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.2

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I took ASTRO 3 but wasn't an option above ^?

Professor McLean is AWESOME! He is so understanding and helpful. His lectures are interesting, and he is so eager to share knowledge with his students. McLean is genuinely caring towards every student, and has the interest of everyone to do well.

Very easy to talk to. Going to his office hours allowed me to know exactly what was going to be on the final...

Thanks Professor McLean!

(May 8, 2011)
Energy in Modern Economy See Full Profile

Overall 4.2 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.2

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--ASTR 3

Firstly, let me just say it has been my favorite class.


Straight scale, but he curves around the class performance on the first midterm if it helps the class [ we had a mean of 89 on the first midterm, and 86 on the second midterm so he brought the mean on the second up to 89].

98+ is A+
93-98 is A
90-93 is A-, and so on.

Final (35%, ridiculously easy, mean was 90%)
Midterm 2 (20%, very easy)
Midterm 1 (20% also very easy)
Labs (15%, don't get Robin; My average outside of labs was 98% in the class [without EC]; lab average 90%, always ended up below median on labs and was top 10 in everything else all the time. All the other TAs are much more chill. However, if you can't get out of her lab, just trudge through it.. only worth 15%)
Homework (10% online quizzes, you might miss a point here and there, but should be an easy 95% in it. Check with a friend if you're paranoid )
0.5% EC random attendance day [ ours was on the day after midterm 1 ]
1.5% EC -- Telescope viewing
1.5% EC -- Griffith Observatory



Always very engaging; I regret not going more often [ all the lecture notes are online ] . He's a funny, intelligent, and coherent professor. Moreover, he is perhaps the nicest professor in UCLA, and is always willing to help his students. Astronomy lends itself to interest, and he expands on that greatly. Also, his scottish accent is pretty awesome.

That's about it. Take this class with Mclean. Nuff said.

(March 17, 2010)
Journal Club Seminars: Physics See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.6 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.6

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Astro 3 is an easy class as long as you prep for the midterms and final beforehand. It's all multiple choice exams, and the midterms are handed back so you can find old tests. The final isn't given out but somehow people find it. Don't need to read the book, print lecture notes and memorize! Also, don't miss too much class, he gets angry (reasonably) and stops posting lecture notes if you don't keep attendance up! Online hw was alright, just use lecture notes. Labs suck, they are graded harshly but K. Halford is helpful. Extra credit given worth 3.5% if u do a good job, either a show at UCLA or taking a trip to Griffith Park Observatory.

(didnt take physics, was the only option for courses)

(Dec. 21, 2008)
ASTR 276
Instrumentation and Observational Techniques See Full Profile

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Seminar: Current Astronomical Research See Full Profile

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