Jeffrey Eldredge

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MECH&AE 1
Undergraduate Seminar See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 5.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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A very easy class and a pretty good intro to mechanical and aerospace engineering. I took it online pass/no pass, and the grading was fully based on attendance. The only homework assignment was to make a LinkedIn account, but it was more of a suggestion than an actual assignment.

(Fall Quarter 2021)
MECH&AE M20
Introduction to Computer Programming with MATLAB See Full Profile

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MECH&AE 103
Elementary Fluid Mechanics See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.8

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The other reviews here will give you a good idea just how great of a professor Eldredge is. He made fluid mechanics, objectively one of the hardest classes for mechanical and aerospace engineers, my easiest class this quarter. My guess is that his teaching philosophy was to make his lectures rich with valuable information and his homework difficult to solve, but make the exams on the easier side. Here is a rough breakdown of his class:

Lectures - go to every single one. You won’t regret it. The way he presents the material is very interesting, and he is able to break down even the most complex fluid concepts into digestible pieces for you, provided you supplement your lecture notes with a read through of the associated sections in the textbook. He does a lot of derivations, but he explains each step. While some people let their eyes glaze over during these parts (he never tests you on them so you can get away with it), I personally found the interplay of different fluid concepts simplifying down to a simple mathematical expression extremely fascinating, and it definitely added to my conceptual understanding of the content.

Homework (25%) - there were seven assignments in total, mostly consisting of problems from the book. Occasionally, he’ll throw in a problem of his own, but those are generally much easier to solve than the back-of-the-chapter problems. While some assignments were time-consuming, if you have a good group of friends to study with, you should have no trouble completing them in 2-3 hours with the right answers. The homework is graded on accuracy, but after looking at the Gradescope point breakdown I can confidently say that he is extremely lenient in assigning points. In most cases, an “incomplete/missing” criterion yields you the majority of the points of that problem. Small mistakes are penalized less. There is very little reason to get less than a 90% in this category.

Extra Credit (+2.5% extra) - on five of the seven assignments, we had an optional problem, which was graded on a full-credit, half-credit, and no-credit scheme. Some were questions done on Julia (you had to write code for it), and others were challenge problems from the textbook. If you got full credit on all of them, you could get 2.5% extra credit in the entire class, which is enough to give you a whole letter grade boost.

Quizzes (10%) - before each midterm and the final, Eldredge would open a quiz on CCLE. These were all conceptual and definitely helped solidify your qualitative understanding of the material. They were unlimited tries, and the questions remained the same with each attempt so you’re guaranteed a 100%.

Midterms (40%) - there are three short, 1-hour midterms in the class, which is a bit unorthodox for an upper-division engineering class. These had a mix of conceptual questions (about 30% of the points) where you had to verbally explain an answer in words and computation/derivation based questions. Your lowest grade was dropped. He made the first and third midterms easy and the middle one pretty difficult, but, as mentioned, that one doesn’t contribute to your final grade. Even with all of this, his grading scale was very lenient like the homework. In the second midterm I did one question completely wrong and was only deducted 10 points in a 35 point question. On top of that, he allowed us to bring in a double-sided printer-paper cheat sheet for the first and second midterms. To be fair though, in making the cheat sheet you review most of the information you need to know, so while taking the test I rarely found myself referring to it. After the second midterm was crashed by a some washed-up prank YouTuber, Eldredge made the third midterm and final take-home, allowing us to access any resource we wanted aside from other students.

Final (25%) - pretty much the same difficulty as the first and third midterms. 80% of the points came from the material after the third midterm, and 20% was cumulative.

11/10 would recommend Eldredge for 103. He is a very knowledgeable professor and makes himself and his TAs very accessible via email, office hours, discussion sections, and after class if you have questions.

(Fall Quarter 2021)
MECH&AE 150A
Intermediate Fluid Mechanics See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.9

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Honestly, best professor I think I've had at UCLA. After almost 3 full years at this school, I finally had the opportunity of having a professor that genuinely cares about student learning. His lecturing is outstanding. Eldredge can answer literally any question using the most succinct and effective explanations I think anyone could ever come up with. He truly is an expert in his field, and it was refreshing to be taught by such a knowledgeable, approachable, and top-tier professor. Grading is 2 Quizzes 10%, Homework 30%, Midterm 30%, Final 30%. His tests were reasonable; if you can do the homework by yourself, you will score high on the exams. He offers EC on each homework in the form of an optional problem. One piece of advice: ATTEMPT ALL OF THEM. I racked up a whole 5% toward my final grade just by trying all the problems, regardless of whether I knew what I was doing. Definitely recommend this class; 10/10.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
MECH&AE C150G
Fluid Dynamics of Biological Systems See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.8

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MECH&AE 153A
Engineering Acoustics Full Profile > 4.5 Overall 1.7 Easiness 1.3 Workload 4.3 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness
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MECH&AE 153A
Engineering Acoustics See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 1.7 Workload 1.3 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.7

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MECH&AE 199
Directed Research in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering See Full Profile

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MECH&AE 250A
Foundations of Fluid Dynamics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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MECH&AE 250A
Foundations of Fluid Dynamics See Full Profile

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MECH&AE 250H
Numerical Methods for Incompressible Flows See Full Profile

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MECH&AE 260
Current Topics in Mechanical Engineering See Full Profile

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