Wake up. Seriously, WAKE UP. (Scheduling for Telebears, Part II–Physics)

Posted by: Avinash on Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

I used to think I wanted to be a physics major, but that was before I realized several things about college.
(1) If you want to have fun with women consistently, you need to stay up later coddling them.
(2) Physics classes are always scheduled between 8 and 11 am. (Unless you’re in one of the feeder 8A/B & 10 classes. Burn in hell.)
(3) Result: 70 percent of physics classes missed? Yeah, forget about that.

So if you’re an early riser, the physics major path is to you. And hopefully your professors are palatable. Let the students give you some insight to them.

Physics 7A
Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 1 (Chaps 1-20) (4th Edition)
Alex Zettl, MWF 8-9, 1 LeConte
“Best handwriting out of any professor I’ve had…His demos are pretty cool. You don’t need to read the book too much if you go to lecture… he goes over material nice and slow and has one of the most presentable drawings and handwriting i’ve seen in years…Midterms were ok but the final was pretty hard…just work, and you’ll do fine.”
R Ramesh, TuTh 2-330, 1 LeConte
“Although he’s a really nice guy when you talk to him in person, his lectures are not too useful…Cool teacher, but does not go into details…He lets his GSIs make up the exams, so some of the questions are quite random and unpredictable…Great personality, terrible teacher.”
Physics H7A
Richard Marrus, TuTh 930-11, 2 LeConte
An Introduction To MechanicsVibrations and Waves (M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series)
“He was a decent teacher, but if you asked a good question, his response during class was usually “you don’t want to ask that”…He wants to teach the class, but he has difficulty coming down to the students level…the materials are simply too difficult and too much to handle in short amount of time.”

Physics 7B
Physics for Scientists and Engineers (3rd Edition)
Jan Liphardt, MWF 11-12, 1 LeConte
“Stopped going to lecture pretty quickly, since long derivations in class are somewhat pointless…This is one prof who can’t stop talking, then leaves right after class is over… is very smart and people like me have a hard time keeping up with what he is saying…I don’t know why people have problems with his quirks, I’ve had far worse professors.”
Adrian Lee, TuTh 8-930, 1 LeConte

“He made a potentially difficult class very reasonable and very interesting…reading the book is very important to follow him through some of the harder materials…challenging but fair tests, sometimes not great at explaining more difficult material…Like a big, warm, cuddly, physics teaching teddy bear.”
Xiaosheng Huang, TuTh 11-1230, 1 LeConte (No data available)

H7B: Irfan Siddiqi, MWF 9-10, 2 LeConte
Electricity and Magnetism, Vol. II
“Good professor. Follows the material in the book and explains it very well.”

Physics 7C
Physics for Scientists and Engineers (3rd Edition)Modern Physics
Mina Aganagic, TuTh 2-330, 4 LeConte
“Not the best lecturer, but it is worth going to class because Mina is pretty hot…She is very helpful in office hours…She seems to be new to lecturing and stutters a lot tho. Prolly needs more practice and/or confidence….Lectures can get a bit wordy but still interesting and cover the material well…the best part, though, is that she is totally cute. I’m in love.”
H7C: Yury Kolomensky, TuTh 930-11, 3 LeConte
Optics (4th Edition)Modern Physics
“Definitely a nice guy, but his teaching, especially lectures, are totally unclear, disorganized, and confusing…His accent is thick and he mumbles…he may be the most helpful prof I’ve had at Cal…Yury is badass. If you don’t believe me, you suck.”

Physics 8A
Michael Deweese, MWF 3-4 , 1 Pimentel (post-doc, no information available)
Robert Jacobsen, TuTh 11-1230, 1 Pimentel
Essential University Physics (MasteringPhysics Series)
“First midterm was pretty easy, second was pretty easy, when i saw the final, i knew my A was flying away…fell asleep in every single lecture…Go to office hours if you have any questions at all, he’s totaly awesome…Conceptual, or at least he thinks he is. Homework completely unrelated to test, at most one problem…You might like him. Maybe. I didn’t really.”

Physics 8B
Marjorie Shapiro, MWF 3-4, 1 LeConte & TuTh 1230-2, 1 Pimentel (This teacher hasn’t taught in forever. She was department head, so I guess that’s good. No idea what her ratings are.)
Essential University Physics (MasteringPhysics Series)

Physics C10
Richard Muller, TuTh 930-11, 1 Pimentel
Physics for future Presidents, Fall 2007 edition
“I changed my major from polisci to engineering after taking Physics 10…He really loves what he does and it shows in his lectures…muller’s lectures are very entertaining, and you only need to attend on quiz days b/c the lectures are webcast…Muller is the Grandpa i always wanted…This is the best class I have had at Cal.”

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