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Tsu-Sheng Chang
Professor (2003 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Physics
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4.9153****+
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Rated by 555 students
3.14
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across 7 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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ESM 2104
ESM 2204
ESM 2304
ESM 3704
ESM 4074
ME 3504
ME 3514
PHYS 2305

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4****
ESM 2204 - Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
Despite being a great guy, as a professor he is not going to magically make you understand. Quite honestly, all the ESM professors are very good quality. I would actually not recommend taking his class for Deforms if you are a student that excels wit...
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Pros: A very nice guy with a lot of office hours. Is willing to help and will do his best to assist you through problems.
Cons: Goes VERY slowly. He takes twice as long as every other professor to go through the first few chapters, which may seem good at first, but leaves very little time for the last few chapters. We ended up covering both chapter 9 and 10 in a matter of 2-3 days (both were on the incredibly difficult final). You will also have to wait for weeks to get your grades back.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 5/16/13
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3***
ESM 2304 - Dynamics
Although all of VT is in love with Chang, he is not the best professor. He mutters/curses a lot during class for making simple mistakes and wastes a lot of time that he should be teaching. You will go slow for the first part of the course then have t...
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Pros: Nice and helpful
Cons: Actual quality of teaching. Policies and grading. Will never respond to any emails or messages.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on 5/17/13
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ESM 2204
Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
4****
Pros: A very nice guy with a lot of office hours. Is willing to help and will do his best to assist you through problems.
Cons: Goes VERY slowly. He takes twice as long as every other professor to go through the first few chapters, which may seem good at first, but leaves very little time for the last few chapters. We ended up covering both chapter 9 and 10 in a matter of 2-3 days (both were on the incredibly difficult final). You will also have to wait for weeks to get your grades back.
Despite being a great guy, as a professor he is not going to magically make you understand. Quite honestly, all the ESM professors are very good quality. I would actually not recommend taking his class for Deforms if you are a student that excels without a lot of extra help. You will get left bored and its actually kind of difficult to understand him if you are stuck in the back of a large class. That being said, he is a very nice man and has ridiculously long office hours so I would recommend taking a different professor, but going to Chang for office hours if you need it.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 16, 2013
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PHYS 2305
Foundations of Physics I
5*****
Amazing teacher. Quite frankly I learned physics better than I've learned any other material in any other class, And this was my first physics class period (did not take in high school). Got an A in this class despite crappy physics lab. He's very understanding, very understandable, and if you dont know what's going on, he's very approachable via email or office hours. Tests were very much like the homework/examples, which made studying much less stressful. Quizzes were easy, and we rarely had recitation (I think 3 times the entire semester). Recitation is quick, just take the quiz and leave.



If you have to take physics, chang is teaching, do all you can to get his section. By far he is the best teacher I've had.



Also, although he says he uses the book, and assigns questions from book, I never really did those questions. If you can do his questions, you can do 95-100% of all questions on the quizzes/tests.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on May 26, 2008
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ESM 2104
Statics
5*****
Pros: He explains everything in detail the first time that he goes through anything, so that you understand his thought process and how he got there. From there he will speed things up, and expect you to do the work to keep up with him. He is one of the best Prof. I have had at Tech
Cons: He goes slower through the material at the beginning of the class, so when you get to the end you have to rush through the last bit of material. However, as long as you do all the assignments that he posts you will get enough practice to have a firm understanding of the subject.
great man, very nice and good sense of humor.
Professor rated by: AAE-Aero & Astro Engineering Student on December 22, 2012
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ESM 2204
Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
5*****
Pros: This dude is awesome!
Cons: Loved the class but the tests are defiantly not just given to you.
Final is brutal and knocked me down to a C+ for the class which is unfortunate, but he really is a great teacher and always willing to help
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 21, 2011
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ESM 2304
Dynamics
3***
Pros: Nice and helpful
Cons: Actual quality of teaching. Policies and grading. Will never respond to any emails or messages.
Although all of VT is in love with Chang, he is not the best professor. He mutters/curses a lot during class for making simple mistakes and wastes a lot of time that he should be teaching. You will go slow for the first part of the course then have to learn several chapters in a matter of days. Also, If you just want a good grade, do not take Chang, he does not help students out grade-wise (except his pets that live in his office hours). Almost any other professor will guarantee you points back/curve with an explanation, but Chang does not. Plus most other professors will make sure you learn the material so youd be better off with them anyway. He is however, a nice man.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 17, 2013
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PHYS 2305
Foundations of Physics I
5*****
If you're taking Physics at Tech, you want Dr. Chang. I promise you. He wants his students to succeed, so he works his butt off to make it happen. His office hours are crazy. He just gives you his teaching schedule and says, "Hokai, this is when I'm teaching. Any other time you can come and see me in my office at ### Norris, hokai?"

He's from Taiwan, and he'll regale you with horror stories from his childhood schooling. The first class, I thought that I'd get really annoyed with him saying, "Hokai" all the time, but by the end of that class, I didn't even notice it anymore.

Yeah, his tests can be pretty hard, but he usually has about 108 points on the thing and only grades them out of 100, so he's always including extra credit when he can. Also, he manipulates the grading scale at the end, improving everyones' grades (or at least he did my semester).

Dr. Chang is ESM, so he teaches Physics from an engineer's standpoint, which is awesome for the vast majority of the class.

His recitation period is just for a weekly quiz, but you're allowed any notes that you have, and the quiz is just the homework that was assigned that week with different numbers, so you can basically just transfer your homework over to another sheet of paper and leave within fifteen mintues of getting there. Also, he allows a "cheat sheet" on the tests as long as you don't actually write down homework problems directly with numeric values, but he says that it's okay to have every problem written down symbolically (using only variables).

Trust me, get Dr. Chang.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on July 12, 2007
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ESM 2104
Statics
5*****
Pros: everything
Cons: none
I was very worried about Statics initially since a lot of my upperclassmen friends would tell me horror stories about it. However, professor Chang made me see this class through a separate lens. There is just something about the way he teaches that makes him absolutely astonishing. He made a hard class not-so-hard for me.



Fantastic professor.
Professor rated by: Aerospace and Ocean Engineerin Student on September 1, 2011
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ESM 2204
Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
5*****
Pros: Chang is the greatest teacher... we have all heard that. Why you ask? Because he devotes his life to teach US! He accepts less pay than most professors at VT because he devotes every waking hour of his life to teaching not researching. If you ask me Roger Chang is a picture of Ut Prosim!
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 11, 2011
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ESM 2304
Dynamics
5*****
Pros: Its Roger Chang.... they should clone him and let him teach every section of every class at VT....end of story.
Cons: The course load is hard, but that's cause it's freakin dynamics! Take it with anyone but Chang and you will be pullin your hair out tryin to understand this material.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on December 11, 2011
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PHYS 2305
Foundations of Physics I
5*****
Chang is a great guy, I'll go into a little detail: His lectures are about problem examples and his homework is similar to the lectures. What is awesome is that he has study sessions ever week before the quiz usally a night where he goes over the homework in detail and his quizes are basically the homework problems, just different numbers. He frequently sends e-mail to let you know whats going on and he is available in his office most of the time. One note though is that his tests tend to be really hard and flip around learned problems to solve for other variables which is a draw back if you get into the habit of "memorizing" how to solve specific problems rather than knowing how to solve them, I had to learn this the hard way on my exams. The semester isn't over yet so but I have a good feeling that I will get a good grade in this class. Overall he is a great professor.
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on March 29, 2007
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ESM 2104
Statics
5*****
Pros: He's the best.
Cons: Late class times
As long as you do and study the homework, you'll be perfectly fine. One of the only professors that doesn't want you to fail.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on November 18, 2011
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ME 3504
Dynamic Systems - Vibrations
5*****
The best professor in the world.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on April 23, 2009
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ESM 2204
Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
5*****
Pros: Best teacher I've ever had in my entire life
Cons: Erratic teaching pace but managable
Chang is nothing short of an amazing individual, and definitely the smartest man I've ever come across. I'm not sure how he does it but he's able to perfectly explain concepts that no other teacher could even begin to describe properly. Definitely deserves to be the head of the department but Hendricks has seniority. The only negative thing I can think of would be the pace of teaching, notably for our second test which he had originally wanted to be before Winter break was pushed to after break and also encompassed the most chapters of all the tests, and therefore caused many grades to suffer(for example I scored 85,92, and 98 on the other 3 tests but got a 57 on test 2).
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 26, 2015
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ME 3514
System Dynamics
5*****
I loved having Chang for the second time here at Tech and I'm really disappointed I didn't get into his Vibrations section for Spring 2009. Chang is the man. Advice: ALWAYS GO TO CLASS AND TAKE NOTES. If you do, you will be able to do the homework easily, and then the tests are exactly like the homework. I got an A- and I'm by no means an A Student.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on January 21, 2009
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ME 3504
Dynamic Systems - Vibrations
5*****
Makes his own notes/ hw problems for students. Does not bring any notes to class, everything comes straight out of his head, amazing. When he is at his office he is always willing to help, no matter how many people are there or what time it is.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on February 18, 2010
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ME 3504
Dynamic Systems - Vibrations
5*****
Amazing teacher. Amazing person.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on May 20, 2008
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ESM 2104
Statics
5*****
Pros: His tests are fair and reflect the notes and homework.



Homework is based off of the notes so its rare that you're left clueless on a homework problem.



Always in his office giving help and talking to his students. His office is a great place to study and do work.



GIVES PARTIAL CREDIT ON TESTS! This is so important as the other main teacher, Hendricks, never gives partial credit which is ridiculous considering a simple mistake in addition or multiplication will get the whole problem wrong.



His notes attempt to cover every type of problem you could run into which is helpful.





Cons: At least in my case he wrote on a chalk board which was sometimes hard to read but overall not a big issue.



Can go a little bit slow on some chapters meaning that other later chapters will need to be rushed through.



The final is made by Hendricks which leaves Chang's students at a little bit of a disadvantage. I managed to pull a 70 on the final with a moderate amount of studying.
Definitely recommend getting Chang over any other professor if your goal is to receive quality teaching and a good grade.



I got an A- by doing all the homework and studying a good amount (but nothing crazy) for the tests.



Chang is one of the only professors that I genuinely believe loves teaching and wants his students to be successful.
Professor rated by: Mechanical Engineering Student on January 11, 2017
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ME 3504
Dynamic Systems - Vibrations
5*****
Pros: -Absolute Legend

-Nice and funny guy

-Gives answers on homework

-Homework worth 50 percent

-Lots of office hours

-Helpful in office hours

-Great teacher

-Fair tests

-Gives many details about what to expect on tests

-Provides typed out notes and example codes on Canvas
Cons: -This is a very difficult subject

-Homework is very time consuming

-Need to use both MATLAB and Mathematica (could be a pro if youre good at it)
Overall my experience in Changs vibrations class was extremely worthwhile and I definitely learned a lot. The coding required in this class can get difficult but as long as you put in a considerable amount of effort you should get no less than a B. His office is basically an entire study lounge so you can just go there and do homework. Roger is the best professor for this class.



2 midterm exams each worth just 15 percent. Final exam worth 20 percent.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on May 9, 2019
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PHYS 2305
Foundations of Physics I
5*****
Change is Awesome! You need to go to every class, because he does examples of everything that will be on the test or homework. Or you can go to the review sessions every week and he'll do out each homework for you. For the tests, he lets you bring in a formula sheet that you can have anything except for numerical examples. So you can bring in a sheet with all the examples he does in class or on homework, as long as you use variables instead of numbers. And he has office hours whenever he isnt in class, so he's very reachable if you have a question. He gave us one quiz a week, but only bcus he cancelled recitation. He doesnt grade the homework, and he changes how much each test is worth depending on how you personally do. So your worst test is worth 5%, next highest is 10%, etc.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on March 27, 2009
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PHYS 2305
Foundations of Physics I
5*****
He was amazing. He explained everything extremely well and was incredibly nice. He is always available and gives great help. If you go to class you can almost ace the class. He lets you use notes and homework on all the quizzes, which are the same problems as the homework. A few problems on each test are tough, but he gives partial credit on those and is very generous. The tests are all multiple choice. Work your schedule around getting Chang, because he is completely worth it. You understand all the material and he makes the class interesting.
Professor rated by: WMBA Web MBA Student on December 5, 2007
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