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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.
Professor Hauser was a very kind, understanding, and clear professor to follow. I'm typically the kind of person to not go to lecture because the material presented is not explained or really taught. I don't like the blatant use of equations or ideas without an explanation of their use. Professor Hauser did really good to explain the conceptual side of the material, and work towards creating an overall understanding of what was being taught; the why versus the how. Workload is manageable and helpful in studying for the exams. Discussion was the only thing I felt could have been improved. We would only have an hour to complete and submit our work, and given the fact the material would just be taught the week of I'd often feel rushed and unsure of the work I was rushing to scribble down. It'd be awesome for worksheets to be due the following day on gradescope so we'd have time to reflect and think through our work. Other than that, awesome and fun class!
Took online so might be different. Discussion was mandatory but I found the problems helpful. Professor was an interesting lecturer and clearly cares about the subject. He did a lot of demos which I'm sure would have been way more interesting in person. Just reading the textbook and doing problems was helpful as well. Homework was mastering physics online. It was 3 midterms and final but the first midterm was only worth 5%. All the tests were hard but grading was nice with a lot of partial credit. I never went to his office hours but his TA's office hours were super helpful.
Excellent professor. Really clear lectures with a lot of demos and real-world examples given. Tests were fair; he is very understanding and accommodating. Would take him again in a heartbeat.
Hauser is a pretty straight-forward professor. He often did demonstrations even during remote learning which was nice. His homework was standard Mastering Physics stuff, and was pretty light. He was fairly accommodating. Discussions involved graded groupwork which was a little frustrating because all the breakout rooms were completely dead.
Tests were usually 1-hr, 3 problems with like 1-4 parts each. While the problems were not difficult, they were worth very little points, meaning it was very hard to get partial credit. This meant that small mistakes could end up costing you a lot of points. The final was 3-hrs and cumulative, but only 6 problems. Recommended that you read the book.
He does not go very deep into derivations unlike other professors. This can be a pro or con depending on how much physics you intend on taking in the future. He also skipped some sections that he deemed less important.
After having three different professors for the one series, Dr. Hauser is definitely the best professor I had. Even overall, he is one of my favorite professors.
He was very caring, helpful, and clear. His tests were always very fair, and his practice exams gave you a good idea of what you should expect in terms of topics covered and difficulty.
There was a straight curve scale, "with minimum A- level at 85%, B- at 70%, C- at 55%, and D at 40%." Which was nice, I ended with a 90% and got an A-.
In calculating the final class grade, weights are assigned as follows:
Midterm 1: 5%
Midterm 2: 15%
Midterm 3: 15%
Final exam: 35%
Discussion section worksheets: 8%
Course and TA evaluations, surveys: 2%
I would happily take a class with him again.
Remote Spring 2021 Review
Hauser is a very nice professor! He somehow made remote learning feel somewhat collaborative! Like he cared about what students had to say, even in chat. He even forced a chuckle at the bad puns! He also tried his best to put on live demos on Wednesdays, which was really cool. The homework was pretty consistent every week so that was nice too. Exams had a bit of time pressure, but if you paid attention in class and go through the book you should definitely be fine. I think the exam questions are meant to be easier than discussion worksheet questions. Probably the only negative would be that his internet connection would sometimes become reaaaallly bad, but hopefully this is the last quarter of remote learning.
Also shoutout to Daniels Krimans for being a cool TA
A truly wholesome human being. This guy really cares about his students and puts great effort into lectures and demonstrations. Best physics professor I've had
Really loved my experience with Jay Hauser! He really cares about his students and is transparent with whatever he does regarding the class. He makes these funny remarks during class and explains tough concepts in clear ways, even skipping out on complex derivations if he finds them too hard to understand. Midterms were really fair, although the final was on the tougher side, but the curve is nice (85% is an A-, 70% a B-, etc.). I really wish other physics professors were like him; we really need more people like Hauser in the faculty. Really thankful I jumped at the opportunity to take him this past fall.