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Sam Matteson
Professor in the Physics department
at University of North Texas, Denton, TX
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Overall Quality
2.7
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Hotness
Helpfulness
2.8
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.7
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33 Student Ratings
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12/11/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

To quote the Great Gatsby 'he turned out alright in the end'. Yes the tests were hard, and he was kind of hard to understand. But, he was fair, gave lots of extra credit which outweighed the tough exams. Go to class, and pay attention to what he says. Spring 2014 is his last semester, he's retiring, so have a good time with him and listen up!

05/09/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS 1251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I would never recommend taking this class from Professor Matteson! I absolutely love physics, yet this class was anything but. I cannot stress enough how terribly instructed the class was, and how VERY confusing the syllabus, lectures, notes, and online material was. I sent several emails and he never replied.

01/07/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Lectures are very unclear if you're not music or physics savvy. Referring to the powerpoints is useless because the examples provided are unclear and they are very wordy. Hard to study for this class. Very nice guy and tries to keep the class interesting with videos and demos everyday. Don't recommend if you don't music or physics well.

10/08/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
phys1710 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Don't recommend. Lectures are useless, tests you over stuff he hasn't taught. He then admits that he forgot to teach you how to do the first question on the test but says you should know it anyways. Works problems like he is speaking to himself and not to a student.

05/07/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
phys1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

he is so unclear in his lectures, he expects everyone to be a music major and a physics genius. Extra credit is given for attending the lectures and the lab is easy enough, but super boring. i definitely don't recommend this teacher.

01/20/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
phys1111 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Class could be boring at times, but for the most part, the tests were easy as was the lab section that went with this course.

11/15/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Phys1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

He's terrible. doesnt post anything. the class is a waste of time. It's easy. don't learn anything from lectures. practice tests are basically the tests. He's been doing the same stuff for 3 years, and is getting no better. He needs to step his teaching game up, he's very forgetful to.

10/24/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1710 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Matteson is a really fun guy and I've always thought that he looks a little like and acts a little like Robin Williams. However, when it comes to learning physics from him, don't count your chickens before they hatch. You will not learn anything from his lectures unless you are already a physics genius before taking basic physics.

07/19/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awesome teacher, will go out of his way to help you succeed. Loves physics & is easy to approach-- will answer questions intelligently but without making you feel dumb. Save yourself grief and read the textbook, he WILL put questions from it on the final.

04/06/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Phys1250 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Does not grade projects and exams during time he says he will. Group projects are impossible to conduct because no one wants to get together to work on them. Labs are a waste of time.

01/02/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

You will pass if you do the projects, go to the lab, and come to class every time. Attendance is extra credit and that's why I passed. I made Cs on all the tests and almost failed the final, but I still made a B because of the projects, labs, and attendance.

12/23/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Matteson is not too bad. He is passionate about the subject but the material can get kind of advanced at some times without any in depth explanation for the student's understanding. The weekly labs are pointless and a pain. Go to the review sessions! The TA's will tell you what will/won't be on the exams and you can get your questions answered.

11/05/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Sometimes he does go a bit fast, but it's always smart to print off the "skeleton notes" that he has online. They are VERY useful in understand what is talked about daily. Attend the review sessions by the TA, very helpful. Attendance is not mandatory, but recommended...it's work half a WHOLE letter grade of final grade.

05/11/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
SCIT1251 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Took Physics of Musical Sound with Dr. Matteson to fulfill my physical science requirements. Like the comments suggest he does mumble and go off course occasionally which can make it hard to understand what hes' saying, but he more than makes up for it by the clearcut directions and helpful notes he puts on blackboard. He's also funny and very nice

11/29/2009
average
4 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Seems like he'd be great in a small class, but I have him for lecture and it's pretty dreadful. He knows his stuff but gets pretty off-topic. Seems like he's a researcher first and a teacher second, but once again, he seems like he'd be great in a small class.

11/13/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Very passionate about students learning - not just phys class but in general. Lots of demos; jokes are 'groaners' but you have to laugh. Extremely brilliant guy & really knows his stuff - may have hard time relating to those who don't speak phys. Wants students to excell outside of school. Extra credit for attendance.

06/08/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
phys1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

did not like this class but got a B. attendance is extra credit. just do the simple projects, go to class, and you'll be shocked by your ending grade. didn't like the teacher and hated listening to him. just do your assignments and go to labs and you'll be fine.

02/20/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
PHYS1251 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 used to tech his lectures. I LOVE hearing about physics of sound, but not from this butt-hole. He may be an okay teacher, but he tends to be quite condescending. If/when I do take the class, I wouldn't take this guy unless there was no one better.

01/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Matteson is probably the most passionate teacher i have ever had. He puts a tremendous amount of work into his lecture and executes very well. He strives to be liked by his students and does a good job. He uses live demonstrations and youtube videos nearly every class period. You get bonus points for attending class.

10/09/2008
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
PHYS1270 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He tends to not post the homework he assigns online.

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