Hailu Gebremariam

14 reviews
Average rating: 3.57




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PHYS260

Expecting an A+
StardustGogeta 06/09/2019
Hailu is a fantastic professor and I definitely recommend taking his class. He is very careful in explaining complex topics accurately and makes few mistakes in lectures. His exams were incredibly easy (except for the final, which was not as much difficult as it was time-consuming). If you pay attention in lecture and try to understand the content, you should have no problems.
PHYS270

Expecting a C
Anonymous 05/28/2019
Whatever you do please don't take this professor. Three exams, doesn't drop any, doesn't narrow down on topics covered in the exams he will say to "study everything" which is no help at all. His lectures are super boring but he does do a lot of example problems which help a little at first but definitely doesn't prepare you for the exams. His exams are such curve balls there's aways one problem that will throw you off and he gives like 2 problems, so if you screw up one, you fail. He curves a lot at the end but you gotta have at least a 70% or higher to get a B. Which isn't bad but his exams are bad so that might be hard to get. The course isn't bad as long as you read the textbook and do practice problems, but just make sure you have a good professor.
PHYS260

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/24/2019
By far one of the worst professors at UMD. He teaches via PowerPoints and uses the simplest examples in class, and then when the exam time comes nothing is the same. The exams are much more difficult than anything offered in this course, although you can expect a 10%+ curve at the end of the semester. nevertheless, I would not suggest you take him unless you have to!
PHYS260

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/24/2019
The course material was not difficult, but the lectures sometimes were pretty hard to get through because they were pretty dry and his tests were quite a bit more difficult than the homework. He does curve though in his class, which helped quite a bit.
PHYS161

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 01/28/2019
He's a pretty decent professor even though most of his teaching is based off his slides. His TA is pretty bad however, and discussion sections are basically useless aside from the required quizzes. One big thing about his class though is that there's no curve which you'll want at the end of the semester
PHYS270

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/22/2018
In my experience in all 3 general physics classes here, I thought Hailu was the most well-rounded when it comes to teaching the material and going through examples in class. Although the first exam is pretty hard, he lightens up the second and third exam. He also curves the class on average 2-3%.
PHYS161

Expecting a W
Anonymous 05/05/2018
Took him for PHYS161. I would not recommend him. His classes are mainly done from Powerpoint . He did many examples during class but the exams were a lot more difficult than the examples. Worst part was that he does not curve at all. And trust me, you'll want curving.
PHYS161

Expecting an A
coolkat142 01/21/2013
I love Bantu, he is the best! go to his office hours and befreind him he is a great guy. I already graduated two years ago but he has become my freind and mentor for a long time. What an amazing guy. so damn nice. godman
PHYS270

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/19/2012
Bantu makes PHYS270 a decent experience. There are two midterms, each worth 12% of your grade, which is nice because most of the PHYS270 professors do 3 midterms. Overall, they were pretty easy, with a few of the questions being very similar, or even direct questions from the homework. Lab is 25%, but that is the same regardless of your professor. Lab was, in my opinion, the worst part of the class. There are only 4 labs (plus the culminating lab), but they all pretty much took the full 3 hours and were pretty tough. Your experience is going to depend entirely on who your lab TA is. If you get a good one, lab shouldn't be bad. Quizzes are 10% of your grade, and there is one at the end of each chapter. He does not announce the quizzes beforehand, but if you follow his lectures and the schedule, you should know about when they will be. They are almost always very easy and require only basic knowledge of the chapter. Write down the equations as he is teaching, or start the homework before he finishes the chapter, and quizzes will be simple. Homework is 21%, with 14% being masteringphysics and 7% being written. The written is just to do 3 of the masteringphysics problems by hand on paper and turn it in, so it's not really extra work. The masteringphysics tends to be pretty easy, so the homework isn't a huge burden. Do check often if there is an assignment though because he does not announce when he posts them. Do not copy from the solutions manual because they are watching for that and a large portion of the class did just that on the first homework. The exams were each 3 problems and were usually pretty simple. The only issue is that since they are only 3 problems, if you are completely lost on one question, you already lost a large portion of your grade. Study hard for these, redo the masteringphysics, and you'll be fine. The final exam was a common final across all the sections, and was actually pretty easy. It's hard to say if he curved the class because we did not get our final exam scores back, but I have a feeling that he did.
PHYS161

Expecting an A+
MooseNinja 05/22/2010
To be honest, the only reason I ever went to lecture was because of the unannounced pop quizzes. Bantu's lectures are pretty boring (and that's with a laptop). Mastering Physics (online HW) is more difficult than any of the tests (or the examples done in class). If you have even marginal experience with physics this class is a review. (but a 3 on AP C Mech doesn't place you out).
PHYS270

Expecting a B
jahs389 03/03/2010
This guy isn't that bad, but he isn't that good. He should illustrate some more example problems. Instead, he primarily just uses Power-Point slides which are identical to the book, so if the book confuses you Bantu won't help that much. Also, I didn't like that he gives no sample exams whatsoever; on Fri. before a Mon. exam he just tell us "3 problems 1 is on Chap 35, 2 is on 36, 3 is on 37". However, his exams were really straightforward, everything was an example in the book or an assigned homework problem - no curve balls.
PHYS270

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/28/2009
Bantu is a really nice guy and a decent lecturer, although he can be kind of boring. He goes through the material pretty slowly, which means his tests end up covering less material than usual for 270, so they are not very difficult in general. He grades very fairly and I think there was a curve at the end of the semester. He usually does one pop quiz a week, but the questions are so easy (as long as you have the equations written down). The Mastering Physics hw is not too bad, especially since he gives you 5 chances to answer each question correctly, with no loss of credit until the last chance is used up. The only really annoying thing about Bantu was that he never emailed us when he posted assignments, so you basically have to check Blackboard constantly to see if there is a written assignment and you have to check MP to see if there is a new online assignment. Overall, Bantu is definitely one of the better physics professors.
PHYS270

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/23/2009
Dr. Bantu is a very nice, easygoing professor who made PHYS270 a relatively easy experience. He's a rather dry lecturer, but he cracks jokes in lecture occasionally to wake up the many sleepy, bored students. However, his class was not too hard., especially compared to the other professor, Jenkins. The tests were straightforward (except maybe the second one, which almost no one finished), and the final was not even cumulative! MasteringPhysics was the homework system used and there was always help available if you knew where to look. There were quizzes in lecture at the end of each chapter, but most of the time you did not really have to go to lecture since he posts lecture powerpoints online. Also, discussion is useless. My TA always went on tangents that usually ended in him talking about Maxwell's equations, which was irrelevant to most of the topics we were covering. The worst part of this class is the lab which counts for 25% of the 270 grade. Fortunately, we only had it every other week, but my experience was awful since no one knew what he or she was doing and the TA couldn't speak a word of English and explain anything! Overall, definitely take Bantu over any other PHYS270 professor!
PHYS270

Anonymous 01/24/2009
It only requires V5 but actually uses V3,4 and5. Does not make sense to buy 3 books. Try the full volume(ISBN:0805389601)! It will be a lot cheaper.