Ravnesh C Amar
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 22 User s
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tough Tests
  • Tolerates Tardiness

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 2, 2020

Professor Amar is a great teacher. He focuses on problem solving in his class and goes over a lot of examples. Pay attention to the examples in class as he doesn't lie when he says they're the same as the exam problems. Homework was fairly simple. Quizzes and exams are a bit difficult and can go a bit fast, but are very doable.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 31, 2020

Professor Amar is a great professor, aside from some common mic problems during the class. He gives fair homework, and his pop quizzes/midterm was quite similar to practice problems done in class. His final was slightly harder, but doable if you've practiced and have paid attention throughout the quarter. Would recommend taking this class with him, but remember to sit towards the front to be more engaged.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 29, 2020

This is one of the better upper div mech e classes that are out there. Sit near the front if you want to actually learn (you won't be able to hear the prof or see the board otherwise). The lectures were REALLY helpful. You don't need to touch the book at all. The prof explains concepts pretty well and goes through enough examples that you should be able to learn most of the material just through going to lecture.
There is weekly homework that is not too hard, but a bit time consuming because you have to follow the professor's format. There are 4 pop quizzes, with the lowest quiz score being dropped. The problems on the quizzes aren't particularly hard, but there is very little time to complete them, so make sure you're up to date with the lecture material (especially the homework problems from the previous week). The midterms have problems that are a bit harder, but there is a lot more time to do them, which makes them not too bad (I think ~80% average for midterm).
Overall, I would really recommend taking the class with this prof. If you sit near the front and pay attention in lecture, this class shouldn't be too bad.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 26, 2020

I really liked this class! Very standard upper div mech e class- homework, one midterm, four pop quizzes (lowest dropped), final. Lectures could be dry and he was a little hard to hear, but I thought he did a really good job of having us work through examples. A lot of my classmates agreed that they didn't have to study very much outside of class and homework, so if you put the work in during lecture, the material wasn't so bad. However, you do have to come to every lecture and pay attention. He gave pop quizzes during lecture that were worth quite a bit of your grade and were definitely difficult. Homework questions were standard, out of the book, but he posts them online so you really don't need the book as long as you take good notes in lecture. Discussion was not mandatory, and they basically went through three or four problems each week. I thought discussion was super helpful and helped me out on the midterms and quizzes. I thought the midterm was very fair. He wasn't very transparent on averages/curves, but I think the average was around a B/C. For the final he liked to find problems that combined all the things we'd learned throughout the quarter. I thought he was a pretty nice guy, but could be a little tough on people who answered wrong or asked bad questions, so come in with a tough skin and don't be too put off if he doesn't respond very nicely. Overall I would recommend him! Especially if you learn best by working through examples.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 20, 2022

Amar is super passionate about the topics in this class and makes it clear why we were learning what we were learning. His lectures were very clear and helpful. The homework he assigned aligned very well with what was on the quizzes and tests. Overall, very solid professor in my opinion.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B
May 5, 2020

Be aware of the other reviews as if you read them they all say what a great professor he is but ONLY IF you're a perfect student (sit at the front, always engaging, going to every office hour etc.).
As someone who doesn't characterises themselves as the teacher's pet, this class is OK at best. His lectures are like watching paint dry and the amount of technical issues with microphones Prof Amar had were staggering. He does go through things in a methodical way but never pays attention to the textbook - good luck trying to use that to help.
His pop quizzes and midterms required far more time to complete than he gave us because of the long-winded method he wanted us to use and the homeworks were very similar. He also likes to think he is teaching the most sacred, important class at UCLA which simply isn't the case which really got on my nerves.
All in all, I wouldn't take this class with this professor. The actual content is fairly interesting but you need a professor who knows how to host engaging, well explained lectures for it to be a good class.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: B+
June 4, 2018

Definitely a very helpful guy if you listen to what he has to say. He is big on the basics and his class helped me get an internship working with turbines.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
May 13, 2017

He is a brilliant professor; take this class if you actually want to learn the material. He explains the concepts really well, if you don't understand it's usually because of the concept itself; for example I still trip about entropy and probably always will. He posts the hmwk problems on CCLE so you really only need the book for the tables. The hmwk doesnt compare to the level of difficulty of questions you have on the midterm. His midterms seem tricky when you're taking it but after you see the solutions you see how simple it really was. Make sure you know how to use the tables and when to apply the right equation he derives for you in class. Also make sure to know your rankine cycle for the final, also know how to calculate the work of the turbine when you reheat the vapor and let it expand again.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: N/A
July 22, 2016

This guy, i have nothing to say because of his age. But even I have to finish this one to graduate and his class is only mae105 offered in ucla. I won't take it

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 19, 2014

Amar is actually very effective at teaching thermo. He lectures really well and does not use the book at all, except for the tables at the back of it. However, he was pretty douchey during lecture, ridiculing students who had legitimate questions. He also expected you to remember everything that he's said since the beginning of the class and gets mad when you don't remember.

The tests are really challenging, so make sure you re-do the homework and do additional practice problems from the book. Pay attention during lecture and write everything down.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A
April 2, 2020

Professor Amar is a great teacher. He focuses on problem solving in his class and goes over a lot of examples. Pay attention to the examples in class as he doesn't lie when he says they're the same as the exam problems. Homework was fairly simple. Quizzes and exams are a bit difficult and can go a bit fast, but are very doable.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 31, 2020

Professor Amar is a great professor, aside from some common mic problems during the class. He gives fair homework, and his pop quizzes/midterm was quite similar to practice problems done in class. His final was slightly harder, but doable if you've practiced and have paid attention throughout the quarter. Would recommend taking this class with him, but remember to sit towards the front to be more engaged.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
March 29, 2020

This is one of the better upper div mech e classes that are out there. Sit near the front if you want to actually learn (you won't be able to hear the prof or see the board otherwise). The lectures were REALLY helpful. You don't need to touch the book at all. The prof explains concepts pretty well and goes through enough examples that you should be able to learn most of the material just through going to lecture.
There is weekly homework that is not too hard, but a bit time consuming because you have to follow the professor's format. There are 4 pop quizzes, with the lowest quiz score being dropped. The problems on the quizzes aren't particularly hard, but there is very little time to complete them, so make sure you're up to date with the lecture material (especially the homework problems from the previous week). The midterms have problems that are a bit harder, but there is a lot more time to do them, which makes them not too bad (I think ~80% average for midterm).
Overall, I would really recommend taking the class with this prof. If you sit near the front and pay attention in lecture, this class shouldn't be too bad.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A-
March 26, 2020

I really liked this class! Very standard upper div mech e class- homework, one midterm, four pop quizzes (lowest dropped), final. Lectures could be dry and he was a little hard to hear, but I thought he did a really good job of having us work through examples. A lot of my classmates agreed that they didn't have to study very much outside of class and homework, so if you put the work in during lecture, the material wasn't so bad. However, you do have to come to every lecture and pay attention. He gave pop quizzes during lecture that were worth quite a bit of your grade and were definitely difficult. Homework questions were standard, out of the book, but he posts them online so you really don't need the book as long as you take good notes in lecture. Discussion was not mandatory, and they basically went through three or four problems each week. I thought discussion was super helpful and helped me out on the midterms and quizzes. I thought the midterm was very fair. He wasn't very transparent on averages/curves, but I think the average was around a B/C. For the final he liked to find problems that combined all the things we'd learned throughout the quarter. I thought he was a pretty nice guy, but could be a little tough on people who answered wrong or asked bad questions, so come in with a tough skin and don't be too put off if he doesn't respond very nicely. Overall I would recommend him! Especially if you learn best by working through examples.

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Quarter: Spring 2022
Grade: A
June 20, 2022

Amar is super passionate about the topics in this class and makes it clear why we were learning what we were learning. His lectures were very clear and helpful. The homework he assigned aligned very well with what was on the quizzes and tests. Overall, very solid professor in my opinion.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: B
May 5, 2020

Be aware of the other reviews as if you read them they all say what a great professor he is but ONLY IF you're a perfect student (sit at the front, always engaging, going to every office hour etc.).
As someone who doesn't characterises themselves as the teacher's pet, this class is OK at best. His lectures are like watching paint dry and the amount of technical issues with microphones Prof Amar had were staggering. He does go through things in a methodical way but never pays attention to the textbook - good luck trying to use that to help.
His pop quizzes and midterms required far more time to complete than he gave us because of the long-winded method he wanted us to use and the homeworks were very similar. He also likes to think he is teaching the most sacred, important class at UCLA which simply isn't the case which really got on my nerves.
All in all, I wouldn't take this class with this professor. The actual content is fairly interesting but you need a professor who knows how to host engaging, well explained lectures for it to be a good class.

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Quarter: Fall 2017
Grade: B+
June 4, 2018

Definitely a very helpful guy if you listen to what he has to say. He is big on the basics and his class helped me get an internship working with turbines.

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Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
May 13, 2017

He is a brilliant professor; take this class if you actually want to learn the material. He explains the concepts really well, if you don't understand it's usually because of the concept itself; for example I still trip about entropy and probably always will. He posts the hmwk problems on CCLE so you really only need the book for the tables. The hmwk doesnt compare to the level of difficulty of questions you have on the midterm. His midterms seem tricky when you're taking it but after you see the solutions you see how simple it really was. Make sure you know how to use the tables and when to apply the right equation he derives for you in class. Also make sure to know your rankine cycle for the final, also know how to calculate the work of the turbine when you reheat the vapor and let it expand again.

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Quarter: Summer 2016
Grade: N/A
July 22, 2016

This guy, i have nothing to say because of his age. But even I have to finish this one to graduate and his class is only mae105 offered in ucla. I won't take it

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Quarter: N/A
Grade: N/A
June 19, 2014

Amar is actually very effective at teaching thermo. He lectures really well and does not use the book at all, except for the tables at the back of it. However, he was pretty douchey during lecture, ridiculing students who had legitimate questions. He also expected you to remember everything that he's said since the beginning of the class and gets mad when you don't remember.

The tests are really challenging, so make sure you re-do the homework and do additional practice problems from the book. Pay attention during lecture and write everything down.

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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 22 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.1 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.8 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.8 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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