Ratings for Pomerantz, M
Based on 12 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: First of all, no one likes Mastering Physics and Pomerantz assigns a lot of problems. But Pomerantz is a real physicist; he is very conceptual in how he teaches the class and creates the exams. I only wish I was able to make his office hours more often because Pomerantz teaches much better one-on-one. You can tell he really cares about his students and about is teaching (professors like that are so hard to find in weeder pre-med classes!). If he is still teaching Physics in future semesters, take it with him!
Submitted June 19th, 2015
Comment: Pomerantz's version of Physics 8B is probably easier than other professors' versions of this class, certainly easier than Spelio's. Pomerantz is a lovely old man who is full of enthusiasm for all the 8B topics, from electricity to quantum mechanics, and it's very obvious in his lectures. Unfortunately, this doesn't make his lectures helpful; only ~20% of the class attended each lecture, and he went on tangents almost every single time. I got an A in this class (after struggling in Physics 8A for an eventual A-), and it was not at all because of the help I got from Pomerantz's lectures. He does make up for it with helpful demos and bringing cookies on physicists' birthdays. MasteringPhysics, to me, was more useful than in 8A. There are more conceptual problems, since 8B is more conceptual than 8A, and although it's still mostly learning how to get creative with Google, I found redoing the problems to be great preparation for the exams. Pomerantz has very generous and doable exams; I got about 1 SD above on all three exams after doing not awesome in 8A and by studying for about two days before each one of them. Do his old exams and write them and the example problems from the textbook on your cheat sheet; they often appear on exams. By doing his old exams and finding online resources that work for you, learning the 8B material is definitely doable, though it probably won't be from Pomerantz's lectures. I never went to his office hours, but I heard he was very helpful and enthusiastic. Ultimately, he is a charming and passionate man with a fantastic taste in orchestral music, which he plays at the beginning of each and every lecture.
Submitted May 25th, 2015
Comment: While Professor Pomerantz may give rather unorganized lectures, his enthusiasm, kindness, and knowledge makes up for it. He explains difficult concepts in simple, enlightening ways. His midterms and exams are fair as long as you've studied the material. He does not always go through rote problems and calculations, but honestly, isn't that the GSI's job? Also, his powerpoints are very organized!
Submitted Jan. 22nd, 2014
Comment: Really nice guy, but is not very good at explaining things and gives hard exams that get more difficult each year. But then again, that describes just about every single physics 8 series professor at Berkeley apart from Deweese.
Submitted Dec. 23rd, 2013
Comment: He is one of the nicest instructors I've had at Berkeley. Pomerantz is very passionate and caring. He brought cookies for scientists' birthdays and he focused more on the conceptual aspects of Physics instead of doing the fancy calculations. He's not the greatest lecturer but read the book and his PowerPoints and you should be fine. Overall, I recommend taking his class over some of the other Physics teachers.
Submitted Dec. 25th, 2012
Comment: Good news first: he is an adorable, caring old man. Okay, now the bad news. He messes up on the board, doesn't come to lecture prepared, has illegible notes, doesn't make ANY sense, and frankly, cannot teach physics. The GSI's were much better (only a handful of them). Pomerantz needs to stop teaching. If you are planning on taking MCAT, his class does not prepare you. I appreciate him being so focused on theory/bigger picture, but he just doesn't know how to TEACH.
Submitted Dec. 20th, 2012
Comment: Pomerantz is a nice guy; he'll bring cookies for the class and during office hours, he actually asked for my name and about my life before I asked him my question. Lectures were difficult to understand since he tends to ramble, so I relied on the book and the powerpoints he posted online (which were very helpful). You should mainly study concepts from his powerpoints and his demos. His exams are conceptual and rarely involve actual math, which is why we don't use calculators. His tests are actually quite do-able if you study for them.
Submitted Dec. 16th, 2012