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PHYSICS 212 Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism

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    Jan 01, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

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    I think that this will be the hardest class I will take during my time at Penn State. As a chemical engineer, my brain just isn't "physics-y" and therefore I struggled a lot with this class. I am not overestimating when I say that I probably studied for the test for over 30 hours (and I mean not 30 hours before the test, I mean actually spent 30 hours reviewing the material). With that being said, unfortunately I didn't pass any of the test ( though I passed the class with a C). Many engineering and science majors will need to take this class, and even though it is hard, the teacher makes is so that you can get a 60% average on all of the tests and a 95% in homework, labs, recitations, etc. (which is very doable) and still pass the class. Overall, if I can get through this class I'm sure you could too, but I would not recommend if you don't have to take it.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about the electron flow in circuits as well as how to use the right hand rule. I very much preferred learning about the right hand rule because I think that it's something that you can visualize, whereas visualizing an electron traveling in circles through a circuit doesn't really appeal to me. I think that I learned a lot about finding resources to help me pass the course. I had never really struggled with a class before (I debated dropping the class) and I was able to make bonds with other students that did well in the class as well as finding outside resources to keep my grade above a 70.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    My biggest word of advice is to go to LionTutors. It can get expensive ($50 per test) but I promise that this is the sole reason I kept a C in the class. The physics department recycles test questions from tests and LionTutors gives about 50 questions per session that were on previous tests, so chances are you'll have at least one repeat. In addition, the tutors are amazing at teaching the material and don't spend time on material that won't matter.

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