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I'll skip what everyone else has said and tell you what you want to know. He puts 1 question from the homework directly on the midterm (You can't argue if you miss it or don't understand it - thats fair). That leaves 3 questions for you to answer with the time you have left. The questions will require you to think. Basically, each of the 3 questions will combine concepts and ideas from different problems in the book. e.g. part a of question 1 may ask to see if you understood a concept from problem 6 of the homework and part b of question # 1 will ask to see if you understood a concept from question 22 of the homework (get the idea?). No his exams are not easy, people like him alot, including myself, thats why he got such a low level of difficulty score on his review. However he is not hard either. I would just say that he is less difficult than other professors. UNFORTUNATELY HIS FINAL EXAM IS NOT DOABLE (therefore i can not tell you what to do about that, however i regret studying for the final). Also, for the final you will have 2 problems directly from the homework on the exam so once again, if you get them wrong, you can't argue. Yes I would definetely recommend taking him. Read other comments to find out more. My grade in the class was a "B"
Hey Prospective Rudnick students!
I took Rudnick for Physics6B because my friend had taken 6A with him before and highly highly recommended him. At first I thought that she was exaggerating, but no, really, he is so far my favorite professor at UCLA. He made me want to change to a physics major. He is such a sweet guy, and sincerely cares for the students' doing well in the class-- midterms and final alike. He does these AWSOME demos (and belive me, not all professors do that many cool demos). There's 2 demos at the end of the quarter that you should ALL go to, but it should be kept a secret until then... but DEFINITELY take him if you can, cus he doesn't teach lower div often. (I've been waiting for another LowerDiv class taught by him and it's not been successful.)
Dr. Rudnick is really concerned that his students know the material. He is always available in office hours and e-mail to answer students' questions. His lectures are somewhat disorganized, but I guess he knows that(!) so that's why he puts his own lecture notes on his website. I purely learned the material (which BTW is not as conceptually easy as 6A) with his lecture notes combined with some notes in class. Homework is okay, you get some easy and tough problems... but if you do your homework and keep up with the class, his tests are based on those... you should get an A.
p.s. - I used to see Rudnick from far and he looked scrawny, but up close... man he's buff!!!
Great teacher! I aced his midterms by just keeping up with the class and reading his lecture notes. He is very straight forward and does no go out of his way to make life more difficult for students. His demos are great as well!
He is a really nice person, and really tries to make the class a good experience. He posts all of his notes typed up, on the web. He gives his own review sessions. One of his midterm problems and finals problems are exactly from the homework. He is willing to change midterm dates if a great majority of students want him to. He gives you the answers to the homework before it's due if it's a homework due before the midterm. He's very good at making the lecture clear and understandable. The midterms were so easy, most people got 100s. Yes, the final was hard, but the curve actually worked out pretty well to our advantage. (The final was hard because someone stole a copy of the final....but again, the curve worked out fine, I did bad on the final and still did well in the class). He is definetly one of the better 6B professors that I've heard of.
Hey prospective students of rudnick- like everyone said, the midterms were really quite doable. anyone who got below 75% must not have done any hw or slept through class and didnt read a thing. cuz as long as u read the lecture material or attend lecture and spend time on the hw and at least have a grasp on the topics youll be fine for the exams. that includes the final. yah some say it was tough, but i dont think it was that bad. its just everyone thought it would be super easy, but i bet most of them didnt study until like 3 hours before the exam. well its just like any final you have whether Ls4 or mcdbio 40 or history of rock n roll, you have to study it, review the old material and the old hw problems assignments etc. Thats it. the Final wasn't as bad, just surprising at first, but hey its a final and its a UCLA final goshdarnit, expecting a final is easy , well you must be from some lame school like USC or something. so remind urself where you are, ucla damnit!
His midterms were REALLY easy, I mean, like 1/3 of the class got over 95% or something. However, the final was extremely hard!!! I think he did that because or else too many people will get A (He said he would grade on straight scale instead of curve if everyone's doing well)...I personally think he's not a bad professor, but the material is boring itself, putting everyone to sleep. I still prefer Waung, who is a bit harder, but more organized in lectures