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Hadley Lawler
Professor in the Physics department
at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
C-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
2.4
Easiness
3.3
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37 Student Ratings
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12/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
116a-b Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible. Unclear during lectures. Babbles and asks review questions that he refuses to explain. His exams are confusing and hand-written in a 5-yr-olds handwriting. Also, if you don't answer 100% of the questions right you can't get an A. He's unhelpful and rude. Every time I've approached him or emailed he's blown me off. Would not recommend.

10/25/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 116b Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I feel like if you already have a pretty good background in physics, Lawler is a fine professor. You'd definitely need to do some supplemental work to understand if you've never had physics before. Homework is hard, but you can view solution. The tests come almost completely from lecture, and you get a noteformula sheet.

08/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lawler is a really laid-back guy, and he's way ahead of the other 116A professors you can get. Ridiculously patient and helpful during office hours. I feel like most of these reviews are from entitled prats who instinctively blame the professor when they don't understand something.

04/17/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

the best of the options, but still pretty awful

04/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The most unclear teacher I have ever had. It is impossible to read his 3rd grader-like handwriting, and his tests are half typed, half handwritten, and very confusing. His lectures are confusing and not helpful because he doesn't explain anything. The homework is completely unrelated to the tests, making the only classwork obsolete.

04/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Physics 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

If I had an hour left to live, I would spend it in Professor Lawler's class because an hour in his class feels like an eternity.

04/10/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
116A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Grading system is absurd, homework does not pertain to test questions. Somewhat personable.

04/09/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phys 117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

If you want to ace the tests, understand the material. If you want to get mocked, memorize the book. This post isn't clear or concise, it'really bad. Homework is useless, especially if you're lazy.

04/09/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Phys114 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Only the best students with the brightest futures post on this great site!

03/26/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

If you want to ace the tests, copy and memorize examples from lectures. If you want to actually understand the material, read the book. Lecture isn't clear or concise, and asking questions will probably get you mocked. He has the strangest grading method of all time. Really bad handwriting. Homework is useless, but do it anyway for the points.

01/29/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Lawler rocks. He drops little "exam nuggets" during lecture (that are almost always on the exam), which is great. Just make sure you have that on your note sheet. He also curves his tests.

01/26/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Phys 116b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Professor Lawler is a great guy whose grading system is admittedly unique, but as long as you go to class and do what he says you'll be fine. Some people might not agree with his methods but you'll get used to them eventually. Allows crib sheets to his exams. Just be prepared for his rather interesting handwriting (sit closer to the front!) :)

01/24/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Lawler is a great guy, but an awful lecturer. He attempts to teach complex mathematical electromagnetism without any calculus, so there's a ton of hand waving. Study directionality and make a solid equation sheet. His grading scale is weird so if you get a D on the final you can still get an A in the class (happened to me).

01/19/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible writing on the blackboard. Very helpful during Office hours. Really nice.Leaks some exam information during lectures, so make sure you take good notes. Understanding the textbook and wrting a lot on the formula sheet does help.

12/29/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Professor Lawler tries very hard to prepare you for the exams and genuinely wants every student to succeed. Exams are almost entirely based on lecture notes and will barely resemble the homework. Thus, if you attend lecture, it will reflect positively in your score.

12/18/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lawler is alright. His lectures aren't really that clear, and the tests are hard, but if you score ~60% on test you should get at least a B- due to his strange grading curve.

12/14/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B-

He's a great guy who wants most of his kids to make at least a B-. That said, his lectures are confusing at best, and his tests are not easy.

11/06/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 116b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lawlers lectures are sometimes a bit confusing sometimes, but its mostly because the material is difficult. He's very clear about what he wants and what you need to do for the exams. Tests are more than fair, and he's very helpful. Good class, theres no reason for a poor grade if you attend lecture and do the homework.

10/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 116A Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lawler's lectures are very unorganized and sporadic. He is very intelligent though. The messy handwriting doesn't help either. He is helpful if you need the help but most people will skip the lectures and learn from the textbook. Test are very reasonable and concept based and you get a whole page to use as a formula sheet. Class is very doable.

04/25/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHY 116B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Good teacher overall. Helpful in class and office hours. Terrible handwriting and unorganized instructions. Spent a lot of time on deriving formulae needed for tests. If you want to do well in his class, DO NOT PAY ATTENTION TO HIS DETAILS IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE CONFUSED, and memorize the formulae he derives at the end of each class.

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