Vahe Peroomian

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PHYSICS 1A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Mechanics See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.3 Clarity 4.9 Helpfulness 5.0

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You can't really ask for anything more from a professor, he's super nice, very helpful, always available outside the classroom, and his tests are very reasonable as long as you do the work.

(April 7, 2005)
PHYSICS 1B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Oscillations, Waves, Electric and Magnetic Fields See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 4.8

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Peroomian is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. He explains topics really well and always gives tons of examples. The midterms are challenging but they definitely cover the important topics. Still, if you want to learn the material, Peroomian is great at helping.

(Nov. 20, 2001)
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PHYSICS 1C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 2.1 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.7 Helpfulness 4.3

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It’s funny how this professor is rated so highly on bruinwalk. From my experience, and from the classmates I checked with, Peroomian simply doesn’t teach. I learnt absolutely nothing from his class. He regurgitates material directly from the textbook without explaining the key concepts. The examples he goes through in class are alright, but he just copies whatever he worked out beforehand, even the mistakes… meaning to say I have never seen him thinking on his feet or doing an actual analysis of the problem in class. If I were a professor, I would do that only if I’m unfamiliar with my topic and require notes all the time. Asking him questions were a pain; he skirts the question often, and upon being pressed to give a rigorous physics explanation, he simply uses analogies, or resort to the all-encompassing generic answer that things are just the way they are (example, he tried to explain Brewster’s angle in the topic of light, but had to resort to “oh it’s just a behavior of light…”.

Peroomian’s grading was weird. It was a 100% Final; as long as you attempted your midterm, your score for final was yours to keep. If you’ve done well for the midterm and screwed up the final, there’s nothing you can do to bump up your grade to an A, even if it’s borderline for final. And his final was not a walk in the park; you had to study hard for it. I had a few friends who didn’t so well for the final, and missed the A grade by just a bit in the final. They were extremely angry about the unfairness of it all.

In short Peroomian was disappointing, given his rave reviews on bruinwalk. No doubt he’s a great guy, but maybe he’s just not suited for teaching e&m since he has more of an astronomy than a pure physics background. I speak only of what some of my classmates and I have experienced in Physics 1C. The class was horrible for me, and I’m glad it’s over.

(April 11, 2014)
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Nature of Universe See Full Profile

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Life in Universe See Full Profile

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PHYSICS 6A
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Mechanics See Full Profile

Overall 4.7 Easiness 2.7 Workload 2.4 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.1

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Oh my gosh, take him!! He's so nice to everyone. He wants all his students to do well. I really wish I have him for another class!!

His homework isn't that hard since they're just problems from the text book. The midterms and final are easy if you study the HOMEWORK PROBLEMS and PRACTICE TESTS. You study those two things and you're guaranteed to do very well in the class.

(Dec. 20, 2011)
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PHYSICS 6AH
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Statics and Dynamics See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 4.2 Helpfulness 4.5

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Honestly great professor. I got a D on the first midterm, B+ on the second, and A on the final. Got an A in the course. Concerned about his students. Great guy and will listen if you have any problems. Wants you to succeed. Couldn't get any better.

(Dec. 29, 2011)
PHYSICS 6B
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism See Full Profile

Overall 4.6 Easiness 2.4 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.6

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Peroomian really does want everyone to get A's, and formats his course so that this is very possible. All you have to do is learn from his lecture notes, do the homework and the problems from the Sergway book and you will do well. However you have to take into consideration that if the course is extremely easy then you have to do exceptionally better than the curve on most tests in order to get an A. Don't get over confident.

(April 1, 2013)
PHYSICS 6C
Physics for Life Sciences Majors: Light, Fluids, Thermodynamics, Modern Physics See Full Profile

Overall 4.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.6 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.6

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Physics sucks and this guy doesn't make it any easier. He's deceptively hard, and his finals for both 6B and 6C were really difficult. Don't count on doing well on the final. But I don't blame him entirely since I'm so horrible in physics.

(June 26, 2014)
PHYSICS 599
Ph.D. Research and Writing See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.8 Clarity 4.3 Helpfulness 4.5

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I took Astronomy 5.

Awesome professor! He knows his stuff so well, and explains everything in a clear, simple and interesting way. No tricky homework or exam questions. Just have fun!

(Sept. 13, 2013)
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