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Nicholas Rombes

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Easiness 3.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 3.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 4.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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PHYSICS 1C
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July 31, 2021
Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: N/A

Physics with Prof. Rombes has by far been the best lower-div physics experience of the 1-series. He's a theoretical physicist, and so makes an effort to make sure that you understand why a phenomenon occurs, but isn't pedantic about it. You can tell he's really passionate about physics and teaching it well, and it really helped with keeping up with the content during Summer. There were two worksheets assigned a week from the discussion section, a weekly written problem set submitted through Gradescope and some MasteringPhysics problems. His tests weren't unreasonably difficult either.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Sept. 29, 2020
Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A+

As a CS major trying (struggling) to get through the physics requirements, Rombes was an amazing professor. I tend to forget old physics material from 1A and 1B, but he often reviewed the necessary material before diving into new 1C content, which made it much easier to follow along in lecture.
His HW are "problem sets" of maybe one or two problems that he writes himself, and around 4 problems from the book. Some of the problems were pretty challenging (the three dot problems in the book), but for the most part they were...doable. It was more of getting burnt out in the continuous HW cycle because of summer session constraints, but I think in regular quarters it might be less stressful.
The midterm and final (cumulative, emphasis on second half) were both 24-hr, open note, open internet, exams. It honestly depends on how much time/effort you spend on it, because I think they were fairly made and definitely not made to be impossible.
Overall, I really enjoyed 1C with Professor Rombes!! He's a very clear lecturer, and he was very accessible either through office hours or through campuswire to ask further questions.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Sept. 28, 2020
Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: B+

Loved the professor. He was very good at explaining all the concepts, even when they were difficult to grasp. Tests were decently tough, but he gave us 24 hours for them, so it was totally okay, and felt very fair to all the students in the class. The only reason I feel like I didn't get an A was because my effort wasn't quite where it needed to be during the summer. I feel confident that anyone taking this class with Rombes who puts in the time and effort can achieve an A, as tests are overall very fair and he definitely teaches all the things he tests on. Overall, great class, would definitely take another class with this professor.

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May 12, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B+

I really appreciate Rombes. He has a much greater understanding of what excites students. I hated physics before his class, during, and after. But I sure enjoyed doing the problems he assigned us during. He has a great intuition for interesting (but not overly challenging) problems and his class was certainly the most welcoming of all the physics classes - this despite being of the hardest material.

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PHYSICS 1C
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March 22, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: NR

I appreciated how Prof. Rombes emphasized asking questions during class and engaging with others on Campuswire, which really helped me understand the material and made me feel comfortable in the class. He really tries to focus on being clear and tends to go slower than most other professors in order to answer everyone's questions. I felt the homework and exams were pretty fair but they could often be quite challenging and time-consuming. However I think the professor made a good amount of accommodations to make this reasonable, like making the exams 24 hr and all weighted the same (no curve though). Definitely would take a class with this professor again, if this wasn't my last physics class at UCLA.

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PHYSICS 1C
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March 20, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A

Prof Rombes is hands down the best physics instructor I've had at UCLA. He makes sure to answer all of students' questions during lecture, and is very good at communicating difficult concepts. Tests and the final are reasonable, and you'll be fine as long as you paid attention in class. 10/10 would take again!

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PHYSICS 1C
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March 29, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A

Professor Rombes is the best professor I have had at UCLA so far!!! He truly cares about his students' learning, and his love for physics is evident in every lecture. I would highly highly recommend taking a class with him if you are able!

Some logistical info on the class: attendance was not required for lecture but required for discussion. Lectures were recorded. We had one problem set each week due on gradescope (with one random question graded for accuracy and the rest on effort) and one discussion worksheet due at the end of the day of your discussion (graded on completion). There were two midterms and one final, all 24 hours. The exams were hard but doable, and the problem sets were great practice for the exams. Rombes used campuswire for Q&A, and you received extra credit based on how much you participated in campuswire. Rombes was also super active on campuswire, so you're questions were always answered very quickly.

Again, I highly recommend this prof!!

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PHYSICS 1C
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March 31, 2021
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B

I was considering dropping this class due to how tough it was at the start. The first midterm was really difficult but the professor adjusted the second midterm and final to be more reasonable in difficulty, which is what really saved me. After being able to pass this class with a B, it's very clear to me that the professor cares a lot about student learning and isn't just trying to make the course excessively hard. CampusWire is utilized and is extremely helpful in this course. Extra credit is awarded. Discussion section attendance is encouraged and it's basically free points toward your grade. Overall, I really enjoyed the second half of the course and love the way the professor teaches. As someone with no physics experience outside of UCLA, I came to Bruinwalk for help deciding whether to take this course. Many people make it seem like this course is a cakewalk, but it really isn't unless you have a solid physics background. In the end, I was still able to complete the last of my physics courses and am glad I chose this professor.

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July 13, 2022
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A

I absolutely love the 5 series with Rombes. The labs are graded on completion, and if they say it's somewhat on correctness you'll get full points if you put in some effort. The mastering physics homework are nothing like the exams, so just try and get those over with for free points. Discussion is graded on completion/effort so just turn that in for points as well. Now for the midterms, just make sure you have an equation sheet ready. His exams are conceptual and I found them so much easier and predictable than other professors. Just study True/False questions, basic calculation questions on main topics (i.e. projectile motion and pulleys for 5A, or parallel-plate capacitors and circuits for 5C), and drawing diagrams (i.e. which way the net force points) and you'll be okay. If you can do good on the midterms, you'll need at most a B- on the final to get a solid A in the class, which happened to me for both 5A and 5C.

Lectures are decent and you can study off the slide or Pearson textbook. You get the option to take the exams online or in-person, and it's all open note <3. Take Rombes for easy physics life.

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PHYSICS 1B
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June 27, 2021
Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A

Professor Rombes recently finished his PHD at UCLA so he's pretty excited to teach and its very noticeable. His lectures are straightforward and easy to comprehend. He breaks down concepts for the students to understand easily and goes through examples problems in class step by step. Everything about this class is perfect (there's even extra credit), except for his exams. He mentioned in class due to the nature of online learning his exams must be hard because they are open book and open internet. His exams are definitely challenging but not impossible, and often times you can find intuition for the solutions online, but you really need to test your knowledge of physics to get it right. If you put the work in and study well, a B and above is very doable, but I would say getting an A is quite challenging and not guaranteed. The grading is good though, and you get lots of point just for showing some work.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Summer 2021
Grade: N/A
July 31, 2021

Physics with Prof. Rombes has by far been the best lower-div physics experience of the 1-series. He's a theoretical physicist, and so makes an effort to make sure that you understand why a phenomenon occurs, but isn't pedantic about it. You can tell he's really passionate about physics and teaching it well, and it really helped with keeping up with the content during Summer. There were two worksheets assigned a week from the discussion section, a weekly written problem set submitted through Gradescope and some MasteringPhysics problems. His tests weren't unreasonably difficult either.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: A+
Sept. 29, 2020

As a CS major trying (struggling) to get through the physics requirements, Rombes was an amazing professor. I tend to forget old physics material from 1A and 1B, but he often reviewed the necessary material before diving into new 1C content, which made it much easier to follow along in lecture.
His HW are "problem sets" of maybe one or two problems that he writes himself, and around 4 problems from the book. Some of the problems were pretty challenging (the three dot problems in the book), but for the most part they were...doable. It was more of getting burnt out in the continuous HW cycle because of summer session constraints, but I think in regular quarters it might be less stressful.
The midterm and final (cumulative, emphasis on second half) were both 24-hr, open note, open internet, exams. It honestly depends on how much time/effort you spend on it, because I think they were fairly made and definitely not made to be impossible.
Overall, I really enjoyed 1C with Professor Rombes!! He's a very clear lecturer, and he was very accessible either through office hours or through campuswire to ask further questions.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Summer 2020
Grade: B+
Sept. 28, 2020

Loved the professor. He was very good at explaining all the concepts, even when they were difficult to grasp. Tests were decently tough, but he gave us 24 hours for them, so it was totally okay, and felt very fair to all the students in the class. The only reason I feel like I didn't get an A was because my effort wasn't quite where it needed to be during the summer. I feel confident that anyone taking this class with Rombes who puts in the time and effort can achieve an A, as tests are overall very fair and he definitely teaches all the things he tests on. Overall, great class, would definitely take another class with this professor.

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PHYSICS 1C
Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B+
May 12, 2021

I really appreciate Rombes. He has a much greater understanding of what excites students. I hated physics before his class, during, and after. But I sure enjoyed doing the problems he assigned us during. He has a great intuition for interesting (but not overly challenging) problems and his class was certainly the most welcoming of all the physics classes - this despite being of the hardest material.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: NR
March 22, 2021

I appreciated how Prof. Rombes emphasized asking questions during class and engaging with others on Campuswire, which really helped me understand the material and made me feel comfortable in the class. He really tries to focus on being clear and tends to go slower than most other professors in order to answer everyone's questions. I felt the homework and exams were pretty fair but they could often be quite challenging and time-consuming. However I think the professor made a good amount of accommodations to make this reasonable, like making the exams 24 hr and all weighted the same (no curve though). Definitely would take a class with this professor again, if this wasn't my last physics class at UCLA.

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 20, 2021

Prof Rombes is hands down the best physics instructor I've had at UCLA. He makes sure to answer all of students' questions during lecture, and is very good at communicating difficult concepts. Tests and the final are reasonable, and you'll be fine as long as you paid attention in class. 10/10 would take again!

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PHYSICS 1C
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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A
March 29, 2021

Professor Rombes is the best professor I have had at UCLA so far!!! He truly cares about his students' learning, and his love for physics is evident in every lecture. I would highly highly recommend taking a class with him if you are able!

Some logistical info on the class: attendance was not required for lecture but required for discussion. Lectures were recorded. We had one problem set each week due on gradescope (with one random question graded for accuracy and the rest on effort) and one discussion worksheet due at the end of the day of your discussion (graded on completion). There were two midterms and one final, all 24 hours. The exams were hard but doable, and the problem sets were great practice for the exams. Rombes used campuswire for Q&A, and you received extra credit based on how much you participated in campuswire. Rombes was also super active on campuswire, so you're questions were always answered very quickly.

Again, I highly recommend this prof!!

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PHYSICS 1C
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B
March 31, 2021

I was considering dropping this class due to how tough it was at the start. The first midterm was really difficult but the professor adjusted the second midterm and final to be more reasonable in difficulty, which is what really saved me. After being able to pass this class with a B, it's very clear to me that the professor cares a lot about student learning and isn't just trying to make the course excessively hard. CampusWire is utilized and is extremely helpful in this course. Extra credit is awarded. Discussion section attendance is encouraged and it's basically free points toward your grade. Overall, I really enjoyed the second half of the course and love the way the professor teaches. As someone with no physics experience outside of UCLA, I came to Bruinwalk for help deciding whether to take this course. Many people make it seem like this course is a cakewalk, but it really isn't unless you have a solid physics background. In the end, I was still able to complete the last of my physics courses and am glad I chose this professor.

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PHYSICS 5A
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
July 13, 2022

I absolutely love the 5 series with Rombes. The labs are graded on completion, and if they say it's somewhat on correctness you'll get full points if you put in some effort. The mastering physics homework are nothing like the exams, so just try and get those over with for free points. Discussion is graded on completion/effort so just turn that in for points as well. Now for the midterms, just make sure you have an equation sheet ready. His exams are conceptual and I found them so much easier and predictable than other professors. Just study True/False questions, basic calculation questions on main topics (i.e. projectile motion and pulleys for 5A, or parallel-plate capacitors and circuits for 5C), and drawing diagrams (i.e. which way the net force points) and you'll be okay. If you can do good on the midterms, you'll need at most a B- on the final to get a solid A in the class, which happened to me for both 5A and 5C.

Lectures are decent and you can study off the slide or Pearson textbook. You get the option to take the exams online or in-person, and it's all open note <3. Take Rombes for easy physics life.

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PHYSICS 1B
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2021
Grade: A
June 27, 2021

Professor Rombes recently finished his PHD at UCLA so he's pretty excited to teach and its very noticeable. His lectures are straightforward and easy to comprehend. He breaks down concepts for the students to understand easily and goes through examples problems in class step by step. Everything about this class is perfect (there's even extra credit), except for his exams. He mentioned in class due to the nature of online learning his exams must be hard because they are open book and open internet. His exams are definitely challenging but not impossible, and often times you can find intuition for the solutions online, but you really need to test your knowledge of physics to get it right. If you put the work in and study well, a B and above is very doable, but I would say getting an A is quite challenging and not guaranteed. The grading is good though, and you get lots of point just for showing some work.

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