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Stephen Garoff
Professor in the Physics department
at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Overall Quality
2.4
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
1.9
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16 Student Ratings
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05/29/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The class was not easy, but Dr. Garoff was very willing to explain things to try to help me understand what was going on.

02/20/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
33111F Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Garoff may very well be a good physicist, but he is not a very good teacher. His explanations do not clear up misunderstandings, and often cause students to be even more confused. He often gives the impression that he doesn't really know what he's talking about but would rather make up an answer or obfuscate the issue than admit to not knowing.

11/14/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Difficult class, requires a lot of effort. All classes are mandatory and constant test, quiz, hw, etc. Had a hw and reading due, online assignment, and quiz in class all on the same day. Not abnormal.

02/03/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is earnest in teaching, but earnesty is not equivalent to imparting actual physics knowledge. He has passion for physics, but his explanations are not very straightforward, and at times, confusing. I didn't have much of a physics foundation, so this class was hard. If you had a good physics teacher in high school, this class might be easier.

12/15/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PSS111 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

He means well, I think.....But he is probably much better suited doing research somewhere, not trying to teach freshman physics. If you have credit, or can place out, DO IT. He posts old exams online, but they don't reflect the actual exams. His class is painfully boring, and unnecessarily difficult. Maybe do something besides show powerpoints?

03/31/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
PH111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Hope that you have a good TA for Physics 1, since you will learn everything in recitation. As for lectures, showing the solution to a problem on Powerpoint slides is not teaching physics. Neither is vaguely explaining concepts without making the connection between the math and the physics.

07/14/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
MPL340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

MPL explanations were helpful.

05/09/2006
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
Physics I Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

This was a fairly difficult class, but it wasn't nearly as bad as Physics II with Swendsen. I didn't mind it too much.

04/27/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
33-340 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Tries very hard and is quite approachable, although the intensity with which he approaches the material could be viewed as a negative quality if the student was not interested.

11/19/2005
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys. for Sci Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Reaallly hard class in general. He doesn't really explain well though. Good intentions, but hes sort of difficult to talk to. Kind of awkward in terms of communicating. Seems like a nice guy though.

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