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EEL 3111C CIRCUITS

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    SRIVASTAVA, SRIVATAS, Dadash, Gates, Adeladan,OluwatosinA, Bennett,Eric, Grounds,MichaelD, JamesGoeton, Wenhsing Wu, Gower,GeorgeJeffrey
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    Jul 04, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Its a challenging course for the very first electrical engineering course in the course load, but looking back it wasn't that bad.

    Course highlights:

    Emphasis on the lab, focus on the subjects learned in lab.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Focus on the lab, do all of the homework, read the book.

    • Spring 2017
    • Gower,GeorgeJeffrey
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    Jul 02, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I'll be blunt- This course is miserable. And it's the only format available for 3111C at UF, so if the way the course is set up conflicts with how you learn you're out of luck. One of my biggest criticisms of the way this course is taught at UF is that THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVES. Often times I felt I was struggling way more with the way the course was taught than I was the material. I love the actual material- But moments of passion to learn about it and experiment with how I could apply it to work I'm doing in the lab I work in were quickly crushed by my loathing and anxiety surrounding actually going to class. The way the class is set up, you come in (often very early in the morning) and the first thing you do EVERY day is take a quiz. I like the IDEA of quizzes. The chance to get 'shocked' and mess up before the actual test is incredibly valuable. But to have 4 quizzes a week, one every time you walk in the door before you've even woke up is incredibly grueling. To pass the quizzes I found I had to do the work we'd be assigned to work on after the quizzes. So I came in to take a quiz and sit. And knowing the weight of quizzes in your grade, and the blow to my morale that would result from a bad quiz, I did not walk into the class a single day excited to learn. Not once did I walk in not absolutely dreading the class. What a way to spend a semester. Continuing the trend of absent flexibility, the quizzes were often based on specific phrases from the video lectures. Normally if I dislike a lecturer I will teach myself from the book, and watch lectures from other colleges for the same course. For this course I had to watch the lectures I actually needed from MIT to learn the material, and the mind-numbing UF lectures just to pass the quizzes. UF lectures had poor sound quality, were less organized than I prefer, and the drawn diagrams and writing was sloppy. If this comment sounds bitter I think more than anything I'm bitter at what this course could have been. I loved talking to the professors about the actual material, and the way they explained things. I was constantly wishing I could hear them lecture about the material, even just once a week. Instead I paid tuition to sit and be babysat and held hostage by quizzes that made the class a constant source of anxiety. If you learn the way this course is set up, this class will be a breeze. If not, just grit your teeth and get through it because at UF there is literally no other alternative.

    Course highlights:

    I liked the material in the course. It has very similar logic and mathematics to statics, and outside of the class often times during teaching myself the problems would feel like puzzles rather than a chore. Really mastered my calculator in this class, the nSpire is a godsend. Building on the breadboard was enjoyable once I got the hang of it, and the core material has already been applicable to my work in the field.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    - Splurge for the nSpire. Learn how to use it. Especially for systems of equations and polar/rectangular coordinates. Even if you only use it to check your answers, it will SAVE you this course. And once you master it, you'll be able to easily transition to using your skills with the calculator to not just other courses, but the rest of your career. - Watch the lecture videos on 1.5x speed. The quizzes are usually on something that was written on the board. I recommend watching Circuits 1 lectures from other universities like MIT. - Do the homework ahead of time. Usually the weekly end of class quiz will be based on the homework. - The tests are completely based on homework, in-class work, and quizzes. SAVE. EVERY. QUIZ. AND MAKE A COPY/ TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE YOU TURN IT IN. If you want to be prepared for the test make sure you can do every question from them all WITHOUT your notes. Make sure you also know any graphs drawn from the material. They're typically the hardest questions from previous material. -The quizzes don't count as much as you think they do. Don't get discouraged. Make an excel calculator for your grade at the beginning of the semester to keep perspective. -The lab counts way more than you think it does. Don't slack in lab, don't get discouraged if you've never worked with a breadboard before, watching youtube videos. It gets easier. - If you're late, don't go in late for partial credit. If you can, go to a later class instead. 9/10 they'll grade your quiz as on time. Same goes for turning in HW. -Goetten is a really cool dude who knows what he's talking about and is passionate about the material. I liked listening to his explanations so don't be afraid to hit him up.

    • Spring 2017
    • JamesGoeton
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments
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    May 08, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It's a pretty straight forward course, just watch the video assigned to you and show up to class everyday. The exams aren't too bad if you review the in-class problems.

    Course highlights:

    Learned a lot from this class. Don't worry if you didn't do so well in physics 2, they actually go over concepts from physics 2, with a more thorough explanation.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Arrive to class everyday. You got half credit on the quizzes for just showing up.

    • Spring 2017
    • Wenhsing Wu
    • Yes
    • Math-heavy Great Intro to the Subject Competitive Classmates

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