James Brewer - British Columbia Institute of Technology

Professor: James Brewer
Department: Science
College: British Columbia Institute of Technology
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
James is a man who is passionate about physics, simply put. As long as you can do the worksheets you will have no issues in midterms. Lab tests can be a bit more tricker, but they aren't worth enough to really destroy your grade. No matter what class you have him for you're in for a good time. The content can be tough, but worksheets save the day.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James is what all profs should be like. Lectures are engaging, the homework directs translates to the midterms, one of the best profs I've ever had. Practice the worksheets he gives and the midterms will be easy as hell.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1301
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you've taken his physics 0312 class then this will be easy af. If you forget some formulas or methods then just watch some khan youtube videos of a certain topic you're at. DO them worksheets and you will do fine.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS0312
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: No
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A course day consists of either a lecture, lab or test. In every lecture, he gives us 30 minutes of "study session" before the end of class so you can decide to stay and study or leave. He seems to have a great passion in physics and cares about his and his students' learning.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
James really cares that his students learn physics. He's happy to answer questions and very accessible. Returns Midterms after only 2 days of marking!! Really a hard working and excellent professor!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Lectures consist of flying through Powerpoints or reading answers to practice problems. Labs are engaging and well planned. The midterms seems horrible but they get scaled so don't worry too much. (65s turn into 90s, just do the problems you know) take notes during labs to bring into the lab tests, there is a lot to do in two hours.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS0309
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James was a friendly prof, although he does recite from the text. He was helpful with hw and in the labs. His hw isn't bad, as long as u read examples from the book. Tests are similar to the hw questions. Overall not that difficult of a class, especially if u need to upgrade physics for any programs at bcit
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James is a great guy and very helpful. Juts do the Mastering in Physics quizzes and you'll be fine.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Nice guy. Lectures are long and confusing, veers off topic often, & does not clearly associate learning objectives to lectures. Does not like students to ask questions as it wastes time. Tends to get agitated when asked to clarify processes or calculations. Most learning I did at home with the text. Truly disappointed in the course.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
To be honest, I dont learn anything in his class. He is very knowledgeable however all he does is talk. There's not really any notes as his notes are from his textbook. I hope we could take notes in class so we can actually learn some things. Midterm is based on all his questions from the quizzes... Also theres mastering physics questions to do
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James is a great teacher, very helpful especially in the lab. If you study the quizzes, you will pass.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James is an excellent physics instructor. His lectures and demos are usually fun and informative. Tests are predictable without confusingly worded questions.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS0309
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I did labs with him in the upgrading Physics class. He was extremely helpful and funny, not too strict on marking. Overall ok.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
James doesn't know a whole lot about electronics BUT he is a great physicist.All you need to pass the course is: -Attend classes -Do the practice tests in the text -Practice the pop quizzes before exams.Lab tests are brutal, esp the second one.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHYSICS1143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
poor james...he wants to know what he's doing...but he doesn't care about electronics enough.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ELEX2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
he derives too many formulas! formulas do not mean understanding! his tests are unclear, he rambles on about space, he thinks everything is "trivial" when it's obviously not. he has absolutely NO interest in electronics and should not be teaching in the ECET program.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He just goes over what's in the textbook, textbook not too good. Pop quizzes and tests are badly structured, but he makes an attempt to teach at least...just doesn't do too well at it
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS1143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
so freaking boring, but a nice guy
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: 1143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
boring lectres, ok tests.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHYS2143
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
the only way to pass is to do the problem sets and memorize the formulas--- he doesnt change the questions much
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