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PHYS 121

Grade Received: A

posted 2018

Professor Douglas is a really cool guy. He's extremely bright and his humor is so great ( dry and sarcastic). If you want the A Just pay attention in class, really do the homework, and go to a shit ton of office hours. Yes, the lectures can be tough to follow and fast-paced but thats the nature of the class. At the end of this class I found myself really enjoying physics and liking the math behind the curriculum. Take advantage of his office hours, its a good place to get your homework done and fix any confusions you have about the curriculum.

polyratings post

PHYS 121

Grade Received: B

posted 2018

Andrew Douglas is a very nice guy. If you go to office hours, he will help you a lot. HOWEVER, his homework problems are extremely unfair. I went to study sessions and countless tutors on top of office hours, and no one could help me. Everyone told me that they had never seen his problems before. I do not recommend taking his class unless you already have a clear understanding of physics because he curves the class in the end A LOT (everyone got curved up 9-10%).

polyratings post

PHYS 121

Grade Received: C

posted 2018

Honestly I was dumb enough to take this class for fun as a GE when it has nothing to do with my major, and my GPA paid for it. Douglas is cool because he lets your final replace your lowest midterm, and if you go to office hours, he's helpful. Unfortunately his office hours are dominated by students in his other classes, so it was hard to get help. Also he didn't use a book (which I thought would be a plus because the book was supposed to be super expensive), so all we had to go off of was the notes in class. To give you an idea of how hard the class was: at the end of the quarter he had to curve it 9% to make it fair. With the curve I went from a 70% to a 79%, so that was nice of him, but the stress during the quarter was horrible because no one could help me with his weird homework and test problems. Not my engineer friends, not by family with physics minors, not even the Cal Poly tutors or TAs. Word to the wise: choose your physics professor carefully, and don't just take it because you used to watch Mythbusters and thought it would be fun.

polyratings post

PHYS 121

Grade Received: B

posted 2018

Douglas was a very nice and understanding guy. His homework assignments took FOREVER and his lecture was just him teaching you through working out problems. His midterms where way harder than any problems we had during homework but where fairly similar to lecture examples. If you go to every lecture and go over homework problems with him you will get everything you need to know and do well.

polyratings post

PHYS 122

Grade Received: A

posted 2018

I would 10/10 recommend taking physics 122 with Professor Douglas! He is probably one of the most caring and dedicated teachers I have had at Cal Poly thus far. If you are looking for an easy A, this is probably not the class you are looking for. The tests are fairly challenging and so are his homework problems (But he does replace your lowest midterm with your final exam grade if it is higher, and you can take in your own equation sheet as long as it doesn't have any additional formulas on it!). This being said, if you put the time and energy in to this class you will 100% get what you put in to it. Douglas is the ONLY teacher I know who scheduled his office hours for an hour and a half every day of the week. He even offered a few five hour study sessions the weekend before the final. Another plus to taking Douglas's class is he doesn't believe in giving out "minus" grades, so if you earn and 80 or a 90 that is an A or a B. A few things I disliked about Douglas's teaching style were the derivations. Personally, unless we are required to know the derivation, I didn't want to see it. Do ASK in class if you are required to know certain derivations, because there are a few you ARE required to know. My overall experience taking Douglas's class was a positive one! If you put the effort in and go to office hours Douglas will help you through the challenging material. If you are a regular at his office hours, you will start to see the really funny, personable and caring side of Douglas. This class is not the easiest, but it will probably be the best physics class you ever take if you give it a chance and put lots of effort in!

polyratings post

PHYS 132

Grade Received: A

posted 2018

This was a great physics professor. He spent a good amount of time in lecture deriving equations and such but for good reason. He kept class upbeat and light with funny examples and was very accommodating if you are to go to office hours. 10/10 would recommend.

polyratings post

PHYS 132

Grade Received: A

posted 2018

Douglas is honestly a great physics teacher. His midterms and final are pretty hard, but they come exactly from the homework...which is online...with unlimited tries. So if you make sure you understand the homework and redo all the problems before the test you will ace it. Also, GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS. He's such a chill dude. He lets you just do homework there, so you can do your work and ask questions as they come up. Also, he dropped the lowest midterm which was nice.

polyratings post

PHYS 132

Grade Received: B

posted 2018

Not gonna lie, this class was a lot of work but definitely worth it. Professor Douglas has a deep passion for the subject, and definitely knows what he is talking about (unlike some other unnamed professors who get lost in their own lectures). The fact that he goes out of his way and tangents to answer people's questions makes him one of the more qualified professors at Cal Poly. That said, Physics II can be confusing. On top of that, his homework assignments (now self-made and not through Mastering Physics) and his exams are both super hard. However, he truly cares about the success of every single one of his students. Whether during office hours or in class, Professor Douglas is always available to help you answer questions. If you're someone who actually cares about learning and not just about the grade you get from the class, take Professor Douglas. Also, ask him about his experience on Florida roads.

polyratings post

PHYS 122

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

I don’t yet know what my final grade is for the course yet, in an attempt to be somewhat unbiased. I decided to take Douglas based on the glowing reviews people have given him, and I can now say there are few, if any, worse decisions I have made in my life. He’s an awful lecturer, he gets lost in thought and uses really convoluted explanations to attempt to answer questions, only confusing students more. Instead of doing examples to further understanding, he insists on wasting class time by deriving many of the formulas, even though it’s not a calculus based physics class. It’s clear he’s extremely intelligent, he just cannot relate the material to students that don’t have experience in higher level physics. Honestly, I think this class bores him, so he doesn’t care to teach it well. The first midterm class average was 62%. He isn’t even going to get through all of the lecture material by the end of the quarter, and has said several times that he “doesn’t really care how we end up doing in the class”. He won’t use the book, so the only source of practice is his strange homework assignments that he makes up himself, but doesn’t teach anyone how to actually do. They say hindsight is 20/20, but if I had to do this again (and I might have to do this again...) I would definitely pick Saunders.

polyratings post

PHYS 132

Grade Received: unknown

posted 2018

I am halfway through the quarter currently and this guy hasn't thoroughly explained anything. All he does is derive equations, you get lucky to see an example, and then he moves on. He doesn't check for any understanding, doesn't care how the class responds to anything he does, he doesn't talk to the class at all, and sucks at explaining things when you ask him questions. He also mumbles the whole time and his slideshows look like they are written 15 min before class, which he is usually late to, so you can't ask him about hw questions. Now, on to his hw and his equation sheet. The equation sheet is awful and doesn't flow at all. It looks like a grenade went off with all the equations in the middle, and his hw is extremely hard and you probably won't understand what's happening because he hasn't shown any examples and doesn't post any solutions to the hw to learn off of. You better be really good at physics prior to coming into this class to do well. I don't expect to learn anything in this class and that's a bummer.