Pinhas Barak - Kettering University

Professor: Pinhas Barak
Department: Engineering
College: Kettering University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: DSB
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
DS1. He is a pretty tough proff. He requires that you do HW and pay attention. I think that KU needs more like him. Unfortunately he retired (I wanted to take DS2 with him). There were alot of babies in my class that complained about their grades, but that is what you get when you try to float through school. Less competition for me I guess :)
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Daily quizes will be on the problems from his book. Many of the book problems are incorrect so make you correct his book. You will not learn anything and unless you have cribs you will fail.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: DS1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Barak goes out of his way to isolate himself, you are not allowed to send him e-mails, he does not post office hours, and he refuses to answer questions outside class. One of the worst professors I have ever had. He will hold tests back then take points off for not attending class, never considers the possibility he made a mistake.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ME100
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Barak is a misunderstood genius! While attending GMI (yea I said it) I though he was daft! After graduating and using this stuff for 10 years! I now get it! For all those in school now. Suck it up, it is worth it! If you make it, you will learn.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
While he was very difficult for DS1 he was much better and more engaged for DS2 and for 500 level chassis courses. In the 500 level vehicle dynamics course he was so involved and driven to help that it was nearly impossible not to do well. Overall one of the best!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: DS1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
good class, cant ever tell if he is teaching real stuff or just his perspective on it. His book is a mess and needs lots of help. everything on test are performed in class. if you participate in class he give bonus points, so make sure to be vocal even if you make an idiot out of yourself.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He cannot teach. Prepare to teach yourself. On the plus side, test questions are the same if not similar to class examples. Once you understand it, its an easy class.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is not good at teaching, and his textbook is horrible. He is not helpful; will only explain things once. He is rude to students. There is no partial credit on his tests, but there is great room for error. It's one thing for a prof to be bad at teaching, but even worse when combined with a useless textbook and tests written out of spite.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pinhas, a great prof. Made me laugh every class. He uses "g-unit" and "very nice" after writing eqns, always! Sounds like Borat!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: DS1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He seems more intimidating than he really is. Sit in the front of class to let him know you're attending and do the homework assignments (not all the night before the test) and you'll get a decent grade. Gives no partial credit b/c multiple choice tests and each ques is 1% of your overall avg. Not as bad as you think.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Take another professor if you can. He does not explain applications of subject, and does not treat students with much respect.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst teacher I've ever had in my entire life. and I've had Salajekeh; Barak is worse and there is no avoiding him.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: DS1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is somewhat hard to understand. The textbook is very hard to use if you don't know at least the basic concept of each chapter, it has plenty of examples and homework though. He covers a lot in class so it can be hard to keep up. Plenty of Cribs and Bonus points available. I didn't do homework, studied right before the test and got a 99 overal
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: DSI
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He can't teach or explain anything even when you ask. Go to his office often to let him know you are doing the homework. Most important, go to the study sessions offered by other professors, it will be the only time you actually learn anything. Good luck learning anything from the book besides the problem statements.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst Prof at KU! Can't teach, can't explain, and not clear. Avoid if possible!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: DSIIMECH
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Barak is a horrible professor and person. His text book, which you are forced to use, is as useless as he is. He is yet another reason why KU is nothing but an elaborate scam.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a crazy little man. He cannot teach to save his life. He spends two hours doing example problems during every class. He does not teach any theory behind his subject, is unfair, and makes mistakes on tests. Pretty much the worst that Kettering has to offer.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: MECH330
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very strict on attendence. Hard to understand his teaching method. Know his material, but can not teach it. Exams and quizzes are similar to the homework and examples in class. Above all, office hours are terrible.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: MECH210
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Absolutely awful Prof. I was forced to drop his class due to his militant grading style and his inconsistencies with his quizzes and teaching style.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: VIBESCHASSIS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Pinhas is just awful. Inconsistent with his testing style, he adjusts it to whatever grumpy mood he is in. His suspension theories and "magic numbers" are stuck in the 1960s. Yep, his SAE seminars are just as disorganized and random as his university lectures.
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