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Neil Alberding
Professor in the Physics department
at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
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Overall Quality
3.1
Average Grade
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.2
Clarity
3.0
Easiness
3.4
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02/23/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

the worst prof I have ever met across my academic career. he does not know how to teach at all. Taking his class is just a waste of time, but that is mandatory because of the iclicker. and he is unfair on grade. Having a highest mark exceeds the theoretical full mark is just like having rain in Vancouver. Please do try your best to avoid this prof!

02/22/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHY120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Material is easy, Don't expect to learn anything from him in the lecture as all he does is rereading smartphysics again. Kinda forced to go to lecture for the iclicker marks when it is actually a completely waste of time

01/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHY 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best physics teacher I have seen in my life!

01/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
phy120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Baad just bad

11/20/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Screw this guy, that was a terrible class. 10/10 do avoid at all costs

11/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

all he does is basically reread the smart physics again. doesnt help on problems at all, if you dont get the smart physics lectures, youre pretty much dead..he'll scale you in the end, its just that youll probably end up with C+ or B-

07/31/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst I've seen, trust me

03/08/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

the online smartphysics prelecs are just bleh...and all he does in class is a couple of I clicker questions. His exams are waaaaayyy harder than what you'd expect from the smartphysics homework and he doesn't really do anything to prepare you for midterms -,- do NOT take PHYS with him.

02/01/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

LOADS and LOAAADS of Homework/Assignment...etc etc.......Speaks for half hr..and then disappears leaving T.A behind. SmartPhysics is horrible......watch videos aint gonna help a percent.....for such a HARD HARD Course....I wrote stuff in exam.....just passed with C-....... So relieved...Smartphysics thing is over.

01/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYSD100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I think a lot of people attribute the falters of the class's parameters to Neil (e.g. the suckyness of smartPhysics and quantity of homework). I found him to be quite average in teaching effectiveness. He had a hard time with explaining some things, but this was countered by his earnestness.

08/14/2012
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
phys141 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

You don't understand even a single word from his lectures.

05/01/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS102 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

If you have him for studio physics, drop the course and take it elsewhere. The experiments were useless and the self directed learning did nothing but muddle everyone in the class. Help was available, but but not useful, and his exams were far harder than anything we encountered in class. Do not take his class.

11/21/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Horrible prof does not even bother teaching just sits there and looks at stuff on google plus leaves the entitre course to the students alongwith a ton of homework daily. Whatever you do NEVER take a class with him.

07/20/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

PLEASE do not take physics with this prof, especially if you're first year. i was not a physics major and found this class *excruciating*. bad lectures, useless help (although it is available) and tons of homework. self-directed class. drop if you have him!

07/20/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS140 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

if you plan on being a physics major, you might make it through this class. if you're taking it to fufill a lower division pre-req for a diff degree, DONT TAKE THIS WITH HIM. espec. if you're first year. exams ARE fair but you must keep up with homework (there's a lot!) lectures are horrible. hard to pay attention if you don't love physics.

06/14/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

One of the best profs at SFU!

12/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Horrible Prof, has no idea what's going on, wastes time, doesn't teach the slides, just tells you to read them at home, when asked a question, he generally doesn't know the answer, so he replies with some off-topic thing, or asks you a question.

11/18/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
phys100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This professor is one of the worst instructors at SFU. I have a degree in Business and was coming back to school to complete med school pre-reqs and this guy is without a doubt the worst prof I've ever had. I ended up dropping the course. After seeing the comments from last semester, I'm really glad I did. Avoid him at all costs, he doesn't teach.

11/06/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great prof and he is funny. Intersting class,and the content is not very hard. Eassy to follow. Exams are fair, but with too many quizs. or maybe a bit too much hw. I like the way he teachs

10/08/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS100 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Terrible prof, we learnt almost nothing in class yet the assignments and final were so hard

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