Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics

Michael Gutperle

Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics

Physics department

Michael Gutperle

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 11, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

He is the best physics teacher at UCLA. I failed my physics in high school. Im seriously sucked at Physics. I think physics hate me. But he was really concerned about his class and his students. His midterms is not that bad but don't miss his lectures. I think reading the book was useless for 6A. Anyway, i recommended him

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 20, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

He is awesome! Really good professor that cares about his students. I'm not really good at physics so the course was hard but he makes lectures enjoyable with awesome demonstrations. he also has a discussion board and checks it quite often if you have questions. i haven't gone to his office hours so i'm not sure how he is one-on-one. very funny and got to love his accent.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 5, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

He is pretty good and not very hard. Also helpful if you dont understand a problem or concept.

Once you finish his class though he becomes the most inconsiderate flake. My course grade was a little lower than seemed to make sense so I tried to see what the deal was. In the fall he made it clear that it would be absolutely no problem to see our final after its graded. I have spent this whole quarter trying to do that. Ive gone to his scheduled office hours atleast 10 times and scheduled 2 other times for me to go to his office to see my Final. Of all those I only saw him once which was for him to tell me he couldnt make the appointment because he had to talk to another student.

The same thing hapened when I asked him for the grade cutoff to see how far my A- was from an A. Its funny how gutperle returns every single email about how to solve problems or when I could see the final, except for the when I ask what the cutoff or distribution once. Asked him several times and he wont tell me, not sure why. Its as if you are asking how to copy some secret invention.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 25, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Gutperle is a good teacher. As a Physicist, he gets a little too advanced to explain certain basic topics in office hours, but he does explain concepts well enough to understand. The book he uses is also very good so if you do the reading and understand his examples in class you will learn Physics well.

What is best about Gutperle is that he is very friendly and truly wants to see you learn the concepts. He will keep going over problems in office hours until you fully understand them. He also seems to have a lot of office hours so it is easy to find time to attend them.

His tests are fair. No surprises and not too hard. It may seem your score is really low at first, but with the curve it will be high. Just study the examples and homework problems and you will be fine.

His online quizes are tricky. Not so much the difficulty of them as much as they are not clear and often focus on minor details that one might over look in the reading. Homeworks are straight forward, except I felt he took off a lot of small poitns for BS things. A few points here and there for stupid insignificant things. None the less, it is not hard to get A's on the homework. The lab is also pretty easy. Just show up and do the work and you will get a perfect score.

Overall I would highly recommend Gutperle. I was expecting Physics to be really hard, but it wasnt that bad. Gutperle is a fair professor and with a little bit of work you can get an A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 15, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Professor Gutperle is a brilliant man but I think he just needs to get used to teaching. His lectures are a bit unorganized so topics kinda just blend together, but you can tell from his demonstrations that he is really trying hard. The TA's definitely help a lot- Dave Brown and Gabe Plunk (?) are the two really good TAs- they help summarize the important information and organize your thoughts. Homework isn't so bad because you are given the answers so you can make sure you figure out how to do the problems and understand the concepts. What I didn't like about the class was the reading quizzes and integration of the lab with the course. The quizzes were just kind of annoying but not too difficult (10 pts each), and the labs covered information not learned in class yet- which did little in reinforcing the concepts. No outside work for the labs though- you can finish during lab. If you took AP physics and did fairly well, you'll do fine in this course (and skip lecture a couple times even)- you might even want to try the honors course- I heard the professor was great. Finally, the professor's tests are fair- just watch out for the concept questions. I found that the quick quizzes in the book help you study for that as well as the online quizzes. Other than that, just do the homework problems along with some of the "blue" hard problems in the text. Just to give you a little about my background, I took AP physics my senior year of high school, and took this class as a sophomore. I got As on both midterms and thought the final wasn't bad. Hope this helps!

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