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PHYS 233 Introduction to Physics (Biology)

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    Sep 27, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    If you must take this course then you are stuck. Otherwise do not take this course! The new material you learn is done through reading blog post of some physicist, not in an actual lecture. The homework assignment do not always line-up with what is being learned about in class. It is incredibly confusing, even to the smartest people I know. It is a "flipped-class" meaning that there is little actual teaching in the lecture hour, thus you essentially have to teach yourself. Unless you like physics and teaching yourself, I would not really recommend this class. Furthermore, there is an incredible amount of homework! Both online and handwritten assignments are due, as well as recitation time and a lab module. This class monopolized my time.

    Course highlights:

    This course at some level did give me a basic understanding of how physics interacts with my daily life, and in the natural world. I learned a great deal about motion, particularly vectors, acceleration, and velocity, and understanding the how they are represented graphically as this is a major part of the course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend understanding vectors, acceleration, and velocity before taking this course, and understanding the how they are represented graphically as this is a major part of the course. As for the exam, I felt they were challenging but fair.

    • Fall 2017
    • Prof Stephen Durbin
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    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Participation Counts
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    Mar 19, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    You basically have to teach yourself the material in this course and find other materials such as kahn academy in order to understand what is going on. It's a "flipped" class, so you are supposed to learn the material before coming to lecture and then put it into practice during it, however I didn't learn much from this set-up. However, the course is highly curved, so you can still do well.

    Course highlights:

    I learned the basics of physics, including Newton's Laws and how to apply them, buoyant forces, and gas laws.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Ask TAs for help, make sure you do well on the reading assignments, homework, and labs in order to boost your grade.

    • Fall 2016
    • DURBIN,STEPHEN
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