This class was tough.
Course Overview:
It is a difficult course! I took it because it was a requirement, but it made me smarter overall by forcing me to think outside the box.
Course highlights:
The exams were all hard, so doing well on them is an amazing feeling. I learned that I really need to read the book, because it helps a lot!
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Read the book. The lectures will not be enough the learn the material and do well on the test. The teacher will constantly tell you that.
This class was tough.
Course Overview:
I would recommend not only this course but the two following courses in the sequence. This is a difficult course that has forced me to think outside the box, and read the textbook! I only took it because it is required for my major, but have learned a lot on how to analyze problems, and am smarter because of it.
Course highlights:
I did terrible on many midterms throughout 211, 212, and 213, but it was an amazing feeling to do well on the final. Well worth reading the book, even if it's boring.
Hours per week:
3-5 hours
Advice for students:
Do not expect the lectures to be enough for learning the material. You must put in some work outside of class. David Bannon will tell you that countless times.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Course Overview:
The course does an excellent job of teaching students the fundamentals of approaching problems in the world of Physics. The professor emphasizes a multi-step problem solving process that is incredibly useful in both getting the student to the right answer (or at least on the right path) and making the student grapple with the concepts being taught in the classroom. Additionally, the labs are quite demonstrative of the concepts as well and can help students grasp how the problems in the classroom can be applied to real life situations.
Course highlights:
I learned an accessible problem solving method that has gone on to help me in other physics and engineering related courses. While anyone can memorize equations and laws, which would be somewhat expected of a physics student, not just anyone can take those equations and laws and really understand what they mean and how they function in problems and in real life. This method helped me really grasp and fully understand the concepts of basic motion presented in this course. Not only did I have to understand the problem to use the process, I had to understand which laws and equations applied to the problem and why in order to properly solve the problem. Due to this, my grasp of basic physics concepts has gotten much stronger.
Hours per week:
6-8 hours
Advice for students:
Always read the textbook. It provides context for what happens in lecture and also for the homework. Additionally, really take the problem solving process to heart. It may be a pain to have to fill out all of the other sections instead of just doing the math and getting an answer, but the work pays off later when you understand the concepts during exams. No two physics problems are the same and neither is the process of solving them, only the laws, equations, and concepts that govern them remain the same.