Ratings for Knobloch, E
Based on 5 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Knobloch is overall, a fantastic professor for the interested student. His lectures are filled with a sort of modest passion (his work is mostly in nonlinear dynamics, after all) and his boardwork is some of the best I've been exposed to and very rarely gets bogged down in algebra & trivialities, while at the same time, emphasizing the important steps crucial to a specific solution. One could (most likely) read the chalkboard alone and get a very good sense of his progression during the lecture. However, do note that he occasionally makes minor errors, which you should look out for in your notes. His problem sets are often quite tricky. While the problems from the book, Taylor's Classical Mechanics (which is a fantastic text) are a very nice difficulty (with the ones towards the end approaching a satisfying level of challenge), they often guide you through the solution. These tend to leave you unprepared for the challenging "Additional Problems" that are on the assignment sheet. While some are much more challenging than others, they are all generally fairly difficult and where one spend the majority of the time in completing his problem sets. When you *do* get them, however, you will be quite satisfied. Note: Knobloch loves small oscillations. Maybe too much. Regardless, get ready to do Taylor expansions for days. In office hours, he is somewhat helpful, though often time his advice is a bit too high-level: the steps that you get stuck on are typically trivial to him, so his explanations aren't especially helpful. That being said, I do recommend talking to him during office hours... the man is very enlightening about physics in the abstract. During lecture (and possibly discussion, if he teaches one, as he did for our class) he will delve into more advanced ideas toward the end of a section... don't worry too much about this stuff, but do take notes. While it may not be on the midterm or final, it will be something that you may learn that other undergraduates don't! Exams are hard. But they are hard for everyone. The distributions were incredibly wide for our exams, with the midterm having a completely flat distribution... Overall, I really liked Knobloch. He wasn't easy, by any means, but I really got a lot out of his class. If you're worried about the GPA pain... this was my first upper division physics class at Cal and I managed to get an A- in the course. I'm not trying to show off or anything (I got average grades on both exams!), but if you put in the time, it will pay off.
Submitted Dec. 20th, 2014
Comment: He's an excellent lecturer, very clear boardwork and works through helpful examples during class. His problem sets and midterm (we only had one in this class) are difficult, but if you wanted easy classes you should have gone to UCLA. He does move very quickly, but I feel like I learned a lot from him.
Submitted April 28th, 2012
Comment: the homework sets are really really long. be prepared to do a lot of work for this class. if you keep up with your reading everything should be fine, but if not, the 8am lecture will not be the best place to see the material for the first time.
Submitted March 5th, 2012
Comment: This class was incredibly demanding and sucked up an absurd amount of time. The homework each week was RIDICULOUSLY long and difficult, and led me to far too many sleepless nights. The professor, Knobloch, also left much to be desired. He sped through the material without ever looking over his shoulder to see if his students were following along.
Submitted Jan. 5th, 2011