Fall 2020 - Vijay Gupta will take you on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the quarter. He started off weak by drawing 18 "arbitrary potatoes" the first lecture confusing the whole class. But then the next 5 weeks were hella solid imo and he taught the concepts pretty well. Right before the first midterm he'll tangent and tell you how he solved a murder trial using the strength of a bottle of wine which was dope, but then you'll get a 70 on the first midterm because its super hard. Then he'll teach super well again and surprise you with a week 10 midterm making you wanna cry. But then the midterm is super easy and all 3 problems are straight from lecture! You'll get a 90 something because all my homies hate algebra and start studying for the final. THEN the night before the final he'll tell everyone to check CCLE for a Christmas miracle and he gave everyone A's to B+'s and changed the final to be one question and if you get a 50% you get an A. Somehow not turning in a HW and getting a 70 on the first midterm got me an A. This man works in mysterious ways and I love him. If you get this silver fox as your prof, it'll all work out, just your mental health may take a slight toll.
Gupta is a really, really good teacher. I took 101 with Mal and didn't understand anything despite getting an A so I took Gupta for 156A and I have to say he teaches very very well and I understand everything that he taught. my only beef with him is that he doesn't derive any equations but he expects you to know the assumptions made during the derivation. he gave two midterms and they were both from his in class examples and homework. he said the final would be hard but it wasn't really. it was harder than the midterms (definitely) but it wasn't impossible. he's kinda arrogant though and is always bragging about how smart he is and how much money he makes consulting. but he has good stories that are related to solid mechanics. he also brought up stories about how when he was our age they had to use recycled paper and ink and how it was horrible and how they used these plastic bags and it was so hot and he had to walk like a long way home so the handles would creep and like break. idk he was short of telling us he walked uphill to school both ways in snow (it probably doesn't snow in india but I am not sure). PS:I wanted to review him before I got my grade so that it doesn't influence my review (although if he gives me a B consider this review void and replace it with "HE SUCKS")