Matthew Malkan
Department of Astronomy
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3.0
Overall Rating
Based on 16 User s
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Is Podcasted
  • Often Funny
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Tough Tests

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

26.1%
21.7%
17.4%
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8.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

25.7%
21.4%
17.1%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

13.7%
11.4%
9.2%
6.9%
4.6%
2.3%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

17.7%
14.8%
11.8%
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3.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

21.4%
17.9%
14.3%
10.7%
7.1%
3.6%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
2.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: P
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Jan. 7, 2021

I took this class P/NP online, which I recommend doing if you are not a science major. I think like 30+ people dropped this class in the first 2 weeks because it is really not for you if you are bad at physics. Malkan often operates on the assumption that you know some physics already so he doesn't explain basic principles. The workload isn't bad. You have a weekly quiz along with homework questions and some textbook readings and two midterms and a final. The homework and textbook readings often seem unrelated to the lecture and quiz content. The first midterm was very hard but he curved a lot. The second midterm and the final were much easier because he kind of tells you what is going to be on them. DO THE PRACTICE SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS HE GIVES YOU. The grades for this class seemed all over the place so I would definitely take it P/NP. Malkan is incredibly enthusiastic about astronomy so it makes his lectures interesting (he also sometimes mentions his wife which is cute). He is the kind of passionate that makes him go one a lot of little tangents so remember to read the slides instead of just listening to him talk. Overall, an interesting but semi-stressful class.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: NR
Dec. 14, 2019

I think this class was really fun and you learn some amazing things about the universe and what’s in it. The midterms are not too bad since the reviews he gave lines up with them fairly well. The final review was not a good review for the final, def study everything from the prior midterms/ slides. Good class overall, he’s a good professor and enthusiastic.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: P
Dec. 13, 2019

Tl;dr, don't take this class if you want an easy GE. You will actually have to go to class/watch his lectures/read his slides (that he sometimes posts). Take this class if you have a background or some experience in astronomy. (Fun fact: I'm doing FAR better in an upper div with a worse reported grade distribution than this class. Take my word for it; it's not as easy as you might think.)

I'm doing OK in this class (on track to finishing with P), but boy does this class suck. I love astronomy and everything about the Universe, but this class made it so stressful to figure out what I even need to know. His slides are a mess: sometimes one slide can contain a large paragraph of text, from which he will make several test questions, even though it may seem like trivial information. Other times a slide will have nothing interesting/of value to you (unless you like convoluted graphs and botched formulae).

If it seems important or very difficult, don't bother studying it; if it seems easy to remember, memorize it. That's basically how he makes his exams, with the exceptions of a few questions being difficult. If he says "this won't be on the exam," or anything along those lines, IGNORE IT. He said that about X and still put it on the exam; luckily I was able to convince the TA to not count that question against me. Also, the homework was only helpful for about 30% of the exam. Everything else came from scrutinizing his slides on my own time.

He also isn't clear about how much each exam/the homework is worth to your grade, or if there is even a curve.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: N/A
Nov. 12, 2019

Professor Malkan is one of the most interesting professors I have had. He is a little insane and very passionate about astronomy. He throws chalk, he is HILARIOUS, and the class never knows what to expect. Great lectures, goes into things with interactive examples. I have never taken physics, but I could understand the class and it was easy to approach him for questions I had. His office hours are a little unreliable, but if you email him he will promptly respond to emails and tell you when he is available.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: P
Feb. 22, 2018

This class was honestly really hard. He gave MASSIVE curves for the tests and I still barely managed a C. It seems like what he discusses in class has nothing to do with the tests. If you do take this class, DO THE ONLINE TESTS he doesn't mention them but they're really helpful! He sends an email out right away saying this won't be like an ordinary GE class and that it isn't easy so IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN EASY GE DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: NR
Dec. 9, 2016

I was so interested in taking this class at first and after two weeks in I had to drop! The professor is not clear with his lectures.. anyways I'm selling my book the cosmic perspective for $7 email me if wanted- jadegayles@sbcglobal.net

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A
March 3, 2016

I fell in love with Astronomy after taking this class. I had to take a science G.E. and I'm not a science major so I was scared at first, but the class turned out to be one of the most fascinating classes I've taken.
As long as you attend lecture or do the readings, it isn't very hard to get an A.
Selling the textbook. Contact 4155280065.

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Quarter: Fall 2014
Grade: A-
Feb. 6, 2016

This was one of the best courses I took at UCLA. Though the class was at 8 am twice a week, the presence of professor Malkan in the lecture hall was like multiple shots of espresso, mainly because his over the top enthusiasm for astronomy and astrophysics is so goddamn infectious.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 4, 2007

everyone who gave prof. malkan a bad review must be either save taken stupid or lazy. he is one of the best teachers i have taken so far. he does have his bad days, when he uses confusin analogies, but his tests are easy if you just go to his office hours.he's so passionate about his subject that he keeps you interested. dont be offput if he seems like he doesnt want to help; he really cares about his students. i would recommend him for anyone who really wants to know astro.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 9, 2002

If you're taking astro 4 with Malkan, make sure you know the basics of astronomy that you learned from Astro 3. Astro 4 with Malkan wasn't bad at all and there is a minimal amount of math that you have to do for the class. There are homework assignments, but they are easy to do, especially if you go to all lectures and discussions because the TA will go over the homework problems. Professor Malkan is a great lecturer and he really shows his knowledge and love for the subject.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: P
Jan. 7, 2021

I took this class P/NP online, which I recommend doing if you are not a science major. I think like 30+ people dropped this class in the first 2 weeks because it is really not for you if you are bad at physics. Malkan often operates on the assumption that you know some physics already so he doesn't explain basic principles. The workload isn't bad. You have a weekly quiz along with homework questions and some textbook readings and two midterms and a final. The homework and textbook readings often seem unrelated to the lecture and quiz content. The first midterm was very hard but he curved a lot. The second midterm and the final were much easier because he kind of tells you what is going to be on them. DO THE PRACTICE SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS HE GIVES YOU. The grades for this class seemed all over the place so I would definitely take it P/NP. Malkan is incredibly enthusiastic about astronomy so it makes his lectures interesting (he also sometimes mentions his wife which is cute). He is the kind of passionate that makes him go one a lot of little tangents so remember to read the slides instead of just listening to him talk. Overall, an interesting but semi-stressful class.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: NR
Dec. 14, 2019

I think this class was really fun and you learn some amazing things about the universe and what’s in it. The midterms are not too bad since the reviews he gave lines up with them fairly well. The final review was not a good review for the final, def study everything from the prior midterms/ slides. Good class overall, he’s a good professor and enthusiastic.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: P
Dec. 13, 2019

Tl;dr, don't take this class if you want an easy GE. You will actually have to go to class/watch his lectures/read his slides (that he sometimes posts). Take this class if you have a background or some experience in astronomy. (Fun fact: I'm doing FAR better in an upper div with a worse reported grade distribution than this class. Take my word for it; it's not as easy as you might think.)

I'm doing OK in this class (on track to finishing with P), but boy does this class suck. I love astronomy and everything about the Universe, but this class made it so stressful to figure out what I even need to know. His slides are a mess: sometimes one slide can contain a large paragraph of text, from which he will make several test questions, even though it may seem like trivial information. Other times a slide will have nothing interesting/of value to you (unless you like convoluted graphs and botched formulae).

If it seems important or very difficult, don't bother studying it; if it seems easy to remember, memorize it. That's basically how he makes his exams, with the exceptions of a few questions being difficult. If he says "this won't be on the exam," or anything along those lines, IGNORE IT. He said that about X and still put it on the exam; luckily I was able to convince the TA to not count that question against me. Also, the homework was only helpful for about 30% of the exam. Everything else came from scrutinizing his slides on my own time.

He also isn't clear about how much each exam/the homework is worth to your grade, or if there is even a curve.

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Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: N/A
Nov. 12, 2019

Professor Malkan is one of the most interesting professors I have had. He is a little insane and very passionate about astronomy. He throws chalk, he is HILARIOUS, and the class never knows what to expect. Great lectures, goes into things with interactive examples. I have never taken physics, but I could understand the class and it was easy to approach him for questions I had. His office hours are a little unreliable, but if you email him he will promptly respond to emails and tell you when he is available.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: P
Feb. 22, 2018

This class was honestly really hard. He gave MASSIVE curves for the tests and I still barely managed a C. It seems like what he discusses in class has nothing to do with the tests. If you do take this class, DO THE ONLINE TESTS he doesn't mention them but they're really helpful! He sends an email out right away saying this won't be like an ordinary GE class and that it isn't easy so IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR AN EASY GE DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH THIS PROFESSOR

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: NR
Dec. 9, 2016

I was so interested in taking this class at first and after two weeks in I had to drop! The professor is not clear with his lectures.. anyways I'm selling my book the cosmic perspective for $7 email me if wanted- jadegayles@sbcglobal.net

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Quarter: Fall 2015
Grade: A
March 3, 2016

I fell in love with Astronomy after taking this class. I had to take a science G.E. and I'm not a science major so I was scared at first, but the class turned out to be one of the most fascinating classes I've taken.
As long as you attend lecture or do the readings, it isn't very hard to get an A.
Selling the textbook. Contact 4155280065.

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Quarter: Fall 2014
Grade: A-
Feb. 6, 2016

This was one of the best courses I took at UCLA. Though the class was at 8 am twice a week, the presence of professor Malkan in the lecture hall was like multiple shots of espresso, mainly because his over the top enthusiasm for astronomy and astrophysics is so goddamn infectious.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 4, 2007

everyone who gave prof. malkan a bad review must be either save taken stupid or lazy. he is one of the best teachers i have taken so far. he does have his bad days, when he uses confusin analogies, but his tests are easy if you just go to his office hours.he's so passionate about his subject that he keeps you interested. dont be offput if he seems like he doesnt want to help; he really cares about his students. i would recommend him for anyone who really wants to know astro.

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
Dec. 9, 2002

If you're taking astro 4 with Malkan, make sure you know the basics of astronomy that you learned from Astro 3. Astro 4 with Malkan wasn't bad at all and there is a minimal amount of math that you have to do for the class. There are homework assignments, but they are easy to do, especially if you go to all lectures and discussions because the TA will go over the homework problems. Professor Malkan is a great lecturer and he really shows his knowledge and love for the subject.

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3.0
Overall Rating
Based on 16 Users
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.0 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.6 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (9)
  • Is Podcasted
    (7)
  • Often Funny
    (8)
  • Useful Textbooks
    (7)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (6)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (5)
  • Tough Tests
    (6)
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