Ratings for Wohl, C G

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2015)
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27
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100
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100

Comment: Incredibly passionate guy. Lectures, reading, and assignments are easy to follow, but his exams are often too easy and computational, meaning that any small mistakes result in huge losses in terms of partial credit, which he doesn't give much of.

Submitted June 14th, 2015

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2014)
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36
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63
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69
Enthusiasm
78

Comment: Hw was long and difficult. They were problems from his book. He held office hours in the reading room which was great. Funny guy during lecture and OH. HW grading was generous but not consistent with exam grading.

Submitted June 18th, 2014

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2014)
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76
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77
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100

Submitted June 14th, 2014

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2014)
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50
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40
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41

Comment: I'd say Wohl is a horrible professor for 137B. He might be good for 137A, but he goes into too much tedious algebra and plug-and-chug calculations in this course. He uses his own notes so many topics such as WKB theory weren't thoroughly covered. Homeworks are extremely tedious algebraicly and don't help you understand the material. Lectures are also boring since he is monotonous. Exams are really easy. He'd probably be okay for 137A in my opinion, but taking B with him is a disaster.

Submitted May 29th, 2014

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2013)
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70
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75
Enthusiasm
64

Comment: Can come off initially as a grumpy old guy but is friendly and helpful in person. Has his own textbook which is sort of a blessing and a curse given that I bought my 137A text with the plan of keeping it for 137B. Exams are mainly calculation based as opposed to conceptual which is unusual for Berkeley Physics. They favor students who work quickly.

Submitted Sept. 7th, 2013

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2013)
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50
Exams
40
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Wohl is a really nice professor and person in general. He really puts in an effort to make sure the student is teaching. However, I do have some complaints. Firstly, he uses his own book for 137B, and this would be fine, but some material is dumbed down or even skipped. For some reason we spent way to much time on the two level spin system with a magnetic field. We skipped the true form of the WKB approximation, the adiabatic approximation, partial wave decomposition, and Berry phase. The homework and exams were way too easy. Most of the problems on the exam were computation (here's a formula, put numbers in) and the only way to get them wrong would be by arithmetic errors, which is why a lot of people complain about Wohl.

Submitted Aug. 22nd, 2013

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2012)
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34
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13
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12
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Lukewarm. His exams are surprisingly Gaussian but he doesn't really give out partial credit so you can get many points marked down for drawing something wrong or copying numbers down wrong. He also just lectures off his notes, which aren't anything special. Is pretty impatient in office hours. He's a funny guy, though. I'd be down to get drinks with him at Jupiter's and hear him talk about how much he hates cell phones and stuff.

Submitted May 15th, 2013

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2012)
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77
Exams
65
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83
Enthusiasm
65

Comment: Great professor! Lectures matched his notes pretty well, so as long as you kept up with the reading you'd be fine. I found the problem sets really useful for understanding the concepts (as opposed to getting bogged down by calculations), and exams were very fair albeit a little harsh on not giving partial credit.

Submitted Jan. 11th, 2013

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2012)
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50
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0
Helpfulness
78
Enthusiasm
37

Comment: I have respect for Wohl because he conducted his office hours in the Reading Room and made it easy for everyone to see him outside of class. However, his tests were conceptual and very easy but if you made one mistake he does not give partial credit! I lost 20% on a test for copying the wrong number down.

Submitted July 26th, 2012

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Wohl, C G (PHYSICS 137B, Spring 2012)
Assignments
100
Exams
65
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
51

Comment: Love this professor. Very sarcastic. Very helpful. Wrote his own textbook and problems, and is very helpful and caring. Don't let his age/looks/personality discourage you. A bit old fashioned. Grades exams a bit harshly, but exams pertain to the lectures/homework.

Submitted April 27th, 2012