Ratings for Maharbiz, M M

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2015)
Assignments
71
Exams
47
Helpfulness
84
Enthusiasm
75

Comment: Maharbiz is a great professor. You'll definitely find yourself wanting to go to lectures just because he makes them so easy to attend and pay attention to. Don't worry about the exams--that's why there's a curve. The thing with Maharbiz is you really have to work to get an A, you can't just coast along and rely on understanding of basic concepts and basic calculus. You're going to need to breathe this stuff, and even that might not be enough. But if you're in engineering and you expect a 4.0, you need to stop being so obsessive and calm down. This course is fine, you'll be fine, everything's fine.

Submitted June 1st, 2015

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2015)
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92
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80
Helpfulness
89
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Very good professor. Though you could learn everything by yourself, his lectures were actually very interesting. Very helpful in the class. HWs were easy. Tests were fair, not too bad. Labs usually took less than 3 hours. The final proj was fun!

Submitted May 23rd, 2015

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2015)
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71
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65
Helpfulness
60
Enthusiasm
70

Comment: Was a pretty basic lower div class. I didn't attend lectures/discussion, but the material was self-learnable. Homeworks were fine, exams were decent.

Submitted May 22nd, 2015

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Fall 2014)
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84
Exams
86
Helpfulness
86
Enthusiasm
85

Comment: I like this course because I feel that professor care about our knowledge. Maharbiz always explain material before asking it (unlike some other EE courses). It always clear what to read if you get stuck (Textbook!). Homeworks are easy - couple hours per week. Labs are kind of messy because they changed labs, and even GSI did not know what would have be in the next lab. Tests are little tricky, but doable. Generally I studied a lot without extra stress.

Submitted Jan. 8th, 2015

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2014)
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11
Exams
9
Helpfulness
36
Enthusiasm
49

Submitted Oct. 24th, 2014

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2014)
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44
Exams
42
Helpfulness
54
Enthusiasm
90

Comment: I really liked Maharbiz, he seems like someone I could be friends with. Unfortunately, I can be a somewhat self-absorbed and apathetic individual, something Michel seems to share at times when it comes to this class. Don't get me wrong, he cares about his students, but doesn't really bother much with catering to their needs. The biggest example was probably that you couldn't enroll in labs on telebears, as it said he'd take care of it in lecture. But in lecture the first day, he ended up just saying, yeah, sorry, lab enrollment is first come, first serve so show up at the lab you want. That caused quite a bit of stress. He presents material pretty well in lecture, I found the topics fairly easy to understand. Assignments weren't very helpful though. A lot of narrow, tedious problems that consumed a lot of time, and ended up being very different from what was on the exams. And speaking of the exams, they varied widely in difficulty, the first was ridiculously difficult, with tons of trick questions unlike anything we'd covered. The second was very straightforward, and the final was somewhere in the middle. Be prepared for anything I guess. Labs, and the project consumed tons of time, both for prep work, and during actual lab time. My partner did most of the design portion, then I did all of the construction and testing, which ended up being a good 20 hours from each of us, so be prepared to work that out as well. So yeah, he's an alright guy, but if you want to do well, you might need to take a page out of his book and look out for yourself. And speaking of his book, he requires a textbook he wrote, which costs over $100. Yep.

Submitted Sept. 3rd, 2014

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2014)
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30
Exams
21
Helpfulness
23
Enthusiasm
84

Comment: Well idk if this help but… I found this class okay, I never bothered to go to lecture (only on the first day) and relied on selfstudy. Just go through his slides and examples on textbook and make sure u understand the material like all the methods to solve the problems. Labs are annoying and especially frustrating during the actual lab period. Make sure u grab a responsible lab partner. (mine was an ah and I did EVERYTHING the whole semester) Just know the rules and u ll be fine. I am a non EECS major and ended up an A.

Submitted May 20th, 2014

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2014)
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10
Exams
32
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
68

Comment: Extremely poorly organized class. I'm a CS major that thought it would be interesting to learn about hardware. Nope. EE 40 (circuits) is basically just memorizing a series of rules that you apply to solve circuits (e.g. find the voltage or current at a certain part of the circuit). You don't even gain an intuition for anything. I seriously should have listened to the review below that mentions "if you're leaning more towards CS, you will probably hate this class with every fiber of your being." If you're reading this and you're leaning towards CS, but you're "interested in learning about hardware," that the exact same attitude I had when I decided to take EE 40. Huge, huge mistake, and that probably ruined my semester. Don't make that mistake. Other aspects of the class: homeworks are straightforward, except for about 3 of them, which are really hard. Tests are really hard but the curve should work out in the end (tests are curved such that the mean is a B, and 1 standard deviation above is an A). Labs are truly a nightmare. Maharbiz explicitly tells you that the labs cover material not covered in lecture. This means you spend 4 hours on prelabs and then another 3+ hours on really frustrating actual labs. The final project is also killer, that takes 20-30+ hours. If you're a CS major, you should take EE 20. That class actually leads to other classes that are relevant to computer applications (EE 121, audio processing stuff, etc.). The ironic thing is that I got an A in the class, but it was at very high personal/social cost (time wasted). Another ironic thing: because the labs basically tell you what the circuit should look like, I still have no idea how to design a circuit to do something, by myself.

Submitted May 17th, 2014

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Spring 2013)
Assignments
75
Exams
27
Helpfulness
72
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Maharbiz is a funny dude and his lectures are quite lively. He's really helpful in office hours. He's a bit PG-13 but it's cool because he seems much more like a peer than a professor. Homework is pretty straightforward, but I'm pretty sure he draws up his exams by hand the night before and doesn't really proofread them because they're really messy and hard with occasional typos.

Submitted May 16th, 2014

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Maharbiz, M M (EE 40, Fall 2013)
Assignments
59
Exams
31
Helpfulness
25
Enthusiasm
67

Comment: Assignments were always easy, but the exams were annoying. He was always animated in lectures, but the lectures were never very useful.

Submitted March 31st, 2014