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PHY 3106 Modern Physics

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    Math-heavy

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    Always Do the Reading

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    Aug 29, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is the class you take to determine if you are truly interested in pursuing a career in physics. Dr Guo does a good job of explaining the concepts for this class, and he posts his notes online afterwards. (Be warned: You'll want to take your own notes instead of solely relying on his handwriting) Examples done in class will most often directly relate to how to solve the homework, so don't skip the lecture. Some homework problems are tricky, but that's modern physics for you. Understanding the homework is vital for the exam, as the tests are completely based on the homework--you won't be thrown any real curveballs. I'd recommend doing some external research for the sake of interest and making the ideas stick, but at a minimum, attend class, look over the textbook, and do the homework. It's not an easy class, but it's a reasonable level of difficulty.

    Course highlights:

    Dr Guo gave some of the best advice I'd ever received from a professor. One was to pick one topic in your course to know more about than your professor. Obviously this is nowhere near an easy task, but it motivates you to learn more on your own and be exposed to knowledge he wouldn't have time to cover in the class. He also related to us the stories about his mother studying for hours before teaching her class, to stress the importance of studying before lecture to review and stay on the same page. His stories and advice are the highlights of this course: he can be sharp-tongued, but he cares about the students.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the homework, and then ask yourself about the relationships between variables. If you were to change the time, how would that affect the distance; if you were to have more mass, how would that affect the speed; questions of that nature. Dr Guo emphasizes the importance of understanding these relationships, and being able to solve the problem under different sets of conditions will be key to passing the exams. Don't worry too much about knowing everything in the textbook, use it more for reference and clarification. Having a study group would be ideal.

    • Fall 2016
    • Lei guo
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments
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    Aug 09, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is great for people who want to challenge their minds and have a great foundation in physics

    Course highlights:

    This course was challenging. I learned about relativity, got a taste of quantum mechanics and understood. Lack body radiation. This course exposed us to the many different experiments that have shaped modern physics such as the Franck-hertz exp., photo electric effect, wave-particle duality and much much more.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study in groups, get help from professors. Read as much as you can until you understand the concept behind the topic.

    • Fall 2016
    • Lei guo
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Nov 30, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    The professor was great, just make sure to do well on the first two exams as the last one is killer.

    Course highlights:

    We learned alot about time dialat ion and length contraction as well as black body radiation.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do well early it gets harder. Do all of the homework problems every time

    • Fall 2016
    • LeiGuo
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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