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

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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 3.8 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.2

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TAKE PHYSICS 5A WITH SAMANI! I guarantee you that this will be the one of the best classes you will take, and that Samani will probably be one of the best professors you will ever have.

Samani is very straightforward, gives plenty of examples, and explains topics very thoroughly. As someone who did not take Physics (let alone AP Physics) in high school, Samani did an excellent job at creating an environment in which I can succeed.

The exams are pretty tough, but its because they are meant to gauge whether or not you are LEARNING the material, not MEMORIZING it. The midterms and the final will depict scenarios that are not addressed in lecture, but will build off of the topics and concepts addressed during lecture.

Discussion sections are actually quite helpful, and the worksheets drive you to think of different physical scenarios. (Shoutout to Teresa for being such a great TA)

The labs also do a good job at reinforcing lecture, including how to appropriately use equations to solve for unknown quantities.

Overall, a great (but difficult) class with an awesome professor. 10/10 would recommend. Yuh.

(Spring Quarter 2018)
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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