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Fred Gittes
Professor in the Physics department
at Washington State University, Pullman, WA
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Overall Quality
2.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.5
Easiness
2.1
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04/30/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Physics 202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He gets distracted easily but he tells you exactly what will be on exams. With a little effort an A is easy to achieve.

12/29/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst professors I've ever had. He doesn't lecture on everything that is in the homework or the exam. He goes off on tangents and it is really hard to follow his lessons. He seems more concerned with making funny sketches instead of being clear in the problem.

05/31/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys205 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Pretty difficult class, even if you've taken high school physics. Gittes is an awesome guy, super nice, helpful, and enthusiastic, but also pretty erratic and unorganized, so pay attention and ask questions if something is unclear. Lecture is basically an accompaniment to the textbook, so if you don't read it, it's going to be a tough year.

04/05/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is very unorganized and frantic during lectures. Often gets lost with what he is saying and confuses students. Class is a waste of time unless you can coax him into giving away some of the exam questions. He only reduces the homework IF YOU ASK HIM TO, otherwise it takes hours to complete. Understand mastering physics and you will do well.

11/30/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class was pretty easy and he teaches straight from the book. Tests were around 10 questions long and adapted straight from the Mastering Physics homework problems. He also cuts down the homework load a lot! Awesome professor!

06/03/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS205 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Gittes was a ton of fun and knows all about the subject. The class is very hard, and expect to stay up late getting the work done. If you don't devote the time and talk to Gittes outside of class, you will not do well.

06/01/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Was a waste of time going to class relied on the book to be the teacher and then he would 'clarify' if needed. Whats the point in having a teacher if he doesn't teach? Lectures had nothing to do with the test. It's not hard to get a good grade but I left feeling that I had not learned much which. Good luck if you can't find a different teacher.

05/08/2010
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Gittes is incredibly smart, but is NOT a teacher. He has an extremely difficult time bringing his knowledge down to a student level (He was part of a NASA research panel). He's very enthusiastic about the material, but avoid his class if you can. If you're stuck with him, read the book thoroughly and memorize the "stop to think" sections - Phys202

05/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
phys202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Was the worst teacher I have ever had. Very unhelpful if you can take this class with someone else.

02/17/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
phys202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

gittes is a joke of a professor. even though he seems like a good guy, his teaching abilities are horrendous. by far worst teacher yet. lecture has nothing to do with homework, which has nothing to do with tests which has nothing to do with lab. get a different teacher

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