Stuart Brown

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PHYSICS 1C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.8

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For Physics 1A, I had Mostafa El Alaoui-Nice guy, but with his overuse of examples ("Here is an example...Here is an example...etc, etc.) I barely got anything out of the class.

For 1B, I had Ni Ni, and oh dear, at least El Alaoui's accent was understandable. That said, I did learn more in 1B (not hard to achieve) but she was not a good professor.

Just as I thought it couldn't get worse, I was right-it didn't.

Brown is a decent professor. Not bad, like my two previous ones, but he's certainly no master at explaining concepts really clearly. Since he teaches mostly upper divs and is somewhat scatterbrained, he finds it difficult to phrase some concepts in class, but to his credit, he eventually does this in an understandable way most of the time.

The class is mostly concept based, and the Mastering Physics homework is easy gimme points -16 tries!

Both midterms, in retrospect were fair in content but the second one was much more time constrained (even though I did better on that one).

My recommendations are to follow his study guide, but beware-he has two sections-1) Concepts, defintions, equations (stuff you MUST know) 2) Concept keywords (he says to just have a feel of what these mean, but this is not always the case. For the second midterm, he didn't put the formulas for inductance, reactance, etc. in the first section-he put it in the second, but we still had to use those equations).

I never went to office hours, so I can't comment on that. Overall though, he gets the job done in an acceptable manner. I got a B+, and had I done better on the first midterm, I would have gotten at least an A-. He posts distributions for all exams, so I know that I am happy with how I did on midterm 2 and the final.

Another recommendation-when he gives you a problem, don't overthink it. Some questions don't even test your understanding of physics since they are mathematical derivations and manipulations, albeit not complicated ones. Just make sure your derivation is NOT crazy because it won't be that way on the answer sheet. Also look at the geometry of relevant questions (if I take sin theta of this, what do I get, etc). To reiterate, do not overthink because you'll be slapping yourself on the head (not really, but you get what I mean) when you see the solutions. Grading is also not harsh, and if you find a relevant mistake, just write what you want regraded and leave it on the desk during lecture, and Brown will look it over.

If you like learning concepts, not having to do tedious calculations with you TI-83 Plus during an exam, looking at the geometry/trigonometry of problems, and doing some mathematical manipulations, take him. If you like to do hardcore derivations in class and don't care a hoot about learning concepts, then I would look somewhere else. When you're taking his exams, just do not, do not, do not overthink like I did. Then, time constraint will be less, trust me.

(Jan. 8, 2015)
PHYSICS 1CH
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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Professor Brown is really good. His derivations are very clear, and very interesting. The class is by no means easy, but you should do well if you do all the work. The guy is really nice, and he's really willing to talk to students outside of clas. Highly recommended.

(June 15, 2002)
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PHYSICS 5A
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics and Energy See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 4.5 Workload 4.2 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 5.0

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Stuart is one of the few STEM professors I've had who actually seems to care about the students and their understanding of the material as well as their mental health. He was so accommodating and thoughtful. He also offered as many possible ways to get credit on tests (even if your answer was wrong you could get lots of credit from showing work). He was genuinely the sweetest prof. Also, this class was similar to high school physics (not even AP) so it's pretty doable!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
PHYSICS 6B
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.4

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Professor Brown is an awesome teacher for those students who don't mind thinking on a test. Granted, it's not plug and chug nor do you get cheat sheets but it's kept on such a simple level and he tells you what will be on the test before hand. The reason not everyone gets an A is because the tests he makes actually assess whether or not you can apply the material to situations that aren't exactly like HW problems. Overall, I think most people will retain what is learned in his class longer than material learned in other courses due to the fundamental but thorough presentation. Definitely recommend him to those students who want to do minimal work (i.e. no busy work) and can think well (recall + algebraic manipulation) on exams. If you don't like that style look for someone else.
Oh, he's also a really nice guy and cares about learning. Just don't ask him to do an example with numbers because he doesn't believe plug and chug teaches anything that an understanding of the material can't provide.

(March 31, 2002)
PHYSICS 6C
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics See Full Profile

Overall 3.4 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.0 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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(Spring Quarter 2016)
PHYSICS 10
Physics See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 4.2

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I'd have to agree with a previous posting that Brown's teaching style is more complex than it should be for a Physics 10 class. He knows his material and truly cares for his students but it would help if he simplified his explanations a little more. His exams don't correlate very well with his way of teaching so you're better off learning from the book for the midterms and finals. The class overall isn't bad at all and don't worry if you get a low grade on the midterm or final. I barely got more than half right on the first midterm, did good on the second midterm and final and ended up with an A+ in the class. Simply put, Brown is a really nice guy...just put in the effort and it won't be too hard to get an A. =)

(April 2, 2003)
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PHYSICS 112
Thermodynamics Full Profile > 3.6 Overall 2.6 Easiness 2.1 Workload 3.4 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness
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PHYSICS 112
Thermodynamics See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.1 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 4.4

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PHYSICS 117
Electronics for Physics Measurement See Full Profile

Overall 3.7 Easiness 2.2 Workload 1.8 Clarity 3.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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PHYSICS 140B
Properties of Solids See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 1.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 4.8

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Stuart Brown has a nice personality, but his teaching styles are a bit deficient. He is an experimentalist, so he is much more knowledgeable about experimental psychics than theoretical physics. He taught the class with his own handouts, instead of using the book, and there were habitual inconsistencies in the formulation of his formulas in these handouts. Sometimes it seems he would change some notation throughout the prepared paper.

I would really recommend physics students to take the 140B class from a theoretical physicist instead of an experimentalist.

(March 3, 2010)
PHYSICS 180C
Solid-State Laboratory Full Profile > 3.8 Overall 2.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 3.8 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness
Where is my grade :( (March 29, 2015)
PHYSICS 180C
Solid-State Laboratory See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.7 Clarity 3.8 Helpfulness 4.5

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Where is my grade :(

(March 29, 2015)
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