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PHYS 133

Grade Received: F

posted 2017

Professor Carmichael spending the entire class proving equations and telling you what these equations are. THIS IS NOT HELPFUL! He never explains how or when to use these equations he just proves why they exist and then gives you a 13 page equation sheet with all of them on it and expects you to know what you're doing. He is also very disorganized, he takes a long time to grade midterms and never gives back lab reports. He is a horrible lab instructor because he never really explains how to do the labs or gives a layout for what he expects from you and like i mentioned before he never gives back reports so you don't even know how well you're doing. Oh and also something that really frustrated me is that he does not give you a breakdown of how your grade is made up so you have no clue at any point in the class whether you're passing or failing

polyratings post

PHYS 133

Grade Received: B

posted 2017

Carmichael is a great guy. I love his humor and his vast amount of knowledge in sci-fi and physics. He is very energetic and engaging with the class. However, this class is damn difficult. To begin with, he likes derivations and theory. Dont get me wrong, I do love theory and the numbers however, the lack of examples and coherence, can screw you for his exams. If you do not have a solid basis in math, especially in Calc 4 or Linear Algebra, his derivations will not make any sense. His exams are not insanely difficult but can be a pain if you do not study. Personally do ALL the problems he assigns from the book. Read the chapters in detail and again do the book problems. Your grade is based off two midterms and a final. A final that was like his midterms but slightly harder. You can guarantee at least one proof/derivation type problem per exam, so try to pay attention in class. If you like numbers and just want a fun physics teacher, than take this guy. Frankly his polyrating should be higher. May the force be with you.

polyratings post

PHYS 133

Grade Received: A

posted 2017

Well Carmichael is a character and his class was painful af. I do hate physics, yet I'm require to take it as a biochem major (why with all the engineers, god only knows). So his tests were easy as they literally take questions straight from the book. Do the practice problems and study the shit out of them and you'll be fine. However, he's a pretty terrible teacher. He straight up just derives equations the whole time. He does no examples and doesn't talk about concepts AT ALL. I left this class with no understanding of electricity or magnetics. Nonetheless, I did well in the class. The most irritating thing is he will use mathematical methods above the level of math require for the class. I never have and never will take the level of math that he would use. He assumed that since it is a class for engineers and physical scientists that we all knew the Curl Method. However, I am not an engineer and will never take above Calc 3. Thus, I spent multiple class periods copying down notes with literally no idea what the hell he was talking about--something I brought to his attention that he swiftly ignored. If you are willing to read the book, teach yourself, and do the practice problems religiously (or you like/ understand physics), this class is totally fine for you. If you need someone to actually teach you the subject, don't take Carmichael. The only saving grace was that I had lab with Heston who is fantastic. He taught us everything we actually learned in 133.

polyratings post

PHYS 211

Grade Received: A

posted 2017

This was a strange class for myself and i think a lot of other people. Professor Carmichael took a very different approach from the traditional teaching style of other courses that I was more used to, which isn't a bad thing unto itself. What happened was that he would lecture every day and cover the required material for the course, and give a homework assignment either weekly or every other week. There weren't any exams except for the final. The homework assignments were only 2-3 problems each due to the conceptual nature of the course, there wasn't much actual work to be done; it was just understanding the material that's important. However, this placed a very significant weight on the homework and many of the students didn't know what to expect on the final or where they stood academically due to the nature of returning homework assignments. All that aside, i really enjoyed the class as Carmichael is an enjoyable lecture and the lack of quizzes/tests made me feel good about coming to class each day without the stress of performing under pressure. I was able to just relax and listen to him talk about physics, which i would think most students majoring in the sciences would at least find interesting. Despite the lack of consistent work, i would recommend reading the book to fill in the gaps and keep up to date with the lectures.

polyratings post

PHYS 121

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

very nice guy, genuinely cares about his students and wants to make sure everyone understands the material. if you dont understand something do not hesitate to ask and he will not hesitate to clarify, and will hold everything up for as long as it takes for everyone to understand. since he's new you can tell he will do pretty much anything to keep the students happy, he even let us decide when we wanted to have our midterms and quizzes. tests are super straightforward and usually the questions are the exact same as sample problems he'll do in lecture with different numbers. do the homework and ask questions from it in class, if you understand all the homework problems you'll do fine on the test. overall, pretty good professor to have given the lackluster subject matter.

polyratings post

PHYS 122

Grade Received: A

posted 2016

Average at presenting material, great person... the only issue is he's extremely disorganized. His lectures do not reflect his exams. He doesn't always show up to office hours. His exams are pretty disorganized too... For the first one, he forgot to print half the test. For the final, he accidentally put the answer on one of the questions (not like that's an issue, but its amusing). He's a great guy tho and he gets that its a general physics course so he shouldn't make it too hard. BIG TIP: After an exam, go ask him about your test and he usually gives a bunch of points back. I went up an entire letter grade when I asked him about my test lol

polyratings post

PHYS 122

Grade Received: C

posted 2016

Carmichael is good-natured, but the way he caters to students is to let them out of class early, let us decide which weeks we have our midterms, or says how he's sorry he's not at his best, or says he didn't mean to make a test hard. It doesn't help our learning at all to have him say all these things about how he wants to help us but not have any follow-through. He's very disorganized, makes lectures off the top of his head and just spends the whole class proving different equations without practical applications. This was the breakdown of our class grade: 25% x 2 for two midterms, 20% for lab, 30% for the final. No quizzes, and he posts homework but we never go over examples in class. And the homework is often not reflective of his testing style. His tests were very different from each other. He obviously isn't putting enough effort into being an effective and good professor. He wants to, but gets frustrated when people ask him questions (because he can't explain things in a concise way that people understand).

polyratings post

PHYS 122

Grade Received: C

posted 2016

He doesn't give any examples in class about the material. But he clearly states the information he wants you to know. You have to do the homework in order to get any practice. But he takes some exact homework questions and puts them on the midterm. He is super confusing because his first midterm was super easy, but his second one was super hard. So he made the final easier to make up for it. He is a super nice english guy. He isn't a terrible teacher, but if you know of a better one i would take them.

polyratings post

PHYS 132

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2017

THIS IS THE MOST HONEST EVALUATION YOU WILL EVER READ!!!I am currently taking his class and so far, I am thoroughly not enjoying it. We are currently in week 5 of winter quarter, about to take our first midterm in two days. Let me start with the good things about Dr. Carmichael. First off, he is indeed a great guy. He is really fun to listen to in lecture because he obviously loves so much and goes on tangents about how the material even slightly relates to the content. He will give you make-up points for missing an assignment based on how funny and extravagant your excuse is (so get creative) not even for actually doing the missed assignment. He is engaging in the lesson and is a very smart person. He absolutely LOVES physics. Now to the bad... Now, I have a mess room, and I tend to lose things and forget things a lot, but let me tell you, you will NEVER meet a more disorganized person that Dr. Carmichael. Remember how I said we have our first midterm in two days? We only found that out yesterday. We knew it was sometime this week, but he decided to "leave it up to the class" to figure out when we wanted the midterm to be. A week and a half went by without anyone really knowing when it actually was. I finally emailed him telling him that I didn't know when it actually was, and he then sent an email to the whole class informing everyone that it was indeed THREE DAYS FROM THEN!! Very unprofessional. His lectures, while entertaining, are at the speed of light (pun intended). I have no idea how anyone can first of all talk that fast and second of all write that fast on a chalk board and thirdly, do both of those at the same time. He ONLY does proofs of the same equation over and over and will not do a single example problem. Our "practice" are problems that he posts on poly learn with answer guides that use neither any of the equations that he teaches in class or the equations found on his 8 PAGE equation sheet. He does not assign homework for grading. He also does not give quizzes. There is on midterm and one final (from what I understand) that your entire grade is dependent on. I happen to have him in lab as well, and it is the same way. He does not pass back any lab reports so there is no way of knowing if you are doing things right and actually learning the material, or are just getting everything wrong and have no idea and have no chance of passing any sort of evaluation. Oh and he also does not enter them into poly learn either so you don't even know if you have a passing or failing grade in the class at ay moment. To conclude, If you are the kind of person who easily understands concepts and proofs and know how to apply them effortlessly, this is your ideal professor. You will love this class and will thrive. I will give him credit for effectively and clearly explaining these aspects of the course material. HOWEVERIf you are like me and need practice problems and examples and applications i.e. "LEARN BY DOING" (the whole reason any of us are here in the first place) you will hate hate hate hate hate this class. I cannot express this passionate hate enough. I am in utter agony right now in his class. It is nothing against him at all, I just don't learn well with his teaching style. Last quarter, I got an A in Calc IV barely lifting a finger. I know how to study and school correctly, but that professor was my ideal professor. He would introduce a topic and do examples and variations the rest of class. Your decision wether or not to take this is yours alone. I cannot recommend nor advise against him because I don't know your individual learning habits. Read this evaluation carefully, because it is EXACTLY what you will experience. I have no reason to have a positive or negative bias towards him because we are only half way through the quarter. This is the most honest, truthful, and accurate eval. you will ever get on polyratatings. Have a great quarter!!

polyratings post

PHYS 133

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2017

Carmichael seems super pretentious. He likes to show how smart be is. Consequently, all he does is derive equations. All day. In all of his classes. Sometimes he'll be deriving something and at the end he'll say "oh you don't need to know this I was just doing this for fun." I think we've done maybe 2 or 3 example problems total. His midterms weren't exactly hard, just long. I rarely ever finished one. When your grade in the class is based off of 2 midterms and a final, it's a struggle if you're not a fast worker. In the lab, he never really answers your questions well and will leave randomly. Not a fan.