This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Dr. Armitage breaks down concepts really effectively. The exams are fair and straightforward. Studying will pay off.
Course highlights:
We started with electric fields, move to magnetism, then ended with relativity and lenses.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
The homework on blackboard and mastering physics are the most helpful for understanding concepts and succeeding on exams.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
It's a phenomenal class. The professor is extremely helpful, the TAs in class are able to answer your questions, and the clicker questions test your understanding before the midterms. Petar also posts all of his lecture slides and previous tests, so you are essentially handed your study notes.
Course highlights:
I gained a thorough understanding of Electricity and Magnetism (and light + optics). We went over (and derived) Maxwell's Equations, and then also applied them to physical systems. Your second-to-last unit will be over light and optics, and how they're really just direct applications of Maxwell's equations to light. At the end, we covered principles of quantum mechanics (that was really neat).
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
You need to know and understand multivariate calculus before starting this course. The very first unit in Physics II is Gauss's Law, a concept you learn near the END of a typical Calculus III course. Do not attempt this class without knowledge of surface integrals or a critical understanding of the major theorems in Calculus III.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
Physics II combined concepts from Calculus II and III and Physics I to explain electromagnetism concepts. Petar did a great job explaining new concepts and encouraged students to practice problems in groups which greatly contributed to my learning. The grading system needs to be revamped to match the difficulty of the tests and homeworks, but overall I really enjoyed the course.
Course highlights:
I really enjoyed the live demonstrations in class that demonstrated concepts and the group problems in class that encouraged students to practice what they just learned.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
I would recommend taking notes on the prelectures a week before the concept is explained in class. Coming in with an understanding of the concept allows students to learn the nuances of specific problems and to prepare for the complexity of test and homework problems.