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PHYS 114: General Physics 1- Mechanics
University of Washington

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PHYS 114 General Physics 1- Mechanics is a Physics course at UW taught by the following professor: Kazumi Tolich.
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  • Class rating 4/5
    A great professor, but I had a hard time with him. His lectures explained most of the background information that the book missed, and the in-class interactive worksheets were usually the basis for the stuff on the tests. He is a fantastic teacher! A lot of these kids just want someone to kiss their ass, and Pedigo isn't going to, so boo hoo. I had no background in physics. He's comprehensive but I personally struggled. I'd recommend him though. He's really nice and knowledgeable. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Well he is a really nice guy... But his tests are not! And by that I mean extreamely hard... They are graded on a curve though... The online homework is killer too... often interesting in lecture but all together so-so! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Seems to be unpopular, but I actually liked his class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He seems like a nice person, but he goes pretty fast on his class. If you expect for him to go over simple concepts & problems, then you're wasting your time. He likes to put equations up and explains how it was derived, which could've been found in the textbooks. His test are tough,try to get a hold of his old tests they'll help a lot The class can be fairly tough, and though the multiple choice part of the test are easy, the written part is pretty hard. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    You really need to go to class and get CLICKER POINTS since those are graded. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Pedigo is very good at physics and he is very fun person. During his office hours he would look at the students like they were idiots. Likes trick questions, and the clicker. Don't take him if this is your first physics class - only if you have a good understanding of it before-hand. He used a lot of demos and obviously loved his job. He was very clear on what expectations were and his example problems helped a lot. I would highly recommend that you do all the problems that are at the end of each chapter in the book. It helps a lot. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    I took him for the entire physics series, 114, 115 and 116 and he was a great professor. He doesn't really bother to explain concepts to the rest of the class that choose wrong answers to his clicker responses. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    The professor does an okay job of teaching - but its HOW he teaches that confuses students even more, he focuses tooooo much on the conceptual extreme. That said, he is not a very good teacher. He refuses to explain concepts more than once as if low level physics courses are beneath him. My class average was 48%. If you plan on taking algebra based physics, surprise, Pedigo has never heard of algebra so he uses calculus instead. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    i hate you! you are hopped up on some evil physics****! thank goodness for rory! there are no examples. i am confused all the time. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    i don't understand anything. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Other than his complete smarki-ness he was not helpful at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    i liked him. His multiple choice questions are straight from the book problems, and his two short answers are relatively easy as well. Although he may not be very helpful, as long as you study and do the book problems, you'll ace the tests! tries to be helpful as much as possible, cares whether or not students learn, is passionate about the subject that he is teaching. good demonstrations ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I don't know get why some people say Reid is hard for 114. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Hes really not that bad...if you do the hw and read the book youll be fine. His midterms were somewhat hard but he does pull exact questions from the end of the chapter problems. Midterms were half multiple choice half free response but the final was all multiple choice. If you really do put in the effort you should do above avg. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    He uses clicker questions for this course. Easy exams if you study, but can be long. I agree, not very helpful when you ask him questions, but he allowed notes on exams in my class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    I worked extremely hard in this class and managed to scrape a 3.0. He goes over complicated derivations in class and expects you to know each and every one of them because on his exams, he will test on material you never practiced (but that he went over once in class). I relied on my book a lot because he simply overcomplicates the material. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Please never never never take his course. His class is okay, he makes the test so that you can't finish in time. There was no clicker questions in this course. 5 homework questions per week. His tests are relatively harder then the homework. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    He cannot teach, he doesn't know how to explain things, he spends a lot of time on the demos that are pretty pointless, he makes up a lot of excuses. He's passionate about physics, but he is not very clear in his explanations and sometimes uses the wrong equations. He is willing to help if you have questions, just make sure to ask them after class. Don't take without having had previous experience with physics. He seems like a nice person though. If you make any mistakes, he will show no respect to you. I highly highly do not recommend his course. Poor everything in his course. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Very boring lectures. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Efimov is hilarious! I like his lectures a lot. He gives tons of examples which clarify the principles he talks about each chapter. Don't miss class. Well, the tests are a bit challenging, but his hilarious class presentation is worth it!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Wasn't my favorite professor ever dont get me wrong he really is an amazing professor though. im just terrible with math related subjects. if your premed/dental/pharm and bad at math, start physics in winter. if not than i recommend this cross breed of the count from sesame street and a teddy bear He is humorous which makes things fun. HE DRAWS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT LINES ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very funny and nice professor. Yes, he has a Russian accent but he writes everything on the board so there's no problem. He always answers questions and although his exams are difficult, it's on a curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    His tests are pretty hard as expected for a weed-out class, which science majors are normally known for. Unless you consider staring at the examples in the book studying for like 100 hours, you'll be fine. I'm definitely sticking with him for the rest of the series. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    good lord, quite possibly the hardest class i have taken in my entire college career. Efimov on the other hand is a cute old man with a fun accent that makes him speak slower which is nice inorder take in what he's saying and when he goes through problems. Class helps understanding, book seems optional. Can drop 1 test & homework. Uses funny examples not from book. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Definitely a hard class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Extremely humorous and inspiring professor!! No clickers, which is NICE. Exams are very hard, time crunch. Must learn how to pace yourself. 4 exams total (1 dropped). exams usually consist of 3 or 4 problems that are unlike any of the practice problems or homework and considerably harder. they test your concept of the material. good news is exams are graded on a curve, because average scores on exams are 54%. definately NOT an easy A. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He is a great prof. Tests could be hard but do-able if you study. He is enthusiastic about physics, takes time to explain everything to the students, and gives out very informative practice tests. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    By far one of the cutest profs I ever had. Very nice and approachable, helpful lectures, and isn't afraid to show some sense of humor. Tests are harsh but the curve saves everyone. Very profound Russian accent but still understandable will forever interpret physics with a Russian accent :P ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Definitely take physics from Efimov. His teaching method is more about spoon-feeding where he teaches the material and gives examples regarding the material. I learned a lot from his class compared to the physics in my high school career. If you want to survive, just do the homework and the practice problems from the back of the book. He's hilarious and brilliant, and knows the answer to absolutely anything you could conceive to ask him. If you have to take Physics take Efimov! Tests are pretty hard, but the homework prepares you well if you do ALL of it, and the grade curve is very steep. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I retook this class because first teacher (a. garcia) was TERRIBLE. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    His examples are very helpful, and the homework and end of chapter problems prepare you well for exams. The problems he solves in class are funny and interesting. Tests are really challenging, but the curve will save you, so don't fret. Don't miss the demonstration for elastic/inelastic collisions, and the demonstration on the last day of class. Very cool. I love his interesting and clear examples best!! Definitely follow this brilliant physicist!!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Took 114,115 and 116 with him. He has a russian accent and an interesting (yet clear) way of explaining things. Very helpful in office hours. His tests always seemed harder than the practice ones to me - he normally gives you something similar to what you have seen before - but not quite the same, so you are forced to think fast while testing. I love him! super helpful in office hours, funniest old man ever. Tests are hard, but hey, the challenge is fun. the mooootion!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Hands down THE BEST prof I've had. His Russian accent may take some getting used to but was pretty fun to listen to. Physics isn't easy, it takes effort and practice but this prof knows what he is doing. Go to lectures, the demos are really cool to watch. You will not regret him unless you're a slacker. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Had him for 114-116. Despite all that he keeps the class entertaining with his demonstrations. Great use of examples to explain concepts. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Awesome lectures! Took all 3 quarters with him, he makes it interesting and fun. Accent is hilarious. Don't really need to come to class but hes such a character its worth it. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I don't like physics, but Efimov keeps it interesting even at 8:30 in the morning! Best science prof I've hand! He is hillarious and extremely brilliant. DEFINATELY take physics from him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Wonderful teacher, fun to listen to. Lectures are very organized but tests are amazingly hard. If you want to learn, definitely take him, but keep in mind that the average on the tests will be very low. Infinitely patient, extremely helpful outside of class. Tests are somewhat difficult but curved, and make up almost all of the grade. Prone to occasional, extremely entertaining demonstrations. I won't ruin the surprise. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    great take his class if possible He is the sweetest man and you can't help but love him! He has great explanations and examples. His tests are challening, but definately do-able. I've had him for 114-116 and I will definately miss Efimov! He has a unique sense of humor that never ceases to crack us up. And he's got a pretty perfect handwriting so when he writes on the blackboard, it's all nice & clear & really neat. I found his tests to be a bit on the hard side tho so DO read the book & do the probs. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Great professor :D His tests are hard though, so be prepared His use of class time is excellent. His somewhat zany self is extremely amusing. His clarity is odd, even with his thick Russian accent, you would expect to not understand him well, but surprisingly he is very easy to understand. I definitely reccomend taking a class from him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Profesor Efimov is a very interesting professor. I appreciated his endless knowledge as well as enthusiasm and permanent smile. Very nice and helpful man :-). The exams are a bit harder than any of the homework or class examples, so STUDY the concepts, not just the problems!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I hated the subject but Efimov actually made me appreciate what we were learning. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This is one of the better professors that I've had this year. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    teaches well but exams are difficult. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Efimov is the best intro series professor I have ever had. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very entertaining. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Great prof. Has a Russian accent but you should still be able to understand him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very enthusiastic about teaching. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I biffed it in the class, but Efimov is a great professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Exams are ridiculously HARD. Efimov is a brilliant mind, but brilliant minds don't always make brilliant teachers. I have to supplement class with online tutorials and khan academy. His tests are ridiculous. If you can, take physics in community college before coming to UW. Worst department. EVER. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Had him for the whole physics series. I would say 114 with him was most interesting then before more dull after that. I would say he is the average way of teaching. Nothing to special. Solid straight forward lectures. Has a bit of an accent but not to bad. His illustrations are 10/10. Perfect circles. Test are always half MC half short answer. He spends a lot of time going through example problems. Exams are pretty hard though, you really have to know your stuff to do well on them and averages are low. And the homework system, Tycho, let's just say you will grow to hate it. ...Continue reading

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  • Class rating 4/5
    A great professor, but I had a hard time with him. His lectures explained most of the background information that the book missed, and the in-class interactive worksheets were usually the basis for the stuff on the tests. He is a fantastic teacher! A lot of these kids just want someone to kiss their ass, and Pedigo isn't going to, so boo hoo. I had no background in physics. He's comprehensive but I personally struggled. I'd recommend him though. He's really nice and knowledgeable. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Well he is a really nice guy... But his tests are not! And by that I mean extreamely hard... They are graded on a curve though... The online homework is killer too... often interesting in lecture but all together so-so! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Seems to be unpopular, but I actually liked his class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He seems like a nice person, but he goes pretty fast on his class. If you expect for him to go over simple concepts & problems, then you're wasting your time. He likes to put equations up and explains how it was derived, which could've been found in the textbooks. His test are tough,try to get a hold of his old tests they'll help a lot The class can be fairly tough, and though the multiple choice part of the test are easy, the written part is pretty hard. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    You really need to go to class and get CLICKER POINTS since those are graded. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Pedigo is very good at physics and he is very fun person. During his office hours he would look at the students like they were idiots. Likes trick questions, and the clicker. Don't take him if this is your first physics class - only if you have a good understanding of it before-hand. He used a lot of demos and obviously loved his job. He was very clear on what expectations were and his example problems helped a lot. I would highly recommend that you do all the problems that are at the end of each chapter in the book. It helps a lot. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    I took him for the entire physics series, 114, 115 and 116 and he was a great professor. He doesn't really bother to explain concepts to the rest of the class that choose wrong answers to his clicker responses. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    The professor does an okay job of teaching - but its HOW he teaches that confuses students even more, he focuses tooooo much on the conceptual extreme. That said, he is not a very good teacher. He refuses to explain concepts more than once as if low level physics courses are beneath him. My class average was 48%. If you plan on taking algebra based physics, surprise, Pedigo has never heard of algebra so he uses calculus instead. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    i hate you! you are hopped up on some evil physics****! thank goodness for rory! there are no examples. i am confused all the time. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    i don't understand anything. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Other than his complete smarki-ness he was not helpful at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    i liked him. His multiple choice questions are straight from the book problems, and his two short answers are relatively easy as well. Although he may not be very helpful, as long as you study and do the book problems, you'll ace the tests! tries to be helpful as much as possible, cares whether or not students learn, is passionate about the subject that he is teaching. good demonstrations ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I don't know get why some people say Reid is hard for 114. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Hes really not that bad...if you do the hw and read the book youll be fine. His midterms were somewhat hard but he does pull exact questions from the end of the chapter problems. Midterms were half multiple choice half free response but the final was all multiple choice. If you really do put in the effort you should do above avg. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    He uses clicker questions for this course. Easy exams if you study, but can be long. I agree, not very helpful when you ask him questions, but he allowed notes on exams in my class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    I worked extremely hard in this class and managed to scrape a 3.0. He goes over complicated derivations in class and expects you to know each and every one of them because on his exams, he will test on material you never practiced (but that he went over once in class). I relied on my book a lot because he simply overcomplicates the material. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    Please never never never take his course. His class is okay, he makes the test so that you can't finish in time. There was no clicker questions in this course. 5 homework questions per week. His tests are relatively harder then the homework. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 1/5
    He cannot teach, he doesn't know how to explain things, he spends a lot of time on the demos that are pretty pointless, he makes up a lot of excuses. He's passionate about physics, but he is not very clear in his explanations and sometimes uses the wrong equations. He is willing to help if you have questions, just make sure to ask them after class. Don't take without having had previous experience with physics. He seems like a nice person though. If you make any mistakes, he will show no respect to you. I highly highly do not recommend his course. Poor everything in his course. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Very boring lectures. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Efimov is hilarious! I like his lectures a lot. He gives tons of examples which clarify the principles he talks about each chapter. Don't miss class. Well, the tests are a bit challenging, but his hilarious class presentation is worth it!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Wasn't my favorite professor ever dont get me wrong he really is an amazing professor though. im just terrible with math related subjects. if your premed/dental/pharm and bad at math, start physics in winter. if not than i recommend this cross breed of the count from sesame street and a teddy bear He is humorous which makes things fun. HE DRAWS PERFECTLY STRAIGHT LINES ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very funny and nice professor. Yes, he has a Russian accent but he writes everything on the board so there's no problem. He always answers questions and although his exams are difficult, it's on a curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    His tests are pretty hard as expected for a weed-out class, which science majors are normally known for. Unless you consider staring at the examples in the book studying for like 100 hours, you'll be fine. I'm definitely sticking with him for the rest of the series. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    good lord, quite possibly the hardest class i have taken in my entire college career. Efimov on the other hand is a cute old man with a fun accent that makes him speak slower which is nice inorder take in what he's saying and when he goes through problems. Class helps understanding, book seems optional. Can drop 1 test & homework. Uses funny examples not from book. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Definitely a hard class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Extremely humorous and inspiring professor!! No clickers, which is NICE. Exams are very hard, time crunch. Must learn how to pace yourself. 4 exams total (1 dropped). exams usually consist of 3 or 4 problems that are unlike any of the practice problems or homework and considerably harder. they test your concept of the material. good news is exams are graded on a curve, because average scores on exams are 54%. definately NOT an easy A. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He is a great prof. Tests could be hard but do-able if you study. He is enthusiastic about physics, takes time to explain everything to the students, and gives out very informative practice tests. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    By far one of the cutest profs I ever had. Very nice and approachable, helpful lectures, and isn't afraid to show some sense of humor. Tests are harsh but the curve saves everyone. Very profound Russian accent but still understandable will forever interpret physics with a Russian accent :P ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Definitely take physics from Efimov. His teaching method is more about spoon-feeding where he teaches the material and gives examples regarding the material. I learned a lot from his class compared to the physics in my high school career. If you want to survive, just do the homework and the practice problems from the back of the book. He's hilarious and brilliant, and knows the answer to absolutely anything you could conceive to ask him. If you have to take Physics take Efimov! Tests are pretty hard, but the homework prepares you well if you do ALL of it, and the grade curve is very steep. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I retook this class because first teacher (a. garcia) was TERRIBLE. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    His examples are very helpful, and the homework and end of chapter problems prepare you well for exams. The problems he solves in class are funny and interesting. Tests are really challenging, but the curve will save you, so don't fret. Don't miss the demonstration for elastic/inelastic collisions, and the demonstration on the last day of class. Very cool. I love his interesting and clear examples best!! Definitely follow this brilliant physicist!!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Took 114,115 and 116 with him. He has a russian accent and an interesting (yet clear) way of explaining things. Very helpful in office hours. His tests always seemed harder than the practice ones to me - he normally gives you something similar to what you have seen before - but not quite the same, so you are forced to think fast while testing. I love him! super helpful in office hours, funniest old man ever. Tests are hard, but hey, the challenge is fun. the mooootion!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Hands down THE BEST prof I've had. His Russian accent may take some getting used to but was pretty fun to listen to. Physics isn't easy, it takes effort and practice but this prof knows what he is doing. Go to lectures, the demos are really cool to watch. You will not regret him unless you're a slacker. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Had him for 114-116. Despite all that he keeps the class entertaining with his demonstrations. Great use of examples to explain concepts. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Awesome lectures! Took all 3 quarters with him, he makes it interesting and fun. Accent is hilarious. Don't really need to come to class but hes such a character its worth it. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I don't like physics, but Efimov keeps it interesting even at 8:30 in the morning! Best science prof I've hand! He is hillarious and extremely brilliant. DEFINATELY take physics from him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Wonderful teacher, fun to listen to. Lectures are very organized but tests are amazingly hard. If you want to learn, definitely take him, but keep in mind that the average on the tests will be very low. Infinitely patient, extremely helpful outside of class. Tests are somewhat difficult but curved, and make up almost all of the grade. Prone to occasional, extremely entertaining demonstrations. I won't ruin the surprise. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    great take his class if possible He is the sweetest man and you can't help but love him! He has great explanations and examples. His tests are challening, but definately do-able. I've had him for 114-116 and I will definately miss Efimov! He has a unique sense of humor that never ceases to crack us up. And he's got a pretty perfect handwriting so when he writes on the blackboard, it's all nice & clear & really neat. I found his tests to be a bit on the hard side tho so DO read the book & do the probs. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Great professor :D His tests are hard though, so be prepared His use of class time is excellent. His somewhat zany self is extremely amusing. His clarity is odd, even with his thick Russian accent, you would expect to not understand him well, but surprisingly he is very easy to understand. I definitely reccomend taking a class from him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Profesor Efimov is a very interesting professor. I appreciated his endless knowledge as well as enthusiasm and permanent smile. Very nice and helpful man :-). The exams are a bit harder than any of the homework or class examples, so STUDY the concepts, not just the problems!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I hated the subject but Efimov actually made me appreciate what we were learning. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This is one of the better professors that I've had this year. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    teaches well but exams are difficult. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Efimov is the best intro series professor I have ever had. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very entertaining. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Great prof. Has a Russian accent but you should still be able to understand him. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very enthusiastic about teaching. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I biffed it in the class, but Efimov is a great professor. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Exams are ridiculously HARD. Efimov is a brilliant mind, but brilliant minds don't always make brilliant teachers. I have to supplement class with online tutorials and khan academy. His tests are ridiculous. If you can, take physics in community college before coming to UW. Worst department. EVER. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Had him for the whole physics series. I would say 114 with him was most interesting then before more dull after that. I would say he is the average way of teaching. Nothing to special. Solid straight forward lectures. Has a bit of an accent but not to bad. His illustrations are 10/10. Perfect circles. Test are always half MC half short answer. He spends a lot of time going through example problems. Exams are pretty hard though, you really have to know your stuff to do well on them and averages are low. And the homework system, Tycho, let's just say you will grow to hate it. ...Continue reading