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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Giridhar Nandikotkur

Giridhar Nandikotkur
Professor (2008 – 2012)
Maryland (UMD)
Physics
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4.0625****
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Rated by 16 students
2.98
Avg GPA
across 3 classes
Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
All Classes
PHYS 103
PHYS 115
PHYS 121
PHYS 122
PHYS 141
PHYS 142
PHYS 161
PHYS 260

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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
5*****
Pros: Amazing teacher, he definitely knows his stuff. He can go through topics and explain everything that you need to know. He will show how to get each equation and helps set up (but not finish) hw problems in class that often show up on exams.
Cons: Very long class (I had a discussion before the lecture, and then the lecture was 2hrs long on Mondays). Also he does clicker questions. His exams are fairly hard, and I usually never have enough time for them.
Great teacher, probably one of the best physics one. Even though it is general physics, he taught it well and made it challenging, but sometimes I dont need that because I am also taking 18 credits this semester. OH WELL.
Professor rated by: Student on May 4, 2013
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PHYS 260
PHYS VIB WAVES HEAT ELEC
2**
Pros: Very nice guy.

Decent job explaining stuff.
Cons: Accent is so hard to understand.

Sorta disorganized.

Unnecessary Jokes.
He's a really nice guy.

He asks us to call him "Giri".

He does a decent job explaining stuff with models/kits.

That being said, he's quite disorganized.

He's quite difficult to understand often times.

Also, he makes jokes with straight face, in which i didn't find quite funny (yet, good distraction/break from the long lecture).

Clickers are almost a bonus. Attend the lecture and do all of them.
Professor rated by: Nutrition and Food Science Student on October 12, 2014
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
4****
Pros: Giri knows his stuff, he is good at explaining, belabors the point, will help you out a lot at office hours, curves the class and is fairly nice when it comes to final grades (gives a lot of A's)
Cons: his teaching style is not good if you like to take neat notes, he is all over the place and tells a lot of random stories that waste time
Professor rated by: Engineering, Civil Student on May 24, 2011
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PHYS 121
FUND OF PHYSICS I
5*****
Pros: Awesome Teacher and really funny. He drops alot of stuff, including one exam, 2 out of 6 quizzes and a few homeworks. Genuinely wants students to learn and gives alot to help your grade other than just exams.
Cons: Lecture can get kind of boring, but that's obvious with any physics class.
Professor rated by: Mathematics Student on May 11, 2012
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
3***
Not very good at conveying the ideas in class. A lot of homework from both the textbook and masteringphysics. To do well in this class you have to either be good at physics or hope you get a good TA.
Professor rated by: Animal Science Student on October 18, 2011
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
3***
Pros: He treats his students like peers. He tells stories during class; makes the class interesting.
Cons: His exams were very hard.
Maryland has terrible physics professors. Giri is one of the better ones.
Professor rated by: Student on November 6, 2011
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
3***
Pros: he drops one test so it's ok if you do bad on one
Cons: he is a little hard to understand

he gives quizzes in discussion and makes the TA take attendance each week
Professor rated by: Engineering, Chemical Student on February 26, 2012
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
5*****
Pros: very simple explanations
Cons: easily distracted and doesnt get through material for common final
Professor rated by: Engineering Science Student on October 6, 2011
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
5*****
Pros: Great teacher, funny, and enjoys teaching the subject.
Cons: None really. A lot of HW
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on December 5, 2010
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
4****
Pros: explained everything clearly
Professor rated by: Engineering, Mechanical Student on November 6, 2011
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
5*****
Pros: best teacher ever
Professor rated by: Engineering, Mechanical Student on October 18, 2011
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
3***
Pros: Funny
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineering Student on October 18, 2011
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PHYS 121
FUND OF PHYSICS I
4****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Program Student on May 16, 2012
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PHYS 161
MECH & PARTICLE DYNAM
5*****
Professor rated by: Engineering, Fire Protection Student on December 16, 2011
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PHYS 122
FUND OF PHYSICS II
4****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Program Student on February 25, 2009
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PHYS 122
FUND OF PHYSICS II
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Program Student on March 25, 2009
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