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    Many Small Assignments

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    Great Intro to the Subject

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    Jul 20, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was the second-most intensive course I took during my duel-enrollment with CCAC. The course was very thorough, with a heavy focus upon motion physics, and there was homework and a lab report every week. His lectures don't always follow the lectures from the book accompanying the class, but more often than not you can do the homework with fair accuracy with the information from the lecture. If you have a basic understanding of some calculus (although you don't need it at all), you can gain some pretty interesting insights into the relationships between the velocity and accelerations of particles.

    Course highlights:

    The major notes that we took during this course were on the relationships between physical variables in different environments. One section I found particularly interesting was a section talking about the motion of a pendulum, which moves forever if there is no wind resistance. There is a long section during the beginning of the course discussing the relationships in linear and planar movement. You will have the number 9.18 memorized pretty quickly. :-P

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is generally a good idea to read the section of the book before the lecture, but as I mentioned before this is not always necessary, especially earlier in the class if you have taken some basic calculus. However, always do the homework, and make sure that you check the answers in the back of the book after you finish or if you need help. Some of the word problems can get very convoluted, and it will take several minutes to half an hour to solve some of the more complex ones.

    • Fall 2016
    • Lawrence LaJohn
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments
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    May 30, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend this only because he doesn't really teach in a way that I could learn. He reads off of slides and rambles in speech.

    Course highlights:

    He allows a cheat sheet, labs are only 5 points but they add up.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    In order to survive you either have to have a strong background in Physics or definitely get a tutor. Make sure you teach yourself to know how to survive the test.

    • Spring 2017
    • Patrick Huth
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments Group Projects

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