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    Always Do the Reading

    Go to Office Hours

    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Oct 19, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was necessary for my major otherwise I wouldn't recommend the subject.

    Course highlights:

    I didn't take any physics in high school so this was all new info for me, the calculus based isn't used much except in theory, I never needed more than algebra for the calculations. Lots of force, velocity (speed), acceleration, work, energy, friction, and circular motion calculations.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to do any prelecture assignments because nothe only are they easy points but they teach most of the theoretical parts not taught in lecture!

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr.NicholasChilds
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Jun 04, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It challenges you and introduces you to college physics. I took this as a first semester freshman and it helped me get used to the college academic life by forcing me to be more independent in my studies. A lot of the material relates very well to the material of PHSX 222 (physics II w/calculus). There is a lot of math involved, but calculus is not used as much as you would think. Understanding the calculus behind the physics does make it a little easier to understand and apply the knowledge to the real world.

    Course highlights:

    There are quite a few demonstrations that the professor does throughout the course, and it makes it easier to understand the subject material while providing some entertainment. I learned a lot about the right hand rule, which is essential in this course as well as the next physics course. Most of the stuff in the second half of the course carries on into PHSX 222, and so I learned a lot about waves.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book! The professor does not adequately cover all the material you need to know, and the book provides much needed clarification in many of the topics. If you need additional help, the SmartyCats tutors are extremely helpful and the physics help center is very useful as well. Do your homework and read the book and you should be fine.

    • Fall 2015
    • Dr.NicholasChilds
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading

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