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Daryl Pedigo
Professor in the Physics department
at University of Washington, Seattle, WA
are you Daryl Pedigo?
Overall Quality
3.0
Average Grade
D+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
1.8
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
81 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
10/22/2014
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough"

I absolutely hated his class. He always talked way too fast and it was very hard to understand what he was saying. I did not learn anything from his class and he never went over how to solve problems that were assigned as homework and in the tests. If 60% of the class got a question right, he thought that was good enough not to need to explain.

09/18/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 225 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A
"Clear grading criteria" "Participation matters" "Amazing lectures"

Pedigo is great professor for quantum mechanics. He can explain the concepts very well and It is definitely worthwhile to attend all the classes. This class is mainly conceptual and has little calculation so listening to his long enthusiastic explanations will be more helpful than in the intro series.

03/26/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Great lecturer, I'm sure he's helpful if you go to office hours. Physics is just really hard. The tests are unbelievably hard but curved decently. Defs would recommend the professor, just not the class.

02/22/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I like physics especially mechanics. Pedigo is a great prof. He knows his materials and very enthusiastic. However, his lecture notes are terrible don't study from them. And his test are awful. In the multiple choice he puts like 5 questions in one problem so if you miss one you'll miss the whole 5. Maybe I found it hard because I'm a freshman.

01/22/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys 225 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He cared about whether you learn or not. And he prepared a lot in his ppts and worksheets. However, the way he presented this materials is not clear enough. He talks too fast, without focus. Many important points will be missed even if you pay attention. You can take his class, no hurt.

01/09/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

To make things clear, Pedigo himself is a great professor. He is very enthusiastic about the class and does his best to keep us interested and entertained. But the class itself is definetly not an easy one. The work load is heavy and the tests are very difficult. But it will be like that for all physics class at UW, so good luck and be prepared !

12/16/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

One of the worst profs I've encountered. Routinely fell behind schedule on lecture material, actively campaigned for us to not get practice tests. The prelectures are more useful than his lectures. The quality of the instruction shows with the test averages, at least the curve is easy as a result.

12/07/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Most people writing on here don't realize how terrible most of the physics profs are at UW. As someone who is having to retake the entire physics series, Pedigo is AWESOME. Enthusiastic, designs lectures so that students have an opportunity to understand etc. Physics is not a cakewalk at UW, but Pedigo makes it possible to learn if you work hard.

12/07/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A lot of people don't like Pedigo because they don't like Physics. Pedigo is extremely committed to helping students and very good at explaining concept. If you can, take his class.

12/06/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I think what it comes down to is this: If you like physics, you'll really really like Pedigo. If not, you really really won't.

11/25/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Pedigo definitely knows the subject matter of this physics course. While he is knowledgeable it was clear to me that he does not care whether or not students learn in class. Virtually every component of lecture with him is useless and clicker questions are not helpful. Avoid him if you can.

11/22/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pedigo is always enthusiastic in class. Unfortunately the helpfulness of his lectures fluctuates greatly. Sometimes you learn nothing from him, somethings he clarifies very well. Pedigo goes over the most basic problems in class, which can make doing difficult webassign hw nearly impossible. He also does not give practice tests while other prods do

11/18/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: A+

His lectures are not even clearer than watching videos on smart physics. And most answer to clicker questions on lecture is like"86% of you choose A so I think A is probably the right answer! Okay, let's move on to the next one." You won't get a good grade unless you have a strong basis in high school physics or study really hard on your own.

10/23/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Terrible terrible professor. I wish he wrote out things like how UW does math rather than put slides up, it'd be much easier to follow. If I didn't read the book carefully beforehand, I wouldn't understand a thing in lecture. Rambles on. Lectures mandatory because clickers, which sucks, but at least you know what to concentrate on for self-study.

06/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's super enthusiastic and he loves the clickers bc he's the one who brought it to the dept. Think fast on tests because of super tricky questions. Do the book problems. Not a bad guy tho.

06/14/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS 123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Pedigo is very enthusiastic about the subject being taught. However be prepared for his lecture slides which are very useless for studying for the midterms. He likes to talk about the history behind the physics. Midterms were not bad, just get old midterms. Be prepared for the last material which is very hard and Pedigo is not good at teaching it.

04/12/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had him for 122 and 123. His lectures are pretty straightforward and the demos are fun. He makes the concepts easy to understand. For the tests, I recommend you to work on the end-of-chaper problems from textbook. I did most of them and they prepared me really well for tests.

02/14/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys12X Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Pedigo is a fantastic lecturer. He explains things for what they ARE, rather than a simplified 'functional' definition. If you're interested in Physics, he's the best you can do, if you want an easy class maybe you shouldn't pick Physics. He uses lots of demos and knows how to teach (plus writes the tests), but that doesn't mean it's an easy class.

01/21/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYSA Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

As far as physics goes, you won't get a better teacher. The only problem is that the tests are very limited in time and doing well on them has more to do with how good you are at taking tests rather than how well you know physics. This is a problem with the physics series though, not just him. Overall, get him as a prof if you can!

12/16/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS122 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Physics series is hard in general and after a while I didn't feel like Pedigo was that great. If you're good at the clickers then you'll do well on the multiple choice, that being said, he didn't make the class worse in anyway so he's alright compared to some of the other teachers I hear.

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