Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Dr. Shih would occasionally check with the class on how well we were able to absorb the material he was teaching. Any major questions of difficulties would be addressed in the following lecture. He was capable of going back to earlier course material for review and was able to stay on schedule. Overall, I retained the material taught throughout the course.
The whole course was very engaging and you learn a lot in regards to modern physics. The course begins with covering relativity, both classical and modern approaches and compares the two. The course then covers major topics in modern physics, such as blackbody radiation, photoionization, the hydrogen atom, bohr's model of the atom, electron scattering and Schroedinger's Equation.
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Advice for students:
Be prepared to read. This is one of the first major physics courses that I had taken where reading the text provided was a huge advantage. The textbook he recommends is very well written and is worth purchasing and owning, I intend on keeping the copy I bought. Outside of reading, you should practice problems provided in the text and understand the physics, not just the math behind the physics.