Douglas, Andrew Timothy  

Physics

2.90/4.00

29 evaluations


PHYS 121


Junior
N/A
General Ed
Jun 2015
Douglas was a great professor. His midterms weren't hard and there were three so you could always do better on the next one. He's also really funny and keeps the class interesting, despite being a physics course.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Jun 2015
Douglas is sarcastic and breezes through life. If you have a question, go ahead and ask because he's there for you and wants to help. DO THE MASTERING PHYSICS. And then, DO IT AGAIN. I got an A on every test just by knowing all the homework. Also, go to class because he does't use a book so that's all you have to go off of. Definitely recommend, especially if you're not super great at physics.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Jun 2015
Andrew is really great at teaching... if you show up to class. In his PHYS 121 class, he doesn't use the textbook which shouldn't be a problem. BUT COME TO CLASS! He explains the material beautifully with great example problems... He will basically remind you of that great math teacher you had in high school. He also replaces your lowest midterm if you do better in the final. FUN FACT: he's British. I called him out on it one time and he denied it but he does have a British accent. I also had him at 8 am in the morning... He often flexes his muscles when he's teaching which I found pretty attractive so I had no trouble staying awake in that class... But yeah, TAKE HIM.

PHYS 123


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Apr 2015
Keeps students 10 minutes late EVERY day. Rambles on about things that aren't going to be on the test. Weights homework way to heavily. Doesn't explain anything in lab. Realizes none of his students care about physics, but doesn't make an effort to engage anyone. TESTS ARE STRAIGHT OUT OF THE MASTERING PHYSICS SO DO THAT. I didn't and that's why I got a C, an A is probably possible if you did and understood the homework.


Junior
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2015
Dr. Douglass is the best physics teacher I have encountered at Cal Poly. He is a great at presenting material and never tests on things he didnt specifically go over in class. He also very approachable and accommodating. There were various times i couldnt make his office hours and he always made time to meet with me even if it was on a sunday. Definitely take him for any physics course. super awesome teacher that also will make this whole class laugh with how funny he is!

PHYS 132


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Dec 2015
It sometimes seems like Dr. Douglas is bored when lecturing, but that's probably because he has a doctoral degree in physics and to him, thermodynamics and E&M are old. He's actually really intelligent and explains concepts very clearly. Also, he physically derives most equations that you will encounter in the course; this can be good, but the book carries out entirely different derivations of the same physics. But take notes, skim the book, go to class, and his midterms and final will be moderately difficult at most. I would recommend Dr. Douglas.


Freshman
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Douglas is a super nice guy with some dry humor but I found it really hard to pay attention in his class due to his boring tone. He also only does derivations instead of examples which I found unhelpful. He does give you old midterms as practices though, which definitely helps you get by.


Freshman
A
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Andrew Douglas is one of my favorite professors. A lot of people say he's "boring" but I disagree. He speaks rather monotonely but its hard to stay zoned out because he sprinkles dry humor in thought the classes. I think he presents the work very clearly and doesn't try to trick you with anything. All of the test questions come from the homework. Would recommend this professor 10/10


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Douglas is a very okay professor. He knows his material for sure. But as others have mentioned here, he is indeed very monotone and can be boring. This made it hard for me to pay attention in class, and his lectures are very confusing if you are just copying notes from the board. He loves derivations and spends the majority of time deriving things, but it’s good to pay attention to it because you may have to plug in formulas and partially derive new ones on the exams to be able to answer some of the questions. He definitely doesn’t go too fast, but usually that comes to bite him near the midterms because he hasn’t quite covered everything he needs to and ends up rushing. Definitely study his examples and do the practice exams. Do the homework too. His exams (in my opinion) were unreasonably hard and hard to make sense of, but he made up for it by curving the class at the end (not by much, but he only gave solid grades and pluses [B/B+, but no B-], which I thought was really nice). Other professors are better and more straightforward, but Douglas isn’t the worst professor either. Just be prepared to be confused a lot but you can do okay in the class.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Professor Douglas is such a great professor and is very willing to help. I started going to his office hours the last few weeks of the quarter, but I wish I had gone the whole quarter because he was extremely helpful. He offered a total of 10 hours of office hours the weekend before the final! The class averages for the midterms and the final were about a 66% which is very low in my opinion. But, my 1 hour section got the same midterms as his section that has an 1.5 hours so I think everyone in the class can agree that we felt pressed for time. He gave everyones final grade about a 2% boost, which I think was his way of compensating for our lack of time on the midterms. I did not think that was equal to the compensation that we deserved for that time difference, but of course I was happy that he did that! His lectures are a little boring, but he is extremely knowledgeable and I would recommend taking his class.


Freshman
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Required (Support)
Mar 2016
Andrew is a totally nice chill guy, in fact I think he is a little too chill which is why I had trouble in his lectures. For my class we were consistently about 3 weeks behind on the material, because lecture was focused a lot on proofs, which took a long time and were generally beyond the understanding level of the class. To be fair I had this class early in the morning, so that didn't help my focus, also Andrew has a very relaxing and soothing voice, so I sometimes had a hard time not dozing off, but even if it had been a later class time i think i still would have been confused by the lecturing style. Lectures were very disorganized, Andrew would show up to lecture and just talk without notes or pre-prepared examples, which made it confusing because the on the spot examples he gave often did not work out. However, toward the end of the quarter the class did get better, and I think overall Andrew is probably one of the better physics teachers here. He does give very fair warning about what is on the tests, and works with students on their level, it doesn't feel like he thinks he is better than his students, which is nice. I think he is a cool person, and this was a decent class, just be prepared for disorganization.


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Oct 2016
Douglas is the man! He's very has a very dry sense of humor so some people find him boring but he can actually be pretty funny. His test were very straight forward (straight from the homework) and homework is worth 25% (tests were only 20%) so do the homework! Best physics professor I've had at cal poly!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
Douglas is super thorough when it comes to deriving equations which is sort of time consuming but is really helpful because you actually learn where equations come from and you don't have to memorize all of them. While class can drag at times, Douglas does his best to mix in funny examples and his dry humor to keep things rolling. Even though he does quite a few examples in class, you will still want to go into office hours every so often as sometimes it is hard to adapt and use the equations given in lecture on the homework. I also had Douglas for the Lab portion of this class. The labs were all super helpful in understanding the material and he doesn't require a write up so it's pretty straightforward and painless. Definitely take him!


Sophomore
B
Required (Support)
Mar 2017
This is the second time I've taken Douglas, and while I still think he's pretty damn good for our physics department, I wasn't feeling him as much this quarter. Maybe he's just not as passionate about phys 132 as he is about 133? Anyways, he's really good about explaining stuff in a way that makes sense. Has good office hours. He talks really quiet and has somewhat poor handwriting so you really have to focus during class. Be warned his tests tend to be very difficult! Like, way more difficult than the hw and examples he does in class. This was the first time I had him for a lab and it was pretty easy. You just have to show him the test results and then you take a quiz on the previous lab the next week. Sometimes he lectures for like half of the lab which can be boring. Overall, I'd recommend him because I'm not sure we have anyone better at poly.

PHYS 133


Junior
N/A
Required (Support)
Jun 2015
Dougy Smalls is the MAN! He is so sick. Super laid back and chill during my lab. I threw a paper airplane at him once and he instantly threw it back. Since labs are usually ahead of the lectures, he would always quickly cover the physics behind our lab. And he did it conveying the material easily. Overall highly recommend!


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Nov 2016
Douglas is a chiller. Honestly seems like he's stoned all the time but he presents the material very clearly and is funny as hell. His tests are hard but he is very willing to help you out. So much better than my last e&m teacher. I highly recommend.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
Prof. Douglas is very smart, helpful, and he is very laid back. His lab section is ridiculously easy, and you never have lab write ups and are usually out an hour+ early. That being said, he spends too much time deriving, then rushing through one example at the end of class. He assigns a butt ton of Mastering Physics and the problems are much harder than the stuff that he covers in class. His exam problems always have tricks to them, and they should be much more straightforward. Overall, Douglass is a good professor, but he doesn't deserve a polyrating this high.


Sophomore
N/A
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
Aside form being sexy af and really funny, professor Douglas does not present the material clearly. He talks very quietly and spends all his time on derivations instead of example problems, when its not even in the course curriculum that we need to understand derivations. And just about every problem on his midterms requires us to derive some formula we haven't experienced before instead of learning to use the formulas we are given. Also he does this fun thing where he says "dont worry about memorizing formulas, ill give them to you on the midterm" then only gives like 2 of them. He is a super cool guy but a terrible lecturer. If you can get him for lab tho hes the best.


Sophomore
C
Required (Support)
Dec 2016
Don't take Douglas. He acts all chill untill his exams come around and have a 58% average (all 3 of mine). I showed up, studied, did the homework, and still got a C because his tests are impossible. Don't take this guy. His ratings are deceitful


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2017
What a disaster of a class! I don't know how he has a 3.0 on polyratings. Lets start out with the positives. Douglas is a very laid back, and approachable person. When I went into office hours, it was so easy to talk to him and get help. But the class itself was very poorly structured. The lectures were very dry and boring, his hand writing is microscopic, and he stands in front of the board and writes paragraphs at a time that nobody can read. The homework was very hard and frustrating, and the tests were borderline impossible. It felt like nothing he lectures was on the homework or tests. The averages on the tests were always in the 50's or 60's and this is with his VERY GENEROUS grading with partial credit. I BS'ed every single problem on both midterms, and somehow got C's. If he graded like an average professor, I would have gotten like 20% on the midterms. If I could go back, I would not take Douglas again for 133. This class was unreasonably hard and frustrating for a basic physics class. The tests alone scarred me for life. DO NOT TAKE DOUGLAS FOR 133!!


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Jan 2017
Personally, I enjoyed Douglas a lot. The main complaint people have about him is that the class was too difficult. This is not his fault because e&m is easily the hardest physics out of physics I-III. Instead of just giving us formulas he would explain why these things happen, albeit sometimes too much. The lab is easy and I actually learned a lot in the labs. There is a lot of homework online but you need to complete all of it because all of it is important on the midterms/final. Overall, I would highly recommend you take this guy. Super chill and extremely knowledgable. Again, the class is hard because of the curriculum not because he goes out his way to screw over students. Fucking love this guy

PHYS 141


Freshman
N/A
Required (Support)
Feb 2015
Before I start reviewing Andrew, I'd like to point out that Andrew is new to Cal Poly and is still adjusting. By That, I mean he is still learning how to better reach the students here and how many midterms/quizzes he is going to give. His first quarter he gave 9 midterms. His second quarter he only gave 3 because "students hated having 9 midterms". So, While he may not be perfect, he does care and is adopting to better help students succeed. Now, you should actually read the rest of this because it contains insightful information. Andrew is a unique character. He's one of those guys who have been unfortunate enough to be cursed with a monotonous voice. He enjoys teaching, but you may not realize it because of his tone (or therefor lack of). He's not the type of guy that gets really excited about what he's teaching but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy it. With all of that being said, Andrew also isn't the type of guy that gets absorbed into the "routine" of his lecture. He actively looks for understanding and attempts to revitalize the class when he sees too many people dozing off or giving him "blank stares". This scenario usually happens once per class so the latter half of the class tends to involve some sort of silly problem that invokes a dialogue between him and the class. Then, on a good day, the whole class will laugh and continue on with lecture. If you want to get on his good side, go to office hours. Seriously. About once a week, he'll bring up how bored he gets sitting in his office for hours on end. If you go in regularly, He'll even work example problems with you that will (unbeknownst to you) be on the midterms. Even if you don't want to be his pet, He's helpful during office hours and genuinely wants you to do well. His midterms are of reasonable difficulty and often include problems from the homework. He grades pretty fairly and discussing your grades will not always be a fruitless debate. As of now, he gives three midterms per quarter and one final. As I mentioned earlier however, that might change. My biggest grope with him is the homework (Which isn't entirely his fault). I absolutely hate MasteringPhysics. I know a bunch of physics teachers here use that. The biggest flaw with MasteringPhysics is the frequency with which the stored answer is wrong. So if you feel like you truly got an answer right but MasteringPhysics is robbing you of credit, Go into office hours and work the problem with him. If you ended up being correct, he will take note and adjust your grade appropriately.


Sophomore
A
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Mar 2015
Honestly, this guys is a really good physics teacher. He has a terribly boring voice, but other than that he is a hilarious nerd with the social skills of your weird uncle. His 141 class was basically all example problems that would be similar to those that appeared on his midterms (there were 6). (He does do mastering physics but if you went to office hours he would explain how to do the problems very well) But seriously if you can take "Dougy," do it.


Freshman
N/A
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Mar 2015
Great teacher! Didn't do well in the class but I can honestly say that was on me and not on Andrew's teaching. Class may get dull more often than not but he does thoroughly give you what you need to know. Midterms are fair because they're based off practice problems if not the exact ones. Very approachable after class or office hours, and eventually when he warms up to the class he does make jokes and the class does get more enjoyable to go to. Would recommend.


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
Mar 2015
Douglas is a good teacher for 141, very straightforward class and grading system. Presented material well, helped in office hours with homework and explaining concepts. He wants everyone to do well and is willing to help as best he can. He gives 3 midterms and one cumulative final. So 4 exams total and each worth 20%. Online homework that is also worth 20% and replaces lowest midterm score with higher final score!


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
When I signed up for Physics 141, Dr Douglas did not have a poly ratings page. I didn't know what I was getting into. The material was not presented very thoroughly during the lecture and we barely made it through 2 problems during our lecture time. The problems on the midterms were not similar to what we learned during the lectures. I felt that the biggest problem in the class was not being able to use formula sheets on the tests, or have them stored in my calculator (not a "smart" calculator). I ran into quite a few problems where I was using an "illegal" formula on a test and was docked a heavy amount of points simply because I used the formula with the least amount of steps and didn't derive it from one of the main formulas


Sophomore
A
Required (Support)
Apr 2015
This Prof is sarcastic as fukk. But i would recommend him for PHYS 141. Of all professors for the Physics series i would say he is within the 10% of the best. He makes the class enjoyable. The tests are relatively easy, and he will tell you ahead of time what kind of questions to expect. Should be easy to get an A if you can grasp some understanding of physics, if not go to his office hours, he is very helpful, but sarcastic as fukk


Freshman
C
Required (Support)
May 2015
Douglas is great. His tests are hard, but there are 3 midterms, so if you mess up on one, its not the end of the world because you can even it out with a better grade on the next one. He is great in office hours, definitely take advantage of those. He even gave insight about material on midterms during office hours that he didn't share in class. He really knows his stuff and is almost mechanical in the way he presents it: walks in every day right at the beginning of class with a monster and a box of chalk and just goes. Lots and Lots of examples in class. He derives all of the equations that we use, and then uses those to do examples for the rest of the class period. Homework is helpful, hard sometimes, but helpful. Tries his hardest to be fair and give partial credit for tests (you can usually argue a few points if you think you deserve them) Seems to care about students. He even set up a google discussion board for us to go and discuss homework problems as a class.

EHS 703


5th Year Senior
C
Required (Major)
Nov 2016
Business majors: A degree for the intellectually impaired, HA HA.