This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend this course to anyone looking for a challenge. I believe taking this class will better develop a student's study habits. PHYS 180 encompasses sixteen chapters of Newtonian mechanics taught in one semester. To better prepare for this class, a student should have MATH 181 out of the way, which is Calculus 1. If these prerequisites are met, students in STEM majors or students just looking for an interesting course should strongly consider PHYS 180.
Course highlights:
I took PHYS 180 in the summer of 2017, which was a five week term. Having to learn and retain sixteen chapters worth of material in five weeks was very stressful. It basically came down to learning a chapter a day. This was the only class I focused on in those five weeks and doing the chapter problems each night took up all of my day. I would attend class from 8:00 AM to 9:45 AM, and come home straight afterwards to work on the assigned homework. Although homework was not collected, this was the only form of practice a student gets, so it is in the best interest of the student to work on the problems. All that aside, it was a very interesting course and I did learn a lot from this course. Applying everyday motion to physics equations and calculus is very thought provoking. This class finally taught me the usefulness of calculus when applied to physics concepts. I feel like I am a better engineer/scientist because of this.
Hours per week:
12+ hours
Advice for students:
The first thing to complete before enrolling into PHYS 180 is to have a strong background in calculus 1. I am talking about at least a B even though you can pass with a C. This ensures you are prepared for the math and calculus applications to physics. Another thing to do is to make sure you study and do problems each day because falling behind will be detrimental to the learning process.