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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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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.

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