6 evaluations Recognizes Student Difficulties: 2.50 Presents Material Clearly: 2.50
This materials lab is really fun stuff. Beaton interacts well, this is an on hands class where you get good practical experience. The machines and stations are a little intimidating at first, but he is good at explaining the functions of everything. Its set up almost like a game or mystery, and you want your data to come out perfect to get the right answer. The answers are there if you can run good tests and then run the numbers correctly. I thought this course was very well organized and presented. Analyze your data within a day or two for your lab reports early though, so you don't forget what took place. Overall he uses the learning by doing approach Cal Poly is known for, so be prepared to work all the stations actively if you want the A. Its not only the weekly reports that count, but what you do in class too.
Eric Beaton is the only professor you should take for this class! His lecture material can be printed out from his webpage, which really makes the lectures laid back and easy to follow, as you do not have to draw all of the diagrams, just write in his comments.
His tests are very direct and do not trick you; he is very clear about what will be on them, and will do his utmost to help you learn. If you do the requisite studying, you will get a very resounding A in the class. He also drops your lowest test, so you might not have to take the final).
Finally, after the final, he will take the class out to Woodstocks for free pizza and beer! C'mon, sign up with Eric!
The lecture can be boring since he uses the overhead for the whole class time, but its a fairly easy class, I never studied or did any of the homework and I still passed. Eric is pretty easygoing and I would recommend taking him.
Perhaps the easiest support course I have taken. Your grade consists of multiple choice quizzes, two midterms, and a final. He doesn't collect homework, but don't bother doing it anyway; he assigns it but it doesn't help you. The midterms have five written questions, the final has five written questions and 50 multiple choice, each test has 10 multiple choice. He lets you have a notecard or two for the midterms and final. His lectures consist of him going through a bunch of slides and explaining them. Just copy them down and study them later. His averages on the tests are in the 80's. Not only is his class easy, he is a cool guy, too.