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PHYS 2514 Physics for Science Majors

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    May 29, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Since this course is for science majoring people, I believe this is more difficult than the general physics, which is for arts majoring people. However, I think you are not expected to have any pre-knowledge for physics in advance, and so it is possible to pass this course with A if you work hard for it. We used a free textbook downloaded from online and website where we can submit homework and see the semester grade. Class participation is not required, and homework will be assigned basically every week. We had three exams including the final, and they were based on the homework problems and practice problems that we did in the class.

    Course highlights:

    First, we started to learn very fundamental stuff for physics, like unit conversions, dimensional analysis, and significant figures. After that, we went through classical mechanics including motion along a straight line, newton's law, energy, and so on. Also, we learned about waves and thermodynamics at the very end of the semester.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Since there are a lot of stuff that we must deal with in this class comparing to class time, professor's explanation will be brief and sometimes not enough to fully understand what equation mean. I suggest reading the textbook in advance for the class, and it is going to help you to get deeper insight for the materials. Although participation is not required, you might want to go to every class so that you can get any tips for the exams. My professor, Dr. Bin Zhang, gave us some useful information about the exams in the class, so you might want to get those to prepare for the exams effectively.

    • Spring 2017
    • Dr. Bin Zhang
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    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Meetings Outside of Class

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