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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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83
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59
Helpfulness
70
Enthusiasm
80

Comment: First off, this class gets a bad rap because it's often taken concurrently with 137A. During the semester 137A covers 4 chapters and 200 pages while 110A covers 9 chapters and 400 pages. As a result of this, 137A seems better paced and more manageable than 110A regardless of the relative strengths of the professors. This was not an easy class by any means, but the homework was always well-written and fair and lecture normally did a very good job preparing us for it. The first 2 exams were very well-written (although the 2nd was much much too long) while the final was so-so. Damon is great at being available for students in OH however he spends too much time with each individual to actually accommodate the majority of the students who attend. In class he comes off as either very very nice or incredibly fake based on the comments that he makes, some of which are downright hilarious. I'm pretty sure he just cares lots about the students so don't be put off if he says sounds condescending at times because that's not his intent.

Submitted Jan. 21st, 2013

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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77
Exams
68
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
83

Comment: In my opinion one of the best physics professors I've had at Berkeley. The assignments were tricky, but after completing them I felt like I actually learned from doing it. Exams were kind of strange, mostly in terms of grading and point values, but the class was curved anyway. I thought lectures were interesting, and I appreciated the number of examples he'd put up on the board. Professor English was also very accessible through numerous office hours held throughout the week, and he was always helpful and willing to give that 1-on-1 attention during his office hours.

Submitted Jan. 11th, 2013

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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54
Exams
40
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50
Enthusiasm
55

Comment: Not the greatest teacher but not terrible. Homeworks were very challenging, but in a way it was the best way for us to learn. Still does not understand his students wants and needs.

Submitted Dec. 25th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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92
Exams
64
Helpfulness
80
Enthusiasm
87

Comment: Gotta agree with the strange grading of exams - sometimes would change the point values. I'm kind of salty because each time it did not help me - I'm one of those who does track point values and I'd do questions according to the points.

Submitted Dec. 22nd, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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84
Exams
79
Helpfulness
78
Enthusiasm
93

Comment: Excellent professor. A little rough around the edges (sometimes doesn't answer questions well, exams have some weird grading scheme, etc.) but overall is one of the best professors at Berkeley. Very enthusiastic. Highly recommend!

Submitted Dec. 17th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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100
Exams
61
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: His assignments were tough but very helpful. After I finished the homework, I could look back at it and feel like I got a better understanding of the concepts (oh so slightly). I always worked with a regular group so I can't imagine having done this class alone without the collaboration of my colleagues. I found him very enthusiastic, though I found it detrimental at times in office hours. His one hour office hour may be spent only working with two or three students due to the fact that he got too excited about their question. However, he offered a lot of office hours, and I can't possibly negatively rate him for his passion. I find him to be one of the most helpful professors I have studied under. What really differentiates him from other instructors is his attempts to bridge the gap between the faulty undergraduate understanding of physics to his postdoc understanding. While he may not always successfully bridge it, he's definitely putting much more effort into it than any other instructor I've met. As for his exams, the first was well made, second poorly made, and the final was well made though it was much easier than his other exams and thus seemed uncharacteristic. Good instructor. It was a pleasure to have learned from him. If there's something he'd like to take from this review: vet those exams more, keep attempting to reach our understanding, and keep striving to be that greater instructor.

Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
Assignments
100
Exams
90
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
80

Comment: Overall, a good professor. He did a few things in the middle of the semester that annoyed me a bit (After a much too long second midterm, he sent out an email to the class saying basically that the scores we much to low because some of us didn't know how to study properly, and were probably cheating on the homework. Also did have a tendency of playing favorites with students who ask good questions in lecture...hence the fuel for the infamous review below). Besides that, however, I would rate him as highly as any other professor I've had here. Exams and homeworks were (mostly) fair, and Damon was very helpful in both class and office hours. By the end of the semester, he had done enough nice things to mostly un piss me off, so all's well that ends well. (By the way, I had no problem with my discussion section, so it may have depended which GSI you got).

Submitted Dec. 15th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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44
Exams
81
Helpfulness
91
Enthusiasm
94

Comment: Solid professor. 110A has a lot of material to cover, and he kind of gets a bad rep for going too quickly and making his lectures somewhat convoluted, but honestly he did the best that he could and he made the class run as smoothly as possible. He's extremely helpful during office hours and reaches out to the students. He's also a great person to talk to about the applications of the material -- I'd often stay around after class and ask him about how E/M applies to areas in optics, solid state physics, and particle physics and he was able to answer them pretty clearly and accurately.

Submitted Dec. 14th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
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86
Exams
72
Helpfulness
94
Enthusiasm
78

Comment: This class had some good and bad points, but the bad points were mostly the fault of the awful GSIs. The problem sets weren't too long, and they got a lot shorter toward the end, which was a nice break for the last few weeks of the semester. The problems themselves were really well-made did a good job guiding us through the material which, as always, is helpful. The midterms were a big time crunch since they usually weren't problems you could just confidently do outright and not look back (it took some thinking...), but they were curved so it's all good. The lectures followed the book pretty closely, but usually with different (or rephrased) explanations from those Griffiths gave, so they were fairly helpful, although I'm not much of a lectures guy. Also, I never went to office hours, but I have to say I've never seen any professor offer SO MANY office hours. That must have been pretty sweet for the people who went. My biggest complaint is that we went a little slow at the end and didn't cover chapter 9 very thoroughly (the homework on it was just plugging into equations). I was really looking forward to chapter 9... Really, though, Dr. English was probably the best thing about this class. He was really there for his students, with extra office hours, email responses, decent lectures, and lecture videos. The GSIs, on the other hand, dragged this class down. The discussions and midterm reviews were utterly useless. I'm not one to skip discussions usually, but they were just a terrible waste of an hour.

Submitted Dec. 14th, 2012

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English, D (PHYSICS 110A, Fall 2012)
Assignments
29
Exams
25
Helpfulness
90
Enthusiasm
79

Comment: Overall a good professor, however I personally thinks that 1. he expects too much out of students at times 2. I feel like the class would be MUCH more manageable if HWs were given in the way that more over will "walk you through" the problem rather than expect you to make intuitive leaps at times. Though I understand that you "learn" more the way he gives HW now, it would be much easier while overall gaining the same thing from the HW.

Submitted Nov. 29th, 2012