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    Jul 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a very hard teacher. Tests are hard, homework is harder. He pays attention to details so as to teach you to do the same. The attrition rate of his physics sequence is very high. By the end of the 3 course sequence it was just down to me and 3 other people.

    Course highlights:

    In physics 241 i would say the highlight would have to be gravity/rotational mechanics. Prof. LaBrasca goes through all the derivations by hand starting with Newtons law of gravitation and using that to derive the gravity exerted on a point mass by a gaussian surface. Also calculating moments of inertia of irregular shapes using calculus concepts.

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    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    FOLLOW THE ENGINEERING METHOD! You will never lose more points than you do in this class for not showing your work, naming your variables, drawing a picture of the scenario, free body diagrams, etc... This is how it should look: Given (Problem statement) Diagram (Picture of scenario labeling all knowledge) Find (What to solve for) Equations/Assumptions (Any background knowledge you may need to complete the problem.) Solution (Solution to problem) Solution check (Checking your work) With that, you will at least get some points ;)

    • Winter 2015
    • John LaBrasca
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