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Rombes is okay. He's an okay lecturer but I found myself fighting for my life to stay awake in lecture. Professor usually just reads off his slides but I learn better in person so I made sure to go. 5A content was so uninteresting to me so I found it hard to study/pay attention in this class. Exams were fair but I found the final to be harder. One thing I will say is that he is really responsive to his students. He had a really hard problem on our first midterm and after everyone told him how difficult it was he made the TAs grade it really fairly. Since I didn't find the first midterm too difficult I didn't study as hard as for the second one and my grade reflected it. It does suck that even missing partial points on problems can significantly drop your grade. He also doesn't round so if you're at a 89.9 you're fucked.
Starting the Physics series was super scary for me. I'd never taken physics before and was nervous based on everyone elses experiences with Physics. However, I think it was pretty fair. Rombes was extremely approachable and was pretty responsive to his students. The only funky thing was his grading, on the first midterm we were graded very leniently but it changed after the second midterm. but overall he was a really nice professor!
One note though was discussion. It was honestly really helpful, but Hui was the worst TA. He was mean, unapproachable, and I literally dreaded when he would enter our breakout room. But our LA Nathan was extremely helpful and honestly was our TA for that discussion section
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.
I thought Rombes did a good job with this class -- historically I've heard that the Physics department at UCLA sucked and people struggled to pass, but I thought that Rombes was super approachable and actually cared about student learning. He offered exams to either be taken in person or on Zoom, and the questions were reasonable. When students thought a question was hard, he was very lenient with partial credit! Our mastering physics had unlimited tries for 5A, but he changed it to 5 tries when I took 5C with him. Overall would recommend his class!
Dr. Rombes is very approachable, and I felt comfortable asking questions in his class. His lectures were clear, and I was able to understand the concepts even having never taken a physics class in my life. The mastering physics was challenging at times, but I felt that the problems definitely helped me learn the material better, and high activity from the class on campuswire allowed me to get help on problems I was stuck on. The midterms and final were also pretty challenging, but the lectures prepare you well for them. This is a good class to take if you're like me and have never taken physics before.