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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2014)
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Comment: The man. The myth. The legend. Bob Jacobsen.

Submitted Oct. 10th, 2014

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2014)
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37
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50
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31
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50

Comment: He's a funny, nice, approachable professor. But this class really isn't about him. Your grade is based solely on the labs and final project, during which your GSIs will be walking around helping you. The problem is the materials are very unorganized, and a lot of time goes into figuring out what you're supposed to do. On top of that, the material itself is just time consuming. Have fun!

Submitted Aug. 5th, 2014

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2014)
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100
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100
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Comment: Amazing professor to take BSC with. Extremely helpful in lab and in lecture. When the final projects were due he spent hours in the lab helping people with their work.

Submitted June 18th, 2014

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2014)
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90
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Comment: Bob's a cool professor. Always willing to help you out and very enthusiastic. Although he tries to avoid math and stick to sense which might be annoying to some people. You can't blame him for the assignments because he didn't make them but they are notoriously painstaking. This year the short reports were all changed to lab notes so that saved a huge amount of time. He was extremely generous with the final project and the curve.

Submitted May 29th, 2014

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2014)
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38
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100
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100
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Comment: Physics 111 is a huge time sink. You'll spend a lot of time on assignments. However, the curve is very generous.

Submitted May 27th, 2014

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Jacobsen, R G (L & S C70V, Fall 2013)
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50
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Comment: Professor Jacobsen is a very enthusiastic, humorous lecturer who provides interesting demos to explain some of the concepts he teaches. His homework is easy (yes it's hard to get a perfect score on the writing assignments but he adjusts to the average so it's ok), and the exams are manageable as long as you read the book and take practice quizzes. I didn't really like my GSI, thought he could have handled things better, but the professor himself was easy to talk (although he makes you think) and helpful when I went to his office hours. Only downside was that it was 1.5 hr lecture and I had an 8am class right before it so I usually fell asleep BUT NOT BECAUSE IT WAS BORING... although some lectures were. Overall, very passionate and approachable professor and an interesting, relatively easy class to be in.

Submitted Dec. 29th, 2013

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS C10, Fall 2013)
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Comment: I love Bob! He is really passionate about his students and what he teaches. The class is about basic physics concepts applied to current events and it covers a LOT of material that isn't hard, its just all memorization. The exams consist of a mix between multiple choice and short answer - the short answer questions can be difficult to explain, and the graders were picky on the accuracy of each question. Aside from the exams, I found this class to be really interesting and I learned a lot about physics in the world from it. I would recommend it because it fulfills the physical science breadth, but be prepared to read/memorize a lot of information.

Submitted Dec. 29th, 2013

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS C10, Fall 2013)
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72
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Comment: Jacobsen is a pretty solid teacher. He explains the material well and uses demonstrations to prove his point. The downsides to this class are the article summaries and the short answers on the exams. Do not expect to get higher than a 70% on the article summary portion of the class because of the horrible grading system. Also, the short answers on the exams are graded ridiculously hard. Even if you answer the question right but do not provide every single detail, you get docked lots of points.

Submitted Dec. 29th, 2013

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2013)
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100
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Comment: Most of 111 you really just need to figure out on your own in lab with help from the GSIs so lecture, while entertaining, is largely irrelevant. Fortunately it only meets about 1/3 of the time, most Tuesdays but essentially no Thursdays. In lab Bob is very helpful in asking thought-provoking questions and providing valuable counsel on the special project. It would have been nice if he had been around more, however he had a busy research schedule and was gone a lot for conferences. Grading for the course is sort of a black-box, do your best on everything and show that you care by spending the necessary time in lab and good things will happen.

Submitted Sept. 7th, 2013

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Jacobsen, R G (PHYSICS 111, Spring 2013)
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50
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100
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59
Enthusiasm
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Comment: Phy 111 is more about the lab than the professor. The class takes a lot of time, especially the first couple weeks. Some people would take the class for a couple weeks, do the lab reports, drop the class, then re-enroll the next semester and turn in the old lab reports. The labs get easier after transistors are introduced. There are two lab reports that require peer grading; what matters is your comments on OTHER lab reports, not the ones on your report. I didn't understand this properly the first time and got a D on my report. This ended up dropping me a letter grade in the class. Jacobsen is a really smart professor, but he is sort of a jerk sometimes, especially when he explains something poorly and expects you to believe it, or when he doesn't understand what you're saying and ends up saying the same thing in different words. All in all though, he is very helpful and knowledgeable about electronics, which is important for the final project. As far as daily lab activities go though, he barely comes to the lab, so most of the time you are interacting with the GSIs, not the professor.

Submitted Aug. 22nd, 2013