Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Suzanne Brahmia is a great professor for this course. As an Engineer everyone is required to take both Physics 1a and Physics 1b, and they can be very tedious and hard subjects. But Dr. Brahmia's class makes physics as easy as possible by offering so many opportunities for students to learn through tutoring outside of class, through physics experiments during lecture, and she offers tons of extra credit opportunities. She gets out of her way to get to know every student and if you are a hard working student she will take note of that and will help you as much as she can. She even makes physics fun! During lecture she does tons of physics experiments on the topic she's teaching to show students how physics looks like in real life giving us a better view of what hard physics topics actually mean. She also offers tons of practice exams from previous years she taught and they all highly resemble the exams she will give you, sometimes she even takes a question or two and will put them on the actual exam. Overall I had a great experience in her class and if you're an engineer I highly recommend taking physics with Brahmia because an A is absolutely doable in her class!
The highlights of this course was watching the physics experiments during lecture, making going to class fun and enjoyable. I learned tons in this course, I feel like in all my engineering courses I don't actually learn much but the simple applications of equations and numbers and this course was different. I feel like I learned the conceptual side of physics not just the theoretical side of it. I actually DO understand physics not just adding and multiplying numbers through equations like y=mx+b , actually understanding how those equations came to be. I understand where those equations came from how physics works and how our world runs. Other than that I learned what it takes to be a good professor because I have not seen many yet, but Dr. Brahmia was a great example of a good professor. Overall I learned a lot in this course !
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My advice to you is take advantage of the opportunities offered by Dr. Brahmia, that includes: tutoring, office hours, extra credit, and practice exams. She offers tutoring outside of class every week on the weekends as well as office hours on Friday. She also has study groups for this course, meaning the TA's hold study group sessions to be registered for in the beginning of the semester, this is also every week! Also practice exams, DO THEM! They are very helpful and she does sometimes throw a couple of old exam questions on the actual exam. Aside from that they are perfect for giving you a clear visualization of what the actual exams are like. Finally go to her office hours if you have time she is a very friendly and helpful person and will help you understand any concept you're struggling with.