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PHYS 17200 MODERN MECHANICS

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    GABORACSATHY, MUZIKAR, OANAMALIS, ZC, MILLER,D, SERGEI, Molnar, Garfinkel, AndrewS.Hirsch, EricaCarlson(P), FuqiangWang(P), AbrahamJ.Olson, AdeelAltaf, AdeelAltaf(P), AndrewS.Hirsch(P), MartinCorless, ChunSingLee, MarcW.Caffee, AndrewHirsch, rebello, Pushkar,Yulia
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    Many Small Assignments

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    Jun 21, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course was mandatory for my major, but ultimately I would not recommend it to another student. It was one of most difficult courses I have taken. Even with attending all the lectures, taking diligent notes, as well as reading the required textbook, the homework assignments still proved to take upwards of two hours, multiple times a week. The lectures were extremely unhelpful in completing the assignments, and did not go nearly in depth enough to be useful to figure out problems.

    Course highlights:

    In this course, I learned essentially the basics of physics. The class was mainly focused on implementing the momentum principle and energy principle, and teaching how to choose which is better used in each situation. Additionally, the course covered foundational topics such as friction, heat transfer, gravity, springs, etc.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to succeed in this class, you need to keep up with the readings. Although in most classes it is easy to allow yourself to slack off on readings, the examples and topics covered in the chapters are not covered in the lectures and are essential to being able to accurately complete the homework assignments. Additionally, utilizing office hours as a weekly resource is very helpful.

    • Spring 2016
    • rebello
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    May 20, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this course because it is an entry level course required by all STEM majors at Purdue University.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of the course were learning to apply a method of thinking to physics problems. While some material may be new or unseen, ultimately the goal is to systematically work through each problem. The professors and TAs focus on you defining your system, surroundings, and assumptions before you proceed to the solution. Often times, showing your reasoning through the steps is viewed higher than simply memorizing the material.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention to the requirements on the exams. Don't blow off the comments the TAs and professors give you. They aren't as concerned with the material memorization; they want you to learn and apply the process.

    • Fall 2015
    • MarcW.Caffee
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    May 01, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Very unorganized and unprepared for lecture. Can't explain topics at all. Doesn't go over any homework or exam concepts. Recitation only goes over one complicated problem every week, and they do so very fast. Labs are all coding based and are rather irrelevant to the concepts learned in class. Homework doesn't reflect the exam concepts at all, and grading is a mystery kept from students.

    Course highlights:

    To be honest,I really didn't learn anything from this course. Most of my physics knowledge still comes from my high school physics class. If possible, take a physics class from another school and transfer the credit here. You'll save your GPA and your sanity in the long run.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Ask as many questions as possible. Only then will the TA or professor possibly offer any helpful advice

    • Fall 2016
    • Pushkar,Yulia
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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