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Yuichi Kubota
Professor in the Physics & Astronomy department
at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
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Overall Quality
2.4
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
1.6
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7 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/10/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHY 1302W Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Lectures are long" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

Kubota did not effectively teach magnetism and electricity. Most explanations used math that nobody has ever encountered yet or examples that were way easier than his tests. The grading is super harsh, so be prepared to read the grader's mind if you want an A in this class.

11/18/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 1302W Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Participation matters" "Get ready to read"

Yuichi knows what he's talking about and really wants to get students to understand Physics. Having said that, he's a horrible lecturer. His style of teaching makes it so he wants you to figure everything out, but in physics this is far from straight forward. He never tells you anything explicitly and no one ever knows what's going. AVOID AVOID!!!!

11/06/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
1302W Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader"

He doesn't explain anything, doesn't believe in practice problems with solutions, and seems more involved with the math and calculus, and not the physics.

05/10/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Unfortunately, Yuichi just doesn't seem suited to teach an intro course. He mentioned it's been 10 years since he has. Many lectures were theoretical and didn't touch on any examples - and when examples were done, they would sometimes take up to 2 lectures to finish. Had some very strict rules, especially for a lecture course. Avoid if you can.

05/09/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Yuichi's accent is pretty easy to get used to. He also adopts a casual tone in class. He seems easygoing, but he doesn't actually care how the students fare despite the amount of work they do. Adheres unreasonably rigidly to silly, arbitrary rules despite obviously just exceptions. Labs are useless but mandatory. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS.

04/09/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Physics at the U of M is hard regardless of who you take it with. That being said Yuichi is a very helpful teacher and very approachable. One thing that tends to get bothersome is that he goes into too much technical detail when explaining things, but other than that he is a nice guy/

03/06/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys1301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Yuichi is a charismatic guy but this is an act. I was expecting him to care a lot about the success of his students but he will only care about you if you consistently talk to him and are a teachers pet. He also has a NO tardiness policy which is worse than it ever was in high school. If you don't want any slack in a class this is perfect for you.

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