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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Mary Mogge

Mary Mogge
Professor (2009 – 2013)
Cal Poly - Pomona (Pomona)
Physics
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3.2941***
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Rated by 19 students
2.79
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across 7 classes
Spring 2015 Schedule
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PHY 121L
PHY 122
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PHY 131
PHY 131L
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5*****
PHY 131 - General Physics
Physics is a hard subject, and its very easy for physics teachers to fiendishly brutalize it just to make student's lives miserable. However Dr Mogge does not do this at all. She teaches the core concepts, and the assigns homework and tests on the ap...
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Professor rated by: Student on 5/31/09
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1*
PHY 131 - General Physics
Mary Mogge, at first glance she seems like a nice, older woman who will teach you physics. That view changes really fast. She has the quietest voice known to man so she tries to speak through a mic during lecture. The mic frequently gives out for sec...
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Pros: No pros to this woman at all
Cons: She breathes
Professor rated by: Student on 12/2/14
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PHY 131
General Physics
1*
Pros: No pros to this woman at all
Cons: She breathes
Mary Mogge, at first glance she seems like a nice, older woman who will teach you physics. That view changes really fast. She has the quietest voice known to man so she tries to speak through a mic during lecture. The mic frequently gives out for seconds, sometimes minutes, at a time leaving you at a total loss for what she said. When you try to ask her a question she will quite literally say, "speak with the person next to you to figure it out". She provides no guidance whatsoever. Then there is the issue of her homework. The lady decides to use SmartPhysics which does not live up to its name at all. The site is filled with lectures from a guy speaking in a monotone voice with no explanations for equations other than,"use it because it works". The homework is completely off of the topic of both the in-class and online lecture. I've personally spent hours on single problems with no luck. Lastly her tests are seemingly immpossible. She claims that they are like the homework, and even allows you to bring in a "cheat sheet", but the overly complex problems that use equations that were never brought up in class make her tests a living hell. You know its bad when 80% of the class falls into the D- range AFTER the curve is placed. This woman is absolute trash and will do anything to avoid actually teaching you. I would giver her a 0.1 out of 5 if I could and solely because she is a breathing human being. I hated her and her piece of crap class.
Professor rated by: Student on December 2, 2014
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PHY 131
General Physics
5*****
Physics is a hard subject, and its very easy for physics teachers to fiendishly brutalize it just to make student's lives miserable. However Dr Mogge does not do this at all. She teaches the core concepts, and the assigns homework and tests on the applications of those core concepts, but nothing to seriously painful, just the occasional critical thinking problem. Physics 131 should not be taken lightly, but when it comes to taking it, I would recommend it with Dr. Mogge. Although she does teach off the slides, she does have cool demonstrations, she is very approachable and friendly in office hours, she can really help you understand the course and material, and she will challenge you, but she will not break you if you keep up with the course. She assigns homework mostly via MasteringPhysics, and the main thing I would tell others taking this class is to take the problems slow and thoroughly, as she tries to teach in the beginning of the class. With that said, if you take Dr Mogge, put in the respected effort, and keep up with the homeworks, you will do fine on the tests and the course. Grade Received: A
Professor rated by: Student on May 31, 2009
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PHY 122
College Physics
0
I found Dr. Mogge's class to be very informative and fun.Her first midterm was rather easy, but her second midterm and the final especially were difficult. She gives weekly group quizzes and about 10 homework problems a week. The quizzes and homework really help your grade. I did notice that she did not fail anyone who attended regularly and did reasonably well on the quizzes and HW, even with low test scores. The lowest grade she gave in our class was a c-. Contrary to the previous post I did not find her rude or insensitive at all. She was very nice and was eager for her students to learn. Three of my friends had the class as well and really enjoyed it. I would recommend taking her for Phy 122.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2000
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PHY 131
General Physics
4****
One of the best and so far my favorite Physics professor. This is the second time I took Physics 131 and I gotta say, I'm very satisfied with Dr. Mogge.This class was taught with smartPhysics and iClicker. smartPhysics contained a prelecture, checkpoint questions, and the homework. The iClicker was for answering questions in class. The smartPhysics prelecture was alright in my opinion. I didn't find it completely useless but it wasn't totally helpful at times either The iClicker was great since Dr. Mogge would provide us with questions relating to the concepts. She would first place the question on the projector, give us some time to figure out the answer and to click on what we think the answer is, and then from there either let us discuss the answer to take control and lecture on what the answer is and why it's the answer. She would also lecture regardless of how well the class did answering the question, unless the concept/answer was pretty self-explanatory. She would also provide cool demos in class which blew the minds of myself and everyone around me (even calling her a witch, calling her demo magic, etc.). During the demos she would explain what was happening and how it's related to the topics we were talking about, making it easier to understand the concepts. Her office hours were always helpful. She would answer my questions very well. I always felt like I learned something or strengthened my understanding of the concepts after leaving her office hours. The exams were difficult but not impossible.She would split the exams into multiple choice and problems to solve. The multiple choice questions came from either iClicker questions, smartPhysics checkpoint questions, or questions related/similar to those questions. The problems weren't too difficult so long as you did the homework, exercises she'd assign in class, and studied. She even provided sample questions to study to prepare for the exam. Do those since there will be problems that are either directly ripped off from there, kinda similar to them, or same question but asking for something different. The problems could come from homework as well so it's always a good idea to do the homework. Finally, your grade is determined by participation, homework, and exams so there's plenty of opportunity to pass the class.Overall it was a good class and I think she was a good professor. Better than competent and one of the best physics teachers to take for this class.



Final note, we didn't have a textbook for the course, but I would definitely recommend one for studying and to better grasp the concepts. She would recommend one too and leave you to choose which textbook you'd like to use.



Exam difficulty was about Moderate - Difficult. Homework was the same way.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on December 18, 2013
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PHY 132
General Physics
5*****
I will say that she is the best physics teacher I have ever taken. She really helps you understand the concepts and tests you on exactly what you would expect. She does multiple choice questions in class that help you understand it better and she actually has part of her tests based on those questions. I can't say it enough that if I can take her for whatever physics classes I need, I will. She is very friendly and very helpful during her office hours, plus she does a demonstration almost everyday in class. She makes you do these in class worksheets that you have to turn in for a grade but you can ask anyone in your class or even her for help and as annoying as they are to do, they really help you understand the material much better. She is really into an interactive learning environment. I will admit that I would like to just sit there and not do any of that, but the way she does it really helps you understand it better than if she would just stand up there and talk. Besides as long as you put an effort into the worksheets and ask around to make sure you are doing them right, they are fairly easy points to earn for your grade. I 100% recommend her. Grade Received: B+
Professor rated by: Student on March 24, 2008
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PHY 132
General Physics
4****
Mogge isn't the best physics instructor I've ever had, but she's certainly better than most. Physics is as rough to teach as it is to learn, so finding a worthwhile instructor can be difficult, and you can certainly do much worse than Mogge. My biggest complaint was that she wrote in cursive which sometimes seemed nearly illegible and got me behind in the lecture trying to decipher her variables on the board. She gives a pretty hefty load of homework, typically 9 medium sized problems per week, but they are always relevant and invaluable study problems. In class assignments make up a big part of the grade and are given during the last 15 minutes of nearly every lecture. If you want to do well in the class do all the homework problems and in class assignments by yourself so that you understand the concepts behind them. If you apply yourself you will learn the subject matter effectively and you will get a good grade in the class. Recommended. Grade Received: B-
Professor rated by: Student on December 7, 2007
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PHY 131L
General Physics Laboratory
4****
She's a great professor, extremely nice and helpful (and friendly while she's doing it). She grades fair and has no quizzes. All your credit is from lab reports (generally due at the end of the period) and take home pre-labs (in an 80/20 split).

}If I were to have a single complaint, it was that having to stay most of the period to turn the report in sucked considering how uncomfortable the chairs in the lab classes are (and yes, considering how trivial this complaint is in respect to the professor, you can tell how good she really is).

}My only other complaint (professor related this time) is that she often tells you "omit this" from your lap report, and we do, and then once or twice I got marked off for not having it.

}All in all a great professor. She's one of the few that doesn't take a 1 unit class and turn it into a 3 unit workload.

} Grade Received: A-
Professor rated by: Student on December 12, 2009
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PHY 131
General Physics
1*
Pros: Online Homework. You can usually find the problems by searching them in google and you get unlimited trys.
Cons: She cannot teach ! She speaks very low (uses a microphone), goes over things quickly and does not fully address the questions of the class.

Most of the time she cannot do the demonstration correctly so just continues on with lecture.

However she does curve, but it is for your final grade.
I would not take her if you could find a better professor. She gives out classwork, that is due next class. Her notes are all over the place, filled with random equations but I had her "flipped" class so she did not lecture, instead we did a lot of clicker questions. Homework is graded on completeness
Professor rated by: Chemical Engineering Student on November 4, 2014
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PHY 132
General Physics
4****
Dr. Mogge is a great physics professor. She knows alot about physics and can explain the concepts very well. However, as with most professors, she thinks very highly of herself and will kind of shoot you down in a sarcastic way if you ask her questions. Other than that, she is very good. The class consisted of reading quizzes and in-class problems almost every two lectures but they really help you understand the main concepts. These quizzes and ICPs seems like a hassle to do but they really help prepare you for the midterm and the final. With that said, Dr. Mogge is a great professor. Just don't ask her any stupid questions. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on December 16, 2008
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PHY 131
General Physics
5*****
Pros: 1.) Extremely approachable

2.) Willing to help you step by step (almost to a fault)

3.) Enjoys teaching the subject

4.) Examss and final are basically "clicker" and "in-class" problems

5.) She posts a lot of past exams and posts more if you ask
Cons: 1.) SmartPhysics is not the best tool but it is manageable

2.) Due to the curve, you won't know your grade until after the midterm exam
I took the class during Fall '14 and I provide my experience to contrast the person took the same class as me but gave Prof Mogge 1 star. My prior experience with physics is when I took AP in high school where I got a 2 in mechanics and a 1 in E&M so I am not naturally gifted with physics. However, I was able to get a solid A in the class.



During the first day of class, Prof Mogge suggests that you need to study an average of 6 to 12 hours to do well in the class. I would say that is a fair time commitment, taking into account 131 Lab as well IF you do not have any prior physics experience. I will break down how points are distributed and what it means for a potential student.



Grading is based on a curve but the raw total points will be 275. Breakdown: 25 - Homework, 25 - pre-lectures/Checkpoints, 25 - In-class Problems, 25 iClicker participation, 25 - mini-exam (2x), 50 - hour exam, 75 - final. Here's what this means for you. You literally are given 100 out of 275 points for free. You are given plenty of time for the Homework, pre-lectures/Checkpoints are literally just watching lectures and attempting questions (that don't have to be correct), iClicker participation is just participation, and Prof Mogge will walk you through the in-class problems during office hours if you showed that you put time into it. Prof Mogge's office hours are plentiful and if you go to her, she will effectively answer your questions, having you leave her office with the answers to your problem even if you somehow have no idea about the concepts entering.



The uncertain part would be her exams. They are based off of her clicker questions w/ solutions provided, in-class problems, and PAST EXAMS w/ solution. That's right. If you dedicated your time and did your work, you basically have the answers in your hand. But let's say you are nervous because it's physics and it's an exam. Her grading system is DESIGNED to help you out. I crunched out some numbers and lets say if you get the lowest B or 80% on all of her exams/final (so 20 pts on mini-exams, 40 pts on hour exam, 60 pts on final), you will get a 87% cumulative so basically an A with the curve. If you got the lowest C on exams (17.5 on mini-exams, 35 on hour exams, 53 pts on final), you will get a 81% in the class, so a solid B with the curve. Apply same idea, if you get the lowest D or 60% in your exams, you get a 74.5%.



In regards to her teaching style, I dislike the lecture hall. You are stuck with 90-100 students that are consistently talking. Her mic isn't the best, as it does break up but you can hear her from the front few rows. She will go through derivations in office hours so the equations actually make sense. I did not have to use any cheat sheets and she lets you use THREE pages on the final. I could've printed the sample exam with solution with that. Oh yeah, and no calculus required at all. Have fun.
Professor rated by: Student on December 21, 2014
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PHY 121L
College Physics Laboratory
2**
First of all, this is an easy class, or at least it should be. This proffessor can easily get on your nerves as she can barely answer any of your questions. She tries to make a simple lab into something more complicated and wastes everyones first hour and half of every single lab with meaningless instruction where you see her fumble around with basic equations. After forcing everyone to listen her babbling, she expects everyone to turn in a perfect handwritten lab at the end of the session. If you are looking to have an easy time with an introductory lab do not take her. She will mark you off petty details a grade of two down for it. and if you make one mistake its a D or lower for that lab. Something is not right with this teacher as she is getting rather crotchety in her old age.
Professor rated by: Student on December 11, 2009
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PHY 131
General Physics
1*
Pros: She seems to care about student success.
Cons: Seems to lack the skills needed to properly teach the subject.
As mentioned above, she wants us all to be successful, but it doesn't pan out that way.She relies too heavily on the prelectures from the smart-physics program. The prelectures are meant to scratch the surface on the day's lecture, but seeing as how Mogge doesn't lecture and just has us do clicker questions, the greater part of the class is self-taught or prior knowledge from AP Physics. If anything, she just confuses everyone when she talks about a clicker question. In addition, she avoids or redirects your questions either by asking you another question or switching to a different subject. I strongly do not recommend this professor. Take anyone but this professor.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 10, 2014
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SCI 210
Physics Concepts and Activities
0
SCI 210 is easy and Dr. Mogge is a good teacher. It's not even real physics. It's the extreme basics of physics. You don't hardly need to know any formulas. She lets you take group quizzes, and there's only one test, the final, which she lets you take in a group. Her lectures are clear and she makes sure you understand it. She also uses interesting demonstrations. An excellent teacher.
Professor rated by: Student on October 1, 2001
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PHY 122
College Physics
3***
Pros: Nice woman.

Big class
Cons: Tests were hard

Mastering Physics

In class problems sucked.

Need an I-clicker
Overall the class was ok she did an adequate job. Did a lot of cool things in the class. DIdn't like the in class problems. Some percentage of grade is based off attendance, this is calculated by if you click in on I-clicker questions. Got a B. Book not needed
Professor rated by: Engineering Technology Student on February 16, 2012
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SCI 101
Science and Mathematics: Freshman Experience I
4****
Mogge is really friendly but not such a good beginning class professor. If you ever needed someone to talk to, Mogge's will listen. I had her for the SCI 101/102 classes and we were always let out early. My friends and I didn't remeber when the class was technically out. Grade Received: B
Professor rated by: Student on September 24, 2009
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PHY 132L
General Physics Laboratory
5*****
Pros: She is awesome! She'll do a very short lecture on the material for lab then let you do your work. If you have any questions, she'll know the answer!
Cons: Nothing.
SHE IS FANTASTIC
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on November 22, 2012
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PHY 122L
College Physics Laboratory
1*
she is very mean and not helpful. she doesn't know what she wants from you and she grades very hard. Don't take her.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on December 14, 2013
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PHY 133L
General Physics Laboratory
4****
Pros: no formal lab reports

most reports can be done in class
Cons: grades hard on the little work that must be done.
Professor rated by: Chemistry and Biochemistry Student on January 26, 2013
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PHY 132L
General Physics Laboratory
3***
Professor rated by: Civil Engineering Student on March 15, 2012
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