This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in science. While it can be challenging, it is extremely rewarding, and you learn a lot about the ideas that have shaped science over the past 100 or so years. I absolutely loved every minute of this class.
This class covers the basics of special relativity, general relativity, cosmology, quantum mechanics, and current research in physics. Personally, my favorite part of the course was learning cosmology and relativity, because I am interested in astrophysics. However, everything was very interesting, and I learned a ton. Another highlight was the Friday afternoon discussion section, where we talked about the history of modern physics. This was really enjoyable and informative, because I don't usually think about how much politics and nationality affects science. It also helped to humanize the subject, and see famous physicists such as Einstein and Schrodinger as people. Overall, everything we covered in this course was very interesting and I would highly recommend it.
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I think the best piece of advice I could give for this course would be to get to know your classmates and study together. As much as I enjoyed this class, it could be very difficult conceptually, especially during the quantum mechanics unit. The class also covers a huge amount of information. I found that it was much easier to learn and study while working in a group. Different students will have different strengths, so it helps to have others to answer questions. Also, if you're a physics major like I am, it's also fun to get to know your peers.