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Ken Mellendorf
Professor in the Physics department
at Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
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Overall Quality
2.7
Average Grade
B
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
2.5
Easiness
2.3
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02/08/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ENGR213 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

You might as well take the class online. This teacher starts the year requiring iclickers to make the college money and ends the first day of class saying "by the way, i will not cover all the material in class, there simply is not enough time." Then he fills his lectures with proofs and never covers a practice problem front to end. 0 stars

10/21/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 212-214 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

It may seem like Dr Mellendorf has an impenetrable layer of aloofness from his students, but after several semesters, it will get better (hang in there!). Homework is somewhat akin to eating spinach. His tests aren't too bad if you know the material well, but time is short. He's worth taking (well, he's the only option) and not as bad as most think

09/28/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He is very long-winded whenever he answers questions, and gives vague, theoretical explanations that don't actually help with the homework. I can count on one finger the number of example problems he's done in class to completion. His tests are easy, but with a really, really short time limit. Count on your quizzes and lab grade to keep you afloat.

06/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

His physics courses are very tough. The only thing that kept me afloat was the homework, but it takes an extremely long time to do the homework how he wants it. He seems to abnormally LOVE physics, but doesn't seem to know how to teach it to someone who is not on his level with the subject. Good luck with this guy.

12/11/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are almost useless for learning the material and doing the homework. One positive about the class is there are a lot of ways to get points with all the different homework assignments. Be prepared to only have two actual days of class. The other days are grading other people's homework and taking quizzes. The quizzes are helpful at least.

10/24/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS212 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Bad teacher, the only thing that makes him smile is when he fantasizes about students spending hours doing homework. Worst part is, he has a monopoly on the physics courses since no other teacher will teach it and its required for most engineering degrees.

06/07/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not sure why everyone thinks this guy is a genius. He overtalks everything to make himself appear extremely smart. He has a good understanding of basic physics principles but doesn't explain things very well. Lectures are agonizing! Bring something to do.

12/18/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Phys120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Mellendorf is a highly incompentent man. While he has a pretty high knowledge of physics, he has no idea how to get it across to normal people. Do not take him unless you want to withstand his irregular, boring style of teaching.

11/13/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I am not kidding when I say he is the smartest man I know. Unfortunately, his intelligence is inversely proportional to his teaching ability. He knows what he is talking about, but he is rather boring. Also, most of the lecture will be filled with him over-explaining something easy. Make friends with your book, you are going to need it.

07/25/2009
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS211 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Extremely intelligent man. Good teacher when you can focus through his slowly spoken, long winded lectures. If you need help, get him during his office hours. Very good at explaining terms and concepts in a one on one environment. Little known secret: M-Dorf has crazy good dancing skills.

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