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Background Knowledge Expected
Lots of Writing
This class was tough.
I would not recommend Physics 2 with Professor Martin Greven. He lectured directly from the textbook. His powerpoint slides came directly from the writers of the textbook (there were verbatim paragraphs from the textbook). He also refused to work through example problems in class. He said numerous times, if you wanted him to work problems out from start to finish, you had to come to his office hour. He held a single office hour, immediately after his class on Tuesday. Directly when about half the class had physics lab.
I learned very little from him. So little, in fact, that on Mondays and Wednesdays my study group and I would stay for the next lecture as the next lecture was taught by Aaron Wynveen. He was by far, a better lecturer. He walked the class through numerous example problems, in addition to using fun experiments that demonstrated the concepts he was currently teaching.
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Advice for students:
Utilize all your resources. The TA's can be helpful, but I found I preferred the LA's (learning assistants) they were undergraduate students, as opposed to the graduate TA's. Because they were closer to our age, I felt that they could better explain the concepts, in ways that we could understand. Also, many of the TA's seemed to forget how hard this stuff is for freshman, as they had surpassed us by many years and as a result were a bit condescending and arrogant when we asked the same question multiple times. This was never my experience with the LA's, they were able to empathize with us more. SMART Learning Common Tutors in Walter Library was also helpful. There is a Physics Fraternity, that if you buy them a beer they'll explain anything to you. Finally, my last resort was Professor Greven.