Joshua Samani

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PHYSICS 1A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.9 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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Samani is a LEGEND. He's an extremely engaging lecturer and he deeply passionately cares about student learning. Everyone should take his class.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
PHYSICS 1B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.7

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Prof. Samani had very engaging lectures, and made me understand the material even though I went into Physics 1B thinking I wouldn't understand anything. Grading is based heavily on homework for online Spring 2020, but also on two midterms and the final. Lectures were very nicely broken down with a Spotify session before and after lecture, and he gives a break during the two-hour block. He's very nice and checks chat often for questions, and is tech savvy when it comes to using Zoom and CCLE. Homeworks were the only thing submitted every week, but very difficult to complete on the day due (7+ multi-part problems), so definitely collaborate with friends. Midterms were 24 hours, but he is very worried about cheating, so the final was 3 hours :/

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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PHYSICS 1C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 3.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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A great professor overall. One of the best professors in the physics department of UCLA. Very engaging lectures and he's always trying to be helpful. His exams are a little hard, but to be fair, most physics exams are hard anyway.

(Winter Quarter 2017)
PHYSICS 5A
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics and Energy See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.0

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Do not be mislead by the grade distribution from Fall 2017 or the reviews below that say this class is easy. While Samani is a nice guy and does provide many resources for us, this class was still extremely hard, and I do not recommend taking it. I am not sure if Samani changed the way he grades, but I find it hard to believe that as many people got A's in Winter 2019 as they did in Fall 2017. The class is not curved AT ALL, but there is extra credit. The class is out of 100 points, and if you do all the extra credit, it will bump your grade by a little over 5 points. The grade you get after extra credit is factored in is the grade you get. There is no scaling, rounding, or curving. Samani does give engaging lectures, but his exams are killer. When I say killer, I mean it. The things he teaches in lecture are not sufficient enough for us to do well on the exams. The tests are ridiculously hard, and you end up not learning anything. This class has a TON of homework. Nearly every week, you have Mastering Physics, Practice Exam Packets, Discussion Worksheets (Discussion is mandatory btw), Pre-lab, and Post-lab. These are only the required assignments, and do not include the extra credit assignments that are given every week. The Exam Packets are super hard, and he expects you to kinda figure out things on your own. Luckily, these are only graded on completion, but even then, it is hard to come up with a reasonable solution for the problems. Samani does offer midterm redos, which I did appreciate, but even then it is a struggle to do super well in the class. Take Physics 5A with a different Professor.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
PHYSICS 6A
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 6C
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 112
Thermodynamics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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PHYSICS 112
Thermodynamics See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 131
Mathematical Methods of Physics See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.7 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Samani is a really good lecturer and teacher. His lectures are interesting and he stays on topic in class. He also wrote his own lecture notes for this class which replaced the need for a textbook. His notes are actually pretty short, but very concise and basically everything you need to know for the tests. With that said, his tests are still pretty hard. Great professor overall.

(Fall Quarter 2016)
PHYSICS 180N
Computational Physics and Astronomy Laboratory See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 188B
Computational Physics and Astronomy Laboratory See Full Profile

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