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Ahren Sadoff
Professor in the Physics department
at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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Overall Quality
2.8
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
2.6
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18 Student Ratings
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11/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS1117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Sadoff is really passionate about his work. He loves to take extra time out of his evenings multiple times a week to meet his students for dinner to talk about physics or anything else. He is sometimes a little picky about answers on exams and homework, but it's pass/fail, so the exam/homework grade doesn't matter a whole lot.

05/21/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A great man and teacher who tries to instill his passion for physics onto his students. Most of the class is based on his book with some stuff from his lectures as well. There is homework and a few exams that require time and effort, but the class isn't anything crazy. That doesn't mean this class is an easy A, though, because it's not.

05/17/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Warm hearted man with a whack sense of humor. Very passionate about his material & wanted us to know HIS book, word for word. Lectures were more often than the not, WORD FOR WORD of his txtbook. Test questions can be worded VERY poor. Interesting subject until he battered it to a pulp. I say go for it if you're ready to memorize a novel :)

03/29/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
phys1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed this class, but none of my classmates seemed to as much as I did. Just read his book, it's like a detailed outline of his lectures. Easy to do well if you read and interesting material. I had no experience in physics and it was very doable. Emphasis on relativity the last 3 weeks which is pretty interesting.

10/14/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys1201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A silly professor past his prime. His arrogance and subjectivity show up where they hurt the most:on exams. Even the TA's don't agree with this man. Go take a fair and at least an interesting science class.

09/17/2008
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys2201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is for Why is the Sky Blue? He is a really nice guy, and he really cares about making sure that the class is basic, for the people who are not really into science. Overall an interesting class

10/29/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He is a really nice guy, but his class is really hard. This class should not be worth one credit. It takes too much of your time. Not a fair class overall. Really like the guy, though.

12/13/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Genuinly tries to interact, which for a big class at Cornell is saying something. Liken him to a less comedic version George Carlin.

12/09/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS117 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

A little too much work for one credit but the class was very interesting.

11/07/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
phys117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I'm the same person who wrote below comment. The prelim today was hard, because I didn't study hard. I think if you study hard this subject, you will get much out of it before taking more harder Quantum mechanics courses. However, you should know that it requires much effort despite of 1 credit. Besides, dinner with the professor everyweek is nice.

11/07/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

It's not a 1 credit course. You should consider the ratings on this page before enrolling. I agree with below. I should have considered that comment, or at least dropped it.

11/29/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
phys 021 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

In my opinion this class is a joke. i didn't study for the first pre-lim and beat the mean by 30 points. studied for the second and beat the mean by 50. he teaches you like a five year-old and requires very little of you in terms of actual understanding. The homeworks are easy, my only complaint is that attendance is mandatory.

11/17/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
phys117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I dont understand why cornell hired him. His class is a nightmare, I used to be interested in quantum physics and now he just ruined it. Didn't even cover the whole book and i learned nothing useful.

03/04/2005
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
phys 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Worst class ever! Sadoff uses his book notes to teach the class, almost word for word. He has to check attendance or no one would ever show up! Tests are infinatly harder than his lectures prepare you for. Soooooo boring!

11/07/2004
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

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12/09/2003
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Sadoff needs to stop recylcing the same course verbatim from the 1980's. Exams have too many questions with arbitrary grading, and many problems whose sole purpose is to test whether you were in lecture on day X. Definetly not as good as I hoped for.

12/03/2003
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

Sadistic Sadoff is the worst professor ever. He is boring, and does not inspire us to learn. His tests are very unfairly graded and have trick questions. The TA's are cool though! :)

11/30/2003
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys 117 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This review applies only to Physics 117, not 201. 117 is not fun. It is not just concepts(many formulas and calulations that you must memorize). The problem sets are broing and tedious. You must work for the credit. Don't take it, spend + time on 116

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