All Ratings and Reviews for Jay Hauser


Overall 4.5
Easiness of class 2.7
Workload 2.8
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.1
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.2
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PHYSICS 1C, taken Spring 2021 Submitted June 21, 2021 Grade Received: A

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.

PHYSICS 1C, taken Spring 2021 Submitted June 1, 2021 Grade Received: N/A

Good professor.

Course not listed Submitted June 27, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

I took 6C with him. Incredibly, he is one of the best physics professors. I would recommend to take his class coz you will see a lot of demo and understand the physics plus astronomy a lil bit. He won't help you on your homework problem though. Get help for your homework at outside or get a tutor and you will be fine. His exams are fair. Try to be awake during lecture coz it will help you a lot to understand the physics.

Course not listed Submitted April 3, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

Dont be fooled by the ease of the midterms. The final is tough and is 50% of your grade so if you mess up, youve ruined your grade for that class. Think twice when taking Phsica 6B with him.

PHYSICS 105A Submitted March 25, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

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.

Course not listed Submitted March 20, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Jay Hauser is a great physics professor and by far the best I have had in the series. He is a great lecturer. They are interesting and his demos complement his lectures very well. The homework problems are somewhat challenging but prepare you for the exams very well.

He is very concerned about student learning. We had two final review sessions. One by the TA and one by the Prof. Hauser the next day. Nice guy, nice professor.

Course not listed Submitted June 7, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

I took a course with Hauser that was intended for physics majors. Most of the people on this page who have said he is boring probably find PHYSICS to be boring. Hauser explains the concepts in a very calm and clear manner, has better communication skills than you, and does demos when they are highly relevant. He is a particle physicist and always seems happy to talk about his research, which is one of the most exciting fields in physics.

One thing to note is that his final, for us, is half take-home and half in-class. This obviously sucks. I think he recognizes that some people research well, while others are skilled at thinking on their feet, and both are important qualities. He makes you do problems that require mathcad frequently.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 13, 2007 Grade Received: N/A

I took Astro 3 with him. It wasn't that hard, and despite his low-key persona, I found the lectures interesting. I went to his office hours once, and he was a nice fella. The biggest problem with the class was the lab section, which he was not directly involved in (the labs were stupid, had typos, and were very poorly worded). The next biggest problem was that the test questions are also poorly worded, but i dunno, i am not a science person at all, I got an A- in the class without trying too hard, so you do the math

Course not listed Submitted April 3, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

Like others have said, his midterms may be deceiving. They are simple and are like the homework or past exams, if you can get your hands on them. But the final is a butt-kicker. His demos do not help to prepare for it either. He seemed like a nice guy, but too nice. I think he needed to grow a backbone and made a more strict rule on turning cell phones and pagers off. I attended every single class. There was not a single day that a stupid cell phone or pager went off in class. There was just no respect for the man.

Course not listed Submitted March 20, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

He is a very nice professor. There is not a time that I asked him a question or emailed him, that he did not respond. He knows his physics, and the demos are very cool.

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