Transport Phenomena I

Selim Senkan

Transport Phenomena I

Chemical Engineering department

Selim Senkan

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Fall 2014
17.4%
14.5%
11.6%
8.7%
5.8%
2.9%
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Fall 2013
24.1%
20.1%
16.1%
12.1%
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Fall 2012
26.0%
21.7%
17.4%
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Fall 2009
26.7%
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 22, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Had this professor for both ChE 101A and 103. Got an A in both classes, but truly an awful professor. Good guy, and tries to be nice, but is terrible at teaching.

Refuses to post his notes online because he "doesn't want to be held responsible" for errors in his notes, which are every other line. Which is an excuse for the real reason, he doesn't want us spreading his notes online because he hasn't copyrighted his work yet. However, he goes way too fast for you to even catch everything (especially if he's using pdf slides), so make sure to bring a camera and take pictures (he doesn't mind, the whole class was doing it a few weeks in).

He messes up his notation all the time, flips negative and positive signs all over the place, and fails to recognize his errors until he's halfway through a derivation and the terms aren't working out. His homeworks and tests are ridiculously difficult and have absolutely nothing to do with lecture. Homework has nothing to do with the tests or lectures, although he always claims that it does.

Admittedly, the material is difficult and challenging in itself, but Senkan certainly doesn't make it any better. In fact, he makes it more confusing than it should be.

Follow lecture to get the concept question that he always puts on each test. Study his notes until your brain falls out. You'll fail the tests, (averages usually around 50-60) but if you pretty much drill his lecture notes into your brain, you'll still end up doing better than the curve.

The only upside is that he's a fairly nice grader. On tests, the TAs can be pretty nice, although you'll probably still receive low scores. But at the end of the day, everyone I knew who consistently did at least a few points above average on each test ended up with an A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 2, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

First off I'm gonna say I got a B+ and I bombed the final horrible. That being said, hes a great professor. I thought he was very knowledgeable and a very nice guy. He is very fair, in my opinion, in his tests. They are basically questions that will come from his notes. If you didn't study his notes then you will get owned. The reason why I bombed the final was cause of the wretched American Units.

His homework is pretty bad but you gotta get it through your head that you're taking the real chemical engineering courses now. If you think this is hard, wait till you go to heat transfer and mass transfer. And as a response to the getting a cheat sheet on the test, Senkan said that he may give a cheat sheet out if he was using cylindrical coordinates--he didn't, he ended up using Cartesian. Thus its important to go to lecture everyday and take notes like crazy. By far one of my favorite Chemical Engineering teachers at UCLA.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 19, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

This is rare for me, but I'm going to give Senkan an overall positive review, even though I didn't do as fantastic as I would have liked in 101A. His lecture style is well-paced (sorry, if you can't keep up, you're just slow) and engaging. He doesn't ask questions, and does make mistakes, but at this level of mathematics that's expected. He corrects them for the most part, and the TA's clarify things. If you still can't follow the derivations with all that, plus office hours, and the book, you're not going to do well anyways.

The course itself revolves around a few chapters from the Transport Phenomena text, which is covered rigorously. This isn't life science or lower div weeder classes - YOU CANNOT MISS LECTURE and survive. The homework is insane until you get the problem right. Every problem you do will make you hate English or American units (metric for life, eff everything else). No cheat sheet means memorize stuff. Memorize what is covered most in lecture. He talked about the Von Karman momentum balance every day for weeks, so I copied it over and over with a timer until I could do it as fast as possible... and voila, it was on the exam. Time is also a really critical aspect of his exams. Make sure you can do every homework problem FAST. Engineering exams are the fastest two hours of your life.

Overall, decent lecturer, friendly professor, and fairly hard class (we joked that he was sadistic but in the end it's not too bad).

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 10, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Gives ridiculous homework on topics he's never gone over, always makes mistakes on the board as he is writing out derivations. Everyone ends up confused, including himself, and we have to wait as he goes to his notes and rechecks his work. Never take notes in pen. Said there would be equation sheets for midterm, there weren't. Overall pretty unorganized and sloppy professor.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 2, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

good guy. he goes pretty fast during lecture, but knows how to teach. know the lecture material like the back of your hand and you should be good for the exams (though he does throw in some conceptual stuff from the book sometimes, so don't neglect the readings). very helpful during OH too.

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