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    Jul 20, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    As a summer course this went very, very quickly and you really couldn't miss any lecture or tutorial without being a little behind. If you choose to take it in the summer it's very doable but does require your full attention. Tutorials are a very helpful resource to help learn and get a chance to work with others so for sure take advantage of those and ASK IF YOU NEED HELP! It's easy to fall behind if you don't understand something, especially over the summer.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of the course were probably some of the demonstrations and the pre-lecture videos. We began the class by discussing motion and how to relate position, velocity, and acceleration with X and Y axis and then projectile motion that dealt with both. Then we discussed forces and circular motion. Knowledge about forces was a heavy concentration throughout. After forces came centripetal motion, and rotational motion and then dealing with torque and inertia. Having an understanding of force really made this easier. Then we discussed impulse, momentum, and collisions and finally work and energy.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    DO ALL THE PRACTICE PROBLEMS FROM THE BOOK! Many of them showed up on the exams. Practice problems were more helpful to me than reading the book, however reading was also very beneficial as the textbook was very well written and easy to understand. Take advantage of all your resources including extra practice problems, tutorial, pre-lecture videos, GTFs, office hours, etc.

    • Summer 2017
    • John Griffith
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Oct 20, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The course, in general, moves pretty quickly but the labs are extremely helpful. In the labs you get to meet people and work through problems together which I thought was really helpful. And if you get stuck your GE/GTF can come and explain things to you. Lectures went over a lot of example problems. The tests were pretty difficult just because of how much basic things you need to have an understanding of.

    Course highlights:

    The physics demonstrations were some of the best things. But sometimes people taking the class would get upset when something didn't work or took longer than they expected. Science is not flawless. You learn a lot about forces.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    There are some courses you can take where reading the text book is not necessary; this is not one of them. Do the readings and example problems. Find a study buddy because you will want one. Also Kahn academy is a great free resource that goes over physics problems and explains them in detail.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jenkins
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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