William B Wright
Department of Physics
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Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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March 25, 2006

Professor Wright is a very fair grader. He only taught half of the class this quarter due to family emergancy (another physics professor told me that both of his parents died with in a week). During the time he taught the class, he was very approachable when I need help. His exams was very long but straight forward. He has two grading system. One is the one he listed on the course outline. The other is he drops your lowest midterm score and weighted the exam as midterm 30%, and final 50%. You score is the hiher of the two. His lectures are very helpful in understanding the concepts. He also has the neatest handwriting for a guy, so it's very easy to read. His notes are clear and get to the point. Overall, I would recommend him to anyone for this class.

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Feb. 21, 2006

One of the easier Pre-Med course I've taken at UCLA. Very straightforward lectures and exams. He teaches things at a very basic, plug in numbers into equations level (at least when compared to other physics and math classes), but at the same time prepares you to understand concepts. Also, his tests are comparable to the black and blue (easy and medium difficulty) problems in the homework. If you do the homework and understand how to do every homework problem that is assigned, you'll do well in this class.

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Dec. 22, 2005

Professor Wright is a really good guy, like the previous poster wrote, he is in no way out to get you. That being said, if you don't do the work, you will struggle.

The first midterm was fairly straightforward - if you had done the homework it was not difficult to do well.

The second midterm was not impossible, but required a lot more thinking and "applying what we'd learned".. basically just doing the homework was not enough to do well on it, and the class average showed this (I think it was around a 55 or so).

The final was quite long, but was pretty fair. The problems on it were similar to the midterms, with a few difficult sections thrown in. If you had done the homework and understood most of it (not just plugging and chugging), it was alright.

The final curve was very nice, Wright really does his best to treat his students well and will give you the benefit of the doubt, even offering to drop your lower midterm.
A few tips:
-DO THE HOMEWORK! There really isn't too much of it, so try each problem. Also, make sure to look at the keys he later posts, they aren't just the book solutions and he sort of explains each step in them.
-Going to class isn't always essential, but he's a good lecturer with a lot of energy. He also tends to do problems very similar to what will appear on the tests on the board.
-Also, I highly suggest learning any new material you have recently covered just before a test. We didn't have any carnot engines, and only a fairly simple thermodynamics P/V chart on the second midterm, but these were a BIG part of the final.

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Dec. 21, 2005

Professor Wright is the best physics professor I've had for my 3 physics series. He is a good lecturer, and he takes time to explain the concepts. At the beginning of each lecture, he would take about 10 minutes to review what he covered in the last one, just to make sure that we're back on track.

His test problems are fair and definitely not as complicated as the textbook problems he assigns. They are a bit time-pressured, but the cheat sheet he allows helps you a bit (esp. when you're learning Thermodynamic processes and the Carnot engine equations). His second midterm was too difficult, which he later realized and apologized to the class for, so this is not one of those professors who are out there to trick you (he adjusted the grading scale accordingly).

As a life science major, I'm glad to have been able to enjoy at least one physics course because all the other ones just flat-out sucked (e.g. Schlein for 6B).

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June 29, 2005

I'm not much of a physics person, but Wright is a realtively good lecturer. He keeps people interested. His notes are good and he's very approachable, but again as in any physics course, if you don't put the hours in, you just won't get it. Exams were hard, about a 60 mean. Go to lecture, he got fed up one Friday about almost no one coming and gave us one of the questions that would be on the final. Overall, good teacher, hard class.

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March 25, 2006

Professor Wright is a very fair grader. He only taught half of the class this quarter due to family emergancy (another physics professor told me that both of his parents died with in a week). During the time he taught the class, he was very approachable when I need help. His exams was very long but straight forward. He has two grading system. One is the one he listed on the course outline. The other is he drops your lowest midterm score and weighted the exam as midterm 30%, and final 50%. You score is the hiher of the two. His lectures are very helpful in understanding the concepts. He also has the neatest handwriting for a guy, so it's very easy to read. His notes are clear and get to the point. Overall, I would recommend him to anyone for this class.

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Feb. 21, 2006

One of the easier Pre-Med course I've taken at UCLA. Very straightforward lectures and exams. He teaches things at a very basic, plug in numbers into equations level (at least when compared to other physics and math classes), but at the same time prepares you to understand concepts. Also, his tests are comparable to the black and blue (easy and medium difficulty) problems in the homework. If you do the homework and understand how to do every homework problem that is assigned, you'll do well in this class.

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Dec. 22, 2005

Professor Wright is a really good guy, like the previous poster wrote, he is in no way out to get you. That being said, if you don't do the work, you will struggle.

The first midterm was fairly straightforward - if you had done the homework it was not difficult to do well.

The second midterm was not impossible, but required a lot more thinking and "applying what we'd learned".. basically just doing the homework was not enough to do well on it, and the class average showed this (I think it was around a 55 or so).

The final was quite long, but was pretty fair. The problems on it were similar to the midterms, with a few difficult sections thrown in. If you had done the homework and understood most of it (not just plugging and chugging), it was alright.

The final curve was very nice, Wright really does his best to treat his students well and will give you the benefit of the doubt, even offering to drop your lower midterm.
A few tips:
-DO THE HOMEWORK! There really isn't too much of it, so try each problem. Also, make sure to look at the keys he later posts, they aren't just the book solutions and he sort of explains each step in them.
-Going to class isn't always essential, but he's a good lecturer with a lot of energy. He also tends to do problems very similar to what will appear on the tests on the board.
-Also, I highly suggest learning any new material you have recently covered just before a test. We didn't have any carnot engines, and only a fairly simple thermodynamics P/V chart on the second midterm, but these were a BIG part of the final.

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Dec. 21, 2005

Professor Wright is the best physics professor I've had for my 3 physics series. He is a good lecturer, and he takes time to explain the concepts. At the beginning of each lecture, he would take about 10 minutes to review what he covered in the last one, just to make sure that we're back on track.

His test problems are fair and definitely not as complicated as the textbook problems he assigns. They are a bit time-pressured, but the cheat sheet he allows helps you a bit (esp. when you're learning Thermodynamic processes and the Carnot engine equations). His second midterm was too difficult, which he later realized and apologized to the class for, so this is not one of those professors who are out there to trick you (he adjusted the grading scale accordingly).

As a life science major, I'm glad to have been able to enjoy at least one physics course because all the other ones just flat-out sucked (e.g. Schlein for 6B).

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June 29, 2005

I'm not much of a physics person, but Wright is a realtively good lecturer. He keeps people interested. His notes are good and he's very approachable, but again as in any physics course, if you don't put the hours in, you just won't get it. Exams were hard, about a 60 mean. Go to lecture, he got fed up one Friday about almost no one coming and gave us one of the questions that would be on the final. Overall, good teacher, hard class.

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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 10 Users
Easiness 2.2 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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