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[Phys C1292] General Physics Lab II

May 19, 2009

Yoon, Tae (TA)
[Phys C1292] General Physics Lab II

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Avoid him like the plague. He makes a seemingly easy 1 credit course into a nightmare. He can't speak clear english, you never know what he expects from you on each lab even if you talk to him one on one, and you never know why you got the grade that you did. He seems to give grades at random and never explains how and why you got a 3.5/5 whereas your buddy got a 3/5. This means that you don't know how to improve from one week to another because the expectations are always unclear and vague.

Every week at least 1 pissed off student tried arguing with him over his retarded grading method but failed miserably. His grading is very harsh and chances are you won't get an A (Most of the class doesn't) in the class.

Email the department and ask which TA you have been assigned to before the first week of class, if it's him, ask for a change or you'll end up pissed off and depressed for weeks to come.

Workload:

Lab report to be handed in at the end of the class if only you can figure out what he wants you to write in it. A single word could mean the difference between a 3 and a 4. He's that anal.

May 13, 2007

Hughes, Emlyn
[Phys C1292] General Physics Lab II

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Okay so here it goes. I got an A- in the class, so mind you, even though I am bitter, it is not because I wasn't satisfied with my grade.

Professor Hughes was a HORRIBLE professor.

He never wanted to be there. He told us he only came to Columbia because he wanted to shorten his commute to Geneva for his research.

For our first practice mid term, he gave us another classes exam. On it was material we had never even covered. So the weekend before, while I should have been studying for stuff that was on the exam, I spent 50 bucks with a tutor and a couple of hours learning new material, only to discover on Monday morning that none of it was relevant to the test.

The tests are VERY difficult. The average was 50 for both midterms and a 56 for the final.

Obviously, the curve fared well for those who could keep above it even by just a little.

But the work load is enormous. You'll either have to spend three hours a week in reciatation to figure the problems out, or hire a tutor. The problems and VERY heavily calculus based.

The physics II material is difficult. But instead of using the whole class to teach, professor Hughes would just seem to wing a lecture it seemed he hadn't looked at since he last taught at Cal Tech. And he would even end class early. Many time he said, "You're just not going to get this." or "Just stare at it if you don't get it."
One time when I asked him a question, his response was, "That's just the way it is." and then he turned around and walked away.

Don't get me wrong. He's a nice man. But a horrible professor. He clearly has NO desire to be teaching.

Workload:

Fairly heavy. The homework takes a long time, and is very calculus heavy. Sometimes it even throws the grad students for a loop. The material is challenging, but you can master it. What's most difficult is the ammount of material for the cumulative final.

April 12, 2004

Tuts, Michael Silver_nugget
[PHYS C1291] General Physics Lab I and [Phys C1292] General Physics Lab II

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What to say about Professor Tuts. I will say that he is a good lecturer, I absolutely hate physics but Professor Tuts was able to make the class fly by with his little jokes about his bald spot and whatnot. In the beginning of the semester, I actually believed that he was probably the greatest science professor I ever had because for someone having 2 Ph D's, is a graduate of MIT, and is a brilliant physicist, he was able to "dumb" down the material and present physics on a level that everyone could understand, which for someone like me, was great. All the changed after our first exam, which was brutal. No matter how hard you study, do practice problems and ace the problem sets, you will not be prepared for the exam. The exams are so beyond the scope of the course that you will feel like you're a moron and have no right to either be a science major or a pre - med. And Professor Tuts seems to take the stance that we are a bunch of retards, even though most people that I know in the class, know and understand physics (including myself) but can't do his exams. That's just plain unfair. This year, his exams were brutal in comparison to the past two years. Also, just one side note, when the TA's look at the exam and can't do the problems, something is wrong.

Though I have to say, Tuts is very generous when it comes to grades and even if you score about 15 to 20 points below the mean, you still have a B-, which is nice and I do feel that I am prepared for the MCAT because I've suffered through his "Physics Olympics" exams and MCAT physics is not bad when compared to Tuts. Also, Tuts is willing to hold office hours and I hear he is very helpful, but Tuts is also aloof and a bit of an ass. He once looked through a student's test after the student handed it in, and laughed at it, which I thought was pretty cruel. If you're really good at physics or totally clueless like me, I think Tuts is a good match because his explanations and derivations are very clear but be prepared to be a little sore after the exams are over.

Workload:

Annoying: There are problem sets every week, some very difficult and long and others are short. 2 exams and 1 final.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II 2012 Summer / 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II 2012 Summer / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 1:00- 4:00 PM 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 1:00- 4:00 PM 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 7:30-10:30 PM 5
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 4:10- 7:10 PM 4
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring F / 1:00- 4:00 PM 25
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring R / 7:30-10:30 PM 23
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring R / 4:10- 7:10 PM 22
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring R / 4:10- 7:10 PM 21
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring R / 1:00- 4:00 PM 20
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring R / 1:00- 4:00 PM 19
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring W / 7:30-10:30 PM 17
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring W / 4:10- 7:10 PM 16
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring W / 4:10- 7:10 PM 15
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring W / 1:00- 4:00 PM 14
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring W / 1:00- 4:00 PM 13
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring T / 7:30-10:30 PM 11
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring T / 4:10- 7:10 PM 10
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring T / 4:10- 7:10 PM 9
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring T / 1:00- 4:00 PM 8
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring T / 1:00- 4:00 PM 7
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 7:30-10:30 PM 6
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Giuseppina Cambareri 2012 Spring M / 4:10- 7:10 PM 3
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Michael Shaevitz 2010 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory John Parsons 2010 Spring / 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II Joel Gersten, Giuseppina Cambareri 2010 Summer / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II Joel Gersten, Giuseppina Cambareri 2010 Summer / 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2010 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Michael Shaevitz 2009 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II: Gen Physics Lab, II Joel Gersten 2009 Summer / 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II: Gen Physics Lab, II Joel Gersten 2009 Summer / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II Joel Gersten, Giuseppina Cambareri 2009 Summer / 2
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS S1292: General Physics Lab II Joel Gersten, Giuseppina Cambareri 2009 Summer / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2009 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2008 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Emlyn Hughes 2008 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2007 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Emlyn Hughes 2007 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Allan Blaer 2006 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Allan Blaer 2005 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2005 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory P. Tuts 2004 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick, Giuseppina Cambareri 2004 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Michael Tuts 2003 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2003 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2002 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Joel Gersten 2002 Fall / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Michael Tuts 2002 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS W1292: General Physics II Laboratory Joel Gersten 2001 Fall / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS F1292: General Physics II Laboratory Burton Budick 2001 Spring / 1
PHYS / PHYS PHYS PHYS V1292: General Physics II Laboratory Frank Sciulli 2001 Spring / 1