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    Nov 07, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would not recommend this course due to the teaching methods used. The majority of the explanations were solely on paper, and were not explained thoroughly. I longed to understand the ways in which the natural laws of physics applied to our world and our environment, but the course never provided any information that was applicable. Advanced physics at AHS does not provide a greater understanding, it only provides a great and futile struggle.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that its okay to fail and to make mistakes. Before this course, I had tremendously high and unattainable expectations of myself academically. Through this course and its challenging material, I was able to let a lot of that go and allow myself to make mistakes, ask questions, and fail multiple times. Through my failures I became a stronger learner and student. I also learned that sometimes you have to take your education into your own hands. The inadequacy of the course caused me to feel incompetent in my studies of physics. When tutoring, the textbook, and the notes did not help me gain a global understanding, I took matters into my own hands. I researched videos and articles about the material and subjected myself to information sources outside of the ones provided by my instructor. This was the first class where I really had to take control of my own learning.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    To all students pursuing advanced physics, I advise you to decide what it is that you wish to gain from the course in the incipient stages of the class. If you know what your goals are from the beginning, it will be much easier to navigate your way through the overload of challenging material. For example, if your intentions are to make an A+ and bolster your GPA, you know you need to really hone in on the notes provided in class, whether they align with your personal learning style or not. If your goal is to master physics conceptually, you know that not grasping each specific formula may be okay as long as you follow the concepts, and that engaging in material outside of the classroom may be in your best interest. Deciding what you want out of any challenging course at its start is the best way to tackle it.

    • Spring 2016
    • Eairheart
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Competitive Classmates
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    Mar 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is rigorous and challenging, yet helps the student develop not only an understanding, but a respect for physics- the backbone of all sciences. Through clear instruction and an emphasis on the conceptual aspects of physics, I have grown to love the course and gain more insight on the world around us and the laws and theories that govern how it runs.

    Course highlights:

    Through this course, I learned both the concepts and formulas behind the laws that dictate our universe, such as kinematics, energy, momentum, and rotation.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you are a student that prefers not to put effort into a certain course, do not take this one. This course requires tutoring, test corrections, focus during labs and lessons, and a huge effort overall in order to succeed. One potentially grade saving tip: treat test and/or quiz corrections as though they are mandatory; it will immensely help your grade.

    • Fall 2016
    • Beau Wells
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Great Discussions


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