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PHYSICS 171.101 #2 General Physics for Physical Science Majors

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    May 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend taking this course if it is a requirement for your major or if you absolutely love physics. The curve in this class is really generous but the material is very math heavy and the professor expects you to understand every concept especially in drawings. The professor also made the first midterm difficult so that students would show up the 2nd and 3rd midterms since one midterm grade is dropped when calculating your final grade. The TA (teaching assistant) sections (recitations) were also not very helpful. In addition, the types of problems that were given during section were not equivalent in difficulty with problems in the exams. I honestly did not enjoy going to those sections but attendance was included in your final grade. Also, participation in the class is also counted in your grade which is helpful as well. The homework was helpful in the sense that you were graded for it but it did not really prepare you for the exams especially since you needed a calculator to do the problems in your homework but you are not allowed to bring a calculator to an exam.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the demonstrations that he gave. The in class demonstrations and the videos were very insightful and entertaining. It helped me to visualize the concepts that he was explaining in class. Overall, the professor is very passionate about the course. He had a sign up sheet where students could volunteer for free lunch where you traveled in small groups including the professor to an Indian buffet. Its purpose was to have a casual setting where he could ask for feedback on the course and the exams. He just wanted to have a general feeling from students about the coursework, sections (recitations) , and the exams. He is very genuine and thoughtful and I learned a lot about the course and my instructor. He taught me not to withhold from any questions even if it may seem trivial because asking will enable him to know where my thought process is at so that as an instructor he can guide me into the correct way of approaching questions.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advice students to take his practice exams and his lecture slides seriously. Students should also attempt the in class questions by themselves in preparation for the actual midterms and finals because they were very beneficial. You should also go to sections and class because participation in those is 20% of your final grade. The best advice would also be to not fall behind in the course because it would be hard to follow material in the class as it gets more difficult. The Head TA (Tanvi) is the best option after the professor to go to with any questions because she explains the material just as equally as the professor but if you find yourself not being able to go because of other obligations, students should definitely go to the Physics Help Sessions because they also explain concepts pretty well.

    • Spring 2016
    • andrei gritsan
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