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Emaminejad is a good professor. His lectures are clear and the slides are very helpful. The tests were pretty difficult but looked similar to lecture. It's just too bad that semiconductors is a field invented by satan to torment EE students. Nothing about the field is intuitive. There are a bunch of random formulas/graphs and weird chemistry/physics. This class is very similar to ECE 2, so know that it is more of the same. I thought that this course would give me more of an insight and understanding, but I am still confused. Many things from ECE 2 were cleared up but a lot of the new material added to my confusion. I studied it the best I could and did pretty well in the course, but I feel like there is much more for me to learn if I wanted to work in fabrication.
This is a core course and I would recommend taking it with Emaminejad. Other core courses I would recommend are 141 and 101B. There are some much worse core courses and professors that are more worth your two skips.
For this class, it helps to be strong in the material covered in physics 1B for the first half of the course. As long as you do your homework and watch lectures you will do fine in the midterm and the final. The second half of the course was really fun. Using smith chart is like memorizing an algorithm so once you have it down you will be fine. Sam is a really good professor and explains everything thoroughly and clearly if you ask questions during lecture.
Sam is a great professor. He cares a lot about making sure that all of his students fully understand the material. His lectures mainly consist of him teaching from slides, and deriving equations on the slides with chalk on the blackboard. He's not the most engaging lecturer, but he is very responsive and helpful in office hours/outside of lectures.
Homework sets in this class were a mix of book problems and his problems that he created. They didn't take that long in comparison to other EE classes, so outside study is necessary to do well on his tests.
Exams were tough, but not ridiculously tough. If you spend enough time studying, you will find that the questions are very fair. Sam is a very generous grader and takes an improvement score into account. So if you do poorly on his quiz and midterm, but do very well on his final, he will account for that.
All in all, a great professor. One of the better professors in the EE department. I strongly recommend taking 101A with him.
Exam and homework materials require thought and patience, but aren't crazy difficult or barely related to what is taught. Sam uses slides but also writes down derivations and examples, so it's important to follow along. Textbook is also useful, a couple formulas not in the slides can be found there.
E&M is an inherently difficult class. This professor used slides but used examples in solving problems that would eventually be seen in homework and exams. Read the book and attend lecture. Overall great prof for the class and gives good grades.
His the BEST, the class material is tough but he explained everything so well that you don't even need to study after the lectures, the class is based on weekly hws that is straight from the book, a quiz that he said you can determine if you need to drop the class or not based on it, and a midterm and final which is extremely hard but he gives a really good curve at he end
This is a hard class, electromagnetics inherently is, and despite the challenges of 2020 remote learning, Prof Emaminejad was overall pretty good as instructor for this class.
The professor took a full flipped classroom for the first half of the class, recorded lectures to watch and using lecture time as optional office hours/discussion on the lectures.
During the second half of the class as topics became a little more difficult, and we started to go beyond Maxwell's equations, he switched to live lectures.
As a lecturer, he holds up, he lectures fairly well with slides, he generally explains pretty well, my only complaint is that he spent far less time on electromagnetic waves than he should have.
Homeworks are challenging but fair, exams are similarly challenging but fair.
Overall I can recommend this professor for this class.
Professor Emaminejad posted pre-recorded lectures during the first half of the quarter but held live lectures during the second half. Although he is a good lecturer and a successful researcher, it definitely felt like he didn't make enough effort in teaching as he should have. Normal lectures should take around 2 hours but his pre-recorded lectures were only around 40 minutes in length - even though these lectures were pretty concise and well-recorded, I believe he could've made more effort in providing sample problems or go more in-depth on some topics. Other than this, there's actually not much to complain about. He is one of the best EE professors that I've encountered and he explained concepts extremely well. His midterm for this quarter was pretty easy, which may have given people false impressions that the final would be as easy (it wasn't) - however, both exams were still considered generous comparing to my other classes. Looking at previous posts on Bruinwalk, I was expecting a curve on the final, but apparently there wasn't one. The workload for this class is light and the homework problems didn't take long to finish. Overall, I would highly recommend taking this class with him.
This class was pretty ass. The homeworks, quiz, and midterm were all very easy, and most of the class got 90%+ on each. However, the final exam was super difficult -- I'm glad that I took this class P/NP because I got an F on the final. The first 75% of the class is a review of Physics 1C mashed with Math 32B, and the last part of the class is about transmission lines, which are a complete left turn from the previous content. 5/10 class, would not take again with this professor.