October 22, 2019

Sobel, Adam Silver_nugget
The Earth System: Climate

Definitely very knowledgeable about the material but has a difficult time speaking to the level of someone who doesn't share in his understanding.

Workload:

Moderate

September 21, 2014

McManus, Jerry Silver_nugget and Shaw, Tiffany
The Earth System: Climate

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I took this class first semester of my freshman year and it changed the way I think about the earth. We learned about how and why our weather patterns exist, why there are deserts where they are, and how the ocean is acidifying due to global climate change. No prior knowledge is assumed. Only algebra is required. Professor Shaw teaches the first half of the semester, and she is fantastic. Her lecture style is geared so we really understand the material, and she reviews key concepts from the last lecture at the beginning of the next day so you know what to study. Professor McManus is even better, though! He's a super sweet guy who just really loves talking about the oceans, and his office hours are very relaxed. They both really want you to succeed. The lab portion is well integrated and actually illustrates concepts from class.

10/10 would recommend.

Workload:

Homework is completely doable - just a few (2-5) problems/week. The tests are easy if you study - no tricky material. Lab can be tedious, but it's all done on the computer, so you can do it from your bed - you don't have to stay in lab period if you don't want to. But the TA's are really helpful if you do.

March 05, 2007

Cullather, Richard
The Earth System: Climate

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Cullather is the sweetest man ever. He's so willing to help you understand the climate class- I would email him questions and he always responded within an hour, sometimes even within 15 minutes, providing really detailed explanations. He also never makes you feel stupid, which I really appreciated since I'm sure I asked some redundant questions. I don't know what else he's taught, but if he's teaching a class, take it.

Workload:

Hard but he provides lots of opportunities for help.

July 28, 2004

Hays, James
The Earth System: Climate

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Required class for the major/minor, so you'll most likely have to take it. DOn't take it for the science requirement, it's a lot of work. But you learn an incredible amount, so defintely worth it if you're interested in the topic. Kushnir has an accent, talks softly, but his slides are good. Gordon was better than Kushnir, but tended to go off on tangents about Antarctica and Malaysia. He's a hard grader. Hays was the best professor because he explained the most and took the time to answer questions well.

Workload:

Labs every week + lab report writeup, one miderm, one final. Some weekly homework assignments.

April 11, 2004

Kushnir, Yochanan
The Earth System: Climate

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As the previous reviewer mentioned, you will fall asleep. guarenteed. However, on the same note, even if i was awake for an entire lecture, it didn't make much of a difference because he does a poor job of articulating and clearly explaining the complex concepts and processes of the atmospheric system. This is not easy material that you can simply learn on your own...well you can, and i had to- but it's incredibly time consuming.

The Labs will make you want to poke your eyes out. The writeups are even worse.
I hear that other sections of this class have been better...i would try to avoid this guy if possible. If you have no other choice- sit up in the front so you can hear him (he talks very softly)

Good luck!

March 24, 2004

Kushnir, Yochanan
The Earth System: Climate

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Kushnir is the first of three profs for this class. He covers the atmospheric section of the syllibus. He is a little man with a little voice and has an accent. All told, it's kinda adorable. BUT - he WILL put you to sleep. How many times can a man say "adiabatic lapse rate" in a sentance and expect his students not to be snoring? Sometimes he confuses himself, and therefore the class, but manages to make most of it make sense as long as your brain is awake. All of his presentations are available online and I recommend reading the notes posted online before the power points many times over. That's the only way I made sense of it. The labs are painful - literally - after two and a half hours of staring at colored charts on the computer your eyes will be burning. The lad write ups are even more painful, sometimes taking more than 10 hours to complete. It's hard and intimidating but the midterm is suprizingly simple. So, disregard your D's and C's on lab write ups and stick it out. Most people get B+ or A - (like every other class on campus).

Workload:

Weekly three hour lab, write ups (25%? or your grade) vary but can take a hell of a long time, occasional "homeworks" of two or three "problems" which can take time to think out but don't really count for points (if you are totally wrong they'll ask you to redo it), not too much textbook reading, midterm (25%) and final (50%?).

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