Ratings for Marcus, P S
Based on 18 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: Not the worst professor Berkeley has to offer, but not really good. Personally i don't feel as though i have gained much knowledge of fluids out of this course and most of what i did gain was thanks to the GSI. Very confusing lectures and very hard exams. average on each midterms was below 50%. Assignments fairly hard.
Submitted July 1st, 2016
Comment: Marcus is very eccentric. Compared to what appears in exams of other professors who've also taught this class his focus on certain topics is very different. The exams makes you definitely think on your feet, which I like as an idea because it makes me learn something over the course of the exam, but terrified me in that I didn't know what to expect. Some homework assignments were pretty tedious
Submitted Oct. 7th, 2014
Comment: He's the kind of off-the-wall professor you go into Berkeley expecting. He knows fluids well and if you do the assignments you'll come out knowing them pretty well, too. His exams suck but they're open everything, so get lots of help from your gsis before then.
Submitted Aug. 18th, 2014
Comment: Assignments are usually completely irrelevant to tests. they were removed as part of the grade half way through the class. the tests were also hit or miss. The best way to describe Marcus is a professor's professor. If you are interested in grad school or becoming a professor or getting your engineering hard on you will like his teaching style and material but for me it sucked and the interest level was non existent.
Submitted Jan. 13th, 2014
Comment: 3 hour tests for 1 hour classes. The beginning of the semester was very well organized, but it tapered off from the middle of the semester and got very disorganized in the end. At the end, lectures devolved into him solving one or two problems for 50 minutes. GSI's make or break your grades here so choose wisely!
Submitted Dec. 27th, 2013
Comment: Lectures were interesting, and class workload was manageable. Marcus is pretty helpful during office hours, and willing to give 1-on-1 attention. Exams were kind of tricky, but curved anyway.
Submitted Jan. 11th, 2013
Comment: Overall the class is fairly manageable. Marcus seems genuinely enthusiastic about the subject, but seems to cover only three topics: statics, Bernoulli, and control volumes; skipping a large portion of material that should be covered. This may make the coursework and tests easier for some. A drawback is that his homework and test questions can be very lengthy; you sometimes need to go through page long questions to weed out important information from example setup or story. He is, however, generous in extra credit; he offered a homework of one question after each midterm that almost resulted in full credit on the exams. This, however, essentially messed up the curve.
Submitted Aug. 17th, 2012
Comment: Marcus is crazy and I don't think he taught us mainstream fluid dynamics. In any case, he loves the subject and halfway conveys it to us. His assignments are unique and he has a generous curve
Submitted May 22nd, 2012