Ratings for Charman, A

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 137A, Fall 2014)
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Comment: Charman is the kind of professor that makes you rethink your life as you work on his problem sets where each problem goes from part a to part m. The curve is in your favor though.

Submitted April 26th, 2015

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 137A, Fall 2014)
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35
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50

Comment: GSIs: lazy, unorganized, useless. Assignments: weekly horror story. Exams: orthogonal to what you studied. Instructor: meh, though covers like a quarter of 137B in 137A!!!

Submitted Dec. 28th, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 137A, Fall 2014)
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95
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Comment: The problem sets probably took 30+ hours a week. In many situations, I found myself rushing to finish the homework rather than spending enough time to completely learn and understand what I was doing. A pretty good lecturer, and really nice guy in office hours, but there were many problems with this class. First of all, the GSI's were absolutely terrible, lazy, and disorganized. They gave almost no partial credit on exams even when the professor told them to. Problem set grades were not available at convenient times either. The exams were extremely tedious, expect really low averages. We ended up covering a lot of material that would've been covered in 137B, so expect the pace of his lectures to be fast. I highly recommend not taking his class if you are taking 111, as you will actually have no time to do everything.

Submitted Dec. 19th, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 105, Fall 2013)
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50
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100

Comment: Extremely difficult, yet very rewarding if you put in the 30 hours a week for problem sets. Take any class with Charman if you want to learn a lot!

Submitted Aug. 5th, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 112, Spring 2014)
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Comment: Definitely best class I have taken at Berkeley. Charman really put a lot of efforts in his teaching. The class is very demanding, it requires you have true enthusiasm in the subject. But if you put your effort and follow the pace, you will definitely learn a lot. His problem sets can be very long, but the questions are inspiring. The final is extremely hard, I would say the hardest I have had. Also make sure to do his enrichment activity, because this can boost your score a lot due to very low average of the exams.

Submitted July 22nd, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 112, Spring 2014)
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50
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100

Comment: Great instructor for physics 112, but the class is very demanding so you'll need to be somewhat enthusiastic about the subject, which really is interesting. This was my favorite course in the physics dept in 4 years. Homeworks can be (sometimes very) long and challenging, but the problem set is usually quite diverse and interesting. Lectures are very thorough, though sometimes he will cover important points in the blink of an eye. Exams are difficult, especially the final, but Charman's complicated grading system is designed so you will probably get a good grade if you worked hard on the homework. He clearly gave a lot of thought into organizing his lectures, and is open to answering deeper questions about the material. If you do well in the class, I think it's safe to say you've mastered the subject (at the undergrad level and probably a tad more than that).

Submitted June 2nd, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 105, Fall 2013)
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20
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50
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85
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91

Comment: This class is without a doubt the most time-consuming and difficult that I have taken here at Cal. The homeworks are unbelievably lengthy and difficult (normally about 10 required multi-part questions and taking upwards of 20 hours per week) and Charman introduces some notation that is beyond the scope of the class (covariance and contravariance). That being said I learned so much from Prof Charman that I can't honestly be upset with him. He is so passionate about Physics that you get the feeling that the reason he assigned so many problems was because he thought they were all interesting and couldn't choose between them. He has a ton of office hours and even teaches section every other weeks as well. The content covered is pretty cool and you get to solve some pretty interesting mechanics problems. Tests were easier than the homework but extremely long so averages were still under 50%. He gives you opportunity for extra credit with "optional enrichment project" although I'm not sure how much it actually helps. If you are going to take the course from Charman I recommend not taking it with 111 lab as I don't see how you would have time for both.

Submitted April 15th, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 105, Fall 2013)
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27
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41
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78
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84

Comment: Aright so this class is ridiculously time consuming. Of my last semester's 13 units, this class took up about 60% of my time. Problem sets take about a minimum of 20 to 25 hrs to complete (and working with others is pretty much a must). But all of this was for a guy that is average at physics. But, Charman pretty much devotes his time to this class. He loves physics. His homework solutions are 30 pages and are so extensive in that they include every possible way to solve the problems and all theoretical approaches to the problem. He has such a sound knowledge of the material that it's intimidating to ask him questions about it. Also, he taught discussion sections every other week and what other professor does that?!? His exams were definitely pretty hard, but seeing as his problem sets were ridiculous, that's understandable. Averages usually never exceeded 50 %. And the mathematics involved in this class is pretty high level math. Which is why most people take this their senior year second semester. If you put the time this class takes and are enthusiastic about the material, you'll learn so much and probably get a fine grade (he curves the class pretty generously). Good Luck!!

Submitted Jan. 1st, 2014

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 105, Fall 2013)
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27
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54
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68

Comment: I don't really know how to feel...

Submitted Dec. 24th, 2013

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Charman, A (PHYSICS 139, Spring 2013)
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100
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Comment: I really liked Charman (affectionately known as Charmander by all) as a professor. We spent a great deal of time in lecture just talking about G.R. concepts and answering questions (fun fact - one of your dimensions of time becomes a dimension of space after crossing an event horizon!). His homeworks are long, but doable if you collaborate with others. Tests are generally more straightforward than homeworks (though very, very long), and are fine if you thouroughly understand the easier homework questions. Plus, he curves the class very well. Overall, a very passionate and engaging professor, who is worth the work of the class.

Submitted June 27th, 2013