Spring 2021 - Great professor with clear lectures and interesting demos. He's quite understanding as well in case you can't take the test at the regular time. The class is well organized and the TAs and LAs did a great job at each discussion. The grading is fair--there's a straight scale with 5% for each grade, so 90%+ is A, 85-90% is A-, 80-85% is B+, etc. The pace of the class is roughly 1 chapter per week with 2 chapters a week near the last few weeks which was rough. Discussions are mandatory with a worksheet due at the end of discussion. There are three midterms, 2 worth 15% and the first worth 5%. They aren't too bad although you should expect double jeopardy in that if you get something wrong in part a, but is used in b, c, d, e, etc. you'll get marked off for all those parts so your grade can drop significantly over a small mistake. Workload is manageable--about 10 to 12 book problems each week assigned on Pearson due Monday night. Only thing I didn't like was that on Pearson, you immediately lost 20-50% of your grade if you got a MC question incorrect. This is different from free response questions where you get 6 tries and don't lose any points until you've used up all your attempts. Other than that, great class, would definitely take Professor Hauser again.
Let me just start by saying that I am a north campus major, and I took Astro 3 with Hauser just to get rid of my GE requirement. I'm don't typically enjoy math or science courses, but he made this class genuinely interesting. I actually looked forward to his lectures, since he has a very quirky sense of humor and mixes in little videos to keep people interested. He also brought snacks each day for any of the 200+ students that were hungry. Who does that? The material is not that hard, and the weekly labs are manageable. I had Matt House as a TA and he was very helpful in answering any questions about the labs. Professor Hauser is very open to helping students with work and answering questions during office hours. I regret only going twice to ask for help. In terms of difficulty, I don't think there is a single class anywhere at UCLA where it is so easy to get an A. Prof Hauser curves the midterms and the finals to the extent that a C+/B- is an A. According to the final grades, almost 50% got some sort of an A, and over 90% got some sort of a B or A! Take this class if you're looking for an easy A, but more importantly, take it if you're looking for a professor that will make the subject fascinating. Bottom line...if Hauser is teaching Astro 3 again, and it fits into your schedule, TAKE THE CLASS!
I took 6B with him last quarter and I was in his honors section too. I think he was not a good lecturer, but his generous curve made up for it. The honors section definitely helped me understand the concepts in this class and it was really enjoyable. He let you bring cheat sheets too. I got an A by the way.
This guy is easy. The homework is straight out of the book (though I warn you, the 105 A book is terrible), and very do-able. It is also only due every 2 weeks, and that flexibility is nice. The tests are pretty easy, though beware the multiple choice sections: there are tricks everywhere. Physics classes shouldn't have multiple choice anywhere as far as I'm concerned. He is an okay lecturer, nothing too special, through what he says he says clearly (his voice resembles Kermit the Frog's, so there is some humor there). he had a few relevant demonstrations. The one thing that bothered me is that of the 8 chapters the syllabus said we were supposed to cover, we only did 6. 105A is a class for physics majors who actually need to know what they are learning, so I am concerned that missing this material will come back and bite me in the future. Easy professor, nothing special.