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Thomas Moffett
Professor in the Science department
at Purdue University - West Lafayette, West Lafayette, IN
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Overall Quality
1.4
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Helpfulness
1.2
Clarity
1.5
Easiness
1.8
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05/11/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS 218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Awful, awful professor. Do not take PHYS 218 if he is teaching it. You can't read his handwriting, his examples are terrible, and he is rude or condescending if you ask a question.

05/09/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Literally the WORST professor I have EVER had. Ever. I can not wait for this class to be finished.

05/03/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

This guy is a JOKE!!!! do not use notes or labs or anything that he teaches because he doesnt care he is just going to pull from book that he DOES NOT TEACH!!!!

05/04/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Moffett is an absolutely horrible teacher. I loved the labs, however, he was not worth this class. I love astronomy, but unless they change the professor to someone better, the course isn't worth it.

07/27/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He definitely DOES NOT help students. He lectures, says his bit, and leaves. He reminds me of Colonel Sanders. Exams are not easy and are for the most part permutations of the textbook questions. He definitely gives off the vibe that he'd rather be teaching a 500 course or research. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

07/08/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Worst Professor at Purdue hands down. Why Purdue has employed him as a teacher is beyond me. This is supposed to be basic physics and he teaches as if we knew the material already. Don't bother asking questions either because he will just scoff at you as he thinks he is above everybody. Should be fired.

04/29/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Astr264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This guy needs to either retire or get fired. His class is so boring and so hard. He doesn't explain anything very well, the exams are impossible and he has absolutely no passion. He's teaching the intro course like its a 500 level class. Worst class I've ever taken and worst professor possibly at Purdue.

04/18/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
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1 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Moffett is aweful, his exams are nearly impossible to study. He says they are straight from the author of the book's questions, and they are not. The labs are easy but professor makes the exams all failable, with many tricky questions that have answers that are very similar or all of the above where you might question a third choice. DO NOT TAKE!!!

05/12/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Please for your own sake do not take this class with this professor. Absolutely useless. If you have no astronomy background you will be completely lost on almost everything. The class average was around 55% and we can't all be that stupid so he must be the problem. Exams were ridiculous and he never even gave us study guides. DON'T TAKE IT!!!

05/07/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class wasn't hard at all. I honestly went to only 3 lectures because they were boring and useless and still pulled off an A. He does tell you that all the questions come from the book (the author of the book writes the questions), so all you need to do is study the book. He's not a good teacher at all, but study the book and you'll be fine.

05/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Astr264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He is quite possible the worst professor at Purdue. His lectures were boring, his exams were impossible (more than half the class failed), he didn't provide study guides, he didn't explain anything very well. For your own good take astronomy with another professor or don't take it at all.

04/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This professor is practically useless. His voice is more powerful than Ambien CR and his lectures are pointless. The material he covers in each lecture is miniscule compared to the book (and exams). Also, he rambles on ridiculous tangents. If you have him, expect to do a lot on your own.

04/18/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRO264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS WITH HIM UNLESS YOU WANT TO FAIL! Lectures are a joke you learn absolutely nothing. He doesn't offer help for the tests. he teaches stuff that isn't even on the test. He claims he doesn't know whats going to be on the test till the day before we take it.Not helpful at all.Tests averages were a 50% now that's saying something.

04/14/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ASTR264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Worst professor at Purdue in my opinion. He seems to hate his job and has no interest in being of any help to students. He doesn't even write his own questions to exams. You can study all you want for the exams but will still do poorly. When the exam average of a 330 person lecture is 56% there is obviously an issue.

04/07/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ASTRASTR Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Take it with Ian Shipsey if you get the chance, he is a much better professor.

04/01/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
Astr264 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He is not interesting, really hard to understand, and absolutely unhelpful. He makes you feel as though asking questions or asking for help is a stupid thing to do. I don't recommend this teacher at all. I basically had to teach the material to myself.

12/20/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS218 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This is by far the worst professor I've had at Purdue University. He has no passion in his teaching, very boring. He stands there and derives equations the ENTIRE TIME. You can't tell what he's writing because he writes like a 4 year old. The textbood is a CD that you can only install on one computer, so if you install it on home computer, you don'

07/09/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Bad. Useless lectures. Reads directly from book material. Has interesting examples, but not useful for tests. I thought our test was going to be over problems, but was a surprising amount of questions on theory. Does not like questions. Lost passion for his profession & needs to get out of teaching. Look for a helpful TA. Teach yourself.

12/15/2007
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Ummm...yeah. Most of the previous comments are true. He is a horrible professor! His notes are basically useless, make sure you study the notes available online from the other professor. He is also quite rude, and doesn't answer any questions well at all. And Moffett just rambles.

12/10/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS220 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

This class is horrible and this professor is horrible. Our class had the other professor who teaches the other time once and even though is english was a little difficult to understand i got WAY more from that lecture than I did from all my moffett lectures combined. avoid at all costs.

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