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I took this class online during summer session A and I felt this class was harder than expected. The exams were timed and closed note and I felt very rushed during them. All of the lectures were pre-recorded which was nice but it definitely went very fast. The labs were time consuming and tedious but that seems to be a trend with the physics 5 series online labs. There is no curve for grades above a C and a 95 was an A. He says that generally 20% of people get an A but he doesn't curve down. First midterm avg was an 88 and second was a 92. I didn't love Professor Waung but his class wasn't terrible.
Professor Waung is a sweet person and a professor who tries to make the lecture engaging by putting some jokes here and there. However, he does not use slides and instead uploads an outline of the notes he will be doing on the black board. The uploaded notes only show the main equations you will use, and not really how he derives the equation. The latter came out twice on two of the three exams, which asked to show how you get to/derived a certain equation. Basically, even though attendance is not graded, he does not upload the work and examples he does on the blackboard. He also tends to go over lecture time by 10 minutes on a regular basis.
He assigns about 12 to 13 homework problems every week, which is due a week later. The homework grade is based on only two out of the total questions assigned from that homework set. However. He does give answers to the even preoblems, and the book gives the answers to the odd problems. There is no need to pay for textbooks.
There were two midterm exams and one final. The midterms were 4 questions with multiple parts, and you must finish it within an hour. The final exam was 8 questions with multiple parts (with one of the questions having up to 5), and you must finish it within 3 hours. The first midterm was harder than the second, having an average of 60%. The second midterm had an average of 80%. I am unsure of the curve or average for the midterm. That said, he curves depending on the grade distribution, of which the first midterm was curved much more generously, where a 30% could warrant you a C. The final was the hardest of the exams and was cumulative. The midterms were not cumulative. He allows one 3"x5" index card for each midterm, and three 3"x5" index cards for the final. They were all in person, unless you had a reason to take a remotely. Regardless, everyone uploads to gradescope (meaning you can take the exam on your tablet if you wish in person).
The lab portion is not graded by the professor, and is separate to the class. The labs and prelabs to me were not as tedious as 5a, and my TA (Hau) seemed pretty chill on grading. Some labs are more extensive than others, but overall were not the worst, and you can leave if you finish early. The prelabs are due an hour before lab, and the labs due 48 hours before the next lab.
The grading breakdown is as follows:
Midterm 1: 20%
Midterm 2: 20%
Overall, he's not the worst professor, but also wasn't the best. His exams seem to be a bit harder than other professors and the curve was the only saving grace for the exams. Although the material was soul sucking, the labs and homework work as a buffer if you do the work and the TA isn't a harsh grader.
Waung uses a blackboard to teach and posts no slides. I went to lecture twice, gave up on that, and read the textbook and used online resources. I got an A on every assignment and exam, so this class is very doable. Waung also curves his tests very heavily.
One issue I had is with Waung's approach to loop rule problems; his exams give you specific instructions about which direction to apply the loop rule and what to call the current in each wire. This made these problems much more difficult than they needed to be; I learned a much easier method from Khan academy and got marked off for using the wrong method. Though I am salty about that, Waung's homework assignments and labs were so low-stress that this class is worth taking if you can study on your own.
I agree with the reviews on here. The class content is fairly straight forward and Dr. Waung does a good job of conveying concepts. I liked the fact that the lectures were recorded and the lecture notes were pre-written. Dr. Waung also posts practice midterms and finals which are fairly accurate with the difficulty of his actual exams. He holds extra office hours before his exams which is very helpful!
This is a review for the summer session during COVID-19. I think this professor is on the stricter side compared to other professors like Bauer, Niemann, or Schriver where 35%-50% of the class gets an A. Be aware that he grades on a bell curve, and we had to get over 95% in order to receive an A in this class. So even though his midterms might seem quite fair, there are really no rooms for any mistakes. For midterms, I suggest you study his notes, those are the things that will be on the exams!! Practice problems (from the textbook) were not that helpful. So focus on just his notes and practice exams. Although I barely got an A, I honestly don't think it was fair for him to grade like that without stating anything on the syllabus. It was quite stressful. The labs were also very time consuming as well.
Disclaimer: I took this online during Covid.
Honestly, I feel like this is one of my favorite classes I've taken at UCLA, which shocks me to say because I'm a life science major and this is a physics class... But I think that speaks volumes of how great Professor Waung is. This is one of those rare classes that was pretty easy but I also feel like I learned a lot. The tests were very straightforward and pretty similar to examples he did in class. One thing that I loved is that Dr. Waung posted photos of all of the textbook problems on CCLE and gave the answers for the even homework problems, so you didn't really need to opt into the online physics textbook and could save money.
Do not take this class. He never mentioned anything about the grading scale on the syllabus (and during class) and just made an A cutoff 94%. I mean usually, an A is 93%, so what would he do that without letting the students know? No extra credits, no room for mistakes. He said the final was 8 problems but he made one problem consisting of 5 conceptual multiple-choice questions, so it was really 12 problems. And of course, not to mention that each question had part (a), (b), and (c)..so expecting us to complete this in 3 hours was a big JOKE. His lecture recordings often went over 50 minutes of the designated class time. Also, he tends to talk a little fast during the lecture, so I was unable to hear his pronunciation at times, which was annoying. Overall, I was clearly able to see that he was NOT accomodating at all in these hard times. I just filed a complaint to the department about his unfair behavior so let's see how it goes.
I really hate physics, but this class was honestly great. I came in with absolutely no knowledge of electricity, and came out feeling like I genuinely understood the content, and wasn't just memorizing facts for an exam. As another reviewer mentioned, Dr. Waung doesn't have slides, but instead lectures in a traditional "write on the blackboard" kind of way, but does give out a notes outline for you to follow along with. If you literally just write down everything he does, you'll do perfectly (and he writes very slowly and very large, so it's easy to follow along). I did little to no studying for this class outside of just doing the homework and a few of his optional practice problems and got As on the exams. The exams were all very fair and had nothing out of left field. He also curved rather generously. Also we were allowed one index card for each midterm, and then three for the final.
Dr. Waung was also just a very pleasant guy! He's like your neighbor from across the street who waves at you while watering the garden. Or like the baker at a donut shop who always knows your usual order. Just overall a nice dude. I definitely recommend taking 5C with him.
I certainly did learn a lot with Professor Waung, but oh my god was this class HARD. The workload was not that bad for the material being compressed into six weeks, but the exams were very difficult. The labs were usually completed fairly quick and the pre labs were fairly simple. The first two midterms taking place in weeks 2 and 4 were ok and had some very difficult questions as well as some easy questions. However, the final was what really got me. The final was three hours long and was composed of around eight questions, however, I feel like the material assigned to help us prepare for the final was not that great. First of all, the practice finals felt too easy compared to the actual final and a lot of the suggested review problems posted were also too easy. The final was SUPER conceptual and caught a lot of students including myself off guard from how difficult it was compared to the previous exams. I would suggest this class and professor if you need to take physics during the summer, however, make sure your understanding of the material is rock solid and don't just have a superficial understanding of it and expect exams to be plug and chug. Good luck!