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Malcolm Rickard
Professor in the Physics department
at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, CA
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Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.1
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43 Student Ratings
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06/24/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 2BG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: B

He is a great prof. He is very fair and will help you along to the right answer. It's true he doesn't hand out answers, but where's the fun in that? He is generous with points and "assumes" you know the answer if you show your work or show him you are trying. Always willing to help with a question. Better than Tatoian!

11/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Physics 2B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I think Dr. Rickard is under appreciated and if you need to take physics, just know it's not easy and prepare to WORK HARD. 3 steps to pass his class: Show up to class ON TIME, do the homework, and pass. If you can't do that, don't take physics. He is a nice and will help you in his office hours if you need extra help. He's a university level prof.

11/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Physics 2A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had Dr. Rickard for 2A during Summer 13. It was a 6 week course and was not easy, but I am not great at math and failed physics at another college, but I managed to pass with a C with Dr. Rickard. I am taking his 2B course now and it is difficult but I am doing a lot better now. Dr Rickard is a great prof and the previous ratings seem unfair.

10/02/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phsy 2BG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He has a PhD in physics so it's hard to him to relate to the everyday student. Concepts that he finds easy are extremely difficult to students and he doesn't know how to dumb it down. He is also the ONLY 2BG professor so if you have to take him hang on for a rough semester. He is quite generous with partial credit. So far I see a lot of C's and D's

09/25/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 1-01 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Rickard is the type of guy who uses a word in its own definition. The way he answers questions makes it feel like you are expected to know about what you are learning before you even learn it. His labs teach you next to nothing and make up the majority of the class. He under-prepares you for the test and are forced to rely on only HW to study.

08/27/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS4A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Arrogant. Condescending. Heckles students who ask questions he deems unworthy in front of everyone-his favorite response is "Didn't you take 2AG?" Shames you if you answer a question wrong. He doesn't encourage learning. Unless you're already ahead of the curve, you're not worth his time. Only teacher who's ever made me feel like I couldn't learn.

07/19/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Physics 2BG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

online homework, 4 exams, weekly quizzes, daily labs, overall I'd say he's a generous professor. Studying about an hour a day will suffice but homework was a pain a few times.

06/14/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
2AG Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Definitely a difficult instructor but he is generous with points on exams. Open note quizzes. Can have flash card on exams and whole page on final. It was my second time taking the class so it seemed easy but he has challenging lectures that can be very intimidating if you haven't studied.

01/16/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Physfall Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Super easy teacher . take him esay A . and very nice and helpful.

12/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
phys4a Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

he's very merciful. physics is very hard, and he seems to understand this. he helps out his students a lot if you approach him. don't be intimidated by him.

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