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    • Profile picture
    Dec 29, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    With physics even if you don't get the right answer according to your test or homework it is still fun to know if you are getting things conceptually. Also physics 221 is basically the start of serious physics courses. Physics can be looked at as understanding the various foundations to the "logic" of the universe: It literally encompasses everything. The feeling of wanting to keep going forward just to understand some of the amazing things we as humans have taken advantage of is very motivating as long as there's a sense of patience involved in what your learning.

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    Teachers have different styles, just because one style isn't perfect doesn't mean it can't fit into your working style

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Very easy to make mistakes and to not do as well as your expecting, but the course has kind of a three pronged approach: Masteringphysics, the workbook, and tutorials in physics. You also have labs which can make handling the three aforementioned workloads a little bit harder, but as long as you have one or 2 other hard working labmates they can be handled appropriately. The answers to the workbook are posted online and are available to help further a students understanding of the material. I would almost suggest reading the appropriate chapters then at least skimming over the tutorials in physics, then going through the workbook and then going through mastering physics. Throughout this you can and probably should get help from the professor up to the mastering physics assignments due date. As a final note going over the mastering physics chapters associated with an exam can be helpful when it comes to circumventing certain potential mistakes on exams.

    • Fall 2016
    • Ricco Bonicalzi
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    • Background Knowledge Expected
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    Oct 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Rebecca Hartzler is an excellent professor, and extremely enthusiastic about the subject matter. Labs are mostly very hands on and engaging. The final car crash lab in particular is highly realistic, and it combines most of the skills you've learned throughout the quarter.

    Course highlights:

    Again, the car crash lab is a huge highlight. Students are asked to determine who was at fault in a real life car crash using actual data. The solution involves some fairly involved geometry, and knowledge of the effects of friction, centripetal force, and a pretty hefty system of linear equations. You're given a lot of freedom for how you want to tackle the problem, which makes the solution all the more rewarding.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared for a lot of math. Having some background in calculus helps immensely. Some engineering/CS students in particular believe that they can get away with poor math skills and this class, as well as PHYS 222, will test that belief. The math in 221 is not terribly difficult, but a solid understanding of derivatives will cut your workload in half.

    • Fall 2015
    • Rebecca Hartzler
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Group Projects


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