Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Sergey is a great professor. From day 1, he implants a seed of friendliness in the class by letting us know that we can call him by his first name Sergey, and also by giving us his personal cell phone number to call about any issues that we might have. Sergey loves when we ask questions, especially ones that require a lot of thinking. He invites us to ask questions and always answers them fully and to the best of his ability. The exams were open book, but because of this, the questions themselves were always very challenging. However, Sergey understands that his class is not an easy one and does not hesitate to give hints and pointers even during exams. Overall a great learning experience.
This course was very enjoyable. The very basics of physics should be known, such as vectors and units of measurements (meters, grams), however those topics should be covered in other science classes beforehand. This course can be broken down into a few parts as the name suggests. Mechanics is the first part of the course which includes kinematics, rotational kinematics, and dynamics as well as other mini subjects. The next portion of the course is waves. This part of the course involves periodic motion such as pendulum and springs, as well as sound. The last part of the course is heat which involves basics of heat, heat transfer, and combustion engines. There are a few chapters that fall outside of those three categories such as fluid dynamics (motion of liquids), and gravitation, however overall the material in this course was all covered, and covered well.
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Make sure to read the book. The examples in each chapter in the book help with the exams that are given. Also, doing the homework gives a pretty good grasp of material. Being able to do the homework practically guarantees at least a 70 on all the exams. It should also be known that Sergey uses a different grading system than most professors. Anywhere from 80 and above is considered an A, while 70-80 is a B, 60-70 is a C. This makes the course slightly less stressful and takes a lot of pressure off of the exams. Also, at the end of the semester, extra credit is assigned which can give up to 9 total points on the final grade. Great class overall.