Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Professor Almenar is FANTASTIC. Her accent takes a little getting used to, but it's not too bad. You can tell she cares about whether her students learn the material - she learns every student's name (not an exaggeration. every. one.) and understands that we mostly care about our grades. Exams aren't too bad if you study well, and the in-class assignments help a lot. And do the extra credit!! It's not too hard and it's worth a lot. I didn't do it and was within a few points of 4.0ing. Don't make my mistake.
I learned a ton about plastics. Almenar focuses a lot on big concepts, not little details, and her exams show it. If you pay attention in class and follow her advice for studying for the exams you'll do fine. And it's kinda nerdily fun to go home for winter break and annoy the heck out of your family analyzing all the packaging in the house ;)
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Advice for students:
Pay attention in class, take notes, and ask questions if you need to. She's awesome at allowing for questions in class, but going in for office hours is great too if you need it. She only gives back exams at office hours - go in and she'll talk over your exam with you and tell you what to do differently next time. Study big concepts, not the little details. She usually gives advice on how to study for each exam - take it.