Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Michael Gutperle

Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields

Physics department

Michael Gutperle

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Overall 4.1
Easiness of class 2.8
Workload 3.1
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.6
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 3.9


  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters


Winter 2019

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Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted April 2, 2020 Grade Received: A

Overall, I really enjoyed Gutperle's class. The workload was definitely manageable (only one homework assignment per week, which was usually ten problems), and the tests were difficult but also usually pretty fair since they are definitely doable if you have a strong grasp of the content. Gutperle does have the tendency to show us a bunch of proofs during class and then tell us that we don't really need to understand any of it, so I think having some more example problems would've been good. He does have us do conceptual Kudu problems during class which are really helpful for understanding thing conceptually, but those aren't really too similar to the homework problems, so having a little more guidance on the computational problems would be nice. Discussion isn't mandatory (I stopped attending after week 3 since I realized that I could just practice the discussion problems on my own, since they're posted), and in general, he's a good professor who clearly knows what he's doing and has some really fun demonstrations as well.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 25, 2020 Grade Received: B+

Very nice guy and professor. I liked him overall but his lectures became confusing as he rushed to cram material.

His online notes are a mess so you must attend lecture and even then it's hard to follow his train of thought.

His first test was reasonable the second midterm and final were a little questionable but I don't think he ended up curving the class. He seems to despise grade-focused people (pre-med students as he repeatedly jokes about in class).

Very friendly in office hours.

Only accommodations made for the coronavirus were a changed grade scheme that made the final worth less.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 25, 2020 Grade Received: B+

Prof Gutperle is a really cool guy but I don't personally love his teaching style.
Pros: really friendly office hours, really quirky and funny person, easy to talk to, posts lecture notes and lots of online resources, answers quickly on Questionsly (with the help of TAs), his review notes are THE BEST, lots of demonstrations
Cons: lectures move at a confusing pace where it's a bit hard to tell the important stuff from just what he deems interesting, tests are kind of hard (that final was awful), review sessions are not super structured, doesn't really explain why or how equations are derived/generally not a super engaging lecture style in my opinion
I am still glad I took this class with him even though I learned more from using his review notes and going to his office hours (also reading the textbook and doing some kudu questions) than actually attending lecture so the flexibility was kind of nice.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 29, 2020 Grade Received: A

Tl;dr Take this professor if you can. He's an overall great teacher, gives engaging[ish] lectures and makes things as straightforward as possible. The exams were reasonable and relatively forgiving for small arithmetic mistakes (and we were allowed a notecard). Although I should mention that (at least when I took it) there were always 3 multiple choice questions that were weighted way to heavily. The class is definitely not an easy class that you can fall asleep in but Gutperle does his best to hold review sessions before midterms and make things fair. Personally I didn't love his teaching style (and it definitely got worse as the class went on) as he sort of just rambled through the topics (though at least he posted his notes), but I learn better from textbooks anyway so I didn't mind it too much.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 26, 2020 Grade Received: A-

I very much agree that the lecture notes are a big mess, but Dr. Gutperle is very open and caring. The lecture is long but quite fun and I feel that the homework is overwhelmingly harder than expected. In my opinion challenging questions on the homework is not needed because they need a lot of time and will not be on the tests at all. Overall, Dr. Gutperle is great and I recommend him to everyone.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 26, 2020 Grade Received: A-

Although physics isn't exactly my favorite subject, Gutperle's daily demonstrations kept me engaged (I doubt I'll ever witness another person blast Billie Eilish on a flaming stovetop again in my life). However, I don't think his derivation heavy style of teaching was very effective, at least for myself. As someone coming in with no prior experience, most of the derivations and assumptions left me either confused or incoherent. Gutperle's midterms and online final were pretty tough, especially the second midterm. Homework was relatively straightforward, albeit on Mastering Physics (possibly the worst online textbook experience I've had). Overall, I'd say that taking 1B with Gutperle was enjoyable just from the demonstrations alone.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted March 26, 2020 Grade Received: C

Professor Gutperle is amazing! I did not do that well on the midterms because my physics background is not strong and I slacked off a lot in his class. However, I improved on the final and Professor Gutperle gave me another chance.

His grading scheme for my class was 20% for each midterm, 3% in class Kudu questions, 12% HW (lowest one dropped), and 45% for the final. Attendance is important because he expects you to do Kudu questions but they are mostly for completion. Also, HW is on Mastering Physics.

He is very nice and approachable! He posts the lecture notes on CCLE before lecture so you have enough time to preview the lectures. Also his notes are very detailed. To do well in his class, he says to read the book, read his notes, practice the discussion questions, and do the homework problems. If you have trouble with concepts, I would recommend watching videos and asking either the TA or Gutperle questions. Also, his demonstrations in class are really cool and made me more interested in physics. He plays classic rock music during the break, which is nice too.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted Aug. 29, 2019 Grade Received: A

In my opinion, Gutperle is the best of all the 1B professors. Certainly, he is the easiest. Gutperle is a genius whose mind runs 1000mph so he can be hard to follow at times - but, he makes up for it with some really amazing demos!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 29, 2019 Grade Received: B+

Professor Gutperle is a great lecturer with a sense of humor. I really enjoyed his lectures. He gives weekly homework. Homework questions are fair. Tests are a little bit hard but reasonable. I didn't do well on my final, which cost me an A. Overall, it was a great class. Would recommend taking 1B with him!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted May 30, 2020 Grade Received: A-

If you can take 1B with him DO IT. He technically takes participation via online questions but honestly, I would just wake up, do them, and go straight back to sleep because its based on participation not correction. The homeworks are decently challenging but I do think they prepare you really well for the midterms and final. Still, they do not take more than ~3-4 hours a week. I would go to lecture the first few weeks before I got lazy and honestly hes a good lecture and a decently funny guy. Hes passionate, an engaging lecturer, and a good professor all the way. The best part about his class though is the simple fact that his exams are EASY compared to OTHER 1B professors. 1B as a class is going to be hard regardless but compared to what midterms/finals other 1B profs had his class is just way way way easier. Also, you can just read the lecture notes alongside the textbook to get a good understanding of the material. Hell, you can literally JUST read the textbook and probably get an A in the class. I literally just didn't feel like studying for the final and didnt learn the last ~3 weeks of material, bombed the final and still ended with an A- in the class. Would recommend.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Tough Tests
  • Would Take Again
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters

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