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Instructor: Michael Jones

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PHYS100, Spring 2011
PHYS100, Fall 2010

Michael Jones: PHYS100, Spring 2011

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Physics & Astronomy
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 82563 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.16 38 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 4 (11%) 15 (39%) 16 (42%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.68 37 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 6 (16%) 5 (14%) 17 (46%) 8 (22%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.87 38 1.21 Freq(%) 6 (16%) 9 (24%) 10 (26%) 10 (26%) 3 (8%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.95 38 1.14 Freq(%) 5 (13%) 8 (21%) 11 (29%) 12 (32%) 2 (5%)
5. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.87 38 1.14 Freq(%) 5 (13%) 10 (26%) 10 (26%) 11 (29%) 2 (5%)
6. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.97 37 1.17 Freq(%) 4 (11%) 10 (27%) 9 (24%) 11 (30%) 3 (8%)
7. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.84 38 0.95 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 13 (34%) 13 (34%) 9 (24%) 1 (3%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.76 38 1.08 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 4 (11%) 9 (24%) 13 (34%) 11 (29%)
9. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.87 38 1.23 Freq(%) 7 (18%) 8 (21%) 8 (21%) 13 (34%) 2 (5%)
10. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 38 1.1 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 19 (50%) 10 (26%)
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.21 38 1.19 Freq(%) 4 (11%) 5 (13%) 14 (37%) 9 (24%) 6 (16%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.5 38 1.11 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 3 (8%) 10 (26%) 16 (42%) 6 (16%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.08 38 1.02 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 7 (18%) 14 (37%) 12 (32%) 2 (5%)
14. The instructor presented the origins of ideas and concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.66 38 0.85 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 10 (26%) 21 (55%) 4 (11%)
15. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.95 38 1.21 Freq(%) 7 (18%) 5 (13%) 11 (29%) 13 (34%) 2 (5%)
16. Other comments:
I did not find this class helpful at all. The instruction was not engaging and it made learning physics excessively hard. I did not gain anything from this class.
The lecture was extremely boring and everything was too hard. The instructor is very knowledgeable about the subject and organized but i guess physics is boring in itself. I am a different major so I feel bad that I really don't have passion for the subject at all
Needs to stop being so "old school" with the slides/ A/V material and speak up more in to the microphone and not be so monotone because it makes it very hard to stay awake and want/need to pay attention.
very patient instructor. approachable and available
I DEFINITELY WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS CLASS TO ANYONE. It's amazing Mrs. Jones is still a professor. Hard to understand what he is saying. Lecture is boring and not presented well. Only uses slides for lecture and some videos.
Course was very boring,could not really hear him speak, and didnt make the subject interesting to learn.Tests were like another language
He mumbles what he says sometimes so it comes out very unclear and he does not engage me to listen. And its like he is talking to himself instead of the class. He does not always talk about what is in the book but rather different resources and sometimes not so helpful in the learning of the concepts.
I love this guy!
Respectively Michael Jones knows his material but I think a new approach should be brought out to get students more into the class. A lot of students dont even show up to class and if they do half of what is there just leave because they feel like they are wasting their time. I like the fact that he does provide a curve because if not for that then more than half the class would have failed the course. Especially if the class average on all the two tests we took so far was 54 and 56 percent which in reality is all Fs.
he encourages us to work together on homework, but then punishes us for doing so because he thinks were cheating. he is an unfair grader, ive had to turn in four or more homeworks that had been unfairly graded by ten or more points. he gives us vague questions on the practice midterm, and then uses the majority of those questions on the real midterm, but simply changes the answer. the class average of this class is around a 55%, which means the stadndards of this class are extremely low. Mr Jones also refuses to give extra credit in order to help students boost their already failing grade. in fact, it seems as though he sets his students up to fail. for a 100 course, meant only for graduation, the level of expectations are unclear, and too difficult. his TA who teaches the lab class does a much better job at conveying information than Mr. Jones. proof is in the grades. if i could merely understand Mr. Jones, i would have as high a grade as i do in the lab class. this class was abismal.
I enjoy coming to class because of the videos and presentations. The instructor is very knowledgeable and helpful.
Jones was always available to help me with my questions.
Having the lab alongside this class really help me understand the concepts that was taught in class. I have an easier time learning if I can apply the concepts. So although the class taught about concepts and showed small experiments, I found it easier to learn in the lab.
Professor Jones should do the math problems on the board and show us how to do the problems step by step.
Teacher is very harsh grader and does not explain how to do problems that were incorrect on the homework. If 80% and above is an A than maybe he should re-evaluate his grading method, teaching style, etc.

Michael Jones: PHYS100, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Physics & Astronomy
Course: PHYS 100 - Survey of Physics Crn (Section): 73160 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.28 39 0.86 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 19 (49%) 17 (44%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 39 1.06 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 4 (10%) 6 (15%) 20 (51%) 7 (18%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.69 39 1.2 Freq(%) 9 (23%) 7 (18%) 11 (28%) 11 (28%) 1 (3%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.72 39 1.17 Freq(%) 8 (21%) 7 (18%) 14 (36%) 8 (21%) 2 (5%)
5. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.05 39 1.1 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 10 (26%) 11 (28%) 12 (31%) 3 (8%)
6. This course was helpful in developing new skills.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.62 39 1.25 Freq(%) 10 (26%) 8 (21%) 10 (26%) 9 (23%) 2 (5%)
7. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.84 38 1.08 Freq(%) 4 (11%) 12 (32%) 9 (24%) 12 (32%) 1 (3%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 39 1.21 Freq(%) 3 (8%) 4 (10%) 9 (23%) 13 (33%) 10 (26%)
9. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.82 39 1.32 Freq(%) 9 (23%) 7 (18%) 8 (21%) 12 (31%) 3 (8%)
10. The course made me think hard and carefully.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 37 1.04 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 2 (5%) 5 (14%) 19 (51%) 9 (24%)
11. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.79 39 1.28 Freq(%) 8 (21%) 8 (21%) 11 (28%) 8 (21%) 4 (10%)
12. The instructor defined new terms, concepts, and principles.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.31 39 1.2 Freq(%) 5 (13%) 4 (10%) 8 (21%) 18 (46%) 4 (10%)
13. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.95 38 1.29 Freq(%) 7 (18%) 6 (16%) 12 (32%) 8 (21%) 5 (13%)
14. The instructor presented the origins of ideas and concepts.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.59 39 1.25 Freq(%) 5 (13%) 2 (5%) 5 (13%) 19 (49%) 8 (21%)
15. The course was a valuable contribution to my education.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
2.67 39 1.34 Freq(%) 12 (31%) 4 (10%) 11 (28%) 9 (23%) 3 (8%)
16. Other comments:
I took this class because it was required. It was difficult but some lectures were interesting and demonstrations helped keep my attention.
The exams are way to hard to be a 100 level course.
I felt he never really did his job of teaching. I learned more from the book than from the lectures. I didn't pay to go to college and have a book teach me. I felt he made the course more difficult than it should be, it's a 100 level course for a reason. I can guarantee majority of the class aren't physics majors. I'm glad he provides a study guide but on the exam none of the questions on the study guide is on there. Whats the point in a study guide? I think to improve his teaching style, so that everyone can learn and the class can be fun, is to at least put those questions on the study guide on the test. Failing an exam is not fun. On top of that, the questions in the exam are confusing. There's so much new information in the materials that we have to remember that there's no room for tricky questions. I'm not saying to make the class easier. I just wish it was simple and less complicated. I wish I learned more from the instructor because I'm sure he's full of knowledge he's willing to share. I did my best coming to every class but sometimes I'd think it was just a waste of time. Maybe updating his material like using powerpoint instead of transparencies might improve things. The acoustics in that lecture hall is pretty bad too, one of the reasons I had a hard time understanding what he was saying.
The lectures were extremely dry and blatantly boring. He was the least engaging professor I've ever had. The overhead projector was difficult to see, and when the notes were hard to follow. He spoke in a very monotone manner and each and every one of my classmates I spoke to felt exactly the same way in regards to everything I just said. I would never recommend taking this course from him to anyone. I never wanted to go to class!!
In class he is hard to hear and the class notes are hard to follow. I come to every class and do my work but I still struggle on the test. I feel like it is hard to point out important concepts. He's very knowledgeable.
Using PPT would be a great help
lecture are not very interesting and hard to follow. it is hard to see things on the overhead. some parts of the lecture is not explained well but when you try to ask for more elaboration, it makes you feel even more stupid.
You cannot expect students who are taking this class for the first time to understand everything you know like were physics majors. You are the teacher if there is a discrepancy you need to settle it and not suggest that because the grader did something different you can't change it, because when you tell me an answer and they mark it wrong. Something doesn't make sense. Be consistent and more motivated when you speak. I feel like I learned more in one class from the previous instructor than a whole month with you. You are very well versed with all the course content and much, much more I'm sure. But your translation for the material and the way you teach it, it's hard to want to be there.
Let me start by saying that I consider myself a math/science type of student. I loved physics prior to this course and throughout my high school and college careers have bought my own physics books on higher levels of physics by theorists like Michio Kaku and Hawking. Let me also clarify that I love going to school and educating myself to better my future. With that said my physics 100 class with Jones was the worst college course I have ever taken in my life. He is by far the worst professor and teacher I have ever had and I sincerely feel I wasted not only my time but wasted my money paying for this class. His lectures were boring beyond belief and his presentation style, i.e. using transparencies on a projector were such poor quality that from the middle of the lecture hall the wording was unreadable. His presentations themselves were almost useless and the topics he discussed rarely ever were relevant to the actual test (learned this after comparing notes to test questions). Throughout his presenations he would mumble the last half of his sentences so no one knew what he was saying, and frequently he never turned his microphone on so no one past the first couple rows could hear him in the first place. I don't know where a University like UH Manoa still pays professors who, I sincerely feel, do not perform their job which is to educate the students on the subject in which they teact. This professor should not be teaching this course and if UH does include him on their payroll next year I would hope they give him some sort of ultimatum in which he improves his course and teaching techniques or he will be fired.
Professor Jones is a very nice man, but is a scholar and has a rough time teaching the material. It is not always presented clearly...often students are not clear on what he is trying to say or even what it has to do with what we are learning about.
Jones is an ok teacher. His grading system is unfair and unbeneficial to students. He is often unclear with his words, and his notes are very wordly, so wordly they often didnt even make sense. Though his is very flexible and accesible, this did not help me excel in his physics 100 class.. I often thing he is teaching a Quantum Physics 500 class. His cirriculum is far beyond what his syllabus said, and the class average was terrible.. this should say something...
The grader was far more difficult to please so homework grades went down. At office hours, Professor Jones was very helpful in explaining concepts i did not understand.
worse teacher ever, didnt teach at all, and didnt even try to teach the students. I highly recommend he doesnt teach in a class anymore.
I had a hard time understanding him in lectures because of the way he talked, it was a little monotone and he mumbled a lot, so I pretty much had to learn from the text book.. Don't think I'm going to pass this class.
Most lectures were not related to course materials. Course materials given during the lecture was hard to understand. Most students did not attend class due to topics given in class did not relate to information being tested for midterms. Need to improve on lectures and methods of teaching. Also, class syllabus is confusing. Separate website for a physics class is not needed, please post info on Laulima, which would be simpler for students.
The addition of extra-credit opportunities would in my opinion, help students further their knowledge and help the willing students to achieve a better grade. Thank you for this course
Readings and in-class videos were the best places to learn from. He's very hard to follow while lecturing.
Although this course was definitely not your typical 100 level course, it was still fairly easy considering how he curves the grades. If one is able to pay attention during class, then I believe it could be a easy class.
The material for the class is based on the book and is all very important and interesting, and Professor Jones knows the material, but his lectures are hard to follow. The most frustrating thing about the class is the exams. The questions do not test me on the material, instead they are all trick questions that cover things completely unimportant and not emphasized in class. I normally get A's and B's in all classes, and in this class I got a C and a F on the two exams I have taken so far. I think this is completely rediculous and should be unacceptable. This is Physics 100 and I should have an A...I have studied the material and have given it the same effort I give all my classes, including 400 level class that I get an A in. The exams just do not test students on the material learned, and it is not right.
i have no idea what he talks about in class he rambles, but you can tell he is very knowledgeable. the way he presents things is so prehistoric and hard to read he has a projector screen but use old overheads which are extremely hard to read and i have 20 20 vision. He really doesn't put things in a way that you can understand them would strongly recommend other people to take another class. one of the worst classes i have ever taken in college doesn't keep things interesting what so ever and almost puts you to sleep.
Although professor Jones he himself was very knowledgeable I felt that he was not able to communicate or effectively share that knowledge with us, his students. He seems to forget that most of aren't interested In physics the way he is and has no prior knowledge to it, so when he's not walking us through concepts slowly and not explaining it to us from other perspectives, it is hard to grasp all these ideas. Although I read S soon as I went to class I felt like I was learning something completely different, so when it came to test time, it only added more to my confusion. This course was way to difficult for a 100 level, it's not even the amount of work, but it felt like we had to have had prior knowledge of physics to succeed in th class. When the highest midterm score was only an 89 that should kind of tell you how well, or not, our professor was teaching... Or how seemingly complicated tests were, leaving students more perplexed then they needed to be.
Course was alright. Mike Jones is definitely on the boring side, but he knows his stuff and sometimes I can manage to stay awake long enough to learn something. Often not. The in class questions are helpful. The book sucks royally though. The concepts are poorly explained and yet the questions are extremely difficult given the quality of the explanations. Sometimes I find myself wondering if the questions are even from the same book, as often times the questions are literally impossible to answer just using the text. Mike Jones' hints / wikipedia is usually necessary to figure out what the hell the book is trying to ask. I urge the physics department to find a new text. The one you've got now is garbage.