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Alan Cresswell
(Physics)


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Subject: Ddecent  (Jan 17 2011, 08:35AM)
Student: Brian Hill (Chemistry)
Class:Intermediate Physics I (C+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 I liked his sense of humor and his grading scale, but his accent is a little hard to understand. I didn't like his web notes because his penmanship is not good. Unless you go to class and take your own notes you won't have a clue what he wrote in the PowerPoint. He's a really nice guy and very helpful outside of class but his explanations leave much to be desired. He'll assign end of section problems to work on and won't tell you the answers until the week before the test. I felt that that made it very difficult to study because you can do the exercises and think you got the correct answers and then he releases the answers and you've been doing them wrong for weeks and only have a couple days to relearn the whole chapter.
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Subject: Not for the feint hearted  (Jan 11 2011, 03:47PM)
Student: L (Chemistry)
Class:Inter. Phys. I (B-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 This class was FULL of useful information. While some of the material may seem rather deep at some times due to the way that Dr. C teaches, it's not all that hard to keep your head above water in his class. There are clicker points and homework assignments to help boost your grade. Definitely do the end of section problems and ASK HIM IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS! He's more than willing to help if you have half a clue. Definitely worth the time.
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Subject: Good Guy  (Oct 16 2010, 03:49AM)
Student: Anonymous (Mathematics)
Class:Intermediate I (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Cresswell is a very nice guy. His class isn't exactly the easiest one here at Ship, but you'll walk away having learned quite a bit. He gives his opinion on nearly everything and makes some of the most off the wall comments. The book you use in Intermediate I is an online web book that Cresswell wrote himself, and it's not exactly the most helpful tool when studying for the tests. Either way, I would definitely recommend Dr. Cresswell.
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Subject: 42=the Answer According to Cresswell  (Dec 23 2006, 03:02PM)
Student: Englishman (English/Chemistry)
Class:Intermediate Physics I (B+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 One word to describe Dr. Cresswell: "WOW." The first day of class starts with him walking down the steps a few minutes late with his wild appearance scaring half the class. Most times students will not find his lecture is adequate, but others can understand physics if they teach themselves through his web notes and homework. People feel it is bad enough to understand his mumblings and bad jokes, but he really isn't that bad. I have never seen a man live at his office from 7:30 in the morning all the way until five in the afternoon. He's more than willing to help, but you have to have the thinking for physics. Some people have a challenge with his lecture and then when they do the textbook problems, they are completely lost. Get acquainted with his lecture: after he speaks, go home and learn the derivations and examples from the lecture because a majority of them can be found on his exams. A nice thing about Dr. Cresswell is that he curves EVERYTHING. Even after the final, expect your grade to be curved. Talk with him for a bit during the semester. Tell him what frustrates you, what interests you, and what you can do to be a better student for his course. On the first day, he said to us blatantly, "If you show up to my office with a scowl and just b*tch, I will be downright pissed. Nothing pisses me off more than haughty, angry people. If you come to my office with a smile and say, 'Oh, I don't understand the rage that is physics, please teach me to escape the rage,' then I will do my best to help you out." Cresswell is a funny French guy, and I enjoyed having him in the middle of the day because his class was always exciting to encounter. The best thing he ever said when he lectured one day: "Life's a b*tch, then you die. However, it's better than dying first and b*tching later." When you get the chance, embrace being in his class. Physics was probably one of the best challenging courses to encounter, especially with Cresswell. He's a cheery, humorous, and random individual. Try not to avoid him. You won't regret it.
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Subject: Energetic professor  (Jan 10 2005, 12:32AM)
Student: Anonymous (Physics/Math)
Class:Mechanics (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr.Cresswell was a very good professor for Mechanics. He says he presents Mechanics different everytime, but when I had it this past fall 2004, we had four tests, no final, lecture based homework assignments, and regular homework assignments (he only graded one of these), and a project. In our class, we studied rotational motion based mostly on handouts, chaos through the use of Mathematica, system of particles (lagrange and hamilton), and central force motion. He was big on knowing the derivation to formulas and frequently asked to derive these on his tests. His material was generally difficult, but if you are willing to study and put the time into his class, you should not have alot of trouble getting a good grade.
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Subject: Nice Guy and Prof  (Mar 23 2004, 05:14PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Phys 1, Modern Phys, Mechanics (C)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Although he is hard to understand at times and the material of his classes is difficult, he is a great professor and knows exactly what he is talking about. He is really easy going and as long as you go to class and attempt your work you will do well in his classes. He is very understanding when it comes to late work and missed classes, as long as you have a logical excuse, and he is always willing to help you if you don't understand something. Overall, I reccomend this professor to everyone, there are very few professors that are as nice and laid back as this guy.
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Subject: Teaching done right  (Nov 05 2002, 12:01PM)
Student: MJ (CS & Physics)
Class:Int 1, Modern, Mechanics (A)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Dr. Cresswell is a great professor. Not because he makes learning the material easy. Because he doesn't dumb down the material to make it easier than it is. He goes through the mathematical details thoroughly and lets the concepts emerge from them, giving you a first-rate understanding of the material if you are willing to devote the time to do your assignments and understand them. He is almost always in his office to supply any required assistance. If you're not interested in Physics at all, then Cresswell isn't the professor for you. He will make you learn something more useful than straight-up formulae. If, however, you want a top-notch understanding of Physics, take Cresswell. The only reason I refrained from giving him a 10 was because I choose to compare apples to oranges, and once I had a better teacher in a different subject in High School.
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Subject: Not so bad...  (Oct 24 2002, 07:55PM)
Student: Anonymous (physics)
Class:intermediate physics I (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Cresswell, is a push-over, convince him to have group quizes and he will. There is a good amount of work but if you don't do it-you're screwed. He's a little crazy at times, but overall really layed back.
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Negative Comments (5)

Subject: Inter. Phy I  (Apr 21 2009, 10:11PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:Inter.Phy I (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 There is not a single book to study from, just some confusing online notes he wrote. Almost everyone in his class would agree with that. I hate to say this but he was just incompetent because although he understood physics, he was not good at teaching this course.
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Subject: Wish there was a "REALLY NEGATIVE" review option  (Dec 19 2007, 08:30PM)
Student: Anonymous (biology)
Class:intermediate I (C+)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 I still have absolutely no idea what I was supposed to learn in this class. He's a really great guy, don't get my wrong, but w.o.w!!!!!!! Ineffective, infuriating, frustrating... this class drove me up a wall. I couldn't keep up, even with the help of tutors and friends...and I just gave up towards the last third of the class. No one knew what the hell was going on...I failed several exams and still passed the class. What does that tell you? Avoid...avoid...avoid.
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Subject: Avoid at all cost  (Nov 19 2007, 10:05AM)
Student: Anonymous (Chemistry)
Class:Intermediate 1 (B+)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 Cresswell is an ok guy but a horrible professor. In the past he might have been ok but this year not a single person knows whats going on. He loves to go on pointless tangents that jump from elementary physics all the way to probably a 300 level physics class like quantum theory and the idea of the universe not being straight. In intermediate who cares?
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Subject: What the.......  (Mar 27 2005, 10:08PM)
Student: Anonymous (Comp Sci)
Class:Inter Physic (F)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 If you read the other negative comment, it pretty much sums up what I am going to say. Mumbling, quirky behavior, and a French accent make this prof the worst prof ive had. Oh yea, I almost forgot his handwritting. It might as well be in French because I stared at it and couldn't read a darn thing and that was all of his tests except the final. I guess he felt bad. The only good thing that I can say is he loves physics, with that said he cannot break complicated concepts to understandable segments. Im a Comp Sci major and thats bad. Do not take him if you help it.
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Subject: Pathetic Teacher  (Dec 04 2002, 12:19PM)
Student: Anonymous ()
Class:N/A (--)
 13 of 38 students found this review helpful.

 This guy is probably the worst professor i have ever had. He shows up late, mumbles about god knows what for about an hour and then leaves...no questions asked. He gives you an overview of the chapter, and expects you to read the rest. Then he tests you on stuff you read and not what he taught you. So in other words, im teaching myself physics. Worst of all, he is foreign and i have no idea what he is saying...avoid this bastard at all costs.
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Neutral Comments (1)

Subject: Nice guy  (Mar 29 2004, 04:13PM)
Student: honest (physics)
Class:inter phy I (C-)
 12 of 37 students found this review helpful.

 God help you if you have to take him. He is really nice and tries his best to explain it but the material is hard to understand and so is his accent. I like the guy but i would never want to take him again. good luck if u take him.. you'll need it.
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