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Abbas Faridi
Professor in the Physics department
at Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
are you Abbas Faridi?
Overall Quality
2.8
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.5
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66 Student Ratings
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12/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
180 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B
"Get ready to read" "Big time extra credit" "Tests are tough"

Faridi is a cool guy. His class is laid back. But his lectures are not clear so do not expect to learn from him. You must learn on your own. His exams are tough. Fortunately Faridi knows the class is tough so he grades generously. His labs were not too bad, that class had no idea what to do alot of the times. He offers extra cred for lecture & lab

11/07/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys 185 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Big time extra credit" "Get ready to read" "Hilarious"

Good professor, just have a hard time with physics. He expects you to pre-read and pre-study sections before you come to lecture! So be prepared! Also very generous grader and lab is very, very easy. Although exams can be very tough

11/05/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS 185 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-
"Would take again" "There for you"

Grades easy, offers tons of extra credit, and gives you a good book to use (halliday).Thought I was going to get a C but got an A. What's not to love about this guy. Don't talk when he's lecturing because he doesn't take too kindly to that, but everyone here should already know that. After all, this is YOUR education, so take him for that UC shot.

11/04/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS 185 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He grades very generously. Honestly, just read the book, do the practice problems, and you'll get an A.

10/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS185 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A

Ask him and he'll help you out. This guy is much easier than Guerra, so if you're looking for an A, take him.

09/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys285 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Big time extra credit" "There for you" "Participation matters"

My fascination in Quantum Mechanics and the very fabric of Space-Time bloomed thanks to this man. When you get to his Relativity Lectures, stay focused. I swear he morphed into Einstein when reciting the Relativity Proofs! Stay curiousAsk questions. Feel he didn't satisfactorily answered your question(s)? Visit at office hours. He's a good man!

02/16/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 125 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is simply horrible at teaching this material. I have a 3.8 GPA and I believe I am going to struggle to get a B in this class. He teaches the opposite of Drum and you must read the book till you understand it. I read the book during class because his lectures only add confusion to the content of the book. Tests are not conceptual at all.

01/11/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't listen to all the reviews. This class isn't as bad as everyone says it is. You can definitely get a B in this class by scoring around 10/20-ish on all your tests. Do all of the ec because he gives like 6% ec and lab write ups are easy. The first test is the hardest then it gets easier (in my opinion). Practice tests are the best way to study

12/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This professor is not one that you should take unless you absolutely have to. Class averages tend to be around 55-60% and he does poorly at getting content across well, or sometimes even correctly. He was not very friendly when I went to his office hours. It seemed like he didn't like being bothered at all, outside or inside of class.

12/03/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This guy is useless take another professor if at all possible. I often question if it's even worth going to class at all because all he seems to do is read from the text book, in probably the most monotone voice I've ever heard. I'm writing this while sitting in his class if that gives you an idea... However, if you read the book you should do fine

11/05/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good luck..

08/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS A110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's a great guy. Tests are pretty tough, but 80% is an A, so it evens it out. Don't just study the old tests he puts up because a lot of the questions will be stuff you haven't seen. If you have the time and want an A you have to read the book until you understand it. You get to make a formula sheet for each test, which helps. I liked this class.

07/17/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 185 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Took him last semester for lab. He lags on grading the assignments, and he also has high standards as to how the lab should be done. I would advise taking a different lab professor that is less strict.

11/29/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS185L Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Do not take for him for lab. He has very exact standards for how you should do them. Very ambiguous grading as well. His labs were stressful

11/28/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS185 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I was scared of physics before taking this class, and I thought I was not going to get an A because this subject is not my strong point. However, in this class I got an A. He grades extremely liberally. I'm not sure about how his other physics classes are, but this one is an easy A if you put some effort in. Highly recommend.

11/26/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
phys280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I took this guy for phys 280 and 285. 285 is much easier than 280. labs are easy. tests are kind of tough, but possible to do.

07/26/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phys280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class is super boring; it's just a bunch of monotone lectures. Faridi is nice, smart, and a VERY generous grader, but the lectures are useless. Basically, listen for hints that he gives about which questions will be on the test, and then self-study. Get old labs from his former students. They will cut your workload by maybe 30-40% in his class.

05/26/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHY285 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Make sure to read the book and check out his sample tests on line. The class is pretty cool and I liked the teacher.

05/07/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
phyA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is why tenure is a bad idea. If you can, avoid this teacher, there is a good physics teacher at G.W.C. and I.V.C.

04/30/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS280 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is probably the hardest class at OCC. You'll be doing lots of integration to find the effect of magnetic and electric fields in varying situations. The material is not easy and requires careful study and practice. Getting an A in this class is not an easy task, so be prepared to work. It doesn't help that he grades somewhat arbitrarily either.

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