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PHY 121 University Physics I: Mechanics

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    TanmayVachaspatiUpdateProfileReportAbuse, linda, CHEN, Cavotto, covatto, Damien Easson, hengesbach, Brian Steinkamp, Hill, johnson, Jose Menendez
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    Nov 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course covers a wide spectrum of concepts and topics related to mechanical engineering.

    Course highlights:

    This course was online and used MasteringPhysics for homework assignments and quizes and was laid out very well.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Exposing yourself to the information as much as possible will help with using the right formulas in certain circmstances.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jose Menendez
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Background Knowledge Expected Many Small Assignments
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    Nov 11, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this course because it helps make sense of the phenomena in the world around us. There are so many applications for physics, and it makes the material tangible and applicable. I have grown to love physics through high school physics and this course.

    Course highlights:

    Dr. Covatto did many demonstrations, to make the concepts come to life. There were demonstrations about conservation of linear and angular momentum, moment of inertia, and other concepts. Some of the strange occurrences in our world can be explained by physics, and I enjoyed visualizing what I was trying to calculate.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Become immersed in the subject. Don't go in with the mindset that physics is just too difficult to grasp. If you conceptualize the topics, then work the numbers in, physics is not too hard.

    • Fall 2016
    • covatto
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    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Aug 27, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Excellent course with plenty of room for new knowledge. Professor has no problem explaining now ideas/topics however information from previously required courses such as Calculus topics are the students responsibility to know which is why Hill does sometimes get annoyed when a student asked a question pertaining to what should already be known. Other than that, she has a very slight accent but easy to understand. Lots of little assignments but as long as you stay on track with the assignments that are due you will be fine.

    Course highlights:

    The course involved many topics such as: vectors, Newton's Laws, dynamics of circular motion, kinematics, and rotational dynamics.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the material from the text book prior to class because the "random" clicker questions given during the class period are taken straight out of the text. If you don't have time to read then at least bring the book to class so when the questions are asked all you have to do is skim the reading assignment. Take advantage of the "chapter assignments" she counts them for extra credit at the end of the course. Also, toward the beginning of the course when she gives you a short biography of herself and where she is from, take small notes in the front of your notebook because she asks questions to the class about her bio on the last day for extra credit.

    • Summer 2016
    • Hill
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions


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