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    Always Do the Reading

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    Apr 02, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend the course if you really need it or are considering a major in physics or engineering but be aware the teacher that teaches it because the teacher I had wasn't that good and I ended up teaching myself and learning from youtube videos. The final was easier than both the midterms and I managed to pass when I thought I was going to fail the whole time.

    Course highlights:

    I gained more knowledge of physics that high school teachers never taught and I realized that physics is really fun and it made me remember why I like physics over any other science class. There is just too much math and sometimes is hard to apply it to physics but if you like science you will understand it faster.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you want to succeed go to the professor or TA's office hours. Many people say they are more helpful during office hours. I didn't go and that's why I struggled all quarter because of this class alone. Also take advantage of all the tutoring resources as much as you can. If they don't help try asking questions. There is never such thing as a dumb question.

    • Winter 2017
    • Velasco, J
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours
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    Jul 18, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a good class, difficult, but very interesting. I advice you to read the text book for physics because then it will be much more easier to comprehend when you go to class.

    Course highlights:

    The best thing about this class was the information about how the world works, such as, how gravity affects the motion of projectiles or how friction determines whether you will skid or not. Just basics of everyday life and the science behind it.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read your textbook and ask questions!

    • Winter 2016
    • laurel
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class
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    Dec 15, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Nielsen is a great professor and the information is interesting. There is so much you can do with physics.

    Course highlights:

    Nielsen is a great professor. His lectures really help you understand the concepts.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to do the readings and complete the homework to the best of your ability. There are two midterms and one final. As long as you show good improvement and go to office hours, you are sure to pass the class.

    • Fall 2015
    • Neilsen
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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