Fleishon, Neil  

Physics

1.30/4.00

116 evaluations


PHYS 0


Graduate Student
N/A
General Ed
Apr 2011
Get out of his class while you still can!

PHYS 104


Sophomore
B
General Ed
Dec 2010
cool guy, really knows what hes talking about. if you are looking for an easy GE take it. i put in very minimal effort and got a B in the class

PHYS 121


Sophomore
B
Elective
May 2008
This man should be fired from Cal Poly, he must be a tenure teacher to be half-assing the class the way that he does. Sure his lectures are informative, but more in a Bill Nye the Science guy kind of way. You might be interested in what hes saying but round comes test day and BAM 1. He didnt review for the test. 2. He didnt recognize the students PROBLEMS with the test/hw 3. Didnt do much to prepare us in the first place. Granted he will go over the theories in a very insightful way, but thats not whats passed me in this class, it was the fact that i sat down and read everything over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...e^100000000000000000000000


Sophomore
C
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Aug 2008
I was so glad this class finally finished. Man, i never spent so much time on one subject in my life. I only took this class b/c it was the only one available at the time and it was a support course. Fleishon is an okay guy but makes you feel like an ass when you ask him for help. I knew nothing about physics early on in the class but i did learn a ton from many hours of failed attempts of doing homework that wasn't worth my time. DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS IF YOU DON'T HAVE TO. It is a living hell and you'll regret it. I spent over 20 hours each week trying to complete each hw assignment properly. It really sucked to waste that much time on such a small part of my grade. Overall this class was my worst nightmare.


Sophomore
A
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Sep 2008
Fleishon appeared to be a good professor the first week of class. I understood what he was talking about (even if it was just adding vectors) Then we moved on. He would spend the entire class period arguing with students as to why he was right and they were wrong, when the entire class KNEW he was wrong. He may know advanced physics information but has no concept of ANYTHING else, He straight up told me that factoring out a variable was incorrect algebra and changed the equation. Thanks I have known how to factor since 5th grade. He would promise that the newest section wouldn't be on the midterm, then 1 of the 4 problems (25%) was from the section he specifically said wouldn't be on there. And he is NEVER wrong, he will waste the entire lecture proving that, and wasting time instead of teaching us what we need to know. Most physics classes spent a few days at least on rigid bodies, we spent 15 minutes, on one example and guidelines then took a quiz on it... He assigns homework before he lectures on it and then grades it for correctness. He called people in class dumb, or told them they would understand if they paid attn. By far the worst teacher i have had at Poly. Not only is he a bad professor he is an arrogant asshole as well.


Sophomore
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Dec 2011
Horrible professor!! Doesn't do any problems, how are you supposed to teach physics without doing problems?? PHYS 121 was not supposed to be a difficult class but his lack of teaching skills made it really bad. don't take him!!!!!!!


Freshman
C
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Feb 2015
Looks, acts, sounds like Rex from Toy Story. k bye. no but for real.


Freshman
C
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Feb 2015
wears the same white kswiss shoes, fishing pants, every day and brings an umbrella regardless of the weather. DId the voiceover for Rex in Toy Story. Acts like a dinosaur in general. (also* he is a pretty horrid professor, 10/10 wouldn't recommend.)

PHYS 122


Sophomore
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Nov 2004
EXPECT TO STAY THE FULL THREE HOURS...you have to print out the worksheets and the activities...the nice thing is you don't have to buy the lab manual...he continues lecture in his lab...and sometimes lab can run over...so don't take his lab if class right after because you will have to run to the next class...it helps though with understanding the concepts and expect the activitie to be on the quizzes and midterms in lecture...luckily there are no quizzes or tests in lab...overall he is a pretty good professor...


Sophomore
C
General Ed
Dec 2004
His exams are reasonable, but his quizzes are a good way to score some points. However expect to stay the whole period for all periods.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Jan 2005
this is a great teacher he grades the class on a 15 percent curve so 55percent and up is a C, homework is not collected but you will have a quiz every week on the homework and it it open book and notes and whatever you want, not neighbor, midterms are realatively dificult and same with final but if you do decent on midterm and final and do good on your quizzes then you will be fine and are garunteed a B


Freshman
B
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Sep 2005
Fleishon's lecture's aren't very engaging. Once in awhile he will present some interesting information, but it usually doesn't show up on quizzes or exams. Study for the quizzes, it's a good way to get points, they aren't very hard. His exams, though, can be tough. Make sure you read the book and are familiar with the labs. He will use material not gone over in class, and expect you to understand the labs for the exams. Your lab grade does matter to him somewhat, when determining your final grade.


Junior
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Dec 2005
Wow. Great teacher. I've taken two years of physics in high school and a semester in community college and Neil is hands-down the best physics teacher I've ever had. He explains complicated subject matter in a way that's easy to understand and he doesn't make things more complex than they need to be. When grading quizzes and tests, he'll give you as many points as possible and his grading scale is very forgiving (100-85 = A, 85-70 = B, ect). Take him if you can. I can't recommend him enough.


Freshman
A
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Aug 2006
Fleishon is a bit of a freak. He teaches to the back wall. That is, he stares vacantly over everyone's heads while he lectures. He's really out of touch with his students. I did well in the class, but not thanks to Fleishon. I'd stay away if possible. Learn physics from http://www.tubgull.com/ instead.


Junior
D
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Dec 2007
This guy is horrible. He NEVER does any example problems, lectures to the back wall, and is SO boring. I would highly recommend taking a different teacher if you can!!!


Senior
B
Elective
Jan 2008
Dr. Fleishon was a great prof. I really enjoyed his lectures because they were interesting and I felt that they helped with the homework problems and prepared me for his exams. I don't know why some people bash him, because this guy actually teaches. You will definitely learn each lecture (if you go!) and his demonstrations go well with what he's talking about, so you get a visual presentation of what's going on. He is also helpful in office hours and he knows how to explain things to students. He has a set curve (85 to get an A, 70 to get a B and so on) and his tests are fair. I would recommend taking this guy.


Sophomore
C
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May 2008
For the love of christ, somebody please hit this man with your car. I have no idea where to start with Fleishon, maybe with the fact that he the worst teacher I have ever had in my. If you ask him a question, he will not know the answer, guaranteed, and then he will make you feel like an idiot to make himself feel better. His tests are vague and impossible to complete. While reviewing for our final, he stated two different subjects that would NOT be on the test, and low and behold, they ended up being on the final. I have never been wanted to reallllllly hurt somebody in my life, but just give me the chance and this man will be missing both arms and legs, and I will personally rip his hair out. AVOID HIM LIKE THE PLAGUE.


Junior
N/A
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May 2008
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Junior
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May 2008
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Freshman
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Sep 2008
Fleishon will make you feel like he cares about his student's understanding of the material. He is extremely paranoid of his students being out to get him (who knows why?) and plots anti-cheating schemes for his ridiculously difficult tests. Fleishon has an old case of Napolean's Disease, or small man's syndrome. He tries to overcompensate for his lack of manhood and take it out on Cal Poly students because he knows that we will have more success in our lives than he will ever reach. I withdrew from the course because I refuse to learn from a professor that I do not respct in any regard. I will never register for a class with him again...Lesson learned shithead.


5th Year Senior
A
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Sep 2008
i havent had this guy in over 3 years, and im simply writing to support and hand credit to the ones who ACCURATELY rated him. "F" , for fuck you Fleishon , go back to the pits of hell where you belong. I would rather throw my self in a wood chipper, then even ride in the same elevator as this ass. WORST PERSON EVER.


Junior
D
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Oct 2008
I think he might hate all students. He must have been picked on in school and thought becoming a proffesor was a good way to get back at the world. I took the class over again and got a b+ if that tells you anything. I you do end up taking his class for some reason punch him in is mouth for me.


Freshman
A
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Oct 2008
This guy is the worst teacher I have ever had. I was unfortunate enough to have him for lecture and lab. He was totally unprepared in lecture and lab. He couldn't answer any questions on material not covered in the lab manual and would get defensive or hostile if you want clarification on his incoherent explanations of concepts he doesn't understand. The labs would always go over the allotted time because he would interrupt the experiment to ask us all stupid questions that have nothing to do with anything. If you want to do well on lab reports, don't worry about content, deductions are made for punctuation, nomenclature, and other things that could be graded by a 3rd grader. He doesn't understand anything in the lab report so make sure you put in the buzz words, he just checks them off a list. Don't take this teacher if you are at all interested in learning the material, or you have the balls to slap that dumb ass smirk off his face.


Junior
C
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Oct 2008
Please, please, please.....for your own sanity, DO NOT take this man! He is the worst teacher I have ever had! I could go on and on but I would just be repeating the same stories as other people have posted. I honestly think this man hated our class. I went to office hours a couple of times and rather than getting help, he bitched me out because the class did poorly on the last test! He proceeded to say he would never teach this class again and that he's sick and "fucking tired" of lazy bastards. To top it all off, he told me to ask somebody else for help. Again, DO NOT TAKE FLEISHON!


Sophomore
B
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Nov 2013
Neil knows his physics, talks clearly, but makes everything about the course much more difficult than it needs to be. He spends the entire lecture deriving formulas rather than doing examples. For a beginner level physics class, it's completely unnecessary when there's so much material we have to cover within 11 weeks. The worst part about this course, however, is the fact that we had to follow a professional standardized format for every quiz/test formula and lab write-up as if we were presenting the material to a scientist. I got the answers to the problems correct with units, but I lost so many points because I forgot to include my units WITHIN THE CALCULATIONS. It's extremely distracting to have to worry about every single pencil stroke because he's such a stickler about his formatting. I assume he realizes that he does this to his students because his grading scale shows 85-100 as an A, 70-85 as a B, and 55-70 as a C, which is nice. Overall, neil expects perfection from an introductory physics course; If this was a Junior/Senior level course than I would have no problem with this class-style. I don't recommend him.


Junior
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Feb 2014
I was definitely nervous after reading the previous reviews, but pleasantly surprised. I guess the people only leave reviews when they have either a really bad experience, or a great experience, nothing in between. The material & pace was very reasonable, and as the previous reviewer said, no curve but a 15 point range per grade (85%+ = A, 70-84 = B, etc.). Lectures synced up well with the assigned reading, so if anything was confusing in lecture, it was easy to find the relevant section in the text. He assigned about a dozen homework problems each week, then sent out a copy of the solutions over the weekend. Homework was not collected, but weekly homework quizzes were a single problem DIRECTLY from the homework, just with different numbers (pretty easy if you do the homework and check the solutions). He expects you to show all your work, and you will lose points if you don't, but he also gives plenty of partial credit as long as you show your work. No cheat sheet allowed for quizzes & exams, but all equations are provided. I'd suggest working homework problems using his equation sheet, rather than the book's equations, since those are all you'll have on the exams, and some of them look a bit different than the ones in the book.

PHYS 123


5th Year Senior
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May 2006
Wow. Is this the same guy? Fleishon must be bitter about teaching my lab or something... I have never encountered any professor so condecending and rude before! He confuses the hell out of people during his recitation then is of little to no help during the lab itself. Half the time I'm not really sure he even knows what we're supposed to be doing. Then when you ask a question he responds as if he's bored with you and really couldn't be bothered by something as mundane as teaching physics. What's the deal? Everyone else said such nice things... Maybe he just needs a vacation.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
prick


Junior
F
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Oct 2008
Fleishon is the worst teacher I have ever had in my life. He cannot teach the material at all, and he has a horrible temper. I got an f which i didn't deserve because i did all the homework. Im telling you... If you have to take this class take another teacher. I dont care if you have to add the class, wait next quarter to take it, or kill someone in another section just so you could take their spot but whatever you do, DO NOT TAKE FLEISHON!!!!! I cant wait till the board gets its act together and fires this son of a bitch.

PHYS 131


Junior
D
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Aug 2001
This was probably one of the worst instructors I've ever had. He was totally no help when I would go see him at his office hour and I couldn't even finish his tests on time. Unfortunately, I also had him for lab which was like double jeopardy. He would talk for 2 hours and then expect a fully written lab report to be turned in at the end of lab. Hey, I'm trying to be objective as possible here, OK? But it's not easy. I would definitely not recommend this teacher and I would have to say that you should ovoid him at all costs. Take Chance Hoellwarth instead... he is more interesting in class and more helpful during office hours.


Sophomore
B
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Sep 1999
I think that this profesor was one of the more challenging profesors in the department and that he does get across the material. I also believe that he is a very strict profesor and felt that his test were pretty straight forwaord, except the final because that was kind of a surprise.


Sophomore
C
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Mar 2000
I'm a physics major and even though my grade didn't necessarily reflect my knowledge I thought Dr. Fleishon really knew his stuff. I mean c'mon he received a B.S. at M.I.T. and a doctorate at Berkeley. He knew Physics inside and out. He gave about 5-7 quizzes based on the homework, but his tests seem to drift off into realms of Physics we hadn't covered. His final was however, redeeming. If you can take the time to really read over the book and understand the process of equation solving thoroughly you'll do great, but don't be turned away becuase of hard work, you can learn alot form this guy. I wish I had put more effort into the class and maybe that would have shown up in the end.


Sophomore
C
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Dec 2002
Fleishon wasnt too bad. AT first I hated him but towards the end I really started to like him. He is a tough grader, but he really knows his physics. He doesnt collect homework and he does one quiz a week with one problem on it directly from the homework. THe midterm questions are also comparible to the homework, so If you just keep up with that and dont get lazy then you will do fine. He tries to learn the names of the students who participates because he does give participation points, so dont be afraid to ask something. His labs are kind of boring, but he is real helpful in them.. He also doesnt curve which sucks, but he grades on a 15 point grading scale which really helps. Overall I would take him again.


Freshman
A
General Ed
Jan 2003
Doctor Fleishon was extremely fair as a teacher. He was clear in his presentation of material, even if it was a bit dry, and the quizes and tests followed from that. The quizes were not a problem, but the tests were a stretch for time. Fleishon was excellent at helping the class when we had difficulty, and extremely flexible with scheduling, even adding an extra final time. He's an excellent guy and a good prof.


Freshman
B
General Ed
Jan 2003
prepares you well


Sophomore
A
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Jan 2003
Besides the fact that the course is one of the easiest engineering courses on campus, Fleishon also does a great job of teaching it. I don't think there was one time in class where someone asked a question and he didn't answer it all the way.He doesnt collect homework but the quizzes are off of it and thats incentive enough. Overall: Awesome teacher


Freshman
B
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Feb 2003
Fleishon is a great physics teacher. He presents the material clearly, and he will answer any questions you have.


Freshman
C
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Feb 2003
Fleishon was great. He taught the material well, and knew his stuff. His tests were easy in the beginning, but then got more challenging as the quarter went on. The final was hard as hell, but if you have good study habits you should do well. If you have taken physics before, he will teach you something new, I guarantee it. His little props in lecture were kind of funny, especially when they screw up. Howeever, when I asked him for help, not only did the rest of the class made me feel stupid, but he too made me feel stupid. That's the only bad thing about him. I think my questions were just stupid. Take this guy, he's great.


Freshman
B
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Jan 2004
Fleishon was a really good professor. He explained things very clearly and worked problems out step by step. He was always at his office hours ready to help anyone who came. Even when you have a lot of problems you need help on he will go through all of them. You have a quiz once a week. Homework is not required, but I would do it because one of the problems on the quiz is directly from the homework. His midterms are difficult and you have to study hard to do good on them. The problems on them are like none you've seen. I was expecting a ridiculous final, but it wasn't that hard at all. Overall he is very fair and gives a lot of partial credit. He grades on a 15 point scale (an A is 85-100%) which saved my butt this quarter. I would definitely take Fleishon for 131 and I wish he was teaching 132.


Sophomore
B
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Mar 2004
Fleishon is awesome! Take him for any class you can. Home work is not due, but there are weekly quizes. He doesn't curve but there is a 15 point grading system.


Freshman
C
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Jun 2004
i personally did not care the fleishon's teaching stratagies. he made the students feel smaller than need be, and made no attempt to answer questions that i had, if i got the nerve to ask them--in fact he usually confused me more when i did ask. i thought office hours would be more usefull, they're not, if you don't get the material, he's not going to help. he's a brilliant man, just not a great teacher.


Sophomore
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Jul 2004
This, of course, is an evaluation for his 131 LAB CLASS. Professor Fleshion really REALLY needs work during the lab. He puts the class to sleep and doesn't seem to be a bit energized. He is a smart teacher though but VERY tedious on the labs because it's very difficult to get an S+ that could boost up your grade in your 131 Lecture class. Although his evaluations are great, he's just an okay as a lab eacher but you will RARELY get out of class at least 30 minutes early. Try to take a teacher that will get you out of there and FAST.


Sophomore
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Sep 2004
I bear Fleishon no ill will...the guy obviously knows his Physics and clearly is willing, if not necessarily able, to convey it. I say unable because he will make simple textbook problems confusing as hell, and gloss over the more difficult ones. It's true, I had him for 131 Lab, and he was not very effective in that (now defunct) capacity. We never once got out before the three hours were up, he loves to talk and that often meant rushing through (admittedly meaningless) experiments. The first hour consists of a problem or two which are suggested or randomly picked from the book or online problems. The second hour involved an excruciating foray into the minutiae of whatever godforsaken task we had to do. Then the weekly lecture on significant figures and report form, which lasts 15-30 minutes. At last, 30 minutes of not having to feel my spinal column fuse together. Do yourself a favor. If Fleishon is taking a lab section, take it with somebody else, if you can. You will not come out with even a modicum of Physics knowledge, only a keen pain in the backside and a headache, and maybe a big red spot on your forehead from sleeping on the desk. Highly disrecommended.


Freshman
A
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Jun 2009
This guy is an arrogant jerk, but he makes the material so easy that it's impossible to not understand. You will understand the material well. He likes to hear himself talk so much that eventually something will click for you. The work load was way bearable too.


5th Year Senior
Credit
General Ed
Dec 2009
I\'ll be the first to say this: he looks like an uglier version of Dr. House.


Freshman
A
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Dec 2009
Fleishon was an odd guy, but he knew what he was talking about. The biggest problem was that he was very picky about making sure that we drew pictures and symbols and really didn\'t care if we got the right answer most of the time. Once you figure out what he\'s looking for, it\'s almost impossible to NOT get partial credit for every problem. He gave a short reading quiz each lecture and an additional homework quiz once a week. Bottom line, if you\'re a visual person who likes drawing- take him. If you only care about crunching numbers- don\'t!


Sophomore
F
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Mar 2010
Take him only if you already have taken a physics class before. He zoomed thru the first chapter, quickly explaining everything. He is a hard grader in Lab.


Freshman
B
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Mar 2010
Pretty boring, kinda an odd guy, but overall he really knows his stuff and you will learn something in his class. His midterms were pretty hard and his final was ridiculous, but the great thing about his class is that he has a set curve, so 55% is a C, 70% is a B, 85% is an A. Easy class to pass. Yes, he may not be a great professor, and he keeps you the ENTIRE time in lab with no exception, but he presents the information clearly. He gives reading quizzes every day and a homework quiz once a week, but they are pretty easy and force you to learn the material. Don\'t take him if you have better options, but it\'s not such a bad thing if you get stuck with him.


Freshman
A
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Mar 2010
This guy sucks, but the class is impossible not to pass. 55% for a C and he gives so much partial credit. Just drawing a picture gets you at least half credit. Nobody should fail this class.


Junior
B
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Sep 2013
I think the reason why Fleishon gets a bad rep is because mostly freshmen take his class. They don't understand that he's not here to be your friend, and he won't care about your grade if you come in to his office hours for the first time, right before the final. Taking this class as a sophomore, I did all the homework assigned, sat in the front row every class, and went to his office hours once a week. I'm not a genius, but I worked hard to earn a solid B. It seemed like the people in my class were mostly freshmen, didn't do their homework until the night of each test. Fleishon is a great teacher, he explains things clearly, all you have to do is complete each problem exactly how he wants you to, and do all the homework. He gives out a lot of partial credit which definitely helped me during his class. He's not the most friendly teacher, but that doesn't mean he can't teach.

PHYS 132


Freshman
C
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Jun 2001
Dr. Fleishon is a very intelligent instructor. His presentation of the material was very straight-forward. His tests are reasonable and he uses a 15 point grading scale...the only reason I got a C in the class


Sophomore
A
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Dec 2001
Dr. Fleishon is a great instructor. He conveys the course material really well. He does not require that you turn in homework, but I recommend that you do it anyways. His weekly quizzes are taken straight from the homework problems, so that should be enough incentive to do them. The exams are difficult, but you have plenty of time to work. Professor Fleishon is very flexible. He arranged an alternate final time for me since I had a conflict with another final. Somehow I forgot when he told me to come take the test but he was willing to give me yet another test date. I strongly recommend this teacher to anyone who needs to take PHYS 132 and wants to learn the material.


Freshman
C
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Jun 2002
I really liked this guy. His lectures are a bit dry, but no surprises here - he tells you upfront what you should know for the tests, and the tests and quizzes are EXTREMELY REASONABLE. He doesn't curve, which sucks, but if you keep up on homework you are pretty much guaranteed to pass. No proofs, no derivations, just upfront application problems.


Sophomore
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Mar 2005
This Lab was pretty easy anyways but fleishon actually writes most of the lab report on the board for you to copy before you turn it in. All teh labs are hand-written and turned in at the end of class so there is no homeowork which is good. The only thing bad I can say is that he actually uses the first hour of class for recesatation, so you will end up staying at least 2.5 hours instead of going right into the lab and getting out an hour or two early.


Sophomore
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Mar 2007
As a lab instructor, he seems to be able to talk non-stop for 2.5 hours straight. Not that there's anything wrong with recitation, mind you, but for that long? And plus, it was at 8 in the morning on a Friday too, so I pretty much wanted to go to sleep, and on top of that, it was pretty much useless since my lecture was a Tuesday-Thursday class and we had already covered everything for the week. On the other hand though, he rarely follows the format of the lab manual, which is a good thing and allows us to do the experiment in 30 minutes, however, he seems pretty anal-retentive on small things such as sig figs. Other than that, he's a pretty alright instructor, and it's pretty hard to get an S- from him. I probably wouldn't survive in his lecture class seeing as he wants everything to be perfect. And oh yeah, the way he writes his capital As is funny.


Freshman
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Mar 2007
Neil Fleishon was a solid lab instructor...but I can't really be too enthusiastic about him because it was the little stuff that pissed me off. He uses every possible second of recesitation, meaning 2 hours in Neil time. When someone asks a question about a homework problem, he'll go through it and then go off for 30 mins about how important conversions and sig figs. Yeah, it may be okay for the first couple labs but not 5 or 6 weeks deep into the quarter. Worse, if no one has a question about homework...he'll make the class work through a problem he makes up in his head just for the hell of it. I like him because he's very consistent at explaining things, but hate him because he talks forever is so anal about the way people do his labs. On the bright side, he makes it clear that it's almost impossible to get an S- unless you don't show up, so you're guaranteed an S grade. An S+ is more difficult if you don't catch on to what he wants in a lab report right away. Overall...he's a good lab instructor to take if you don't mind following stringent guidelines for lab reports and can stand him talking for 2 hours.


Sophomore
B
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Apr 2007
He will use the 1 hour recitation, then another hour to explain the lab and then a last hour to do it. You will be in lab 3 hours. Take him at your own risk


Freshman
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Oct 2007
Fleishon...what a grouchy fuck. That guy needs to get laid.


Freshman
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May 2008
i want to tear one of Fleishon's stumpy little legs off and beat him till he is nothing but a bloody pulp.


Freshman
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Sep 2008
Neil Fleishon is the laziest human on earth. He should be used for fertilizer.


Senior
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Sep 2008
In my four years, this is by far the worst teacher at the university. I did not open my book once during the quarter, which is to say I learned nothing. This may sound appealing, but taking nothing away from a course can come back to haunt you. He is unprepared, condescending to students, and is basically unqualified to teach the course.


Sophomore
B
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Oct 2008
I don't know if at any point he was a good professor, but he certianly is not now. For some bizzare reason I have taken him for 2 classes. 141 and 132. I can honestly say that between the two classes the only thing that I have learned from him is how to fall asleep with my eyes open. Most of the time he doesn't even know how to solve his own test questions, so if you make it look like you know what you are doing you'll get credit. Be prepared for some of the worst written tests known to man, complete with grammatical errors, missing parameters, and incorrect symbols, and missing information. If you want an A in a physics class, take him for 141 or something and just study for a couple hours before each test. If you want to feel like a retard in 132 take him for 141. If you like taking tuesday thursday classes and being let out 15 minutes early everytime, take his class. If you want to learn physics, I would probably not take him (and by probably I mean never).


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
This teacher was by far the worst teacher I have ever had my entire life. He tells the class that there is no right answer to one of his questions. When a student answers the question, he gets irritated because that wasn't the answer he wanted so he threatens to throw the student's quiz away. This guy hates questions and takes our questions as a challenge to his "teacher authority." Whatever you do, don't take this teacher. And if you have to, my apologies to you and good luck to the worst 10 weeks of your Cal Poly life.


Freshman
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Oct 2008
Neil Fleishon is one of the best teachers I ever had. He was always very helpful during his office hours and he gives good advise about how to study for the test. His tests are not easy but if you follow his advice (do the homework by your self, do not copy it, do the problems on the book) you will be okay. I really recomend him. Thank you Neil Fleishon I really learned and enjoyed your class.


Freshman
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Oct 2008
I love Fleishon. I think he is the greatest teacher in the world. I wish every class I had was taught by him. I hope that every student at Cal Poly can experience the joy of taking Fleishon.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
If he's here, who's running Hell?


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
Neil Fleishon is a bitter man whose only love in life in convincing himself that he knows more than you do. Maybe hes not the worst teacher on campus, but I just plain can't stand the guy as a human being. If you're looking for a professor to constantly put you down and make you feel stupid, then this is your man. He loves to tell you what's wrong with everyone but him, but if you ask me the real proof of how screwed up our society is is the fact that this guy is married with a kid. Neil Fleishon should never have reproduced. Overall, this guy doesn't curve, is a total egotistical jerk, and should be avoided at all cost.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
you suck at teaching! ...there.... i feel alot better about how you wasted my time.


Freshman
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Oct 2008
he's an asshole. he doesn't recognize when people are having difficulties with the material and he doesn't really like helping people. he loves to belittle students. he's very impatient and only cares about himself. DOES ANYONE READ THESE ANYMORE?? WE NEED TO GET RID OF THIS PROFESSOR. CAL POLY, GIMME MY MONEY'S WORTH!!!


Freshman
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Oct 2008
Horrible teacher. He comes in looking like he is pissed off and after about 30 seconds, you can tell He is. He explains nothing and yells at those who ask questions. Lecture consists of him scrawling a bunch of crap on the board. He writes on the board faster than I can take notes, let alone pay attention to. According to him, it's merely our fault for being a bunch of lazy students who have no business attending a school like cal poly. By the end of the quarter, the class had loosened up and would regularly chuckle or laugh as a group at his expectations. It's amusing in a sick way to watch him demonstrate what mechanical waves looked like by waving his arms around. He belongs on the streets with beggars and thieves, and not in our education system. If you're forced to take his class, look on the bright side, it can only get better from here on out.


Sophomore
B
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Oct 2008
Whoever says students come first to Fleishon must be thinking of another teacher in a far away magical land! As far as I have seen, this guy doesn't give a rat's @$$ about his students. The only good thing that you could get from his classes is experience in dealing with some future jerk-off boss in the real world.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
Fleishon's class is pretty straight forward. The first half of the class was just plug and chug, and the second half gets marginally tougher, but nothing too hard. Follow directions and you'll do fine on the homeworks, quizzes and Exams. Don't expect him to be much help though. He is exceedingly grumply and foul-tempered. Basically, he is a dick.


Freshman
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Oct 2008
"Basically, he is a dick" is a tremendous understatement. This man is the Antichrist.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
Thirty-three hours of my life wasted in lab. [please note: The average Cal Poly engineer spends about fifteen hours of their life in PHYS 132 lab) Calculate the experimental error, and make sure to do the calculation twice with sig figs.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
All I have to say is be prepared to be raped mentally.


Sophomore
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Nov 2008
If you have yet to see this fuck...here he is in all his glory:http://www.calpoly.edu/~phys/faculty_pages/nfleishon.html


Sophomore
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Dec 2008
I don't understand why everyone on polyratings hates Fleishon. He was a good professor. His lectures were fairly clear, his tests were fair, and his grading policy is straightforward. He never did anything to condescend students in class. Maybe hes changed this quarter? I don't know. I never went to any office hours. He brings physics toys to class to demo what the lecture is about, he presented material well, and the tests / quizzes were reasonable. I could have easily gotten an A if I had done the homework. There is nothing wrong with Fleishon, so take his class.


Sophomore
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Feb 2009
This man should not be allowed out of his house, much less allowed to teach people anything. He is a mean, bitter old bastard that should be forcefully retired. He has a major need to be superior and will do anything to make sure that your answer to a question is wrong. If you are forced to have him as a teacher STAY OUT OF HIS WAY. Sit in the back, remain silent at all times, do not let him know your name and don’t make eye contact. Do all of this and you can get a good grade, but you’ll be reduced to a mere shadow of your former self by the end of the quarter.


Sophomore
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Mar 2009
DO NOT take this asshole. Wait a quarter if thats what it takes. I went into his office hours and he told me to read the chapter 3 or 4 times and I would figure it out and not have to go to his office hours. Our class average was an F on the midterm and he blamed it on us. I would pay good money to be able to fight this guy.


Freshman
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Jun 2010
The first thing Neil told my class is that it was not his job to teach, it was the book\'s job. Unfortunately, he meant it. His lectures are BASIC overviews that do not serve you well whatsoever. That being said, everything graded (tests and quizes) can be found word for word in the text book. just do the reading and HW that he assigns and getting a B in the class is not too hard at all.


Sophomore
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Oct 2010
the person below is right. he told us on the first day \"my job is not to teach you\". he isnt realy as evil as these reviews make him out to be. just be a decent person and he wont eat you alive or anything. the quizes were pretty basic and if u did homework they were like free points. lab reports were very easy and simple. not bad but not great.


Sophomore
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Dec 2012
When he actually taught he was ok. Teaching for him though was going over two sections of a chapter covering and covering the most basic concepts. The rest you had to teach yourself. Physics 132 is not a very difficult class, but it is harder when you have to teach it to yourself. He is very anal about how you answer free response questions on tests and quizzes too, taking points off for things that do not even represent your understanding of the material or affect the answer. I found the subject pretty painful and the fact that I had to teach most of it to myself made it worse. Fleishon is a nice guy, but his teaching philosophy is not very effective.


Sophomore
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Dec 2012
Wasn't excited about the quarter having read the Polyratings for this guy. He wasn't the devil like some people here would have, but he's definitely not the guy that's going to inspire you to be a physicist. Yeah, you're gonna need to teach yourself about half of the material, but you've gotta think like a test-taker, not a student. He pulls his quiz and test material from the topics covered in his homework, so do the homework. There's easy ways to get the solution manual for the physics book, so there's no reason you shouldn't be able to figure it out. Understand how they do it, not why they do it. Pass the class. Don't be a physics major.


Sophomore
B
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Jan 2013
He is very picky about some things on his tests (i.e. you have to draw a picture for every problem) but if you pay attention to these things, and you understand all the homework problems (which he posts solutions for), you'll be fine. Whatever you've heard about him here, his lectures are clear, and he readily answers questions in class and during office hours (even dumb ones). I wouldn't jump to take him again but compared to some of the other physics professors here he's pretty solid.


Freshman
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Jan 2014
I really don't think Fleishon deserves as bad of reviews as he's gotten on here. Ultimately, if you're someone who doesn't need extra help and takes good notes, he's great. If you're a person who doesn't respond well to a traditional lecture, he's probably not for you though. His lecture is just what that word means: a lecture. Non-stop material for an hour and a half. Because of how much material he presents, everything that could be on a quiz or exam will be covered in class. If you're someone who can't learn well in a traditional lecture setting, then you need to go to his office hours or you're going to struggle. He's a fairly difficult professor, but his grading scale makes up for it, with 15 point benchmarks instead of 10 (85 for A, 70 for B, 55 for C, 40 for D). Overall I liked him pretty well, but be wary if you don't like taking notes for the whole period.


Freshman
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Mar 2014
I had Neil for the lab section of PHYS 132. I wasn't thrilled about getting Neil after seeing his poly ratings. Overall, Neil is pretty average. He is really stern, but he takes his teaching sort of seriously. He will pound you down hard for small things such as not writing down units or not including a title in your graph. As long as you pay attention to detail you will be fine. Just don't miss a Lab or you will automatically fail the class.

PHYS 133


Freshman
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Oct 2008
Fleishon cares more about making everyone miserable than actually teaching them. He is a bitter old man with a black heart . Society should not punish people who kill people like Fleishon.


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
Much to my surprise, Fleishon is not the monster everyone makes him out to be. He's WORSE! This man is the biggest jackass in the department. It was a easy class, but once you are done with it, you look back and you realize that you didn't learn anything.


Sophomore
B
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Oct 2008
This guy is a real sick puppy. Seriously, he's got issues, deep-seeded psychotic issues and I wouldn't trust him to take care of my pet snail for fear that he would step on it in sheer glee. Unless you like head-trips galore, stear clear.


Sophomore
C
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Oct 2008
Most of you whov'e had him know darn well how much Fleishon is willing to screw a whole class over because he's pissed off at you. The fact is, don't worry about learning the material, just worry about passing the class and getting above the average. His office hours are a waste of time. I enjoyed physics until I took the 133 class. As far as being prepared for the midterms, the homework and notes aren't too much help anyways. Have fun!


Sophomore
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Oct 2008
Neil Fleishon is a bad teacher but more importantly he is a bad person. He is a bitter old man with no soul, who hates everything and everyone around him. Enough credit can not be given to Neil Fleishon for doing such a great job at being the pathetic insect of a human being that he is.


Sophomore
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Nov 2008
Appearances aside, he's about as understanding as a bullet and as intelligent as a stop sign. In fact, he IS a stop sign. You'll walk into his office, hoping to get maybe five minutes of his time, and he'll send you packing in three seconds, but not without making you feel like a piece of shit for coming. 1) he doesn't consider you class to be important. 2) he is locked up in his office all day long, and hates all of humankind because the fumes from the chemical stockroom next door has altered the chemistry of his brain. 3) There is an upside: if you don't care either, he'll give you B's. BUT if you try your best on an exam, he'll stare at you with his lazy eye and defend his notion that you must have had prior knowledge of the exam from someone in another section, and staunchly defend his theory. Just don't take him. If you have to, then maybe you should consider that God's punishing you for something.


Sophomore
B
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Feb 2009
He is arrogant and condescending, this comes from his low self-esteem and need to be powerful. Sad, hateful person, who should be in a corner somewhere away from people. Don't worry though he will get his...

PHYS 141


Sophomore
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May 2011
Seriously people? He gives you two thirds of the points for drawing a picture and writing down an equation. I do not understand how you guys could be so hateful. Maybe he isn't your cup of tea but it doesn't mean he deserves to be killed. He spends a lot of time on one subject which tends to get confusing but he is helpful if you ask for help. You all need to grow up and take resposibility for your own laziness! He isn't the best prof but he isn't the worst piece of shit to walk the planet either!


Freshman
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May 2011
Honestly, the bad reviews are totally right. First day of class he LITERALLY said "My job isn't to teach you anything". ??????????? Unless you remember everything from highschool physics like the back of your hand, don't expect to get a good grade by doing the homework and showing up to lecture. His lectures are 100% useless and vague, he makes you do iclicker quizzes at the beginning of EVERY SINGLE CLASS which count for your grade, homework quiz every wednesday, and never lets you make any of it up. He does it to make sure you show up, because he gives you a break at the end of the first hour during which 95% of the class leaves knowing that the next hour is only a waste of time. avoid this class at all costs. seriously.


Freshman
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Jun 2011
Fleishon clearly stated that it was not his job to teach, and he did follow through on that statement. You are expected to read the book and comprehend the material on your own. In his lectures he quizzes you on the assigned reading and has a weekly math test on the assigned homework problems. It is hard not to pass this class because he grades on a 15% scale meaning an A is 85-100%, a B is 70-85% and so on... But in order to do well, you have to spend countless hours teaching yourself the material.


Freshman
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Aug 2011
On the first day, the first thing he had to say to us was "My job is not to teach you" (it was also in his syllabus) he is a very nice teacher (he let me withdraw from the class no questions asked) and is easy to talk to, but that doesn't change the fact that he cannot/doesn't feel the need to teach... He gives a chapters worth of homework on monday that is due by midnight sunday, but the real problem is that he doesn't even begin to cover the first section until the last class of the week and then finishes 'teaching' the next week after the assignment was already due. There are also reading and homework quiz's each week. He is just not a good teacher, AT ALL.


Freshman
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Sep 2011
After a while I got used to him being my professor but still did not have a soft spot in my heart for him. I worked my ass off about 12 hours a week or more to earn a D. I tried getting help in the Physics Center and office hours and nothing changed. I dont recommend him at all and if you can get out fast.


Freshman
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General Ed
Nov 2011
If you are not a physics major DO NOT TAKE PHYSICS 141!!!!!

PHYS 211


Junior
C
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Dec 2000
Overall a very good professor. He did have a lab section which didn't seem to work in the PHYS 130 series, but works in this class. 211 is abstract by nature, and the computer lab did help out a lot. Homework counts A LOT so you have to do that. The midterms are straight forward, but the final was long and had tricky questions.


Sophomore
B
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Jun 2005
He keeps his lectures decently interesting, but they aren't really much help on the homework or for the tests. He focuses on a lot of stuff in lecture that never come up later, so you end up not hearing about stuff that DOES come up. Homework is worth A LOT, and extra credit can be, too. Make sure you do them.


Sophomore
B
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Jul 2005
This guy is a nice guy. He has a set grading scale, but it is pretty forgiving, so dont expect any curve at all. Physics 211 is fairly interesting, but can be pretty complex, and dull sometimes. He lectured on certain stuff, and expected you to do a lot of reading from the book which was kind of a bummer. He does collect homework every monday i think. Anyways, overall a pretty good teacher, I would probably take him again.


Junior
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Jun 2007
He expects you to do a lot of reading, but is a VERY fair grader when it comes to the midterms and quizzes. I'd take him again.


Senior
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Oct 2008
Had Fleishon for 132, 211, and 405. He is one of the best teachers at cal poly, students come first, the rest of his life second. Straight forward teacher, but slackers need not apply, hence the bad evals


Junior
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Oct 2008
I bet Fleishon wrote that second to last review. Nice try buddy. All of the reviews are correct, he will rip you open on grading and will show his true colors of being an asshole. Seriously, he thinks we are all lazy and stupid, and he is GOD


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Oct 2008
Horrible teacher read other reviews I'm not alone.


Sophomore
C
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Oct 2008
let's just say that when I registered, it showed up as "STAFF" as the instructor, and on the first day there were hella ppl trying to crash the class, and when this bastard showed up, pretty much everyone scattered like ants


Sophomore
B
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Oct 2008
worst teacher at Poly that I had. yes personality sucked (probably hates himself for selecting a career path that he finds unfulfilling), but more importantly, he did not provide coherent & in-depth lectures on the topics listed in the syllabus. it seemed that a lot of his students didn't learn the material very well. shameful

PHYS 405


Senior
C
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Jul 2007
I passed Fleishon's class, and will be taking the optional 2nd portion of the class, but I certainly felt that he begrudged his students. I found him to be combative and uninterested in helping students during office hours, and his lectures to be qualitatively insightful, but lacking substance. He worked very few problems in class. While I recognize the difficulty of the material in 405, Fleishon's approach left much to be desired.


Senior
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Oct 2008
I don't even know where to start with Fleishon. Total jerk. Imbecile. Condescending to the extreme. This guy teaches class like it's his own little empire. He treats his students like slaves that literally know nothing. He is downright rude in office hours as well. His tests are impossible, I got one of the only A's in his class by literally working my ass off. If you want a fun/educational class or a good grade, avoid this guy at all costs. He is hands down, the worst professor at poly.


5th Year Senior
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Oct 2008
God help you.


Senior
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Oct 2008
"What the hell are you talking about?" - if you like having that go through your mind, you'll have a ball in this class. Fleishon, you are an insensitive prick, which is fine because we dont have to like each other. But you DO have to quit talking down to people who ask questions and start doing more relevant examples, more comprehensive tests, and MAYBE shut up about things that dont have to do with physics, just wasting our time. Don't you ever wonder why we all hate you?


5th Year Senior
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Oct 2008
Avoid this jackass at all costs, switch majors if necessary. All the stories you hear are probably true. Here's a few that I know are true, either firsthand or from very close friends. A student goes into this guys office to withdraw from a class after the drop date (for family reasons), and Fleishon forces him to write "I have to drop because I'm not good enough" on the slip. Another; Fleishon falls asleep (snores) during a grad student's thesis defense (Fleishon is one of a panel of three). Another; Fleishon pokes fun (in class, in front of the class, while lecturing) of other teachers. Another; Fleishon decides to give a 2 hour exit-exam to a grad student instead of the regulated 1-hour one (and tells no one, not even the student), and the student doesn't graduate. Fleishon is miserable and lives to make sure that everyone around him is as unhappy or more so than he is. He tries to pass his laziness and apathy off as "tough-love" but the disguise is so flimsy you wonder why he even bothers. Why not just show your true colors and be an asshole outright? Come on Neil, own your shit, be the Dr. Dickhead that you know you can be if you REALLY try, at least then you'd be good at something instead of a broken-down old jagoff.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
Oh Dr. Fleishon What can I say... Dr. Fleishon has the best job ever. Everyone is scared of him so they don't go to office hours to bug him, Nobody talks in class because he will make fun of you, and no one dares to question him or his teaching methods because he will make you look like a total ignorant asshole. I think he has a calendar set on his phone that tells him where to go everyday and when he gets there, he asks what we did yesterday(no matter if we even had class yesterday) and if there are any questions about what we did yesterday. At the end of class he says, have a nice weekend, even if it's tuesday and we meet thursdays... The tests are pretty much impossibly hard now that it is open notes, and average is probably going to be around 30. Don't worry, we are all competing against eachother. Third place gets a B+ and second place gets an A-, unless you have over a 93%, but you would be cheating if you got that. Even Dr. Fleishon "wouldn't do that well on his own test". Yep, that's Dr. Fleishon Destroying my gpa one class at a time..

PHYS 412


Senior
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Feb 2009
Professor Fleishon is the worst professor I've had in my 4 years here. Seriously. The man is literally INSANE. Something happened a few years ago with his wife, and he has gone insane. It's actually common knowledge in the physics department. Ask another physics professor. But yes, not only is he a bad lecturer, but he's a total jackass. And did I mention, that he's insane? So yeah, DO NOT EVER take professor Fleishon. Ever.

WGS 700


Junior
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
Fuck this guy. Id like to stick my tounge up his ass.