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Mitchell is by far the best professor I have had at UCLA. He is almost everything you could want in a professor: Approachable, understanding, fair, generous, and predictable. I took this class for a GE but now am considering an AOS minor because I enjoyed this class so much.
Now about the class: Mitchell offered +10% extra credit for attendance to lecture and discussion (lecture attendance taken through participation of online quizzes and discussion attendance taken via submission of discussion assignment). Homework was super easy and usually just fill in the blank or multiple choice. Do not use Quizlet for the homeworks, because homework questions are directly reused on the tests so it's important you understand them. The tests are pretty easy. They were 2/3 multiple choice 1/3 free response. Averages on the tests (2 total) were ~70% but if you take notes during class and READ THE TEXTBOOK, you can easily get well above the average. I suggest READING THE TEXTBOOK because Mitchell really means it when he says material from both the lectures and textbook will be on the test (so stuff he does not even mention in lecture). He does not curve, but the +10% EC is more than enough to offset that.
Discussion assignments are also super useful. FRQs on the tests usually included a copy and pasted discussion assignment (and discussion assignments are graded for completion. Complete them all and you get +5% EC).
As for the content of the class, it's a surprising amount of conceptual material like physics (no real computations though, just imagining). A few equations and good amount of graphs, but nothing beyond basic algebra is needed. Mitchell also posts all of his lecture sides, and does some live weather predicting at the start of class once you slog through the basics and conceptual parts of meteorology (which is like the first 6 weeks, and also the "hardest" part of the class).
If you have ANY interest in the weather, take this class. I had a lot of fun, but come to class caffeinated because Mitchell is super monotone, lectures with the lights dim, and some of the earlier content isn't very interesting (which he acknowledges).
Professor Mitchell is a really good professor. I took this class for a GE and if you're looking for an easy GE, then this is the class for you. The workload is manageable and not difficult at all.
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