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Neil Basescu
Professor in the Physics department
at Westchester Community College, Valhalla, NY
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
3.5
Easiness
2.4
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30 Student Ratings
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08/21/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
physc 112 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

VERY hard class. you really need to pay attention and do the homework.

02/12/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Physics 1 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: A

My favorite professor at WCC. He really knows his stuff and is willing to explain anything if you don't understand it. The tests are also based off concepts he mentions in class along with problems extremely similar to those in the textbook.

07/18/2013
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
physc 101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

AWFUL. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS. He is boring, odd and confusing. THe hardest class I have ever taken

01/10/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
physc111 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

Best prof .. He knows his stuff .. physics is hard anyway you wont do well if you dont work hard enough.. hes always willing to help.. gives a workshop once a week .. drops lowest grade and allows you to bring a cheat sheet.

12/13/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Physc101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very smart but you have to go to class and pay attention. He is unclear sometimes so ask questions. If you don't do your homework, or lab or show up to class you can kiss your grade goodbye. This is a class you have to put 110% in to succeed. Great guy, doubt I would take his class again. It's a lot of work if you don't understand it the first time

12/07/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys201 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. Basescu is an acquired taste. He is a bit peculiar, no doubt about it, and can be pretty tough, but he's fair. He is also a maestro of algebra. If you're interested in science and math and attending WCC, you can't do much better than Basescu.

11/04/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYSI101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

for lecture he explained things by the book. gave no world examples of how to apply the concepts. for lab he sat quietly at his desk. I strongly suggest avoiding this teacher. if it wasn't for youtube lectures I would have failed the course (stanforduniversity youtube channel - prof Leonard Susskind) amazing physics professor!

01/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very intelligent; really knows the subject well. If youre planning on transferring to Engineering, etc., take this class. Grading is difficult by community college standards, but if you have to take physics here, take it with this guy.

01/16/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Physc111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. B genuinely cares for each of his students' success in mastering physics. Physics is a hard subject and you will quickly realize this but w/ his help you can definitely do well and even earn the grade that you want. He drops one exam and gives a review sheet which gives examples of the style of questions he asks on exams. Do the hw problems!!!

01/11/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
phys110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Basecu is has an amazing understanding of physics and mathematics and is a very fair professor. I would reccomend him if your taking physics or another course he teaches at WCC

11/30/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYSC1623 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He was my professor for Earth Science Lab and he was very strange. I feel that he is a very good teacher and fair grader, but his personality is kind of weird.

09/19/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Astro101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the best classes I took while at WCC. His teaching can seem a bit dry at times, but this is a nerds subjuct to begin with. So, if you find this subject interesting, you will learn alot in his class and he is a very gair grader.

05/21/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHSY110 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

hard....thats all i can say, hardest class ever i have taken

01/15/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYSC123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I'm going to be frank, this class is hard. Dr. Basescu is a great teacher and makes little physics jokes throughout class. He's a real genuine, down to earth guy. He lets you bring in a cheat sheet for tests and the final. I believe the breakdown in grading was 22% Lab, 22% final, %10 homework, 46% Tests. The labs and HW will salvage your grade.

01/11/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PHYSC123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very helpful professor! I was having a lot of trouble understanding the material in the beginning of the semester but Prof. Basescu was always very helpful. I went to ask for help many times during his office hours. He loves teaching! And tries to help the students the most he can.

11/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
PSYSC123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. He is extremely lenient on grading, particularly when you mess things up, he'll try to figure out what you were thinking, and is very generous with partial credit. Basescu obviously enjoys physics and teaching physics, I'd recommend him to anyone as long as they can do algebra and trig. You must know them to do well.

08/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
astro101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Don't take him. He's boring. He sounds like that guy from the clear eye commercial. It's like he's mad that he has to teach & couldn't be an Astronomer or whatever.

05/19/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
phys101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very comprehensive, really knows his stuff! Answered all my questions and thoroughly explained the work. Really enjoyed his class

03/22/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYSC101B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Simply one of the best physics teacher I've had. His explanations are very clear and he is extremely knowledgeable. You do need to work to get a good grade. It is important to do all the homework and read the book. His grading is fair and very clear.

11/10/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS123 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor! Great at what he does.

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