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    Jun 07, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class isn't required, don't take it. The test are challenging and deceptive, while the homework is fairly easy and brought my guard down before the first exam. If this class is required for your major, I HIGHLY suggest the following steps: *Keep in mind that this is the first physics course I have ever taken. Some of you may already have a better grasp on the material than I did going in. However, DO NOT underestimate this class. - Write down the major equations and MEMORIZE them. Understand how each of them relate to each other - Even if you are struggling a little bit, ASK FOR HELP. A small struggle can turn into a large one that puts you behind in this class. There are physics help rooms in the basement of the building, and you can always look to groupchats or other people taking the course if the question is small - ATTEND SI SESSIONS. I would suggest twice a week if you really want to get a decent grade and don't have a lot of confidence with physics. I got a lot of 1 on 1 help there by people who have taken the course before! - TALK TO YOUR PROFESSORS! I cannot stress this one enough! As difficult as this course is, your professors genuinely want you to succeed. I had Rebello, and she was wonderfully thorough on problems I should look at in the book and what exactly I should review to be successful on the exams. - NEVER MISS A LAB! Those lab points add up and can really bring up your grade. There's no reason why you shouldn't have 100% in the lab category in this class. - TAKE THE CLICKER QUESTIONS SERIOUSLY. These points also add up! You can look online and occasionally find the answers before a lecture or recitation, but make sure you really know the material so you can get at least a 90% or above on all clicker Q's. - DO THE LAST TWO PROBLEMS ON YOUR HOMEWORK. The last two questions on Physics WebAssign homeworks are always notoriously difficult. Try to work through it as best you can, or at least figure out a way to get the answer. There's a good chance that a similar question may be on your exam One last piece of advice: The exams in this class will make or break you. Spend a good amount of time preparing for them. Pay attention to the class averages. If you are getting the average, you should be doing just fine. I had a friend last year who was concerned she got only a 48% on one of the exams, only to discover that the class average was 38%. Always strive to do better, but don't fret if your percentages never make it up in the 80%-90% range.

    Course highlights:

    While I do rip on the course a bit for being difficult, it does challenge you to think like an engineer and work on more abstract concepts. It tests your understanding deeper than just solving physics problems, and if you take it seriously it will help you grow in critical thinking and problem solving.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    If it isn't required, I would suggest a different physics course. If it is, take it seriously and work hard, and reach out for help as soon as you need it. Around 30% of students taking this course for the first time either fail or withdraw, so make sure you put this course as a priority.

    • Spring 2017
    • rebello
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    May 20, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class is difficult but Malis is easily the worst professor. She doesn't give you any time to answer class questions and explains things because she is required to -- not to make you understand.

    Course highlights:

    You become acquainted with your fellow peers and the atmosphere of "we're all failing" gives you sense of reassurance when you fail an exam.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study hard. Although the material may seem easy at first, it would help to study alot of different problems to study your application of theory.

    • Spring 2017
    • Malis,Oana
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading
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    Dec 17, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Good course, you learn a lot, however it very difficult. The tests are solely concept based. Learn from your homework, think about why your answers are correct. In other words, do not simply try different questions until one of them gives the correct answer.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the moment principle, energy principle, angular momentum, statistical mechanics, and time management. I can now understand various interactions, what caused them, what they resulted in and why they gave those results.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book. Take your own notes based on the book and read it before each lecture. By doing so, you will understand each lesson better. Also, many of the examples in the book are what the homework questions are based on. Do the homework thoughtfully, do not simply apply different equations until one gives the correct answer.

    • Fall 2016
    • andrew hirsch
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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