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    Mar 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    A reason to take it - if you're going to be an engineer, nothing is going to prepare you better. David Shane was big on practical examples, having you do the kinds of calculations a NASA scientist, a bridge designer, a missile guider, would have to make. As a result, the course was intensely difficult. But afterwards every kind of math and science class seems easy. And David gives lots of partial credit and if you work hard, he recognized that.

    Course highlights:

    In this class, you basically learn how to problem solve to an intense degree. Physics without problem solving is just as easy (or hard) as any math class. But physics requires you to learn to look at equations, then adapt them to suit your own needs, which is something you rarely have to go to all the trouble to do in math classes. On a practical note, you get to learn quantum physics and rocket science!

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    It requires a lot of studying to understand, it is literally rocket science and quantum physics, at certain points. Get a study group, always go over practice tests until you're sure you can solve them. Manage your time, there's going to be hours of work, so if you know some kinds of studying doesn't help you as much as others, prioritize the methods that help and streamline the rest.

    • Spring 2015
    • David Shane
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    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Group Projects

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